The new kid on the trading card landscape, 2012 Topps Strata Football arrived with lots of buzz. Collectors were intrigued by the shadowbox-style hits and layered acetate autographs that fall one per box. Outside of the base set, the checklist is extremely rookie-centric including several levels of high-end hits from all of the year's top stars.
Not surprisingly, the low-numbered autographed patch parallels have generated the biggest buzz on the secondary market. Whether they're basic Clear Cut Auto Relics, book cards, Strata Signature Relic case hits or the ultra-rare rivet parallels, all have seen lots of action.
Further fueling prices is the fact that top rookies are tough to find. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are all in less supply than the likes of DeVier Posey, Joe Adams and Ryan Broyles. But even the more readily available common autographed relics are fetching solid amounts. Many are simply intrigued by the technology. The mid-range price point helps ensure the cards are accessible to a wider spectrum of buyers.
Here's a real-time look at the 50 most-watched 2012 Topps Strata Football cards currently listed on eBay. It provides a good look at some of the rarer hits and gives a good gauge on what's capturing the most attention.
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| E-Mail Author Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.
His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.