Returning for its third year, 2014 Topps Museum Collection aims once again to use outstanding artwork to vividly capture stars from the past, present, and future. Each box of the high end product will contain one on-card autograph, one autographed relic card, one jumbo relic card, and one quad relic card. Each case promises to deliver one autographed jumbo relic card, and one framed museum collection on-card autograph. No card in the set will be numbered higher than 399.
The 100-card set features the likes of legends like Babe Ruth, current stars such as Miguel Cabrera, and the stars of tomorrow including Bryce Harper. Responding to the increasing demand for numbered parallels, Topps has included Bronze, Green (#d to 199), Blue (#d to 99), and Red (1/1) versions, which should give set, team, and player collectors added incentive to pursue this product.
For the one-per-box autograph cards, Topps has lined up 70 players of past and present to provide on-card autographs including Willie Mays and Miguel Cabrera. There will be numbered parallels including Gold and Sepia (#d to 5), as well as dual autographed cards (#d to 15), triple autograph cards (#d to 15), and twenty cut signature cards (each a 1/1). Arriving one per case, Museum Collection Autographs featuring on card signatures should prove to be popular. Limited to just 40 players, including Mays, Reggie Jackson, and Bo Jackson, these cards will be found in three versions each featuring a metal frame: Gold (#d to 15), Silver (#d to 10), and Black (#d to 5).
Autograph relic cards promise excitement and variety with a dual relic autograph (#d to 299) with Gold (#d to 25) and Patch (#d to 5) parallels featuring over 50 subjects. Triple relic autographs (#d to 299) include 35 players and also have Gold (#d to 25) and Patch (#d to 5) parallels. Quad relic autographs are numbered to just 10 with a checklist that will include 40 players. Those chasing the case hit will be looking for a Momentous Material Jumbo Relic Autograph (#d to 10) with Gold (#d to 5) and Emerald (1/1) parallels of 75 stars, including the recently deceased Stan Musial.
Each box will also include a jumbo relic card drawing from over 100 subjects and numbered to 50. Gold (#d to 35), Copper (#d to 10), and Emerald (1/1) parallels are planned to be included. 50 subjects will feature a jumbo relic of a game-used bat numbered to 25 with Gold (#d to 10), Copper (#d to 5), and Emerald (1/1) parallels adding to the scarcity. 100 bat nameplates will be waiting to be discovered as well, each a unique 1/1 treasure.
Each box will contain a jumbo relic card, including several book cards that have become increasingly popular over the past several years. The dual jumbo relic book cards (#d to 5) will feature two pieces of memorabilia from two stars, while the dual jumbo lumber relics will feature game used-bat slices (#d to 5). Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Relics (#d to 5) will highlight a massive, colorful patch drawn from a checklist of over 50 players. In addition, 250 laundry tag cards (1/1) and 100 MLB logo cards (1/1) will also be waiting to be ripped.
The last item in each box will be a quad relic numbered to 99 with over 40 current players available, and featuring Copper (#d to 75) and Gold (#d to 25) parallels as well as patch relics (#d to 5). A legends version, including Ruth, will also be issued (#d to 25) with a Gold (#d to 5) parallel. Finally, there is a quad relic insert set featuring four different players (#d to 99) with Copper (#d to 75) and Gold (#d to 25) versions, as well as a patch version (#d to 5).
There will be box toppers to hunt down as well featuring 20 oversized reproductions of the cards from the Canvas Collection (#d to 25) with autographed versions (#d to 5) sure to be worth of display. 20 jersey nameplate box toppers will also be produced, each a 1/1, and will feature baseball’s hottest young star of 2013: Yasiel Puig.
2014 Topps Museum Collection hit store shelves in late March. Click here for a look at the eBay market.