Need a collecting challenge? 2014 Topps Turkey Red football has some

bridgewaterWhat happens when you have a retail-only, hit-per-pack product that can be condition sensitive with a likely modest print run and sometimes-rocky collation? A super collecting challenge — and a product that is available now at an outrageous price as part of Blowout Cards’ Super Bowl 50 sale coinciding with the big game.

How outrageous? Keep reading …

2014tpturkeyredFBThe 2014 Topps Turkey Red football set presents a collecting challenge with some surprisingly expensive cards — even for rookies who may not have lived up to expectations. Need an example of how expensive? Click here. Yep, that much … even for Johnny Manziel. And one expensive card that’s unsigned? Click here.

There aren’t that many $100 cards popping out of retail packs regularly, but these two cards are not alone in Turkey Red. In fact that second sale above might be underselling the card based on scarcity. Overall, it seems autograph asking prices are healthy, too.

BridgewaterSPEach pack of Turkey Red includes just 11 cards — nine base card Rookie Cards, one mini parallel and one rookie autograph. The checklist (seen below) includes just 100 cards in the base set and there are 10 very short-printed photo variations of top rookies.

So, think about that. To build a mini base set one would have to open 100 packs at $20 a pack with perfect collation. That’s not likely. With there being an autograph in every pack, there’s also not a seemingly unlimited number of packs made, too, though the price per pack should also reinforce that. The mini set isn’t an impossible challenge given the singles prices there, but it would have been tough. The real challenge here are the base set short-prints, which Buzz has linked to already, and the autographs.

For the autographs, there are 78 players found on the checklist and it seems the premiere players here are much tougher autos to land than others. Any of the Green parallel autos are tough with just 10 copies made per player. The Black 1/1 parallels? Well, they’re even pricier. Overall, it seems autograph asking prices are strong, perhaps a sign that there was a good amount of this wax that went unopened, though completed auctions also show some bargains.

On top of all that, there are printing plates and that’s it. It’s a small and perhaps doable master set except for all those variables that make it tougher mentioned at the start — retail-only, hit-per-pack product that’s condition sensitive with a likely modest print run and sometimes-rocky collation.

The cello-wrapped packs were placed into somewhat loose boxes and their chipboard stock in some cases paid the price — that makes high-grade singles tougher here though there may be a perception that they’re not worth grading because of their retail status.

The rookie class here includes some big names — some who have delivered. Among them? Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr, Devonta Freeman, Khalil Mack, Teddy Bridgewater, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, A.J. McCarron, Jeremy Hill and Odell Beckham Jr. 

Check out the basic set and autograph checklists below.

As part of its Super Bowl 50 sale, BlowoutCards.com will present a Canton-worthy price on a single box of 2014 Topps Turkey Red — with a limit of one per household — giving many collectors a shot at some of these super-short bargain cards. (Click here for the sale price.)

