First Look: 2012 Topps Five Star (with polls)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ high-end baseball brand has arrived.

The company pulled back the curtain on 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball on Monday, a new high-end brand that will pack two autographs, one autographed Relic, one autographed booklet or extra autograph and a jumbo Relic, bat nameplate or bat knob card in every single box.

Of the standard autographs, one will be of an active player and one will be of a retired star with every card in the product signed directly on the cards themselves, not stickers.

Five Star is set to arrive on Oct. 31 and it will pack a high-end price. Factory cost for three-box cases of the product are starting north of $1,000, so a $400- to $500-per-pack cost should be expected.

See more after the jump.

Autographs
For the autograph lineup, there will be as many as 40 active players signing for the product with each card numbered to 150 or less. These cards will have Rainbow parallels numbered to 25. Quotable Autographs will include an inscription from some of the players and will be limited to just 10 copies. For retired players, there will be as many as 30 past stars in the product, each limited to 208 or less with Rainbows to 25 and inscriptions to 10.

Among the active players set to sign for the product, according to a preliminary checklist, are just four rookies — Brett Lawrie, Yu Darvish, Matt Moore and Yoenis Cespedes. Notable veterans will include Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander along with Matt Kemp, Evan Longoria, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Roy Halladay, Mike Trout, Buster Posey, Chipper Jones and Jose Bautista to name a few.

For retired signers, some of the headline-worthy names include Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr., Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr., Ernie Banks, Carl Yastrzemski, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Will Clark, Mike Schmidt, Willie McCovey, Ryne Sandberg and John Kruk to name a few.


Autographed Relics
The standard Five Star Autograph Relics will be numbered to 97 or less with as many as 40 players showcased. They will have Gold parallels limited to 55, Rainbows to 25.  Patches will be limited to five copies.

For the autographed Relics, it’s a bit younger crop of new and old players with some of the notable signers including Bryce Harper, Kemp, Kershaw, Lawrie, Verlander, Hamilton, Felix Hernandez, Carlton Fisk, Tony Gwynn, George Bell, Cecil Cooper, Pablo Sandoval, Bautista, Moore, Sandberg and Frank Thomas to name a few.

Autographed booklets
First there will be the Three-piece Signature Booklets limited to 99 or less, while Golds will be limited to 10 and Rainbow patches will be 1/1s. Also to hunt for will be four-piece Relics with the same quantities and Jumbo Relic booklets, too. They will have the same breakdown. Five Star Dual Signatures booklets will have as many as 30 pairs with both players signing. These will be limited to 10 or fewer copies, while patch versions also will be limited to 10.

As many as 10 Five Star Cut Signatures booklets will be made — all 1/1s — while Five Star Quadographs will group four players and four autos per card. Those will be limited to 10, whole the six- and eight-signature versions will be limited to five apiece.

Rounding out the booklets will be Dual Signatures Logo Patches — the MLB logo from the back of the jersey — pairing as many as 50 total players on as many as 25 cards with each signed and 1/1s.

Signers here tentatively include Darvish, Don Mattingly, Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, Griffey — and his father — Nolan Ryan, Sandberg, Banks, Fielder and many of the previous signers. Patch booklets are planned for many of the players including pairings of Braun-Kemp, Kemp-Andre Ethier, McCovey-Posey, Harper-Ryan Zimmerman, Harper-Darvish, Darvish-Hamilton and more.

Dual logoman cards are planned for Pujols with Mike Trout, Kemp and Kershaw, Hamilton and Darvish, Harper and Zimmerman to name a few.

Jumbo jerseys and patches
First, there will be active player Jumbo Jersey Relics for as many as 50 players — each limited to 92 or less — with Gold parallels limited to 25 and 1/1 Rainbow Jumbo Patch cards for as many as 30 of the players.

Then, there will be Letters patches (50 cards) with game-used letters — each 1/1s — along with Legends Relics for 25 players  each limited to just 25. Beyond that, there will be Dual Legends Relics limited to 10, Dual Patches and Triple Patches Quad Patches limited to five. Also in there will be Quad Patch booklets (limited to five), 1/1 bat nameplates and 1/1 bat knobs.

