Topps ended its 60-year NFL trading card last year with a high-end release that proved very popular. With football cards now just a memory, 2017 Topps Definitive baseball will keep the brand name alive when it arrives for the first time on May 3.
Plans for Definitive baseball were announced Monday morning. It’ll again be a high-end, hits only proposition with six autographs (including auto relics) and two standard relic cards per box.
Case hits will include:
Definitive Nameplate Collection
Autograph Inscription Collection
Legendary Autograph Collection
Definitive Patch Collection
Definitive Cut Signatures
Autos and Auto Relics
The Base Autograph Relic Collection card checklist will likely have 40 players’ on-card autographs accompanied by large relic pieces. All will be numbered and include several parallels including Green (# to 25 or less) and Purple (# to 10 or less). There will be several different 1/1 Red parallels as well including those featuring the player’s team logo, MLB logo, Majestic logo, a jersey button and laundry tag.
The Definitive Autograph Relic Collection will highlight popular past and present players with a jumbo relic piece and on-card autograph. Each will be numbered with Green (# to 10); Purple (# to 5) and 1/1 Red parallels in the mix.
Legendary Autographs will feature some of the top players of all-time in an “accolades” theme noting their achievements. All will be sequentially numbered with Purple parallels numbered to 5 or less and 1/1 Red.
Dual Autographs will include up to 30 all-time combinations of Franchise Favorites, MLB legends or future stars, all serially numbered. Autographs will be on card, with Green parallels numbered to 10 or less, Purple numbered to 5 or less and 1/1 Red parallels.
Autograph Inscription Collection will focus on what Topps calls “Fan Favorites including the highest profile rookies, beloved veteran stars and iconic legends.” Each will be hand-signed and numbered with 1/1 Red parallels.
The Definitive Rookie Autographs checklist will include up to 35 rookies with on-card autographs. Select rookies will have image variations to chase. Each will be numbered with Green parallels numbered to 25; Purple to 10 and Reds to 1.
Framed Autograph Collection is expected to include 25 elite rookies, veterans and Hall of Fame players in cards that have metal frames. The on card signatures will be numbered with Purple (# to 10) and Red (1/1) parallels.
Topps also says the product will include a group of about 50 cut signature cards from past greats.
Autograph Patch Books will be among the big hits with a checklist of 20 players. All will be numbered with 1/1 parallels.
Framed Autograph Patches will have a 35-player checklist of elite rookies and veteran players on framed cards with on-card autographs and jersey patch pieces. Both the Dual Auto Relics and Framed Auto Patches will be numbered with Purple and Red parallels.
Jumbo Relic and Patch Collection cards will include about 40 players with swatches from the special jerseys worn on Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Independence Day and other notable events last season. Each will be numbered with Purple, Green, Blue and Red parallels.
Definitive Nameplate Collection will have up to 45 past and present players with the letters from their MLB jersey nameplates. Each will be 1/1.
Definitive Patches are 1/1 with unique patches from their jerseys.