A sure sign of spring is more new baseball card sell sheets from Topps. Even if the product is still six months down the pike, it does make the winter days pass by a little quicker to take a look at a new product. The company offered up a taste of 2012 Topps Tier One on Thursday evening, with a "new configuration" according to the promotional material.
Collectors who purchase the one-pack boxes will find one Crowd Pleaser Autograph or Multi-Auto or Auto Relic or Cut Signature, one On the Rise Autograph and one Relic #’d to 339 or less. Every fourth pack will have a bonus relic and each 12-box case will have a Top Tier autograph that could include Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Carl Yastrzemski, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr. or other major current or retired star, numbered to no higher than 99.
New to Topps Tier One in its second go-round will be 1-1 bat knob cards and 'Clear Rookie Reprints', reprints of classic rookie cards printed on a clear plastic stock and signed on card. In fact, it appears as if the vast majority of the autographed cards in the product will be signed on card rather than stickers applied to the fronts.
Several dozen young stars have signed for the 'On the Rise' isnert including Clayton Kershaw, Michael Pineda, Freddie Freeman, Carlos Gonzalez, Aroldis Chapman, Dustin Ackley, Eric Hosmer, Anthony Rizzo, Mike Trout and many others. They're numbered to 399, while most of the others will be issued in far smaller quantities.
There will be white, silver and gold variations on the Topp Tier, On the Rise and Crowd Pleaser autographed cards.
Among the most sought after cards in the product will be the Autographed Prodigious Patches, which feature 10 active and retired superstars with a jumbo patch relic and an on-card autograph. Each is numbered to just ten.
Dealer cost is $68-70 per box and 2012 Topps Tier One is expected to be released the week of June 18.