Gallery: 2012 Topps Five Star on eBay (Day 1)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Whether one can afford it or not, the $500-per-pack 2012 Five Star baseball card set from Topps is getting broken.

A lot.

In roughly 24 hours since its early arrival on the eBay auction block, there are nearly 2,000 lots on the site and counting along with another 700-plus completeds for the product as a whole. When you consider how few cards are in a box, that’s a lot of boxes ripped … on Day 1 of release. (Click here for a Five Star checklist and OPG.)

Here’s a gallery of some cards that stood out from those available on the auction block … so far.

Thoughts so far: 2012 Topps Five Star

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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 Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Jamie Case
    Posted Wednesday November 14th, 2012 at 11:34 PM | Permalink

    Pay $500 and get autos like Tiant , Blue , Buckner , Griffey Sr, Ventura , C Fielder , Napoli , Cj Wilson , Kruk . Get real worse than Triple Threads

  2. Chris Wardner
    Posted Wednesday November 14th, 2012 at 11:57 PM | Permalink

    Just not seeing anywhere near $500 a pack. Sweet cards, but the card companies have got to start negotiating better deals with the athletes

  3. Josh
    Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 12:00 AM | Permalink

    Stick with Triple Threads and Tribute if you like high end cards. This was not worth the money. I’ll be lucky to get back 50% of what the box cost me and I got nothing worthy of my PC. Very disappointing.

  4. Joey
    Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 01:03 AM | Permalink

    Tribute and tier one were great this year. Triple threads and five star big disappointment.

    Archives was better than this!

  5. Joshua
    Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 01:26 AM | Permalink

    I think there are two main things to keep in mind with this product. 1.) the fact that it is all on-card autos is virtually unheard of anymore, at least, not for a product that includes this much ink. 2.) the beauty of many of the cards will add instant value. For example, while someone may disappointed that they’ve pulled a Kruk auto (I wouldn’t be), it may end up being the finest card ever produced for Kruk. Fantastic for the player collector.

  6. Brett
    Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 07:03 AM | Permalink

    thes cards are absolutely beautiful. but like the others have said, not worth 500 a box. 300 maybe

  7. Matt Gilman
    Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 09:06 AM | Permalink

    Awful chipping, and even worse ROI, even if you got in at dealer cost. No real value here and the few hits that’ll make you a little bit of profit are few and far between. Anyone busting this in any quantity is a rube. But singles buyers like myself are cleaning up.

  8. Richard
    Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

    I’m curious, what do the COA on the memorabilia cards say?
    Standard weasel words, or do they specifically state the player used the bat/jersey/etc.?

  9. Merovius
    Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 01:52 PM | Permalink

    Looks like we have the first condition sensitive set in over 20 years.

    $500 boxes should be wrapped imo #failwhale

  10. Posted Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 07:04 PM | Permalink

    to expensive and not well packaged, i seen 7 cases opened and way to many redemptions, most on the book cards. ards are chiped on the edges and corners saw a lot of the same autos. overall not there best, by far.

  11. Buggs
    Posted Friday November 16th, 2012 at 05:13 AM | Permalink

    I wish Five Star football was like the baseball release. all current stars and legends and no 7th round pick rookies

  12. Candy49
    Posted Friday November 16th, 2012 at 05:29 AM | Permalink

    i figured more of the cuts would be pulled. i thought you got 1 cut per case? is that right?

  13. homeydon'tplaydat
    Posted Friday November 16th, 2012 at 05:47 AM | Permalink

    I don’t like how the silver and gold ink looks on the cards. and NO CAL RIPKEN JR? C’mon topps!!!

  14. Posted Saturday November 24th, 2012 at 10:57 PM | Permalink

    I see Five Star values have been loaded. When can we expect to see Heritage High Number values? Thanks!

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