Among the Relic players not previously mentioned will be World Series MVP David Freese, Curtis Granderson, Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum and Stephen Strasburg to name a few, while Legends Relics will feature Roberto Clemente, Ripken, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, George Brett, Joe DiMaggio and many others.

Bat nameplates are planned for Fisk, Ralph Kiner, Killebrew, Mantle, Roger Maris, Joe Morgan, Musial, Phil Rizzuto, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Ruth, Ty Cobb, Gary Carter, Lou Gehrig, Mays, Brett and Goose Gossage.

Bat knobs planned will include Ruth, Eddie Mathews, Musial, Mantle (twice), Maris, Schmidt, Cobb, Gehrig, Snider, Jackie Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Morgan, Carter, Mattingly, Sandberg, Gibson, Tom Seaver and Robin Yount. 

Five Star Club
Lastly, Topps is introducing the launch of the Five Star Club with the product, what it bills as “an exclusive club that provides year-round benefits for select collectors” and comes with a personalized membership card, “exclusive Five Star Football and Baseball cards, a quarterly call with Topps employees and VIP Status at national events that Topps attends.”

Take our five polls and see more images in the gallery below.

Five Questions on Five Star -- No. 1: Can you afford it?

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Five Questions on Five Star -- No. 2: Does it appeal to you?

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Five Questions on Five Star -- No. 3: Does baseball need an ultra high-end set?

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Five Questions on Five Star -- No. 4: Which of these worries you most?

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Five Questions on Five Star -- No. 5: Do you want to see more brands like this?

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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.

39 Comments

  1. Richard
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    So, will the “relic” have the current disclaimer that states it’s not necessarily
    from an actual game? If I got a bat knob of DiMaggio and they use the typical
    weasel words I’d not be happy.

    I want something along the lines of, This bat know comes from a bat certified
    to have been used by Joe DiMaggio in an official major league game. I’d prefer
    it to refer to an actual season if possible. A picture of the item before it was
    chopped up would also be nice.

    When they use weasel words I just assume its a manufactured piece of crap
    with no actual connection to the player named on the card.

    In any case, I’d have to see the complete list, but it looks like something that
    might be close to break even on many of the boxes if its in the sub $400 range.
    I just hope that they don’t mess up the cards putting them into the box and
    that they don’t put out too many boxes where 3 of the 4 cards end up sucking.
    (Unless its packed with the Ruth cut. With that, you could give me 3 cards that
    were just blank decoys and I would not care.)

  2. Mariners fan
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I personally like it, and I’ll be buying at least one box, Hopefully a case though:)

  3. Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I don’ think it is a bad idea if you can afford it. If someone wants to spend $400 on a pack of this, or $400 on 4 jumbo boxes of Topps Series 2, who’s to judge? Of course, you have to have the $400 first one way or the other.

  4. deeez
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    it all depends on the auto selection
    if drew stubbs is in this product people wont be happy

  5. Aardvark Ratnick
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Whateve rthe price nobody can deny that is a beautiful looking designed product.

  6. dowzerjr
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    The cards sound and look awsome and should be worth the price, it just seems to me that they are doing the same sort of stuff that killed the hobby in he 90’s , sell high end cards at a high price so that when dealers buy they hope to break even , which means the collector will expect to break even on their investment , there for killing the excitment of a small investment that may turn big but even if it doesnt you dont care because it was a SMALL investment , I dont think you should have to pay $400.00 to get a chance at getting a $200.00 card

  7. Alex Giles
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Love the product. A little expensive for me, but I can save up for it. I sure hope there is no Angel Pagan, Ian Kennedy, Drew Stubbs, or Trevor Cahill. Definitely looking forward to it. But I have a question… is it gonna be a rookies product? If it’s like the football brand, in every case there would be a Taiwan Jones, Leonard Hankerson, Jordan Todman, or Bilal Powell. If not, I think I’ll love it!

  8. Tyson
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Soooooo, if Topps puts out a 5-Star set with so many awesome players loaded into the mix, are they admitting that everything else is 4-Star and below? Maybe rank the new Gypsy Queen a 1-Star product, Heritage a 4 Star product and so forth? Just a thought.

  9. Brannon
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    If its like the Football here we go again….. JUNK………… Pay $400.00-$500.00 a pack and get $100.00 in return in cards what a deal……….

