2011 Topps UFC Finest
What I pulled--
Refractors (#ed to 888) – Rich Franklin, Alessio Sakara, Jorge Santiago, Kenny Florian
Xfractors (#ed to 388) – Matt Hamill, Shane Carwin
Finest Moment Refractor – Brian Stann (#167/288)
Finest Atomic Refractor – Urijah Faber
Finest Threads Jumbo relic – Jon Jones
Finest Threads Xfractor relic – Scott Jorgensen (#102/188)
Autograph – Jake Ellenberger
Refractors (#ed to 888) – Vitor Belfort, Chris Leben, Randy Couture, Jake Ellenberger
Xfractors (#ed to 388) – Frank Mir, Jose Aldo
Finest Moment Xfractor – Frankie Edgar (#167/288)
Finest Atomic Refractor – Cain Velasquez
Finest Threads relic – Anderson Silva
Finest Fight Mat – Jim Miller UFC 108
Autograph – Matt Wiman
I’ve always been a big fan of Finest. Regardless of sport, it is always one of my favorite products of
the collecting year.
UFC cards lend themselves very nicely to the line.
In a sport as visual as UFC, the pictures really need to do all of the talking. Finest allows exactly
that. With a solid design, with cage markings that play right into the chrome and gloss that is
Finest, these are very appealing cards to look at (and isn’t that really the point of base cards?).
Now, take that, and incorporate all of the bells and whistles we have come to expect from Finest. Refractors. Xfractors. Die-cut
inserts. Get the point? All of these things play perfectly into the UFC world, making Finest possibly the best UFC release from
Topps to date.
Don’t forget the hits, of course, which fall three per mini-box, with two of the three hits relics. I’ll admit to not knowing enough
about UFC to know the level of hit that I pulled, but these are more about the cards. The auto design is perfect. The relics are
beautiful, the mat relic is an outstanding design.
In other words, we are talking about a product that, from this level, is perfect. I’ll let the UFC diehards chime in on how strong
the checklist is, and instead focus on the cards themselves. Those get a perfect grade........................