Are You Ready For Some Football?
October 4th, 2009 by slangon

In honor of my new found interest in football, and in celebration of the fact that as of today the misery that was the 2009 Mets baseball season is over, I decided to buy me some football cards. Now, even though it’s football, I’m not going to stray too far from my usual collecting habits, so I decided to go with 2 retro football packs: 2009 Philadelphia Football and 2009 Topps Magic Football.

First up, a retail pack of Upper Deck’s Philadelphia Football.

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Eh. I’m not wild about the design. Doesn’t look all that retro-ish to me. Maybe like 1980’s retro. Also, being new to football, I don’t know a whole lot of guys outside of the Giants, so I don’t recognize any of these dudes. That one is totally my fault, of course, but hey, I’m the one writing this, right? That Bullet Train card is awesome, however. I guess it’s part of the National Chicle insert set. In looking over the checklist for this release, if Upper Deck ever decided to release just that National Chicle insert set, I’d totally buy that.

Next up is a retail pack of Topps 2009 Magic Football.

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Right off the bat, these cards are 1000% better looking to me. I got 2 Giants in one pack, one of whom happens to be one of my favorite players, Mario Manningham, in mini form. Whatever filter they ran over the photos to get the painted look worked out really well and the black bar at the bottom with the players info looks really cool. I’m not so sure about the whole scratch of back thing. It seems a little silly to me. I think I have 1 or 2 cards from the 1964 Topps baseball set that had a similar thing. Maybe it was 1966. Either way, I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it either. The whole college thing is weird for me too. Not in the same way that the scratch off is. It’s more weird to me because usually I don’t like anything to do with college sports, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I guess knowing that the OG Magic set was all about college football players, it totally makes sense that they would show the pro’s in their college uniform.

Without a doubt, Topps took Upper Deck down hard on this one. In fact, I would not be adverse to buying a few more packs of Topps Magic. Maybe I’ll make it a regular Sunday thing.

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