  10. Tyson
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    To think that since Series 1 and up until now, all the money I’ve spent on Topps cards….Maybe next year they’ll not get a cent from me and I’ll just stash the thousands of dollars I’ve spent this year in anticipation of another super high-end product! That way I could get multiple cases of this instead of cases of duplicates with 4-star or less players! Now I know, and knowing is only half the battle…..G.I.Joe!!!!!!!!!

  11. steve emerick
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    really..

  12. Nick Gauder
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I love Five Star Football and have been excited about seeing Five Star Baseball ever since i heard about it coming out during the Summit and after seeing these pics i am not dissapointed! I think the cards look amazing! I know the price is high and not everybody can afford it but the people that cant afford it, they can just buy the singles they want on the secondary market and the Box Buster junkies like myself can put back some money here and there until October and buy a box or 2 (hopefully) and hope for the best. Thats whats so fun about this great hobby of ours! Thanks for the pics Chris!

  13. Blake M.
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Will it even be worth putting out the $500 for a pack? There are other nice high end products on the market but the hits can be purchased for $20-$100. (Tribute and 3xthreads). I do like having the autos on card though. SO much better than that sticker crap.

  14. bearcatlawjd
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    There is a place for high-end products in the hobby but there are way too many of them. Relics do nothing for me; however, autographs and cut signatures is what high end should be about.

    I would rather see higher quality low-end and middle of the road products that people can buy at retail. The fun part of card collecting used to buying a bunch of boxes trying to find that one hit or watching rookie cards rise and fall in value.I would rather own my elite series hits from early 1990’s than pay $500 for a high-end product. As long as there is a market for end-high the companies should produce the products to stay in business but I would rather see Topps rework Topps Opening Day, bring back Stadium Club, and continue to produce products like Chrome.

  15. Posted May 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    How do you get that Five Star Club membership? Is it an insert? Is it an incentive for buying a case? What is it?

  16. Adam Shoemaker
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t even think about buying a box of this. It doesn’t matter how nice they look or what I could POSSIBLY pull. I can buy a mid-range box of each of the 3 sports I collect for about half that box price and still pull some really good cards. In this case, I’ll take quantity over quality.

  17. Posted May 22, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Sick product, but the price is way out of my reach.
    I will feel less guilty when I buy my first box of triple threads this fall, though.

  18. Posted May 22, 2012 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Product looks beautiful. While most people can not afford this product, Beckett Poll shows about 68% say they find the product appealing. Looks like Five Star singles should sell well on eBay. If box busters do well selling singles, they will bust more boxes.

    My only concern is that Topps may over-produce this product. And, given Topps policy to produce to pre-order demand (hobby shop, distributer, internet retailers) this is a real possibility. Topps distribution policy is an added problem. When product gets in the hands of retailers who can’t afford to sit on product they over-ordered (bought more than they can sell or pre-sale in a few weeks) from Topps, they sell it at loss, giving the perception to the buying public that the product is “bad.”

  19. CleanTheScene
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    its like triple threads and museum had a baby….. cant say i like it all that much. im sure i will end up purchasing a box or 3, but ill hate myself for it and wont pull anything that i PC. I WILL SAY THIS, the auto line up with brett, ryan, mattingly…. brings me back to the 80s when i was a little kid practicing my autograph on random donruss and fleer common cards. lol.

  20. afff
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    great looking produce but for myself its a touch to pricey and will probably pick up the cards I want on the secondary market

  21. Josh
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    What Beckett should get from Topps and what Topps should do is name the crap players that signed or release a FULL checklist before launch. Then we could decide for ourselves if there’s a good chance for a return on our investment. It’s totally misleading to showcase the best cards and highlight the most popular players when the chances of getting either might be slim to none.

    With this product, that can’t be the case, not for $400+/box. But as Topps and Panini have proved, price doesn’t guarantee quality.

  22. Ed
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Great idea, Great looking cards.

    But when will my grandson be able to buy a box of cards, rip the whole box, and have a blast doing it like we used to?

    Answer: When his allowance is $500.00 per week.

