By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The first wave of auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.
The 2012 Topps Five Star baseball card set from Topps has arrived on Beckett.com with plenty of high-end punch — but keep in mind many of those rarities are too rare to price. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer — and see even more — after the jump.
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Total value … of all priced cards in product: $18,816.
Average price … of all priced cards: $52.56.
— 2012 Topps Five Star Jumbo Relic Autograph Books #SK Sandy Koufax/49 ($400-$600)
— 2012 Topps Five Star Retired Autographs # SK Sandy Koufax/25 ($200-$400)
— 2012 Topps Five Star Jumbo Relic Autograph Books #BH Bryce Harper ($250-$350)
— 2012 Topps Five Star Retired Autographs #WM Willie Mays EXCH ($200-$300)
— 2012 Topps Five Star Relic Autographs #HA Hank Aaron/97 ($175-$300)
— 2012 Topps Five Star Active Autographs #AP Albert Pujols/40 ($150-$300)
— 2012 Topps Five Star Retired Autographs #HA Hank Aaron/208 ($150-$300)
Fleischer’s Focus: Due to scarcity, we only price about a quarter of the total number of the 1,230 cards in the product. Could we afford it, the gambler in all of us would love to rip a box or two of Topps Five Star. It’s got everything we love about cards — on card autographs, great-looking patches, barrels and bat knobs and, on the whole, a pretty strong checklist. But let’s face it. Most of us are average collectors … and the average collector has been able to pick up a lot of beautiful cards at relatively affordable prices.
Olds’ Opinion: When I initially heard about Five Star I was opposed to the idea — I’m personally not a big fan of high-end wax and how it can water down demand for cheaper products — but I have to say, chipping issues aside, the high-end inclusions in Five Star are among the nicest baseball cards I have seen in the last few years.
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