By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
This year’s edition of Topps Tribute arrives on Wednesday with some new design touches on the autographs, some new types of jumbo memorabilia cards and a more futuristic look for the traditionally holoboard-centric brand.
Among the higher-end inclusions? Game-used baseball cards with swatches of varying types, jumbo batting gloves, bat knobs, dual autographs and more. (Click here to view the final checklist as released by Topps.)
Now, while those cards won’t be among the finds in the typical six-pack box of this one — despite its high-end price of about $300 a box — it’s encouraging to see some new tweaks and new testing done in a brand that’s been largely unchanged in the few years since its return. The run of sets have largely carried a feel similar to its 2001 arrival, but it’s a formula that has proven to be popular with plenty of collectors.
See more where this David Ortiz card came from with a gallery of nearly 100 images — after the jump.
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