  23. Posted May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    what i worry about is that like some recent product the hype was there but the product fell way shot, i hope this is not one of those dump every left over into it, i see the ad, but i’ve seen them before. i can name 2 so far this year but we all know them so enough said, i like the 5 star brand, and i think it has the players in baseball to make it an multi year product, but the price, mite set some collectors in other direction’s, maybe they should start it outr a little cheaper maybe 250.00 a box, most will just wait and buy there player or team on line, i would guess

  24. marcus f.
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    that is just to much money to spend on some cardboard

  25. chrisolds
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Josh: I have the full preliminary checklist. We don’t post them because they inevitably change before the product comes out. The checklists in the system on Beckett.com are based on the FINAL checklists.

  26. Ben
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Did you ever give any credit to the guy on blowoutcards who came up with the idea like 6 months ago and even made his own cards that look just like this?

  27. Richard
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Chris, why don’t you print the preliminary with
    a nice big disclaimer at the top and bottom to warn people that it is likely to change.
    I’m sure lots of us would appreciate it just to figure out the preliminary odds of getting
    good vs not so good cards. If it looks bad, people complain (or don’t order) and Topps
    has an incentive to juice it up a bit to make it more palatable.

    Thing is, while I can imagine being happy with a David Friese 1 of 1 card, I’d be less so with
    one #’d to 50 given the average cost/card. While a Koufax auto card can be #’d to 250 and
    I would still have a smile.

  28. Posted May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I think the hobby can handle a set with this price point but believe that there should only be autographs and not relics. Autos are where the real money is and relics just take up space in my closet.

  29. chrisolds
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the raw copy

    
FIVE STAR ACTIVE PLAYER AUTOGRAPHS
    FSA-EH Eric Hosmer FSA-CK Clayton Kershaw FSA-MK Matt Kemp FSA-MP Michael Pineda FSA-EL Evan Longoria FSA-MC Miguel Cabrera FSA-PF Prince Fielder FSA-RC Robinson Cano FSA-AG Adrian Gonzalez FSA-PG Paul Goldschmidt FSA-JHL Jeremy Hellickson FSA-YC Yoenis Cespedes FSA-MM Matt Moore FSA-AC Aroldis Chapman FSA-DP Dustin Pedroia FSA-RB Ryan Braun FSA-DU Dan Uggla FSA-YD Yu Darvish FSA-GS Giancarlo Stanton FSA-SC Starlin Castro FSA-AP Albert Pujols FSA-JHA Josh Hamilton FSA-RHA Roy Halladay FSA-BL Brett Lawrie FSA-JMO Jesus Montero FSA-MT Mike Trout FSA-YG Yovani Gallardo FSA-DG Dee Gordon FSA-JBR Jay Bruce FSA-JW Jered Weaver FSA-BP Buster Posey FSA-CJ Chipper Jones FSA-JHE Jason Heyward FSA-JBA Jose Bautista FSA-JV Justin Verlander FSA-RR Ricky Romero

    FIVE STAR RETIRED PLAYER AUTOGRAPH
    FSA-NR Nolan Ryan FSA-CR Cal Ripken Jr FSA-SM Stan Musial FSA-RJ Reggie Jackson FSA-TG Tony Gwynn FSA-EB Ernie Banks FSA-KG Ken Griffey Jr. FSA-TS Tom Seaver FSA-CY Carl Yastrzemski FSA-JB Johnny Bench FSA-FR Frank Robinson FSA-SK Sandy Koufax FSA-HA Hank Aaron FSA-WM Willie Mays FSA-EM Edgar Martinez FSA-AK Al Kaline FSA-AD Andre Dawson FSA-JS John Smoltz FSA-DM Dale Murphy FSA-CF Carlton Fisk FSA-DE Dennis Eckersley FSA-BW Billy Williams FSA-FJ Fergie Jenkins FSA-WC Will Clark FSA-PM Paul Molitor FSA-JK John Kruk FSA-FT Frank Thomas FSA-RV Robin Ventura FSA-MS Mike Schmidt FSA-BG Bob Gibson FSA-RS Ryne Sandberg FSA-DK Dave Kingman FSA-MW Maury Wills FSA-WMC Willie McCovey

