By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Five Star is back for a third round.
Topps revealed the first glimpses and basic details on its third edition of its high-end baseball card line Five Star on Tuesday with one revelation — there will be more autographs per box.
Each box of 2014 Topps Five Star will include one autographed Relic, Silver Signatures or Golden Graph auto, four other autographed cards and a sixth card that will be either another standard auto, a cut auto, a Legends Relic or a 1/1 Relic. It will arrive on Dec. 3, while a tentative checklist was not released.
Active and retired player autographs will be found four per box with each having a rainbow parallel limited to 25 copies and a 1/1 Five Star version to be found. Silver Signatures and Golden Graphs will be signed with metallic ink and have seven versions to chase. The regular cards will be limited to 50 with Purples (/25), Blue (/20), Green (/15), Gold (/10), Orange (/5) and 1/1 Red versions to chase.
Autographed Relics will be limited to just 35 copies with Gold (/10) Rainbow (/5) and 1/1 Five Star parallels, while there also will be 1/1 logoman cards to be found.
Autographed booklets will come in at least three versions with dual auto patch cards limited to 10 and four-Relic auto books limited to 50. Those will have Gold patch parallels limited to 10 and, of course, 1/1 Five Star versions. Auto jumbo Relic books will also be limited to 50 with Gold and 1/1 Five Star versions to be had. There also will be 1/1 cut autograph cards to be found.
For the high-end Relic collector, there will be Letters Relics — 1/1 full-letter patch cards from players’ nameplates, Legends Relics limited to just 25 copies, dual Legends limited to 10 as well as 1/1 bat knobs and bat nameplates.
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