by Rich Klein
There have been several types of products Topps has issued in recent years. Some of are focused on the basics which include any of the flagship basic Topps products as well as releases such as Opening Day. Even Topps Heritage can be included in this grouping. Other branches of the Topps line include the “mid-range” in which the boxes are designed to retail at approximately $100 per with several hits per box. There’s the high end product like Triple Threads, Five Star and the newly minted 2013 Topps Museum Collection.
With an SRP of $50 per pack at my local card store, that is a significant amount of money for just five cards which relates to nearly $10 per card. The Museum Collection master box consists of four mini-boxes of five cards with each master box promising one on-card autograph, one autographed relic card, one quad relic and one jumbo relic.
The base cards have the player photo in the center with and the player name on the bottom. The backs have biographical information, a brief informational blurb and career statistics. Each box has three base cards, a parallel and the hit. My local card store (Triple Cards in Plano, TX) sold out easily at $50 per mini-box while leading on-line retailers are now between $205-225 per master box of four.
So let’s do a mini-box breakdown:
Base Cards Miguel Cabrera. Juan Marichal, David Price
Blue Parallel (#d to 99): Cole Hamels
Primary Pieces Quad Relic: Matt Kemp
Base Cards: Lou Brock, Starlin Castro, Yu Darvish
Copper Parallel (#’d to 424): Chris Sale
Momentous Material Jumbo Relic: Neal Walker
Green Parallel (#d to 199); Stephen Strasburg
Canvas Collection: Carlton Fisk
Signature Swatches Dual Relic Autograph (#d to 50): Brandon Phillips
Copper Parallel (#d to 424); Aroldis Chapman
Primary Pieces Quad Player Relics (#d to 99): Ian Kinsler/Robinson, Cano/Dustin Pedroia/Jackie Robinson
And that is what we received. To me, the highlight was getting a bat relic including Jackie Robinson as the other inserts were nice but nothing too exciting. A check of eBay shows a lot of lesser known autographs selling for under $5.
However, there are a lot of very nice hits in Museum Collection including some Sandy Koufax and Cal Ripken autographs that have already been pulled so if you are lucky enough to snare one, you will do quite well. But remember at $10 per card cost, this rip is not for the faint of heart.
Rich Klein Can be reached at [email protected]