    
FIVE STAR ACTIVE AND RETIRED AUTOGRAPH RELIC
    FSAR-PF Prince Fielder FSAR-MK Matt Kemp FSAR-CK Clayton Kershaw FSAR-DP Dustin Pedroia FSAR-AG Adrian Gonzalez FSAR-CG Carlos Gonzalez FSAR-AB Albert Belle FSAR-YC Yoenis Cespedes FSAR-BL Brett Lawrie FSAR-MC Miguel Cabrera FSAR-JV Justin Verlander FSAR-JH Josh Hamilton FSAR-FH Felix Hernandez FSAR-PM Paul Molitor FSAR-AD Andre Dawson FSAR-WC Will Clark FSAR-RB Ryan Braun FSAR-MS Mike Schmidt FSAR-PO Paul O’Neill FSAR-DM Dale Murphy FSAR-GS Giancarlo Stanton FSAR-CF Carlton Fisk FSAR-GB George Bell FSAR-TG Tony Gwynn FSAR-CC Cecil Cooper FSAR-CJ Chipper Jones FSAR-PS Pablo Sandoval FSAR-JB Jose Bautista FSAR-MM Matt Moore FSAR-JM Jesus Montero FSAR-BH Bryce Harper FSAR-RS Ryne Sandberg FSAR-FT Frank Thomas

    
FIVE STAR 3 PIECE SIGNATURES BOOK
    Don Mattingly New York Yankees® (rest TBD)

    FIVE STAR 4 PIECE SIGNATURES BOOK
    Yu Darvish (rest TBD)

    FIVE STAR DUAL SIGNATURES BOOK
    Rickey Henderson Dennis Eckersley Matt Kemp Clayton Kershaw Ken Griffey Jr Ken Griffey Sr Nolan Ryan Yu Darvish
Dale Murphy Jason Heyward Ryne Sandberg Starlin Castro Ernie Banks Starlin Castro Frank Thomas Robin Ventura Jose Bautista Brett Lawrie Giancarlo Stanton Hanley Ramirez Miguel Cabrera Prince Fielder Jered Weaver Mike Trout
Jesus Montero Felix Hernandez Ryan Braun Matt Kemp Matt Kemp Andre Ethier Ryan Zimmerman Bryce Harper

    FIVE STAR DUAL SIGNATURES PATCH BOOK
    Paul O’Neill
Andy Pettitte
Dan Uggla
Brian McCann Jeremy Hellickson Matt Moore Adrian Gonzalez Dustin Pedroia Jesus Montero Felix Hernandez Ryan Braun Matt Kemp
Matt Kemp Andre Ethier Robinson Cano Dustin Pedroia Willie McCovey Buster Posey
Yu Darvish
Josh Hamilton Bryce Harper Ryan Zimmerman Andre Ethier Clayton Kershaw Ricky Romero Brett Lawrie Adrian Beltre Nelson Cruz Bryce Harper Yu Darvish

    FIVE STAR DUAL AUTOGRAPHED SILHOUETTED BATTER LOGO PATCH BOOK
    Evan Longoria Matt Moore
Albert Pujols Mike Trout
Matt Kemp Clayton Kershaw Starlin Castro Anthony Rizzo Josh Hamilton
Yu Darvish
Bryce Harper Ryan Zimmerman

  30. Richard
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks Chris, I’ve reformatted it to make it a bit more readable.
    FIVE STAR ACTIVE PLAYER AUTOGRAPHS
    FSA-EH Eric Hosmer
    FSA-CK Clayton Kershaw
    FSA-MK Matt Kemp
    FSA-MP Michael Pineda
    FSA-EL Evan Longoria
    FSA-MC Miguel Cabrera
    FSA-PF Prince Fielder
    FSA-RC Robinson Cano
    FSA-AG Adrian Gonzalez
    FSA-PG Paul Goldschmidt
    FSA-JHL Jeremy Hellickson
    FSA-YC Yoenis Cespedes
    FSA-MM Matt Moore
    FSA-AC Aroldis Chapman
    FSA-DP Dustin Pedroia
    FSA-RB Ryan Braun
    FSA-DU Dan Uggla
    FSA-YD Yu Darvish
    FSA-GS Giancarlo Stanton
    FSA-SC Starlin Castro
    FSA-AP Albert Pujols
    FSA-JHA Josh Hamilton
    FSA-RHA Roy Halladay
    FSA-BL Brett Lawrie
    FSA-JMO Jesus Montero
    FSA-MT Mike Trout
    FSA-YG Yovani Gallardo
    FSA-DG Dee Gordon
    FSA-JBR Jay Bruce
    FSA-JW Jered Weaver
    FSA-BP Buster Posey
    FSA-CJ Chipper Jones
    FSA-JHE Jason Heyward
    FSA-JBA Jose Bautista
    FSA-JV Justin Verlander
    FSA-RR Ricky Romero

