2009 Topps National Chicle Football

What I pulled--
Base Gold – 17, including Mark Sanchez
National Chicle Back – Calvin Johnson, Laveranues Coles, Joseph Addai, Ryan Grant
Bazooka Back – John Carlson, Tony Scheffler
Topps Back – Manuel Johnson (#24/25)
Era Icons – China Clipper, Pennsylvania Railroad Train, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Fort Knox, Boulder Dam, Sir Malcolm
Campbell, Roller Derby, Helen Jacobs
Youngsters of the Gridiron – Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree, Knowshon Moreno, Donald Brown, Steve Slaton, Beanie Wells
Stars of the Gridiron – Brian Westbrook, Tom Brady, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald
Greats of the Gridiron – Troy Aikman
Greatest Thrills – David Tyree, James Harrison
Cabinet Box Topper – Terry Bradshaw
Jerseys – Lee Evans, Drew Brees
Autographs – Ramses Barden, Brian Orakpo

Topps continues to go out of the football business in style, delivering yet another beautiful product in
National Chicle Football.

This set got its start in 2009 Football, but blossoms as a standalone release. It is a fully handpainted set,

featuring the work of some of the country’s top sports artists (including a college friend of mine, Paul
Lempa). The card fronts are simple, with a portrait and the player’s name in simple, small black letters.
From there, each pack has a mini-parallel, with the white framed minis rarer and coming with different
backs than the more common gold framed version. The inserts are nice, but a little superfluous. The
jersey cards and autos also add value, and are a great use of the base design in a different form. I actually
really like the Cabinet boxtopper, but maybe that is simply because the Terry Bradshaw card is gorgeous,
with a black and white portrait and Terry looking very 70s.

The only negative I can find with this set is whether it is just one too many throwback sets for Topps. While that is the latest
trend, and the cards are absolutely beautiful, we might be on the verge of overkill with this style card. That is just one collectors
opinion, of course, but I am ready to start seeing more modern looking cards a little more often once again.

I cannot say Topps isn’t pulling out all of the stops as their football sets wind down, however. This really is a stunning set to go
through, and a solid value purchase for any collector