After a brief break, Topps has another baseball card set release coming out this week. Geared towards high-end collectors, Topps Tier One Baseball promises two autographed cards and one relic card in each pack. The catch is that there’s one pack per box, which is selling for between $80 and $90. (Blowout Cards has boxes for $84.95)
The draw is a chance to get a card autographed by someone like Sandy Koufaux, Henry Aaron or Albert Pujols that’s serial numbered out of 10. But there’s a far better chance of pulling a prospect autograph of someone like Ruben Tejada or Josh Thole, or a “Crowd Pleaser” autograph of someone like Angel Pagan or George Foster.
Each pack also contains three base cards (out of a 100 card set) that are serial numbered out of 799 and one parallel card. There are four different tiers, with the most common version serial numbered out of 199.
In a set that’s heavily geared towards retired players, it’s tough to pick out the Mets cards with any certainty from a preliminary checklist. Potential Mets in the base set include:
24 Rickey Henderson
33 Eddie Murray
37 Jose Reyes
41 Tom Seaver
47 Duke Snider
84 David Wright
I suspect that the Mets team set would just include Reyes, Seaver and Wright, but you never know.
Josh Thole, Ruben Tejada, Dillon Gee and Fernando Martinez are on the preliminary checklist for the On The Rise prospect autographed card set. Angel Pagan and potential ex-Mets Roberto Alomar and George Foster are in the “Crowd Pleaser” autograph set. There’s also a Chris Young, but I think it’s far more likely to be the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder than the Mets pitcher. Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Rickey Henderson are in the Top Tier autograph set; your guess is as good as mine for which team they’ll represent.
David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar and Heath Bell are listed for the relic sets.
As you might guess, I will not be buying any packs/boxes of Topps Tier One. I may check out the eBay listings for a few of the prospect autographs, though.