If you’re pressed for time, a box of 2015 Topps Supreme Baseball won’t take long to break. Topps has made Supreme a two-card, all autograph, one pack box. No base, insert or relic cards, just a guarantee of two signed hits per pack. It’s almost more like a ‘grab bag’ box of autographs.
They seem to be selling well at my local card shop, Triple Cards in Plano, TX. The owner told me one collector opened up 17 packs alone but that at $100 per pack, he thought a larger mix was needed. Another friend of mine thought the biggest issue with Supreme was that it came out about the same time as Topps 5-Star and would get lost in the shade of that release.
Leading online retailers have been selling Supreme at around $70-80 per box. Last year, we discussed how prices softened considerably shortly after release because the autograph roster wasn’t that strong and this year, I’ve seen a few boxes selling for under $65 already. However, I believe the 2015 checklist was a noted improvement over 2014 and I don’t mind the “all hits” concept in some Topps products either. Cutting to the chase is sometimes a good thing.
There are some big names from the past and present in Supreme but also some that will have you wishing you had your money back, especially if they’re on stickers.
Our box contained Omar Vizquel and a ‘Simply Supreme’ green auto of Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes. The Vizquel autograph was on-card while Barnes was a sticker auto.
There are some game-worn relic/autograph cards mixed in with the standard autos including ‘Touch of the Game’ which offers pieces of game-used batting gloves. You can see a full checklist linked inside the SC Daily preview.
The design is clean and sort of elegant this year and if you’re lucky enough to land one of the better autographs with a low serial number at a good box price, you’ll be happy. However, Supreme is still a roll of the dice that, well, doesn’t take much longer to open than an actual roll of the dice.
There are some deals to be had on the secondary market. You can see what’s been listed on eBay so far by clicking here.