Here it is, guys. The first box break/product review here at First and Goal.
First, the product breakdown. The box contained 24 packs of 6 cards, for a total of 144 cards. I paid $31.40 on eBay for this box, which breaks down to just under $0.22 per card.
Beyond the 124 base card set, this box could contain randomly inserted Gems (11 veterns), Sensations (11 rising stars), and Rookies (29) subsets, as well as Refractor parallels of all of these. The inserts consist of Double Team and Main Attractions, which both feature two players and either one or both sides having refractor technology, Prominent Figures, Leading Indicators, Team Finest, Future’s Finest, and Finest Salute. So, let’s get to the per pack break:
Pack 1: Fred Taylor (Sensations), Torry Holt (RC), Priest Holmes, Deion Sanders, Ike Hilliard, and Vonnie Holliday
Pack 2: Donovan McNabb (RC), Robert Brooks, Doug Flutie/Eric Moulds (Double Team Ref/Non-Ref), Frank Sanders, Jerome Bettis, and Freddie Jones
Pack 3: Michael Cloud (RC), J.J. Stokes, Ricky Dudley, Keyshawn Johnson, Ray Lewis, and Aaron Glenn
Pack 4: Peyton Manning (Sensations), Yancy Thigpen, Ed McCaffrey, Randall Cunningham, and John Elway
Pack 5: Chris McAlister (RC), Michael Strahan, Antowain Smith, Napoleon Kaufman, Gary Brown, and Ricky Proehl
Pack 6: Donovan McNabb (Future’s Finest Refractor – S/N 005/100), Joe Germaine, Michael Westbrook, Jake Plummer, Kordell Stewart, Trent Dilfer, and Courtney Hawkins
Pack 7: Eddie George (Gems), Eddie George, Derrick Alexander, Wayne Chrebet, Ty Law, and Chad Brown
Pack 8: Jerry Rice (Gems), Isaac Bruce, O.J. McDuffie, Keenan McCardell, Terance Mathis, and Peter Boulware
Pack 9: Rob Konrad (RC), Skip Hicks, Daunte Culpepper/Steve McNair (Main Attractions Non-Ref/Ref), Rod Smith, Brett Favre, and Reidel Anthony
Pack 10: Shaun King (RC), Muhsin Muhammed, Curtis Conway, Ricky Watters, Chris Chandler, and Steve Young
Pack 11: Jake Plummer (Sensations), Raghib Ismail, Eric Moulds, Vinny Testaverde, Jamal Anderson, and Dorsey Levens
Pack 12: Peerless Price (RC), Herman Moore, Dan Marino, Jimmy Smith, Levon Kirkland, and James Jett
Pack 13: Amos Zereoue (RC), Steve McNair, Andre Rison, Shannon Sharpe, Charles Woodson, and John Randle
Pack 14: EMMITT SMITH (Gems), Michael Sinclair, Michael Irvin, Charlie Batch, Robert Smith, Jerry Rice
Pack 15 James Johnson (RC), Joe Germaine/Troy Aikman (Main Attractions Ref/Ref), John Elway (Leading Indicators), Dan Marino (Prominent Figures S/N 3834/5084), Karim Abdul-Jabbar, and Warren Sapp
Pack 16: Champ Bailey (RC), Amos Zereoue (RC Refractor), Peyton Manning, Terry Glenn, Mike Alstott, and Antonio Freeman
Pack 17: Curtis Enis (Sensations), Marshall Faulk, Joey Galloway, Terrell Davis, Bobby Engram, and Bill Romanowski
Pack 18: Tim Couch (RC), Tim Biakabutuka, Doug Flutie, Ben Coates, Aeneas Williams, and Trent Green
Pack 19: Sedrick Irvin, Stephen Alexander, Fred Taylor, Curtis Martin, Mo Lewis, and Bert Emanuel
Pack 20: Ebenezer Ekuban (RC), Darney Scott, EMMITT SMITH, Barry Sanders, Terrell Owens, and Mark Chmura
Pack 21: Cade McNown (RC), Jake Reed, Drew Bledsoe, Tim Brown, Adrian Murrell, and Johnnie Morton
Pack 22: Dan Marino (Gems), Wesley Walls, Duce Staley, Randy Moss, Kevin Greene, and Tony Gonzalez
Pack 23: Jamal Anderson (Gems), Ty Detmer, Derrick Thomas, Troy Aikman, Garrison Heart, and Zach Thomas
Pack 24: Ricky Williams (RC), Brad Johnson, Bruce Smith, Corey Dillon, Andre Reed, and Jerome Pathon
I thought this was a pretty fun box break. Finest was definitely one of the best products from Topps in the late 90s, and 1999 was no exception. The base cards are good looking, the inserts are pretty nice, and of course the refractor technology is sweet. I was pleased that I didn’t pull any doubles out of 144 cards. I pulled a lot of the super stars of that day and a few of the key rookies. And of course, I am very happy with the two new additions to my Emmitt Smith collection.
So there you have it, 1999 Finest. What do you guys think of this product, or this box break in particular?