2013 Topps information was released to the masses yesterday and I for one am excited to hear all about it. Here is what Topps has to say….
Baseball is all about THE CHASE…
Check out the top 2013 Topps card listed on ebay so far (Hint: There’s something fishy about this card)
The chase for the pennant, the chase for records, the chase for history. Card-collecting is also about the chase – for the Rookie card, for the autograph, for the white whale. 2013 TOPPS BASEBALL SERIES 1 celebrates The Chase in all its glory, with cards recognizing great players’ chases both past and present, contests centered around the pennant chase and others, and some of the most amazing chase cards ever to be found in a card product. With 1 AUTO or RELIC PER HOBBY BOX and 1 AUTO and 2 RELICS PER HTA BOX, 2013 TOPPS BASEBALL SERIES 1 gives everyone something to chase!
2013 Topps Series One will release around January 23, 2013. The product configuration hasn’t changed as hobby boxes will contain 36 packs of 10 cards per pack while Home Team Advantage (Jumbo) boxes will contain 10 packs of 50 cards each.
The 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball will continue to have a 330-card base set which Topps has had since 2006. In addition to the base cards there will be subsets that include Award Winners, League Leaders, Record Chasers and 2012 World Series Highlights.
The base cards have one of the best designs in years. The borders are white so there will not be any chipping problems as there have been in the past when Topps has used black borders as in the 1971 and 2007 Topps sets. The team logos are very prominent on the card although some people have complained that the player’s position is missing from the front of the card. The pictures are large and close up. Some people have asked what the dot is above the player’s name. If you look closely, you will see that it is home plate which is part of a baseball diamond design which borders the picture.
The base cards can be found in several different parallels. These parallels make it fun for player collectors to chase. Set collectors will not nexessarily go after all of the different variations because some are too scarce, however most Topps parallel collectors will go after the Gold and emerald sets. New for 2013 Topps baseball is the inclusion of Desert Camo parallels and Pink parallels. These parallels help promote awareness of remembering those heroes who have fought for our country or have fought breast cancer. Here is the breakdown of the different parallels:
Black (serially numbered to 62 and only found in hobby and hta packs)
Printing Plates (each of the four plates are serially numbered 1 of 1, hobby and hta only)
Platinum (serially numbered 1 of 1)
Silk Collection (serially numbered to 50 – a 100-card partial parallel, hobby and hta only)
There are several inserts to “chase” in 2013 Topps. These insert sets will make the chase even more fun for collectors:
Chasing the Dream
Cut to the Chase
1972 Topps Minis
Chasing History inserts showcase active and retired players who are chasing or have chased history. There are 50 cards in this set highlighted by Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson, and Mike Schmidt.
Another insert set, Chasing the Dream, feature 25 young talents who have the potential to be considered among baseball’s elite. Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, and Bryce Harper are showcased in this set.
Cut to the Chase inserts use die-cut technology on Topps patented Chrome process to create 25 stunning eye-catching cards. Players featured in this set are Josh Hamilton, Yu Darvish, and Babe Ruth.
The Greats insert set is rightfully named since it contains thirty of the greatest players to ever play the game. Players include Johnny Bench, Derek Jeter, and Willie Mays. These insert cards can only be found in hobby and HTA packs. There is a gold parallel of this insert set serially numbered to 99.
The Calling Cards insert set feature 15 players and the routines they are known for. For example, when Albert Pujols hits a home run he will “point to the sky” as seen in the pic below. Other players in this set include Pablo Sandoval, David Ortiz, and CC Sabathia.
A popular insert from 2012 Topps, the 1987 Topps Minis, makes its return to 2013 Topps but instead of using 1988 which most collectors expected, Topps decided to throw a curveball and retro back to 1972. This insert set will most likely consist of 50 cards for series one.
As a hobby and HTA exclusive, collectors can find Commemorative Relic Cards. There are three types of Commemorative Relic Cards. They are:
MVP Award Winners
Cy Young Award Winners
Proven Mettle Coin Cards
The MVP Award Winners cards feature MVP winners with a commemorative MVP trophy embedded onto the card. There are 15 cards in the set and consist of all-time greats such as Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, and Babe Ruth.
