Not anymore. The turn of the century now means 2000, so when Topps touts the return of its Gold Label baseball product and notes that it has been a fan favorite “since the turn of the century,” it gives you pause.
2016 Topps Gold Label Basics
Gold Label returns for the first time since 2002, highlighting a base set that includes 100 active players and retired stars. A full checklist is below.
Like the product that Topps produced between 1998 and 2002, each base card will have three versions to collect: Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. All base cards will sport two images on the front, with a new image variation throughout every class. Each class also will have parallels in blue, red and gold. The card stock will be glossy and will have a rainbow effect.
Gold Label is scheduled for release the week of October 21. A hobby box will contain seven packs, with five cards per pack. Topps is promising one framed autograph in every hobby box. Boxes are available for pre-order in the $75-$85 range by clicking here.
Gold Label Back in the Day
But before looking more deeply at the 2016 version, here’s a trip back into the past — at the turn of the century, you might say.
Gold Label debuted in 1998 with 100 cards printed on 30-point “spectral-reflective” stock. The front of that card was stamped in gold foil and had two photos of the player. Each card had three classes; Class 1 was the base set, Class 2 cards could be found in every four packs, while Class 3 cards were found in every eight packs. The 1999 set boosted the stock to 35 point, again using three classes. The base set was bumped up to 115 cards in 2001 and then to 200 the following year; 2002 was the final year of the set.
Parallels and Autographs
For 2016, blue parallels can be found in every other pack for Class 1 cards, one in every six for Class 2 and one in every 20 packs for Class 3. Red parallels will be numbered to 100 (Class 1), 50 (Class 2) and 25 (Class 3). Gold parallels will be 1/1s in all three classes.
Framed autograph cards will be featured in three versions and have on-card signatures. The most commonly found autograph will be the Gold Frame, while Black Frame cards will be numbered to 50 or less. Platinum Frames will be the scarcest, at 1/1.
The two-photo idea for the product is a nice touch, and that brings back shades of the past. You know, like last century.
You can see 2016 Topps Gold Label Baseball on eBay by clicking here.