Topps Finest has been a hobby favorite since it was first released back in 1993. It introduced us to the refractor for crying out loud. I’ve been a big fan of this brand even when Topps use to put those peel off covers on the cards. This year Topps Finest is as impressive as ever. But I think what really has collectors talking is the product’s distribution method.
At first, 2016 Topps Finest was going to be distributed in the traditional method. Weeks before the release, Topps decided to make Finest an online exclusive. You can get it at Topps MVP direct stores too. This marks the first time that any major card manufacturer has taken one of their top brands and decided to sell it online directly to the collector. This totally skips over the distributors and card shops. Its just like what Dell did with computers. Here is where you can buy a box or case.
Even though some distributors and card shops were upset after Topps changed their mind on how Finest would be distributed, I think its for the best. Being able to purchase directly from the manufacturer provides a level of trust you might not be able to get anywhere else. Some collectors don’t like to purchase products from online card shops, and everyone doesn’t have a local dealer they can visit. It makes perfect sense for Topps to do this. The level of trust is high and you can reach more collectors. For the record though, online dealers I personally trust are Atlanta Sports Cards, Blowout Cards, and Dave & Adam’s Card World. I’ve never had a problem with any of them.
This year’s version of Finest is right on par to what you’d expect. High-tech, fancy colors, chrome stock featuring on-card autographs. Everything looks really well done. Nothing got watered down just because the distribution method changed. Its the real deal. My favorite cards are the Finest Greats Autographs.
I hope we see more classic Topps brands brought to us this way. Just go straight to the collector.
Here is what I pulled:
- Kole Calhoun Green Refractor Auto #’ed/99
- Brandon Phillips Green Refractor #’ed/99
- Mark Melancon Purple Refractor #’ed/250
- Kenta Maeda RC Refractor
- Brandon Crawford Refractor
- Randy Johnson Finest Intimidators
- Wil Myers Franchise Finest
- Nolan Arenado Franchise Finest
- Hector Olivera #91
- Jorge Lopez #98
- Jose Peraza #16
- Luis Severino #42
- Greg Bird #17