by Rich Klein
One of the statements we have used increasingly over the past year is that “this product is not for the weak of heart”. The 2012 Topps Museum Collection product is not anexception to that rule. Topps again has produced a beautifully designed and attractive issue with top notch selection in the base cards and a guarantee on the outside of the box that is almost always matched if not surpassed.
It’ll cost you to see them, though.
The cards in the Museum Collection set are full-bordered with the player’s photo in the middle of the card against a white background. The player’s name is below his photo and his position is located at the bottom. The back has a team logo along with biographical information as well as a brief informational blurb to go with career major league statistics. Each master box consists of four mini-boxes with five cards per mini box.
Each master box promises one on-card autograph, one autograph relic. one quad relic and one jumbo relic. Obviously, the packs (or mini boxes if you prefer) contain one of those four options. The current prices for this product from leading online retailers are between $210-225 per master box with mini-boxes available for up to $60 per. My local card store (Triple Cards in Plano, TX) sold out of his four case allotment at $192.50 for the master boxes with his mini boxes selling at $50 per. He did comment that the hit selection was not great although one of his customers did pull a 1-1 Joe Mauer MLB Patch card.
Here is what was inside our master box:
Base Cards: 11 different of 100. 11% of the set
Copper Parallel (#d to 299): Elvis Andrus, Adrian Gonzalez
Green Parallel (#d to 199): Carlton Fisk, Joey Votto
Canvas Collection: Rod Carew
Primary Pieces Quad Relics (#d to 99): Adrian Gonzalez
Momentous Moments Jumbo relics: Matt Cain
Archival Autograph (#d to 99): Clayton Kershaw
Signature Swatches Dual Relic (#d to 179): Danny Espinosa
A nice Kershaw autograph was the big hit here. One could certainly do worse than that. When I mentioned the player selection of my “hits” to my local store owner he said his customers had very few big name hits themselves.
As we can see, this product is doing well in the secondary market as collectors understand that the autograph/relic option is actually for the most part going to be a decent player. As for me, I hope that Espinosa and the Nationals have far better years than Tyson Ross or Tyler Colvin (my two major hits in a couple of 2011 Topps products) had in 2011.
You can see what’s available on eBay here.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]