2009 Football: Best Sets For Set Builders

2009 Football: Best Sets For Set Builders

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2009 Topps Magic
Vintage doesn't get much better. 2009 Topps Magic is a modern take on the legendary 1951 Topps Magic Set. 09' Magic is the first ever collegiately endorsed pro product, featuring past, current, and future legends in their college uniforms. It treats every player like they never played a down in the NFL. Topps Magic is the ultimate product for collegiate collectors. The Base Set is cheap to put together and semi-challenging. The Mini Set is also fairly cheap, but a bit more challenging to put together. For the high-end collector, the 250 Card Auto Set is the ultimate challenge, but well worth it, it's one of the coolest auto set of all-time. With names like Bo Jackson, John Elway, Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Mark Sanchez, and Percy Harvin, you can't go wrong!

  • 250 Card Base Set (50 Short Prints)
  • Jackie Robinson UCLA Football SP
  • 250 Card Parallel Mini Set
  • 250 Card Parallel Autograph Set
  • 14 Card Dual Alumni Auto Set (Marino/Dorsett)
  • Easy to Put together non-auto insert sets: 1948 Magic (30), Alumni Dual (14), Magic Thrills Bowl Memories (20), All-Americans (25)


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2001-02 Topps Magic Johnson Auto Autograph TA-MJ
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2009 Topps Magic Phillip Rivers Autograph Auto Mint Only 50 Made!!
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2012 Topps Magic Andrew Luck Rookie Enchantment - Indianapolis Colts
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2012 Topps Magic Russell Wilson Rc Card #181
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2000 Topps Magic Moments Opening Day 2131st Game #170 CAL RIPKEN Orioles NrMt
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2012 Topps Magic Barry Sanders #163 SP Mini Blue Border Parallel Detroit Lions
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2009 Topps National ChicleNationalCHicle Image
Like Topps Magic, National Chicle is one of the best vintage football products ever made. What makes National Chicle unique is that the "card art" is actually "art". Each picture was hand painted by artists from other walks of life, such a comics and video games. 2009 National Chicle is like walking through a Football Museum. The box toppers are actually worthy of framing, that's how cool looking this set it. The base set and mini sets are well worth putting together. The non-auto insert sets are also cheap and easy to put together. The auto set is small, 63 total, which makes it more do-able that the Topps Magic Auto Set. No one ever thinks of putting together "relic sets", the National Chicle Relic set is small and I've seen relic lots go for $1-$5 on eBay! How cool would it be to put that together!

  • 197 Card Base Set (24 Short Prints)
  • Cards #59, #99, and 191 are in the mini-set only.
  • 200 Card Mini Set
  • 61 Card Auto Set (Barry Sanders, Brett Favre Vikings)
  • 54 Card Relic Set (Brady, Sanders, Elway, etc.)
  • Easy to put together non-auto insert sets: Era Icons (14), Greatest Thrills (10), Greats of the Gridiron (10), Stars of the Gridiron (10), Youngsters of the Gridiron (20)
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MICHAEL BRANTLEY 2010 Topps National Chicle 3 Auto RC Bazooka 99 199 FREE SHIP
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Michael Jenkins Topps National Chicle Auto Autograph 2009 NCA-MJ
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2010 Topps Chrome National Chicle Blue Refractors #CC31 Alexei Ramirez 199
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2010 Topps Chrome National Chicle Blue Refractors #CC36 Ubaldo Jimenez 199
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2010 Topps Chrome National Chicle Blue Refractors #CC39 Chris Coghlan 199
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2010 Topps Chrome National Chicle Blue Refractors #CC5 James Loney 199
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2010 Topps Chrome National Chicle Blue Refractors #CC40 Chris Young 199

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On a yearly basis, this is most coveted set on the planet. If you can afford to drop $1,000-$5,000, then this is definitely a challenge worth undertaking. The great thing about Contenders is that all the Rookie Auto's are part of the base set, meaning they qualify as rookies! Also, be prepared to spend a lot of money on players like Tom Brandstater, Aaron Kelly, and other Short Printed Rookie Autos. The great thing about Contenders is that only 21 people will be able to put it together, due to the fact that Aaron Kelly's Rookie Auto was only printed 21 times!

