The experiment of Topps Finest baseball as an online-exclusive has ended after one year. It’s back to regular distribution, even if that means only hobby and not retail when cards hit outlets in early June.
A master box will include two mini-boxes, with six packs per mini-box and five cards to a pack. Topps is promising two on-card autographs per master box.
2017 Topps Finest Base Set
Using chrome technology and a sprinkling of retro-type designs, the 2017 Topps Finest base set will include veterans and rookies. There will be plenty of parallels in purple, blue, green, gold, orange (numbered to 25), red (5) and 1/1 SuperFractors. There also will be new low-numbered Wave Autograph parallels.
A new case hit, Finest Finishes Autographs, will pay tribute to some of the greatest finishes in major-league history with on-card autographs. These cards also will have parallels in orange (numbered to 25), red (5), and 1/1 SuperFractors.
The autograph subsets continue with Finest Originals, which will feature different kinds of Topps Finest buybacks with on-card signatures.
One of the more compelling inserts for 2017 will be the Finest Careers Die-Cut subset, featuring retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. These will drop two to a case, and also will have parallels in orange, numbered to 25; red (5); and SuperFractor (1/1). There also will be low-numbered autograph variations.
Other inserts will include Finest Breakthroughs, which in its debut will highlight baseball’s top young stars with chrome refractor technology; Finest Firsts will showcase the biggest stars of MLB’s rookie class; and Topps will go outside of baseball by debuting a 1994-95 Basketball insert, which will go retro with the 1994-95 Topps Finest basketball design and feature a mix of top stars and retired greats.
These inserts will have orange refractor parallels, numbered to 25; red (5); SuperFractor (1/1); and low-numbered autograph variations.