If you’d just as soon have your baseball card packs be free of base cards, you’re probably a fan of Topps Tier One. The annual MLB release makes its return in May with the 2019 version bringing more bat knobs and pieces, jersey swatches and uniform buttons.
2019 Topps Tier One Basics
Tier One is pretty simple. There are three cards in a box/pack. Two cards carry autographs and another is a straight relic card. This year’s edition has a release date of May 15. Expect boxes to open at around $100.
The 1/1 bat knob cards are traditionally the most popular feature in Tier One and they’re back this year with a checklist of around 50 different well-known players.
Limited Lumber will also be 1/1 and feature bat pieces.
Tier One All-Star Patches will include a jumbo-sized patch piece from the 2018 Monday workout. Are are 1/1 with 1/1 Autograph parallels also set to make their Tier One debut.
New this year are Tier One Uniform Button Relics with a checklist of modern day stars and all-time greats with relic swatches that contain buttons from jerseys and pants. They’ll be sequentially numbered to 5 or less with 1/1 Autograph parallels.
The standard Tier One Relics will have game-used relic pieces. All are numbered with Dual (# to 25) and Triple (1/1) parallels.
Tier One Legends Relics will feature past greats with a piece of game-used memorabilia. All are numbered with Dual (# to 25) and Triple (1/1) parallels.
Prodigious Patches will have a 50-player checklist of veterans, rookies and up and comers with jumbo-sized jersey patch pieces. All will be numbered to 10 except for the 1/1 Platinum parallels.
Autographed Relic Cards
The 2019 edition of Tier One Autographed Bat Knobs will include a checklist of up to 50. The embedded knob pieces will be paired with on-card autographs (1/1).
Tier One Autographed Limited Lumber also features bat pieces and on-card autographs from top stars (1/1).
Signature Tools Autograph Relics will include a piece of the pen used to sign the card (1/1).
Cut Signature Relics will have a checklist of up to 25 cards combining game-used relics and a vintage cut signature (1/1).
Autographed Tier One Relics will highlight past and present stars with an autograph and relic piece. All will be numbered to 100 or less with Dual Relic (# to 10) and Triple Relic (1/1) parallels.
Dual Autograph Tier One Relic Book Cards will focus on current stars with a signature and game-used jersey piece with 1/1 Dual Patch parallels.
Autographed Prodigious Patches will feature a checklist of around 50 cards, showing the “top tier of current baseball talent” according to Topps, with jumbo pieces of game-worn jerseysand autographs on the same card. All will be numbered to 10 except for the 1/1 Platinum Patch parallels.
Break Out Autographs will feature the hottest young superstars and potential breakout stars. All cards are signed on card and sequentially numbered to 299 or less. Bronze (# to 25); Silver (# to 10) and 1/1 Gold Ink parallels will be in the mix.
Clear One Autographs will be done on clear acetate stock with on-card autographs. Clear One Dual Autographs will pair “two of the game’s greats,” according to Topps. Both will be numbered to 10 or less.
Prime Performers Autographs highlight past and present stars. All will be numbered to 299 or less. Again, Bronze, Silver and Gold Ink parallels will also be produced.
Tier One Talent Autographs highlights current and former players defined by a certain skill such as power, speed, batting average, defensive ability or pitching. Again, all autographs will be on card with all cards numbered no higher than 299 with Bronze, Silver and Gold Ink parallels.
Tier One Autographs will be case hits and feature past and present stars. All are signed on card and will be sequentially numbered. There will be Bronze (# to 25), Silver (# to 10) and Gold Ink (1/1) parallels will also be produced.
Dual and Triple Autograph cards and Cut Signatures (those will be 1/1) round out the autograph card subsets.
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