  • 209 Card Base Set (109 Rookie Auto's)
  • 36 of the 109 Base Rookie Auto's are Short Prints
  • Every Relevant Rookie Has Auto in Base Set!
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Kobe Bryant 2009-10 Playoff Contenders Season Ticket #86
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2009 Playoff Contenders #207 Tyrell Sutton Autograph Rookie Card
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2009-10 Stephen Curry Playoff Contenders SP Rookie Auto BGS 9.5 Warriors NBA
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2009 Playoff Contenders ANDRE BROWN RHETT BOMAR Draft Class NEW YORK GIANTS RC
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2009 Playoff Contenders #119 Mohamed Massaquoi AUto RC
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2009 Playoff Contenders #175 Johnny Knox AU RC
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2009 FinestFinestFootball 213x300 Image
Finest is one of the most underrated sets of the 2009 Football Card season. The base cards are among the "Finest" looking cards to release this year. If you can't afford to put Playoff Contenders together, Finest is far cheaper. The reason is simple, every rookie is represented in the base set, just not all rookies have an auto in the base set. Players like Percy Harvin and Beanie Wells do, while players like Mark Sanchez and Matt Stafford do not. Instead of forking out $100-$400, you can grab their Base Finest Rookies for under $10. Although each rookie Auto is considered a Short Print, the lowest print run is 187. These two factors makes the Finest Set attainable to the every day collector who is willing to do the leg work.

  • 124 Card Base Set (24 SP Rookie Autos)
  • 24 SP Base Set Rookie Auto's Include: Percy Harvin, Beanie Wells, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Shonn Greene, Austin Collie, Brian Cushing, James Laurinaitis, Johnny Knox, Tom Brandstater, Stephen McGee, Patrick Turner, Nate Davis, Kenny Britt, Rey Maualuga, Jarrett Dillard, James Davis, Rashad Jennings, Gartrell Johnson, Glenn Coffee, Chase Coffman, Cedric Pearman, Quan Cosby, James Casey,
  • Brett Favre in Vikings Uniform
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2009 Finest Rookie Jersey Autographs #78 Mohamed Massaquoi Cleveland Browns 309
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2009 Finest Rookie Jersey Autographs #87 Glen Coffee 309 San Francisco 49ers
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2009 Finest Blue Refractors 499 #94 Gartrell Johnson 429
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2009 Finest Blue Refractors 429 #84 Derrick Williams 429
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2009 Finest Blue Refractors 499 #12 Matt Cassel 429
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2009 Finest Pigskin Refractors #47 Antonio Gates - NM-MT
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2009 Finest Pigskin Refractors #82 Patrick Turner

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User Comments

  1. Not a comment, just a question. Hope you don’t mind. I just started collecting, and started buying 09 UD. I came across the Jay Cutler card and its a mis-print. Its numbered as #63 ( so also is the Kyle Orton card) Its a picture of Cutler, but the card emblems all mare Bronco. Is this the case with every Cutler card? Did they fix the issue? Is this card worth more or less due to the mistake…Okay, I guess a couple questions. As i said I’m new to card collecting, and if this was not the place for questions i do apologize. If you have any advise as to where to go with these types of questions, it would be greatly appreciated..

    Thank You

  2. no comment, but question. Apologize if this is not the place for questions, I just recently started collection, so if you have tips or suggestions for novice collectors of football cards,ie; where to ask questions etc, that would be much appreciated. Question…started with 09 UD and obtained a Jay Cutler suppose to be numbered in the 30′s but this one is numbered in the 60′s. Has denver emblem on card as well. Appears to me that they combined/mixed thre Cutler and Orton cards. Is this card worth more or less due to this, are all cards produced like this, did they make a correction that i need to look for? again thanks for your time.


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