2012 Topps Strata Football Rookie Variations Guide

2012 Topps Strata Football Rookie Variations Guide

If you're collecting rookie cards from the 2012 Topps Strata Football base set, be warned: rookies have two variations (neither are short printed). One set of rookies are in retail packs. Hobby rookies have different photos. Also, all 2012 Topps Strata Football retail base cards (rookies and veterans) are much thinner than their hobby counterparts. But that doesn't help much when you browsing on eBay or other online sites.

So, rookie cards also have a different photo on the front. But which one is which?

We've created a handy visual guide to help you easily identify 2012 Topps Strata retail rookie cards from hobby rookies. In the massive gallery below, retail rookie cards are shown first and hobby versions are second. We've also listed identifiers for each card.

2012 Topps Strata Football Rookie Variations Visual Guide

Please note that retail rookies are first. Hobby rookies are the second image.

1 Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

2012 Topps Strata Football Rookie Variations - 1 Robert Griffin III

Retail: Knee lifted.
Hobby: Two hands on ball.

2 Joe Adams, Carolina Panthers

Retail: Running with ball.
Hobby: Catching, no ball.

5 Morris Claiborne, Dallas Cowboys

Retail: No ball.
Hobby:
With ball.

6 Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Retail: Running.
Hobby: Throwing.

8 LaMichael James, San Francisco 49ers

Retail: Turned to side.
Hobby: Running straight forward.

9 Quinton Coples, New York Jets

Retail: Hands reaching up.
Hobby: Hands at waist.

13 A.J. Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers

Retail: Facing left.
Hobby: Facing right.

16 Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles

Retail: Arm pushing out.
Hobby: Both hands at waist.

18 Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Retail: No ball.
Hobby: With ball.

21 Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

Retail: Catching ball.
Hobby: Posed with knee lifted.

24 Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks

Retail: Turned to side.
Hobby: Running forward, 51 in full view.

28 Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions

Retail: Running with ball.
Hobby: Catching, no ball.

29 Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Retail: Running.
Hobby: Throwing.

33 Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

Retail: Legs out to right.
Hobby: Facing left.

35 Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

Retail: Legs to right.
Hobby: Legs to left.

49 Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

Retail: Running with ball, arm out.
Hobby: Catching ball.

51 Nick Toon, New Orleans Saints

Retail: Catching.
Hobby: Running.

53 Donta' Hightower, New England Patriots

Retail: Blue shirt.
Hobby: Grey shirt, helmet.

61 Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

Retail: White jersey.
Hobby: Black jersey.

62 Shea McClellan, Chicago Bears

Retail: Leaning forward, arms up.
Hobby: Standing tall, hands at waist.

65 Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Retail: With ball.
Hobby: No ball.

67 T.J. Graham, Buffalo Bills

Retail: Running forward.
Hobby: Turned to side.

68 Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans

Retail: Running, no ball.
Hobby: Catching ball.

73 Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

Retail: Ball out to the side of body.
Hobby: Ball in front of chest.

75 Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Retail: Catching.
Hobby: Running.

77 Chandler Jones, New England Patriots

Retail: Blue shirt.
Hobby: Grey shirt.

78 Rueben Randle, New York Giants

Retail: Ball tucked in.
Hobby: Running forward, ball in two hands.

81 Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals

Retail: Catching, no ball.
Hobby: Running with ball.

85 Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

Retail: Running with ball.
Hobby: Catching, no ball.

93 Stephen Hill, New York Jets

Retail: Both legs to right.
Hobby: One knee up to right.

94 Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

Retail: Crouching, facing right.
Hobby: Running left.

96 Mark Barron, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Retail: Running forward.
Hobby: Looking over shoulder.

98 Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks

Retail: Running forward.
Hobby: Knees left, both arms out.

107 Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams

Retail: Crouching, knees left.
Hobby: Running forward.

108 Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

Retail: Catching.
Hobby: Ball in arms.

112 Isaiah Pead, St. Louis Rams

Retail: Standing, facing right.
Hobby: Legs leaning left.

113 Jarius Wright, Minnesota Vikings

Retail: Reaching up.
Hobby: Running with ball.

116 Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

Retail: Catching.
Hobby: Running.

117 Melvin Ingram, San Diego Chargers

Retail: White gloves, one hand up.
Hobby: Dark gloves, both hands down.

122 David Wilson, New York Giants

Retail: Catching.
Hobby: Running.

124 Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Retail: No ball.
Hobby: With ball.

125 Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars

Retail: Running forward-right.
Hobby: Running left.

127 Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

Retail: One arm out.
Hobby: Both arms in.

128 Michael Egnew, Miami Dolphins

Retail: Facing forward.
Hobby: Running right.

129 Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos

Retail: Running.
Hobby: Throwing.

132 Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals

Retail: Reaching out.
Hobby: Arms in.

134 Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens

Retail: Running forward.
Hobby: Reaching over shoulder.

137 Michael Brockers, St. Louis Rams

Retail: Ready position, facing left.
Hobby: Running, facing right.

146 DeVier Posey, Houston Texans

Retail: Ball near chin, in left hand.
Hobby: Ball at chest, in right hand.

150 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

2012 Topps Strata Football Rookie Variations 150 Andrew Luck Retail

Retail: No ball.
Hobby: With ball.

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