2009-10 Topps Basketball

2009-10 Topps Basketball

2009-10 Topps Basketball

Brand: Topps
Release Date: Now Available
Hits Per Box: 2
Hobby Configuration: 36 packs per box, 10 cards per pack
Price (Average): $55-$65 / Hobby Box
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Staff Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

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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.

Box Break
I love breaking packs, and 2009-10 Topps Basketball had plenty of them to keep me busy. Here are the highlights of my break:

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2009-10 Topps Basketball Product Information

Box Break:

  • 2 Relic Cards or
  • 1 Autograph and 1 Relic Card
  • 2 Topps Chrome Cards

Product Highlights:

  • 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!

Product Breakdown

BASE CARDS - 330 cards - 9 per Hobby Pack
Veterans (315)
Rookies (15)

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

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2009-10 Topps Basketball, reviewed by Mike Smeth on 2009-09-01T15:29:22+00:00 rating 4.3 out of 5

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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

User Comments

  1. Very well put together. Enjoy all aspects of the cards.

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