1. Card Design:
It is shiny and simple but it just has the look of a great card. Finest is always one of the most plain designs that just seems to pop for some reason. Maybe it has to do this the nostalgia from the 1993 release that keeps us coming back year after year. The player’s names are listed in team colored boxes in all capitals that makes them stand out with a good sided team logo in the bottom corner. The use of chrome technology on these cards makes collectors love them.
2. Checklist Review:
This is not a very deep checklist with only 101 base cards and another 25 “extended base” cards. Each team is represented with at least two players. There are quite a few solid rookies in this set including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Pete Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr. The checklist is full of top names in the game which makes it a decent checklist of players.
Topps Finest has and probably always will be a well collected product based on its history and the fact its a chrome card. The checklist is the top players and rookies of the season, the autographs are on card and the price point ($115/box) makes it affordable to most collectors.
4. Favorite Parallel/Insert Set:
Finest limits the amount of inserts it has each year. This year they have the Prized Performers which has the feel of the early 90’s Finest products. I’m just not a huge fan of the inserts. I do love the colored parallels of the base cards. They have Purple /250, Blue /150, Green /99, Gold /50 Orange /25, Red /5 and the 1/1 Superfractor. Just pick your favorite color and you’ll be happy.
Finest is awesome because they don’t have relics and the autographs are ON CARD! What..?! YES ON CARD! You get 1 auto per mini box or 2 per master box. The checklist is depth with over 60 players available, from veterans to rookies. There is a die-cut auto set of 10 cards for Mariano Rivera. Not much else to say but ON CARD AUTOS!
Topps Finest isn’t ground breaking or Earth shattering but its a great early year chrome product with on card autographs with a good price point. They have a good formula with this product and they don’t deviate far from that path in any year which is nice for collectors. You should check it out, its a fun product.
Overall Score 4.4/5.0