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BASE SET — 100 cards with 10 SPs (110 total)
Each has mini parallel & four printing plates
No. 1 Johnny Manziel
No. 1 Johnny Manziel SP
No. 2 Jarvis Landry
No. 3 Will Sutton
No. 4 Michael Sam
No. 5 Ryan Shazier
No. 6 Derek Carr
No. 6 Derek Carr SP
No. 7 Timmy Jernigan
No. 8 Michael Campanaro
No. 9 Brandin Cooks
No. 10 Arthur Lynch
No. 11 Devonta Freeman
No. 12 Tom Savage
No. 13 Stephen Morris
No. 14 Darqueze Dennard
No. 15 Jared Abbrederis
No. 16 Dominique Easley
No. 17 Jason Verrett
No. 18 Troy Niklas
No. 19 C.J. Mosley
No. 20 Zach Mettenberger
No. 21 Andre Williams
No. 22 John Brown
No. 23 Jordan Matthews
No. 24 Trey Millard
No. 25 Richard Rodgers
No. 26 Jimmy Garoppolo
No. 27 Trent Murphy
No. 28 Jeff Janis
No. 29 James White
No. 30 Khalil Mack
No. 31 Charles Sims
No. 32 Anthony Barr
No. 33 Jeremy Hill
No. 34 De’Anthony Thomas
No. 35A Tre Mason
No. 35B Tre Mason SP
No. 36 Kelvin Benjamin
No. 37 Bishop Sankey
No. 37 Bishop Sankey SP
No. 38 Lache Seastrunk
No. 39 Paul Richardson
No. 40 Henry Josey
No. 41 C.J. Fiedorowicz
No. 42 Connor Shaw
No. 43 Cody Latimer
No. 44 Calvin Pryor
No. 45 Jake Matthews
No. 46 Donte Moncrief
No. 47 Jadeveon Clowney
No. 47 Jadeveon Clowney SP
No. 48 Aaron Murray
No. 49 Ra’Shede Hageman
No. 50 Blake Bortles
No. 50 Blake Bortles SP
No. 51 Kyle Van Noy
No. 52 Damien Williams
No. 53 Jordan Lynch
No. 54 Isaiah Crowell
No. 55 Allen Robinson
No. 56 Davante Adams
No. 57 Eric Ebron
No. 57 Eric Ebron SP
No. 58 Bradley Roby
No. 59 Ka’Deem Carey
No. 60 Odell Beckham Jr.
No. 61 Tajh Boyd
No. 62 Rajion Neal
No. 63 Bruce Ellington
No. 64 Jerick McKinnon
No. 65 A.J. McCarron
No. 66 Stephon Tuitt
No. 67 Dri Archer
No. 68 Josh Huff
No. 69 Greg Robinson
No. 70 Aaron Donald
No. 71 Martavis Bryant
No. 72 Kevin Norwood
No. 73 Marqise Lee
No. 74 Ryan Grant
No. 75 Cassius Marsh
No. 76 Deone Bucannon
No. 77 Carlos Hyde
No. 78 Zack Martin
No. 79 Kony Ealy
No. 80 Jalen Saunders
No. 81 Devin Street
No. 82 Marion Grice
No. 83 Sammy Watkins
No. 83 Sammy Watkins SP
No. 84 Colt Lyerla
No. 85 Mike Evans
No. 85 Mike Evans SP
No. 86 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
No. 87 Scott Crichton
No. 88 Garrett Gilbert
No. 89 Logan Thomas
No. 90 Jace Amaro
No. 91 Austin Seferian-Jenkins
No. 92 Shaquelle Evans
No. 93 David Fales
No. 94 Terrance West
No. 95 Ahmad Dixon
No. 96 Xavier Grimble
No. 97 Brandon Coleman
No. 98 Robert Herron
No. 99 Taylor Lewan
No. 100 Teddy Bridgewater
No. 100 Teddy Bridgewater SP
AUTOGRAPHS (skip-numbered set)
Each has a Green parallel limited to 10
No. 1 Johnny Manziel
No. 2 Jarvis Landry
No. 3 Will Sutton
No. 6 Derek Carr
No. 8 Michael Campanaro
No. 9 Brandin Cooks
No. 10 Arthur Lynch
No. 11 Devonta Freeman
No. 12 Tom Savage
No. 13 Stephen Morris
No. 14 Darqueze Dennard
No. 15 Jared Abbrederis
No. 16 Dominique Easley
No. 18 Troy Niklas
No. 19 C.J. Mosley
No. 20 Zach Mettenberger
No. 21 Andre Williams
No. 22 John Brown
No. 23 Jordan Matthews
No. 24 Trey Millard
No. 26 Jimmy Garoppolo
No. 28 Jeff Janis
No. 29 James White
No. 31 Charles Sims
No. 32 Anthony Barr
No. 33 Jeremy Hill
No. 36 Kelvin Benjamin
No. 37 Bishop Sankey
No. 38 Lache Seastrunk
No. 40 Henry Josey
No. 41 C.J. Fiedorowicz
No. 42 Connor Shaw
No. 43 Cody Latimer
No. 44 Calvin Pryor
No. 45 Jake Matthews
No. 47 Jadeveon Clowney
No. 48 Aaron Murray
No. 50 Blake Bortles
No. 51 Kyle Van Noy
No. 52 Damien Williams
No. 53 Jordan Lynch
No. 54 Isaiah Crowell
No. 55 Allen Robinson
No. 56 Davante Adams
No. 57 Eric Ebron
No. 58 Bradley Roby
No. 59 Ka’Deem Carey
No. 61 Tajh Boyd
No. 62 Rajion Neal
No. 63 Bruce Ellington
No. 64 Jerick McKinnon
No. 65 A.J. McCarron
No. 66 Stephon Tuitt
No. 67 Dri Archer
No. 69 Greg Robinson
No. 70 Aaron Donald
No. 71 Martavis Bryant
No. 72 Kevin Norwood
No. 75 Cassius Marsh
No. 76 Deone Bucannon
No. 79 Kony Ealy
No. 81 Devin Street
No. 82 Marion Grice
No. 83 Sammy Watkins
No. 85 Mike Evans
No. 86 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
No. 88 Garrett Gilbert
No. 89 Logan Thomas
No. 90 Jace Amaro
No. 91 Austin Seferian-Jenkins
No. 93 David Fales
No. 94 Terrance West
No. 95 Ahmad Dixon
No. 96 Xavier Grimble
No. 97 Brandon Coleman
No. 98 Robert Herron
No. 99 Taylor Lewan
No. 100 Teddy Bridgewater

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