2013 Topps Mini Baseball will make its debut at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago July 31. The company released preview images and more details on the second issue of the Mini product on Tuesday.
There will be 661 cards from series 1 and 2, measuring 2 ¼” by 3 1/8”. The print run will be ‘limited’ according to Topps with boxes priced at a fairly reasonable $50.
Boxes are also being sold exclusively through the Topps online store.
Topps brought the Mini concept back at last year’s NSCC in Baltimore to mostly positive reviews. Again this year, boxes will contain 24 packs with ten cards per pack and one autograph or relic card per box.
More Chasing History inserts will pop up in the Mini line but that appears to be the only insert set, which should please traditional set collectors, but there will also be randomly inserted parallels and printing plates, which will presumably be serial numbered.
There will be Yasiel Puig autographs in the product, marking the young sensation’s first live autographs inside a Topps product. Other Puig signatures have been issued as redemption cards.
Other signers in 2013 Topps Mini Baseball include Shelby Miller, Buster Posey, Yu Darvish, Mike Trout, Adam Jones and all-time greats Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr., Sandy Koufax and even the late Duke Snider.
Sold out at the factory, the 2012 mini boxes have been selling for around $75 on eBay. The online price for the 2013 issue will be $52.99. See a preview gallery below.