The feedback I’ve been getting on this series has been very positive. I guess there are a lot more people out there like me who just want the card without the autograph or piece of game used item. I already covered hockey and baseball, so I figured why not talk about football cards. The card line I’m going to explore today is 1994 Topps Finest, specifically card number one Emmitt Smith.
The Finest brand was first released in 1993 covering basketball and baseball. In 1994 Topps decided to release Finest Football. 24 packs per box, 6 cards per pack and three refractors per box. This is a very difficult set to put together for many reasons. One of the most valuable refractors is the Emmitt Smith one.
Personally I love this design, I love how bold it is, how it practically pops off the card. I wish that Topps made cards like this now. Plus who doesn’t like shiny cards? The price this little baby goes for between $25 and $50 on the Bay, it has been at this price level for quite some time. I don’t see the prices fluctuating much but I don’t think you will ever lose money on it.
Why Emmitt and not say Brett Favre? Dan Marino? It’s easy, he was the most popular player on the most popular team. He continues to generate a lot of interest on the secondary market and it doesn’t matter that he has been retired for years. He has the most yards rushed by any running back in football history and only he and Jerry Rice are the only two non-kickers to score more than 1000 points. In the end though, it’s hard not to like or respect Emmitt Smith and the career he had on the football field.
What do you think of the Finest Refractor Cards from 1994? Do you have any?