A high-end baseball card brand makes its return just after the start of the new season when 2018 Topps Definitive Collection baseball is unveiled the week of April 18. The release date is four months earlier than the 2017 debut issue.
Each card will be numbered to 50 or less with all cards containing an on-card autograph. Each box will have eight cards including six autographs or autographed relic cards along with a pair of what Topps calls “Premium Relics.”
Expect retail prices to fall somewhere in the $800 neighborhood per box with three boxes per case.
2018 Topps Definitive Autographs
Definitive Rookie Autographs will feature 25 top rookies from the 2018 season. There will be image variations for some. Green parallels will be numbered to 25; Purple to 10 and Red will be 1/1.
Legendary Autograph Collection will feature up to 45 all-time greats with a career accolade listed on the front along with the on-card autograph. There will be Purple parallels numbered to 5 and the 1/1 Reds.
Among the most elusive hits will be the Cut Signature autographs with a checklist of about 50 past greats. All are 1/1.
Base Autograph Relic Collection cards will offer Jumbo relic pieces along with autographs of over 35 of notable rookie and veteran athletes along with
- Green Parallel – #’d to 25
- Purple Parallel – #’d to 10
- Team Logo Patch Red Parallel – #’d 1/1
- MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Red Parallel – #’d 1/1
- Majestic Logo Patch Red Parallel – #’d 1/1
- Jersey Button Red Parallel – #’d 1/1
- Laundry Tag Red Parallel – #’d 1/1
Deﬁnitive Autograph Relics will highlight elite veterans and retired greats with a large relic piece and an on-card autograph. Parallels include Green (# to 10); Purple (# to 5) and Red (1/1).
Framed Autograph Patch Collection will include jersey patch pieces and autographs of veterans and rookies with Purple (# to 10) and Red (1/1) parallels.
Non-Auto Relic Cards
Deﬁnitive Nameplate Collection will be 1/1 cards with rookies, veterans and past greats shown alongside jersey letter patch pieces while Definitive Patch Collection are described as “unique jersey patches.”
Jumbo Relic Collection cards will feature current players with jersey pieces from special commemorative uniforms used on games in 2017 such as 4th of July, Mother’s Day, Fathers’ Day, Players Weekend, and more. There will be Blue (# to 35); Green (# to 15); Purple (# to 5) and 1/1 Red Parallels.
Game-used helmet pieces from MLB stars will be embedded in Definitive Helmet Collection. Parallels include:
- Purple – #’d to 10.
- MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Red – #’d 1/1.
- Rawlings Authentic Tag Red – #’d 1/1.
- Rawlings Logo Red – #’d 1/1.
- Rawlings Performance Rating Red Parallel – #’d 1/1.