Let's get started on Week 1!
To kick off the season, I picked up a discounted blaster of 2012 Topps Football. The blaster consists of 10 packs (8 cards per) and 1 Captain "C" Patch.
The majority of these posts will have some cards shown up front, and some cards shown with the individual matchups. My standard scoring rules are: 1 points for a base card. 2 points for a base rookie, and 2 points for an insert. I'll note any other points with each matchup.
Let the games begin:
I'm not really sure why Topps decided to not just save this design for a base set. They make no mention on either the front or back as to what insert set they're from. For that reason, these are only worth 1 point.
Those tallboys are so freaking sweet. In fact, these three cards are worth 3 points each. Flacco makes an appearance on two inserts in the first week. I guess he's the early favorite for MVP.
NEW YORK GIANTS 8, DALLAS COWBOYS 3
>>> This one just wasn't close. I subtracted one point from the Cowboys because Dez is a punk, but the added a point because he was a beast toward the end of the season. The Giants, though, landed 2 QB Immortals inserts and a David Wilson (former Hokie, +1 bonus) RC.
CHICAGO BEARS 10, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 3
>>> While the Colts did land an Andrew Luck RC (+1 bonus for being #1 pick), it wasn't enough to overcome the best card in the blaster. I awarded 10 points for the Captain patch. I think these are some of the best looking manupatches out there. I may have to find another of these blasters.
CLEVELAND BROWNS 3, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 3
>>> Our first tie...however, the Browns get the win because one of their base cards was on my want list.
ST. LOUIS RAMS 5, DETROIT LIONS 5
>>> Each team hit 1 base and 2 RC, but the Rams get the win because Ndamukong Suh is dirty.
MIAMI DOLPHINS 6, HOUSTON TEXANS 1
>>> Miami originally scored 7, but I subtracted 1 because it took 3 QBs (Garrard, Tannehill, Moore). Regardless, the Texans' 1 base card was a pitiful showing.
ATLANTA FALCONS 4, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 1
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 3, MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3
>>> Jags take the win since I needed one of their cards.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 5, WASHINGTON REDSKINS 3
>>> The Paramount Pairs insert makes the difference in this game.
NEW YORK JETS 4, BUFFALO BILLS 2
>>> The Bills hit an insert, but nothing else. Sanchez was a no show for the Jets, which likely helped them win.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 8, TENNESSEE TITANS 5
>>> This was a pretty good matchup, but the Tallboy and a QB reprint were just too much for the Titans to handle.
ARIZONA CARDINALS 1, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 0
>>> Both teams landed a single base card, but the Seahawk was Matt Flynn. No points are awarded for a multi-multi-multi-multi-million-dollar benchwarmer.
GREEN BAY PACKERS 6, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 3
>>> The Packers got 6 points on 6 base cards. Impressive.
CAROLINA PANTHERS 3, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 1
DENVER BRONCOS 2, PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2
>>> 2 base cards versus 1 RC. What to do, what to do. Well, 2>1, so congrats to the Broncos.
BALTIMORE RAVENS 8, CINCINNATI BENGALS 3
>>> Flacco owned the Bengals.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 4, OAKLAND RAIDERS 1
Standings: (I'm not perfect, so let me know if anything is wrong)