2009-10 Topps Basketball
Release Date: Now Available
Hits Per Box: 2
Hobby Configuration: 36 packs per box, 10 cards per pack
Price (Average): $55-$65 / Hobby Box
2009-10 Topps Basketball Review
The Good: 2009-10 Topps Basketball is every bit as good as the company's surprise hit of the year, 2009 Topps Baseball. Great design and photography, along with a huge offering of parallels and inserts (most notably 2009-10 Topps Chrome Basketball) and a reasonable price tag combine to make 2009-10 Topps Basketball a winner of all fronts.
The Bad: The assortment and quantity of autographs in 2009-10 Topps Basketball is subpar. While HTA jumbo boxes promise an autograph and two game used cards per box, standard hobby boxes of 2009-10 Topps Basketball only contain an average of two game used cards and no autographs. I love the way that Topps Chrome was incorporated into the set, however I would have liked to see more of it.
The Bottom Line: I'm first and foremost a baseball and football card collector who occasionally buys a basketball card product every few months when I want to change things up a bit. Up until I broke a box of 2009-10 Topps Basketball for this review, none of the basketball products I've came across have compelled me to come back for more. It brought back the memories of how much I enjoyed collecting basketball cards as a kid and has me seriously considering working more basketball products into my sports card rotation.
2009-10 Topps Basketball is sure to appeal to a wide range of collectors, and at just over $50 per box its one of the most affordable products available on the market.
2009-10 Topps Basketball features a sleek design that is coupled with some fantastic photography. There are a number of great action shots throughout the base set. It is evident that a lot of time and energy went into capturing quality photographs to adorn the cards.
In the age of 1/1's, cut autographs, and quad autographed memorabilia cards, I sometimes forget to take in the images depicted on cards - especially base cards. I stopped a good dozen times during my box break to carefully take in the awesome photography that the set has to offer. Whoever was responsible for the photography in this set deserves a raise, as it adds so much to the base set.
Considering the low price point of 2009-10 Topps Basketball, its hard to go wrong with it. It would have been nice to see more autographs in the set, but even so 2009-10 Topps Basketball is still an affordable, value-packed product.
No complaints in this department. 2009-10 Topps Basketball features all of the top NBA Rookies for the 2009-10 Season, as well as all the requisite stars and role players currently playing in the NBA. My main gripe with the checklist was the collation of the cards in my particular box. I pulled entirely too many doubles, and even some triples. Hopefully this was an issue with my particular box rather then the production run as a whole.
I love breaking packs, and 2009-10 Topps Basketball had plenty of them to keep me busy. Here are the highlights of my break:
2009-10 Topps Basketball Product Information
- 2 Relic Cards or
- 1 Autograph and 1 Relic Card
- 2 Topps Chrome Cards
- 110 High-Flying Chrome Rookies and Veterans!
- Topps Exclusive Mcdonald's All-American Signed-On Cards!
- NBA All-Star Game-Worn Multi-Relic Cards!
- NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Signed-On Jersey Letter Patch Cards!
BASE CARDS - 330 cards - 9 per Hobby Pack
PARALLEL CARDS - 1,980 cards - 1 per Hobby Pack
Black (330) - #'d to 50
Gold (330) - #'d to 2009
Printing Plates (1,320) - Each is a 1 of 1 Hobby and Jumbo Only!
TOPPS CHROME - 440 cards - 9 per Hobby Box
Super-Fractor (110) - Each is a 1 of 1; Hobby and Jumbo Only
Gold (110) - #'d to 50
Refractor (110) - #'d to 500
Chrome (110) - #'d to 999
RELIC CARDS - 440 cards - 2 per Hobby Box
Roundball Remnants (70)
Championship Material (30)
- Patch Card Parallels of above (100) - #'d to 50; Hobby and Jumbo Only
All-Star Dual (20) - #'d to 199; Hobby and Jumbo Only
All-Star Quad (20) - - #'d to 100; Hobby and Jumbo Only
INSERT CARDS - 50 cards - 6 per Hobby Box
Draft Night History (50)
ON-CARD AUTOGRAPHS - TBD cards - 1 Autograph Relic/Autograph Card 1:3 Hobby Boxes!
McDonald's All-American (TBD) - Hand #'d to 250
AUTOGRAPHED RELIC CARDS - 74 cards - 1 Autograph Relic/Autograph Card 1:3 Hobby Boxes!
Rookie Rewind Jumbo Jersey Autographs (10) - #'d to 99; Hobby and Jumbo Only
Rookie Rewind Letterman Patch Autographs (30) - #'d; Hobby and Jumbo Only
Franchise Fabrics Autographs (12)
- Autograph Number Variation (12)
Autograph Relics (10) - #'d to 299; Hobby and Jumbo Only
2009-10 Topps Basketball,