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First look: 2013 Topps Tribute baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ first high-end baseball card release of 2013 will be Tribute as it unveiled the first looks and product details for the product, which is in its fifth straight year of revival after a break of several seasons.

Set to arrive on March 6, each six-pack, hit-per-pack box will include three autographed cards numbered to 99 or fewer copies along with three Relics limited to 99 or fewer copies. All will carry the familiar foilboard- and foil-stamped-feel of past releases.

The 100-card base set will be comprised of current stars and greats of the game with seven versions of parallels available per card — Blue (/99), Green (/75), Orange (/50), Gold (/25), Red (/5), Purple (1/1) and printing plates.

The autographed card lineup will include standard cards limited to 99 with Blue (/50), Sepia (/35), Orange (/25), Gold (/15), Red (/5), Purple and Onyx (1/1s) parallels, while every card also will have printing plates, too. The Tribute to the Stars autographs will showcase top active and retired players with standard cards limited to just 24 copies and only a Purple 1/1 parallel to be found. New this year on the autograph front will be Best of the Best autographs limited to just five copies apiece each with textured cards based on the types of achievements. Pitchers will have a card textured like a baseball, while base-stealers’ cards will emulate bags, hitters will look and feel like wood and fielder cards will look like gloves.

Also new for the  ink will be framed mini autographs of current and retired players each limited to 25, while Timeless Tribute cards return, pairing two players from the past and present. New there will be a Purple parallel 1/1, while a lineup of cut signature cards will round out that list.

Over on the game-used memorabilia side, there are some newer jumbo-style inclusions that include batting glove Relics, which will be limited to just two copies apiece — one for each hand. Also new will be Tribute Transitions Relics — duals that pair new and old players — along with 1/1 bat knobs and 1/1 bat nameplates. Commemorative Cuts Relics will be limited to just 99 copies, each highlighting a memorable moment in a player’s career, while Retired Remnants also will feature single swatches and be limited to the same amount. Superstar Swatches will include two swatches. All of these will have parallels, as is routine with Tribute, with Blue (/50), Orange (/25), Gold (/15), Red (/10) and Purple 1/1s to be found.

Also in the  product will be Prime Patches Relics — cards limited to 24 or fewer copies — each also with 1/1 Purple paralells, while Tribute to the Stars Relics will highlight current and retired guys also with five parallels — Orange (/50), Green (/40), Gold (/25), Sepia (15), Red Patch (/10) and Purple Patch (1/1).

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

18 Comments

Love this! Everything except Nolan in rangers uniform.

Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
Andrew

I don’t know why Topps shamelessly promotes Mays’ auto, he can barely see let alone sign on a baseball card. Sad

Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

Because the presence of a Mays auto can’t be topped by that many other players.

Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink
Joe Reynolds

This looks like a nice set….can’t wait to crack open a few of these. Any ideas on the price per box yet? Probably close to this years?

Joe..

Posted August 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

Hopefully Topps can fulfill my outstanding Stadium to the Stars Matt Kemp auto redemption before this product goes live. The Best of the Best autos seem like a pretty solid concept. Of course Fleer did something similar in the early 2000s.

Posted August 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink
sam

Looks awesome but also exspensive

Posted August 24, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink
Andrew

Have you seen Musial and Aaron autos on 2012 cards? It’s pathetic. There’s a reason most Mays cards are redemption only ( unless some old back stock stickers). Those Mays cards will never see the light of day. I got his auto at a show recently, barely legible (even by his strange signature standards). It’s okay Chris, no need to state the obvious. We all know who pays the bills at Beckett

Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

Andrew: I don’t need to state the obvious because it’s obvious. But there’s also demand for their cards as they still command plenty of cash — and that’s why Topps makes them.

And your last line of insinuation is incorrect.

Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
Lambeau Legend4

Oh what I would give to have that Griffey Jr auto!!!!!! *drooooooool*

Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
Justin G

Can this come out now???

Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink
Josh

What exactly does Mays’ signature say? It’s not WIllie Mays. If it is, it’s not just Willie Mays.

Posted August 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
Josh

PS. I would be happy to receive a Willie Mays auto.

Posted August 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink
Dan C.

Check ebay. Those 2012 Mays autos do in fact exist, yes they were redemption but they’ve been sent out, and apparently someone is interested because they’re fetching good money. 2012 Tribute was really a huge change from 2011, something Topps rarely does, but it made for a great product, with relatively high value. 2013 looks quite similar, whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen…I’m curious if we’ll have encased hits again in 2013, I thought that was a nice touch, except for the stickers getting in the way…

Posted August 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

A few people commenting need to show some respect toward Willie Mays.

Posted August 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
Nick C

Hey Chris – Will the hits be encased again this year?

Posted August 27, 2012 at 6:37 am | Permalink
Matt

I’m a huge fan of ’12 Tribute, cant wait to see ’13 when it hits!! I agree with Dan C. encasing the cards was a nice touch and it really appealed to me, I hope they continue doing it. As for the Mays autos, how can anyone expect his sig. to look like it did back in the day? Thats just silly, it should be an honor to pull an auto of such a amazing HOF player. Even if it isnt as legiable as in years past.

Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

Love this product every year – doing case breaks again like always – email us if your interested – bigtimecasebreaks – at – yah00 – c0m ttyl

Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

I’m STILL waiting on a Willie Mays Redemption from Last Years’ Archives!! I’ve normally been impressed with Topps’ customer service but not on this one… They normally allow you to trade for equal BV, however when I asked for just ANY Hank, they said they couldn’t. The Mays books at $400!! Not cool, but what else can I do other than sit here and wait?! lol

Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

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