    FIVE STAR RETIRED PLAYER AUTOGRAPH
    FSA-NR Nolan Ryan
    FSA-CR Cal Ripken Jr
    FSA-SM Stan Musial
    FSA-RJ Reggie Jackson
    FSA-TG Tony Gwynn
    FSA-EB Ernie Banks
    FSA-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
    FSA-TS Tom Seaver
    FSA-CY Carl Yastrzemski
    FSA-JB Johnny Bench
    FSA-FR Frank Robinson
    FSA-SK Sandy Koufax
    FSA-HA Hank Aaron
    FSA-WM Willie Mays
    FSA-EM Edgar Martinez
    FSA-AK Al Kaline
    FSA-AD Andre Dawson
    FSA-JS John Smoltz
    FSA-DM Dale Murphy
    FSA-CF Carlton Fisk
    FSA-DE Dennis Eckersley
    FSA-BW Billy Williams
    FSA-FJ Fergie Jenkins
    FSA-WC Will Clark
    FSA-PM Paul Molitor
    FSA-JK John Kruk
    FSA-FT Frank Thomas
    FSA-RV Robin Ventura
    FSA-MS Mike Schmidt
    FSA-BG Bob Gibson
    FSA-RS Ryne Sandberg
    FSA-DK Dave Kingman
    FSA-MW Maury Wills
    FSA-WMC Willie McCovey

    FIVE STAR ACTIVE AND RETIRED AUTOGRAPH RELIC
    FSAR-PF Prince Fielder
    FSAR-MK Matt Kemp
    FSAR-CK Clayton Kershaw
    FSAR-DP Dustin Pedroia
    FSAR-AG Adrian Gonzalez
    FSAR-CG Carlos Gonzalez
    FSAR-AB Albert Belle
    FSAR-YC Yoenis Cespedes
    FSAR-BL Brett Lawrie
    FSAR-MC Miguel Cabrera
    FSAR-JV Justin Verlander
    FSAR-JH Josh Hamilton
    FSAR-FH Felix Hernandez
    FSAR-PM Paul Molitor
    FSAR-AD Andre Dawson
    FSAR-WC Will Clark
    FSAR-RB Ryan Braun
    FSAR-MS Mike Schmidt
    FSAR-PO Paul O’Neill
    FSAR-DM Dale Murphy
    FSAR-GS Giancarlo Stanton
    FSAR-CF Carlton Fisk
    FSAR-GB George Bell
    FSAR-TG Tony Gwynn
    FSAR-CC Cecil Cooper
    FSAR-CJ Chipper Jones
    FSAR-PS Pablo Sandoval
    FSAR-JB Jose Bautista
    FSAR-MM Matt Moore
    FSAR-JM Jesus Montero
    FSAR-BH Bryce Harper
    FSAR-RS Ryne Sandberg
    FSAR-FT Frank Thomas

    FIVE STAR 3 PIECE SIGNATURES BOOK
    Don Mattingly New York Yankees® (rest TBD)

    FIVE STAR 4 PIECE SIGNATURES BOOK
    Yu Darvish (rest TBD)

    FIVE STAR DUAL SIGNATURES BOOK
    Rickey Henderson Dennis Eckersley
    Matt Kemp Clayton Kershaw
    Ken Griffey Jr Ken Griffey Sr
    Nolan Ryan Yu Darvish
    Dale Murphy Jason Heyward
    Ryne Sandberg Starlin Castro
    Ernie Banks Starlin Castro
    Frank Thomas Robin Ventura
    Jose Bautista Brett Lawrie
    Giancarlo Stanton Hanley Ramirez
    Miguel Cabrera Prince Fielder
    Jered Weaver Mike Trout
    Jesus Montero Felix Hernandez
    Ryan Braun Matt Kemp
    Matt Kemp Andre Ethier
    Ryan Zimmerman Bryce Harper

