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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.

SPs

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.

MIKE TROUT 2013 TOPPS FIVE STAR ANGELS AUTO AUTOGRAPH 5/25
12 bids - Price: $142.50 - Watchers: 51
Item # 360904665205
2013 Topps Finest Football Eddie Lacy Superfractor Atomic Die-Cut Auto 1/1 SICK
24 bids - Price: $465.00 - Watchers: 43
Item # 141259464119
1/1 JASON HEYWARD 2013 TOPPS FIVE STAR BRAVES 3 COLOR PATCH AUTO 1/1
11 bids - Price: $113.50 - Watchers: 38
Item # 310926547255
2013 Topps Tier One Mike Trout Rickey Henderson Dual Auto 18/25 Grade 8.5 / 10
24 bids - Price: $162.50 - Watchers: 36
Item # 121315498039
2013 Topps Museum Tom Brady Logoshield 1/1 Logo Patch
5 bids - Price: $405.05 - Watchers: 31
Item # 261455671916
2013 Topps Chrome Tyler Skaggs Rookie Auto Red Refractor #9/25 Angles
12 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 30
Item # 121318979623
2013 Triple Threads Robert Woods Rookie Auto 1/1 Topps RC Autograph Patch Silver
10 bids - Price: $52.00 - Watchers: 30
Item # 291124706482
2013 Topps Museum Collection Dual Patch Auto Copper Andrew Luck #d 50
10 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 29
Item # 111326132076
MANNY MACHADO 2013 TOPPS CHROME AUTO RC #12 REDEMPTION ROOKIE ORIOLES
13 bids - Price: $46.00 - Watchers: 29
Item # 131142543273
2013 Topps 5 Star Bo Jackson Frank Thomas White Sox Dual Auto Book Booklet SP/10
10 bids - Price: $102.50 - Watchers: 27
Item # 321382021917
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