Topps has announced 2018 Topps Tribute Baseball, which they are describing as “the first premium trading card release of the MLB season.” Once again, Tribute will include a mix of current players, legends, and rookies with a February 2018 release date. Here is what you can expect in a pack, box, and/or case.
2018 Topps Tribute Basics
Each pack will contain two base cards and one autograph, auto relic, or relic card. A box will contain six packs and is guaranteed to include one Stamp of Approval MLB Authenticated Relic Card, one Dual Relic, and one Tribute Relic Card with at least three autographed cards at somewhere around $275/box. A case will contain six boxes with two 2018 rookie cards, drawn from up to ten members of the 2018 rookie class.
No details on the base set checklist has been released, other than to say it will include veterans, young stars, rookies, and legends. The base set will have a number of parallel sets as is typical with most Topps releases including green, purple, red (#’d to 10), and black (1/1).
Each case of 2018 Topps Tribute baseball will contain at least three autographs spread across a number of subets. The highlight may be the Tribute Career Achievement Award focusing on Sandy Koufax and consisting of 20 cards, each a 1/1. Next is Iconic Perspective Autographs featuring on card autographs and numbered to 99 or less. League Inauguration Autographs feature the 2018 rookie class with orange (#’d to 25), red (#’d to 10), and black (1/1) parallels.
Tribute Autographs will emulate the base set by including veterans, rookies, and retired players with green, purple (#’d to 50), orange (#’d to 25), red (#’d to 10), black (#’d to 1/1), and printing plates (1/1). Tribute to the Moment Continuity Autographs will continue from the 2017 release and be inserted one per case. Generations of Excellence Autographs will also be inserted one per case for 2018 and feature tried stars. Tribute to the Moment and Generations of Excellence will have orange (#’d to 25), red (#’d to 10), and black (1/1) parallels. Lastly, Tribute Tandems Book cards promise what Topps is describing as “unique combinations” and Autographed Patch Cards, which will, of course, pair an autograph with a piece of memorabilia.
Each box will contain one Stamp of Approval Relic which will feature veteran players and young stars. Each box will also contain a Dual Relic featuring one or two stars with two pieces of memorabilia. A box will also contain a Tribute Triple Relic containing three pieces of memorabilia. Each relic subset will also have green, purple (#’d to 50), orange (#’d to 25), and white (1/1) parallels. Lastly, there will be Prime Patch Autographed Relic cards, each a 1/1.
2018 Topps Tribute is due out the week of February 21.