By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
As it has been for a couple of years now, the 2017 Topps Five Star Baseball checklist is going all-in with autographs. The high-end product returns with a relatively simple set-up and lots of on-card ink.
2017 Topps Five Star Baseball boxes have a pair of signed cards.
Base autographs make up the main component of the product. Featuring a mix of current, retired and rookie players, all are hard-signed. According to Topps, the checklist here will have quite a bit of depth, potentially reaching 80 players.
Base parallels come in Purple (/50 or less), Blue (/25 or less), Green (/15 or less), Gold (/10), Orange (/5) and Red (1/1).
Numbered to 20 or less, Five Star Signatures are significantly tougher pulls. Besides having bigger-name players, some cards come with inscriptions added.
Heart of a Champion Autographs spotlight players who created big postseason moments. All are limited to 35 or less and the only parallel, Five Star, is numbered 1/1.
Silver Signatures and Golden Graphs get their names for the color of the ink used to sign the cards. Parallels for these come in Purple (/25), Blue (/20), Green (/15), Gold (/10), Orange (/5) and Red (1/1).
Not all cards in 2017 Topps Five Star Baseball are regular autographs. Autographed Jumbo Patch cards add memorabilia to the product. All are numbered and come with over-sized swatches. Parallels include Gold (/25 or less), Silver Rainbow (/10 or less), Team Patch (1/1), Majestic Patch (1/1), MLB Logo Patch (1/1) and Laundry Tag (1/1). Signatures on these are on-card.
A small number of Cut Signature cards are also in 2017 Topps Five Star Baseball. All of these are one-of-ones.
2017 Topps Five Star Baseball at a glance:
Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 2
Boxes per case: 8
Release date: August 30, 2017
What to expect in a hobby box:
• Autographs – 2
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