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2013 Topps Baseball Day One

Wax pack wrappers were flying at hobby shops around North America on Wednesday as 2013 Topps Baseball Series One–the kickoff of the company’s flagship brand that’s been around since 1952–arrived.

Those who don’t live near a baseball card store or couldn’t get there were busy buying and selling online.  Dealers who ordered cases were madly breaking them down in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle with a few inserts they could move on eBay before prices settled down.

Those with the patience to wait until the case breaking began rather than pre-ordering will save money. With hundreds of cases broken over the last two days, base sets can be had online for less than $20 and that number will continue to fall. Sad to say, base cards quickly become a near giveaway on the major releases from Topps, which prints millions of them.

Insert Sets

The toughest insert set to find? Seems there’s not much doubt about that according to the Twitter post of a big case breaker:


Other semi-hard to find sets were moving.  One case buster sold a 330-card set of Emerald Green parallels for $249.99.

Ultimate Chase Card Redemptions

Both retail and hobby collectors will can find special Ultimate Chase Card Redemptions randomly inserted in this year’s packs.  What Topps calls an “extremely exclusive set” consists of of thirty 1 of 1s featuring baseball’s best current starts retried greats. 

Each card in the set is individually designed and constructed making each one unique . 

Every card in the set features a relic like a bat knob, name plate or a jumbo patch and either an autograph or a cut signature.   Collectors can look for the following Ultimate Chase Cards in 2013 Topps Series One

The Ultimate Chase autographed bat knob cards include:

•             Tony Gwynn

•             Reggie Jackson

•             Al Kaline

•             Stan Musial

•             Johnny  Bench

•             Mike Schmidt 

Autographed Jumbo patch:

•             Don Sutton

•             Ken Griffey Jr.

•             Mike Schmidt          

•             Nolan Ryan

•             Tony Gwynn

•             Al Kaline

•             Sandy Koufax

•             Jim Palmer

•             Cal Ripken Jr.

•             Tony Gwynn

Autographed Bat Nameplates

•             Ernie Banks

•             Bob Gibson

•             Reggie Jackson

•             Al Kaline

Autographed Relic

•             Willie Mays

Ultimate Chase cut signature bat nameplate

•             Roberto Clemente 

Ultimate Chase cut signature relics

•             Babe Ruth

•             Roberto Clemente

•             Jackie Robinson 

Ultimate chase autographed  jersey laundry tag

•             Nolan Ryan

Cal Ripken autographed Topps Spring Fever Special Spring Fever Redemption cards are randomly inserted into packs of Topps Series One.

Finders of these cards can redeem them at a hobby store during the first week of Spring Training (February 20th-February 27th ) to receive an exclusive 5-card pack of Topps Spring Fever baseball cards.

The Spring Fever set features current superstars and retired legends. Collectors can also find exclusive autographed cards  in these packs.

Jose Reyes Blue Jays cardNo #7, Yes #331

Topps retired the #7 from its card sets several years ago and this year there is a card #331 but unlike last year, it’s not a super short print.

Jose Reyes is pictured with his new team, the Blue Jays on card #331.  Topps worked a little graphics magic to get Reyes into a Toronto road uniform even though he’s yet to play a game with the Jays.

Unlike the recent past, there do not appear to be any SSPs in 2013 Topps.  No squirrels.


Topps did short print 25 “Out of Bounds” photo variations that show players leaping to make catches or going into the stands after batted balls.  Reports indicate there are no more than three of those per case.

Finally…an up to the minute list of the most watched 2013 Topps Baseball listings on eBay.

2013 Topps Tier One Chase Utley 1/1 Bat Knob Patch Phillies
29 bids - Price: $239.08 - Watchers: 39
Item # 371138882165
2013 Topps Tier One Bryce Harper 1/1 Bat Knob Patch Nationals
17 bids - Price: $810.00 - Watchers: 34
Item # 380993328250
2013 Topps Tier One Willie Mays Signed AUTO 41/50 Giants HOF
18 bids - Price: $127.51 - Watchers: 31
Item # 380993311123
2013 Topps Five Star Booklet Dan Marino 3-CLR JERSEY PATCH AUTO /10 (PWCC)
17 bids - Price: $85.99 - Watchers: 31
Item # 141400627185
16 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 30
Item # 111457950758
2013 Topps Five Star Hank Aaron Silver Signatures Auto
18 bids - Price: $151.00 - Watchers: 29
Item # 131290825627
2013 Cordarrelle Patterson Topps Chrome Auto Refractor /150 Sepia Refractor /99
14 bids - Price: $52.84 - Watchers: 29
Item # 281434555938
2013 Topps Five Star Mike Trout auto # to 25
15 bids - Price: $168.50 - Watchers: 27
Item # 331314331257
2013 Topps Tier One Garciaparra Ortiz Pedro Martinez Triple AUTO /10 Red Sox
11 bids - Price: $106.28 - Watchers: 27
Item # 380993329792
2013 Topps Finest BLUE REFRACTOR Cordarrelle Patterson RC On Card Auto 17/25 SP
12 bids - Price: $39.00 - Watchers: 27
Item # 221546222044
Matthew Stafford 2013 Topps Five Star Signatures Rainbow Auto Card #15/15 Lions
5 bids - Price: $26.99 - Watchers: 26
Item # 221546136237
2013 Topps #116 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Rookie RC Patch Signed AUTO 2/25
12 bids - Price: $48.55 - Watchers: 26
Item # 371138979306
About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].


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