When it comes to baseball, Topps has it...sometimes. Unfortunately they are hit or miss with some of their products but as our only choice in the matter, we're forced to accept it.
Football is a different story. Topps' football products are...not so great. Personally, I feel Panini is MILES beyond what Topps is doing in terms of getting the bang for your buck. Let me explain.
Normally I'm all about baseball but as I stated a few days ago, football has caught my attention. The main reason for this being that the local shop hosts a Super Bowl trade party, where collectors in the area flock to watch the big game, eat some pizza and talk and (once the hands are washed) trade some cards. I went last year and it was a good time. I made some decent deals but nothing to write home about. This year though, I'm going in with a different approach; football. Football cards are huge in that store and while baseball deals were done, it seemed like most were after some good football hits. Here is where Panini rules the football roost. Follow me as I go through a few recent releases from them and why they're good.
My one qualm with Panini is that some of the sets start to look alike and its tough to tell what is from where. Thankfully they all have some sort of logo determining what set they are from. They love foil board too. Sooooo many shiny cards from Panini, you usually need sunglasses. I don't know if football collectors even put sets together, they seem to go for jerseys/autos and rookies mainly but there are some nice looking sets to be had.
I'll stick with Topps for baseball (namely because I have to) but for football its Panini all the way. Kind of really makes me want them to be able to do baseball, give Topps some real competition.