The Cy Young Award Winners cards feature several players who previously won the Cy Young Award. These cards have a commemorative trophy embedded onto the card. There are 15 cards in this set and consist of past and present superstars such as Tim Lincecum, Felix Hernandez, and John Smoltz.
The Proven Mettle Coin Cards feature 25 retired and active superstars such as Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey, Jr., on an embedded commemorative coin card. These cards can be found in three different parallels: Proven Mettle Copper serially numbered to 99, Proven Mettle Wrought Iron serially numbered to 50, and Proven Mettle Steel serially numbered to 10.
There are a bunch of relics to be found inside packs of 2013 Topps. Here is a list of what collectors can expect to find:
Chasing History Relics – over 40 subjects
Chasing the Dream Relics – over 20 subjects
Cut to the Chase Relics – 10 subjects sequentially numbered to 25
The Greats Relics – 25 subjects sequentially numbered to 25 and only found in hobby and HTA packs
Calling Cards Relics – 25 subjects sequentially numbered to 25
1972 Topps Minis Relics – 15 subjects sequentially numbered to 25
World Series Champion Relics – 15 subjects highlighting the World Series Champions of the 2012 baseball season. Each card will be serially numbered to 100 copies each
In the Name Relics – cards featuring the letters from the name plate on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Workout Jerseys. Each one of these cards is serially numbered one of one and can only be found in hobby and HTA packs
There are a lot of autographs for the autograph collector to chase in packs of 2013 Topps. There are several different autograph sets. They are:
Chasing History Autographs – over 30 subjects including greats such as Cal Ripken Jr.
Chasing History Cut Signatures – one of one cards featuring cut signatures from stars of the world of baseball and beyond
Chasing the Dream Autographs – over 20 subjects including young talents such as Anthony Rizzo
Cut to the Chase Autographs – five subjects serially numbered to ten copies each featuring stars like Ken Griffey Jr.
The Greats Autographs – 15 subjects sign on-card autographs serially numbered to ten copies each and only found in hobby and HTA packs
Calling Cards Autographs – five subjects sequentially numbered to 10 copies each
1972 Topps Minis Autographs – ten subjects sign on card autographs and sequentially numbered to ten copies each
World Series Champions Autographs – featuring five members of the 2012 World Series Champions with an autograph and are serially numbered to 50 copies each
If autographed relics cards interest you then you will really be interested in what Topps has to offer. But don’t going looking at retail stores for these. You can only find these in hobby and HTA boxes. Topps has six different sets of autographed relic cards. They are:
Chasing History Autograph Relics – 15 subjects sequentially numbered to 25
Chasing the Dream Autograph Relics – 10 subjects sequentially numbered to 25
Cut to the Chase Autograph Relics – 5 subjects sequentially numbered to 5
The Greats Autograph Relics – 10 subjects autographed on-card and sequentially numbered to 5
Calling Cards Autograph Relics – 10 subjects sequentially numbered to 5
World Series Champions Autograph Relics – 5 subjects sequentially numbered to 50
For the collector that wants high end cards, these 30 are at the end of the high end spectrum. Called the Ultimate Chase, 30 cards all numbered one of one have been individually designed and include an autograph and a premium memorabilia piece. These will be the most sought after cards of the year!
And there you have it! 2013 Topps looks to be a very popular product. One thing that seems to be omitted at the present time is the lack of an online promotion. Back in 2010, Topps had the Million Card Giveaway which really added value to an already great product. In 2011, it was the Diamond promotion followed by the gold promotion of 2012. In 2013, the theme is all about the “chase”. Sounds like to me if Topps wants us to be chasing something, I am sure they will come up with a promotion that allows us to do just that. Can’t wait for January — 2013 Topps will surely be a fun one to collect!!
January 2013 — the chase is on!