Wednesday, July 23, 2008

NFL Rookies Get NFL Logo Patches in Finest

Come September, NFL rookie collectors and Finest fanatics across the country will have a new set to drool over: 2008 Topps Finest Refractor Rookie Autograph/NFL Shield Patches.

The set, featuring 34 of the top rookies from the 2008 Draft (checklist below), will be numbered to 15 and uses sticker autographs.

While I can't believe that these will be player worn patches, considering there is 15 for each player, they still will carry quite the demand because of the autographs and low serial numbering. I have to make this assumption because Topps provided about two sentences about this set, one of which did not discuss whether the patches or player worn or not.

Here is the checklist for the set:

102 John David Booty Minnesota Vikings
104 Brian Brohm Green Bay Packers
105 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens
106 Chad Henne Miami Dolphins
109 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
112 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs
114 Matt Forté Chicago Bears
116 Chris Johnson Tennessee Titans
117 Felix Jones Dallas Cowboys
118 Darren McFadden Oakland Raiders
119 Rashard Mendenhall Pittsburgh Steelers
121 Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens
122 Dustin Keller New York Jets
123 Steve Slaton Houston Texans
124 Kevin Smith Detroit Lions
125 Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers
126 Kevin O'Connell New England Patriots
128 Donnie Avery St. Louis Rams
129 Earl Bennett Chicago Bears
130 Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers
131 Jerome Simpson Cincinnati Bengals
133 Andre Caldwell Cincinnati Bengals
134 Early Doucet III Arizona Cardinals
135 Harry Douglas Atlanta Falcons
136 James Hardy Buffalo Bills
137 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers
138 DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles
139 Malcolm Kelly Washington Redskins
140 Mario Manningham New York Giants
141 Limas Sweed Pittsburgh Steelers
142 Eddie Royal Denver Broncos
143 Devin Thomas Washington Redskins
149 Jake Long Miami Dolphins
150 Glenn Dorsey Kansas City Chiefs

McFadden is obviously the early draw followed by Ryan, Stewart, Flacco, Brohm and Mendenhall. I think it is interesting to note that Topps included Patriots quarterback Kevin O'Connell perhaps hoping he will end up just like Tom Brady in six or seven years.

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