Thursday, August 28, 2008

2008 Topps Football

Topps has really been catering to Boston sports fans with the Target inserts in their base product over the past couple of years.  I bought 2007 Topps and got Ted Williams inserts.  Bill Russell inserts were included in 2007-08 Topps Basketball and the chance at Tom Brady inserts in 2008 football were enough to get me to try a couple of packs.

Pack 1

Vrabel298 - Adrian Peterson - Pro Bowl
181 - Jeremy Shockey
174 - Antonio Gates
309 - Ben Roethlisberger - Pro Bowl
82 - Laurence Maroney
190 - Randy McMichael
49 - Todd Collins
253 - Antrel Rolle
138 - Reggie Wayne
28 - Kyle Boller
80 - Selvin Young
AFF-PL - Sgt. Philip LaBonte

At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I'm not a fan of the Armed Forces Fan of the Game cards.  It seems like card companies want to put everyone but athletes on cards these days in an attempt to bloat the size of sets  Lots of stars in this pack including a Patriot.

Pack 2

313 - Devin Hester - Pro Bowl
292 - Reggie Wayne - Rec Yds Leader
37 - Kurt Warner
100 - Najeh Davenport
20 - Ben Roethlisberger
199 - Tommie Harris
231 - Mike Vrabel
280 - Jonathan Ogden
219 - Michael Strahan
68 - Thomas Jones
1 - Drew Brees
259 - Al Harris - Gold parallel 0311/2008

Another pack, another Patriot.  Mike Vrabel had a monster season with 12½ sacks last season for the Patriots.  Football is a sport where it is really tough to determine contributions from statistics.  If you watched the Patriots play last season then you saw Vrabel single-handedly disrupt offenses.  It was almost as beautiful as Tom Brady throwing all of those touchdown passes to Randy Moss.

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