2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Cards Bring Back Familiar Mix of Autographs, Relics, Knobs


Tier One Baseball has a formula that has been in place for several years. And 2019 Topps Tier One Baseball isn’t changing that up. For starters, that means a pair of autographs and one memorabilia card per box. Other familiar elements include an emphasis on on-card signatures, some pretty big patches and bat knobs leading the chase elements.

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Autographs

Signatures come with a variety of themes. Prime Performers Autographs, Break Out Autographs and Tier One Talent Autographs are among the most common. Each set has base versions with 299 copies or less. Parallels come in Bronze Ink (/25), Silver Ink (/10) and one-of-one Gold Ink.

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Prime Performers Autographs Silver Ink

Each of these sets come with their own themes to set the checklist. Prime Performers are considered by Topps to be key players from both the past and present. Break Out Autographs are dedicated to rookies and young players. Tier One Talent cards highlight specific traits of featured players.

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Break Out Autographs Bronze Ink

Tier One Autographs return, once again as a case hit. The checklist here is star current and retired players. These are available in Bronze Ink (/25), Silver Ink (/10) and Gold Ink (1/1) versions.

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Tier One Autograph

Clear One Autographs (/10) return for another year. These use acetate, giving them a clear look. New to 2019 Topps Tier One Baseball are Clear One Dual Autographs (/10), which add a second signature.

Other multi-signature cards can be found with Dual (/25 or less) and Triple (/10 or less) Autographs. Despite the additional ink, these still come with on-card autographs.

A limited number of Cut Signatures are all one-of-ones.

Autographed Memorabilia Cards

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball has several signature relic inserts to go with the regular autographs. While not all of these are on-card, some are. Several also bring premium swatches and unique pieces.

It starts with Autographed Tier One Relics (/100 or less). The checklist for these features veterans and retired players. Rather than going for color, parallels are done as dual (/10) and triple (1/1) relics.

Dual Autograph Tier One Relics are done in a book card format. These highlight a pair of players. One-of-one Dual Patch cards are the only parallels.

Extremely scarce one-of-one signature memorabilia cards include Autographed Bat Knobs, Autographed Limited Lumber and Cut Signature Relics.

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knob Autograph

Signature Tools Autograph Relics (1/1) are also back. Instead of game-used memorabilia, these have a piece of a pen from the autograph signing.

Memorabilia Cards

Like the autographs, there’s a variety of relic inserts in 2019 Topps Tier One Baseball. Tier One Relics are one of the most basic, simply highlighting game-used swatches and pieces from a deep list of players. Base versions are all numbered with parallels available as Dual Relics (/25) and Triple Relics (1/1). Both parallels have patch pieces.

Similar Tier One Legends Relics look to the past for its checklist. These also have Dual (/25) and Triple (1/1) Relic versions.

Jumbo patches return in Prodigious Patches (/10). In addition to regular Platinum (1/1) parallels, select cards have autograph  (/10 or less) and Platinum autograph (1/1) versions.

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Prodigious Patches Atuograph

One new memorabilia set is Tier One Uniform Button Relics (/5 or less). These have buttons from both jerseys and pants. Autograph parallels are one-of-ones.

Bat Knobs and Limited Lumber, which have a premium bat piece, both return for another year, once again as one-of-ones. Tier One All-Star Patches are also one-of-a-kind, for both the regular and autograph versions. These have big patch pieces taken from 2018 All-Star workout jerseys.

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball Tier One All-Star Patch Autograph

2019 Topps Tier One Baseball at a glance:

Cards per pack: 3
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 12
Release date: May 15, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Memorabilia Cards – 1

Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.


  1. Kim Boguslaw 14 January, 2019 at 22:16

    I have several old cards in good shape, not sure where to go to sell them any ideas I leave in PA

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