Topps Unique may be the scam of the year. Actually I take that back, because that would be a compliment. Topps Unique is a combination of every failure Topps has released over the decade rolled into one solid turd blunt.
Weather its the solid black base that takes the definition of damaged to a whole new level, or Jumbo Coco Relics that crush your soul. Topps Unique was Twenty Four of the most painful packs I have ever ripped, and to be honest with you left me wondering why I even bother collecting anymore.
Over half of my box contained cards in this condition.
Has Topps not learned its lesson from the nightmare that was 2007 Topps Series One + Two. Black bordered cards don't work PERIOD, and to be quite honest Topps Unique puts both series to shame. I guess Topps hasn't figured out that unless the stock is chrome technology black bordered cards damage easily, and are a collectors nightmare.
This also goes for the horrendous solid red parallels that come one a pack. As for the base they come in three variations rookie, red, and gold. The rookies are numbered to 2699, Red 1169, Unknown 99, and gold to 25. I pulled way to many of them, and this was yet another over paralleled product by Topps.
Oh Brother! Both numbered to 1169, and surprisingly undamaged.
Two Golds both numbered to 25. Chipped Beckham rookie 69/2699.
After the torture had finally ended only sixty four out of hundred and sixty eight cards were respectable, or should I say collectible. The other half were either badly chipped or showed extreme white on the corners.
So in other words over 50% of my box was damaged. Now granted this may have been my particular box, however, the chances of any black bordered card coming out of a pack unblemished is a coin toss. The whole down part of this is you can only submit 25 cards at a time for replacement. You can only imagine where I'm going with this.
If you can overlook the chippiness the design itself is not that bad. I just happen to be one of those anal collectors who stare at edges, and corners for far to long.
Rollins Unique Uni
If there is a plus to Topps Unique its the Unique Uni inserts. They showcase a star player in a throwback uni, and were actually a few of the cards undamaged. Topps should do more cards like this, and instead of adding a random relic like usual add an actual throwback uniform. Other then that The Alone At The Top, and Unparalleled Performances can be easily overlooked, and are nothing exciting , or fresh by any means.
This is were things get really bad. Two packs into my box I was totally stoked to see a very thick card inserted inside, and for a split second thought I had a big fish on the line. Upon reeling the card up I was ready to scream when I found Che Hsaun Lin on the hook. If not for my wife driving the vehicle I would have pulled over, and thrown this card into Lake Erie where it belongs.
There's only one thing worse then pulling a Coco Relic, and that's pulling a Jumbo Coco Relic. At only two inserted per case I cant begin to imagine what Topps was thinking when they added Che to the checklist. I also pulled a Josh Hamilton solid blue relic, and as far as my auto goes It was promised to be in the box, but I have yet to find it. In other words I never got one.
Jumbo Coco Relic 39/40
Where's The Beef?
Josh Hamilton doing the bird 147/275
$120.00 later, and I'm still speechless.
Rating 1/5 Fingers.
Front runner for "Flop Of The Year" Edging out Ticket To Retardom by a mile.
The Mojo Hand