Topps’ $25,000 per box Transcendent Baseball product will release on Friday. If you’re willing to spend that much, you’ll get a chance to meet Kris Bryant in Las Vegas.
Production of Transcendent, the highest priced sports card box ever created, is limited to 65—a number Topps chose in commemoration of the company’s 65th anniversary.
Each box contains 168 cards including 50 framed autographs from nearly 40 living figures as well as a cut signature from a sports or pop culture icon such as Babe Ruth, George Washington or Christy Mathewson. Among the players on the checklist are Ichiro, Nolan Ryan, Kris Bryant, Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski, Vin Scully, Mike Trout and Derek Jeter. Transcendent Collection also goes beyond baseball to offer signed cards of soccer legend Pelé and Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.
Each box also contains an invitation to the Topps Anniversary Party on January 18, 2017 in Las Vegas. You’ll have to get there on your own, but the experience includes hotel accommodations, cocktails, dinner, special gifts and the meet and greet with Bryant, who lives in Vegas and will be, presumably, available for autographs during the event. Bryant has an endorsement deal with Topps and has signed thousands of autographs for insertion into the company’s products.
“Going to an event like this is every sports fan’s dream,” said David Leiner, Vice President and General Manager of the North American Sports and Entertainment Division at Topps. “You can’t get this type of experience anywhere else. Whoever gets to go to the event will meet Kris Bryant in an intimate setting and talk to one of the best young players in today’s game. It’s going to be amazing.”
While the product may seem like something for the wealthy, some collectors are choosing to participate via box breaks that are available online. You can see what’s been posted on eBay here.