I've seen breaks of this year's product already and I knew that I was a fan of the design. It looks like something that Fleer would have come out with in the 90's - just done better. It has a very artsy aesthetic that I enjoy quite a bit. I don't think this design would be in everybody's taste, but I've heard a number of breakers really liking it. It's cool that Topps went out of the design comfort zone a bit here.
Inception is full of rookie content alongside a strong veteran presence. The rookies have the designated rookie card symbol on their cards. I seem to remember Inception being a heavy rookie-based product when it initially was introduced. Bowman Inception might be the better product of the two to go prospect hunting, but you can definitely get your rookie fix here as all the big names are in the set.
The standard Inception base cards have a white background, and those are probably my favorite looking of the bunch, but the numbered parallels add a colorful flair to Inception's look. The Bregman above is numbered to just 25. It's a nice pull to get, but to be honest, I was actually gunning for a pink parallel numbered to 99. I just think the pink that they used this year really pops. I might have to find some on eBay to pick up as singles.
Inception isn't a product that is priced too highly. It is well under the hundred dollar mark and you are guaranteed an autographed hit per box. The hit I got features a nice, clean signature on the card, but it's about as basic as you can find in Inception. The patch versions have an awesome look to them with a sizable piece of patch. Though they look spectacular, I have found the prices on these patch cards to be relatively reasonable on the secondary market.
- Great design this year.
- Not terribly expensive.
- High quality cards.
- Not a ton of hobby love for Inception.
- The design may not be to everyone's taste.
- Very hit or miss.