If you drive a Benz, never have dinner without fine wine and your furniture is made of rich Mahogany, you’ll appreciate the marketing push behind 2016 Topps ‘The Mint’ Baseball, due for its debut at-bat in August.
Among the autographs is an unforgettable bonus baby who was no stranger to the spoils of being a top prospect: Nuke LaLoosh. Although he wasn’t mentioned in the preliminary product info, Topps did include an image of the fireballer from Bull Durham with a signature from actor Tim Robbins. Topps will also feature the Bull Durham cast and autographs in its 2016 Archives Baseball product, due out in early June.
2016 Topps The Mint Configuration
Calling it “an unblemished trading card experience” that will “raise the bar for premium card collecting” with a “laboriously honed checklist”, Topps says 2016 The Mint will have five cards per pack/box—all autographed and sequentially numbered.
While a checklist isn’t likely expected until this summer, at well over $100 per auto, it’s a fairly safe bet that Topps will keep the focus on recognizable players from the past and present.
Autographed Content will include Franchise, which will feature current “upper echelon” players according to Topps; Gem Mint 10 (where Nuke’s card will go—along with “new additions to the Topps product family,” according to sales info), Arrivals (2016 rookies who may have added their MLB debut date inscription if they arrived last year) and Golden Engraving (retired legends).
Each autograph will be done with metallic ink. Topps says there will be “extremely limited” image variations for some cards and they are promising only three autograph parallels: Blue (# to 50), Green (# to 10) and Red (# to 1).
Autographed Relic Cards
Auto Relic cards will include only pieces with MLB authentication. Authentic Patch Autographs will be multi-colored jersey pieces. Look for Green (# to 10) and Red (1/1) parallels on those.
2016 The Mint Baseball is due out the week of August 17.