I managed to pick up a box of this stuff for $15. 12 packs, 13 cards each. Let's take a stroll down memory lane.... 1999 Topps Finest Football.
First, the shiny teal green wrapper.... oooohhh.... shiny!
1st card- a Champ Bailey Rookie! (it says so on the card too...) Champ was later traded to Denver for Clinton Portis staight up. One of the few star for star trades I can remember...
Rob Conrad Rookie - Dolphins
Tim Biakabutuka - Panthers ( I had to re-type that one three times to get it right)
Michael Sinclair - Seahawks
Rod Smith - Broncos - A great wide receiver, recently retired.
Terrel Owens - 49'ers - another great wide out, love him or hate him....
Derrick Alexander - Chiefs WR - not to be confused with Derrick Alexander the defensive end.
Antowain Smith - Bills
Napoleon Kaufman - Raiders - not to be confused with the other Napoleon
Aeneas Williams - Cardinals - a vastly under-appreciated DB
Mark Chmura - Packers - a favourite target of my next card, who you might remember got into a little trouble recently for drinking a few wobbly pops at a party where the ladies weren't all old enough to be there...
Brett Favre - Packers - pure awesomeness The fronts are all nice and shiny, but the backs are pretty good too. Although no career stats, which I would have preferred.
Which leads to my question..... as I prepare (or rather as my wife prepares) to sort and put these into pages... rip or no rip?
Do you peel off the protective film? Or do you leave it on to preserve the originality? I won't say "value"... these are not going to pay for your kid's college fund....
Let me know... do you rip or no?