    FIVE STAR DUAL SIGNATURES PATCH BOOK
    Paul O’Neill Andy Pettitte
    Dan Uggla Brian McCann
    Jeremy Hellickson Matt Moore
    Adrian Gonzalez Dustin Pedroia
    Jesus Montero Felix Hernandez
    Ryan Braun Matt Kemp
    Matt Kemp Andre Ethier
    Robinson Cano Dustin Pedroia
    Willie McCovey Buster Posey
    Yu Darvish Josh Hamilton
    Bryce Harper Ryan Zimmerman
    Andre Ethier Clayton Kershaw
    Ricky Romero Brett Lawrie
    Adrian Beltre Nelson Cruz
    Bryce Harper Yu Darvish

    FIVE STAR DUAL AUTOGRAPHED SILHOUETTED BATTER LOGO PATCH BOOK
    Evan Longoria Matt Moore
    Albert Pujols Mike Trout
    Matt Kemp Clayton Kershaw
    Starlin Castro Anthony Rizzo
    Josh Hamilton Yu Darvish
    Bryce Harper Ryan Zimmerman

  31. Richard
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Based on what I’ve seen, I’m not really thinking of this as a must bust product.

    Here are the ones I think of as potential winners per category

    FIVE STAR ACTIVE PLAYER AUTOGRAPHS
    FSA-EH Eric Hosmer
    FSA-YC Yoenis Cespedes
    FSA-MM Matt Moore
    FSA-YD Yu Darvish
    FSA-AP Albert Pujols
    FSA-BL Brett Lawrie

    FIVE STAR RETIRED PLAYER AUTOGRAPH
    FSA-NR Nolan Ryan
    FSA-CR Cal Ripken Jr
    FSA-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
    FSA-SK Sandy Koufax
    FSA-HA Hank Aaron
    FSA-WM Willie Mays

    FIVE STAR ACTIVE AND RETIRED AUTOGRAPH RELIC
    FSAR-YC Yoenis Cespedes
    FSAR-BL Brett Lawrie
    FSAR-MM Matt Moore
    FSAR-BH Bryce Harper

    FIVE STAR 4 PIECE SIGNATURES BOOK
    Yu Darvish (rest TBD)

    FIVE STAR DUAL SIGNATURES BOOK
    Rickey Henderson Dennis Eckersley
    Matt Kemp Clayton Kershaw
    Ken Griffey Jr Ken Griffey Sr
    Nolan Ryan Yu Darvish
    Ryne Sandberg Starlin Castro
    Ernie Banks Starlin Castro
    Jose Bautista Brett Lawrie
    Giancarlo Stanton Hanley Ramirez
    Jered Weaver Mike Trout
    Jesus Montero Felix Hernandez
    Ryan Braun Matt Kemp
    Matt Kemp Andre Ethier
    Ryan Zimmerman Bryce Harper

    FIVE STAR DUAL SIGNATURES PATCH BOOK
    Jeremy Hellickson Matt Moore
    Ryan Braun Matt Kemp
    Matt Kemp Andre Ethier
    Yu Darvish Josh Hamilton
    Bryce Harper Ryan Zimmerman
    Bryce Harper Yu Darvish

    FIVE STAR DUAL AUTOGRAPHED SILHOUETTED BATTER LOGO PATCH BOOK
    Evan Longoria Matt Moore
    Albert Pujols Mike Trout
    Matt Kemp Clayton Kershaw
    Starlin Castro Anthony Rizzo
    Josh Hamilton Yu Darvish
    Bryce Harper Ryan Zimmerman

    The only reason my opinion is of import here is relative to my likelihood to buy,
    not that it will realistically change things.

    My biggest concern has to do with the numbering.
    If the better players are #’d low and the less popular # to 208, I see a blood bath.

    The Yu Darvish cards will be very popular. Many other cards I do not note will do OK,
    but will not contribute enough to offset the cost. At the case level the #’s do improve
    since the cost per pack drops significantly.

    If they do a proper COA for the material, I see it being even better.
    A lame COA on material which guarantees nothing will really hurt this for me and more
    finicky collectors like me. I will not them, period. This is sad since the design looks
    nice to me.

