For various reasons, including Virginia Tech and Bud Foster's dismantling of Ohio State on Saturday, I decided to treat myself to a box of 2014 Flair Showcase football. From what I'd seen online, it looked pretty good. It's a UD product, so the players are in their college uniforms, which is right up my alley. The only Hokie on the checklist is Logan Thomas, but he's on there quite a bit.
The box format is 12 packs with 6 cards per pack. Each box averages 1 auto and 1 relic. Additionally, each box should have a patch auto, Precious Metal Gems parallel, or Jambalaya insert.
The base+SP set consists of 200 cards. The first 100 are called Row 2:
The fronts are well done as are the backs. It definitely feels like Flair Showcase.
Cards 101-150 are Row 1 and fall roughly 1 per pack:
Again, I think the design looks great. The Row 1 cards drop the background player making the subject jump off the card.
Cards 151-200 are Row 0 and feature 25 rookies and 25 veterans. They are 1:3 packs, or 4 per box.
The Row 0 cards are horizontal with a background player image.
Here's a look at all three together:
These three Ka'Deem Carey cards all came from the same pack. Pretty cool if you ask me.
I managed to get the Row 2 and Row 1 Logan Thomas cards:
I love that you can tell they got pictures from more than one game.
Each Row has blue Legacy parallels that fall ~2 per box. I got two Row 2 parallels, each numbered to 150:
|Stephen Morris and Devonta Freeman|
Peyton and Johnny are two of the best names to pull, so I was happy about that.
Now, on to the hits. Relics/Autos also have the three Row levels.
My relic was a Row 0 relic of Johnny Football:
I love the Aggie Maroon swatch.
Here's my auto, it's a Row 2:
Wowzers that card is awesome. Watkins is a beast, and the gold ink looks amazing on the gold-foil-accented card. Before I show the last hit, I can already tell you I loved this product. I think it has a great design, and my box was a pretty good one.
My third "hit" was not a PMG or case-hit Jambalaya. Instead, I got a patch auto, but not just any patch auto:
Logan Thomas Row 0 Patch Auto #17/49
It just doesn't get much better than that. I think the cardboard gods were looking out for me after the Orel of Destiny.
I know I've praised this set enough, but I have to point out something awesome. Looking at my three LT cards, there are 5 unique images on the card fronts. Judging by the jerseys/helmets, I can tell you they came from 3 different games. 5 unique images from 3 different games. That is unreal.