by Chris Harris
You knew it was only a matter of time. It was only a matter of time until Topps brought their mega-premium football brand Five Star to baseball. Sure enough, on in late October, 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball will arrive at hobby shops everywhere.
Each five-card pack will yield four autographs and a relic card – all low-numbered with all autographs signed on-card. But unlike other “high-end” products Topps has released lately, the provisional checklist is loaded with not an Angel Pagan or Drew Stubbs to be found (yet). When, arguably, the weakest name on the checklist is a former AL MVP (George Bell), you know Topps isn’t screwing around.
Unlike the football edition, which skews heavily towards rookies, the baseball Five Star will have all the usual retired/deceased subjects that have been popping up in other Topps Baseball products lately. Bat knobs, bat barrels, jersey letters, and multi-swatch patch cards galore of Hall of Famers like Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio to superstars like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder can all be had. Of course, Five Star will not be completely devoid of rookie card content. Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes, and Yu Darvish autographs/auto-gamers can also be found.
None of this will come cheap; and at $500/pack, 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball is not for everyone. One-of-one cut-signatures and super sized jumbo swatches all have their price, and yes, Topps isn’t making this out of the goodness of their heart. Perhaps then, as a way to “add value” to such a pricey product, Topps is creating a new “Five Star Club.”
Details of the Five Star Club are a bit vague, but one can assume that it will be geared towards the “Whales” and “High-Rollers” the Five Star brand is marketed towards. Club members will be entitled to free Five Star cards, access to the Topps staff, VIP tickets to major card shows, and other benefits that will be named later.
2012 Topps Five Star Baseball will be released October 31. Each pack will contain five cards and each case three packs. A pack should retail in the $500 range. Check out the photo gallery and preliminary checklist below.