    Final judgement withheld until I see the final list and the COA.
    Done right and its a buy under $400 per pack. Done a bit better and it might even be
    worth the $500. Done wrong and it becomes a buy only the key cards on secondary
    market type item since the odds are too long with that any pack will pay off.

  32. Cory Furlong
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Nice looking set. As a set collector doesn’t appeal as much to me as I am not out for big hits. Like all high end products, high risk, high reward. My guess is after the initial release the prices will drop. I think $400 – 500 a pack is a big risk for people looking to make money off their hits.

  33. Mel G
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Hasn’t Topps looked at the economy lately? People are struggling to keep their jobs and their homes and Topps thinks there’s going to be a market for collectors who are willing to shell out north of $400.00 for a pack of baseball cards?!?!?

    For $400-$500 a pack, it would have to promise me an authorized autograph of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in every pack before I’d consider it worthwhile.

  34. Mel G
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Gambling on high-end products in the hopes of getting that one desirable card just isn’t worth it.

    If you do the math, the chances are you’d do BETTER spending $1,000.00 buying low-end products such as Topps’ regular set Topps Chrome, and Opening Day than you would by spending $1,000.00 buying the expensive high-end stuff on the chance that you might get the rare “hot” card. Why? With Topps regular and Opening Day, you’ll get enough of the $10.00 and up cards to make it worth your while. With the expensive stuff, you MIGHT get the rare card that’ll make it worth your while, but you probably won’t. And most of the cards you’ll end up getting out of those high-end packs aren’t worth any more than the cards you get from regular Topps.

    Last year, everyone was buying Gypsy Queen as soon as it hit the shops’ shelves because they wanted that rare card of William and Kate. How many people who paid and paid for those cards actually GOT the William and Kate they were after compared to how many were just disappointed?

    A few years ago, how many people were ignoring every other card release because they were gobbling up Bowman’s in hopes of getting that Stephen Strasburg card that was selling on ebay for $30,000.00? How many people actually GOT that Strasburg card?

  35. Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Man, Ive been drooling for two days now, and can finally speak! These cards have got me going like no other. I love it because Im all for Topps and want them more then anything to stick it to Panini. There are three cards in this set that would make my Collection/Life complete. The Babe book, Harper 3 color patch auto and Darvish auto patch just one of his the logo man would be top of the list but it will sell for 10-20 grand lol. But it looks like a hell of a product. I was lucky to hit a Cam Newton in this yrs football product on a break in Blogtv, so dont sweat it guys you’ll be able to join breaks and have just a good a s chance as buying a 500 dollar box. Alot of whinners on here, yes the economy is down, but its like 5 months away, start saving!!! I know I am for sure!! If I had 3 thumbs id put them all up Topps!! Beautiful and amazing product cant wait to open a box!!! Love it!! Hate on Haters

  36. Mike
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    This reminds me of National Treasures Football…except NT gives you A LOT more cards. Each card would have to net $75+ just to have you break even. That being said, people who buy this product may wish to make a profit. Just manage your expectations. Just as with any other product, the profit just isn’t there. I will be buying this product with the expectation that I may only recoup 1/3rd of what I spend, if that.

  37. Josh
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    After we get a checklist, all we need is full disclosure about the print runs of each card. 50,000 Tony Gwynn Jr. to 50 Albert Pujols is not a good ratio =).

  38. Josh
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Mel G, you may be right about the odds of recovering your money or getting that big hit, but what the heck am I gonna do with the amount of cards I get with $1,000 worth of Topps Chrome or Opening Day? I’d be buried in cards and it would take DAYS to organize it. Not worth the hassle. Also, it’s much easier to sell 3 high end cards than it is to sell 5,000 common cards.

  39. Steven L Maye
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    What scares me is Im a sucker for old retirees. I would try to do my best to buy a pack cause of many children and bills my collecting is limited. What scares me is buying a pack and I’m stuck with Chili Davis or one of the rooks who will fizzle out. I of course love that your guarenteed autos and such but my whole collecting career I buy a hobby box for a bill and get a crap load of nice base cards and an auto of Carlos Gomez. However this actually gives me hope of landing an Aaron or Ruth. Which would kill me in a good way.

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