First look: 2013 Topps Turkey Red baseball cards (with checklist)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Turkey Red is coming … and it arrives in a week.

As previously reported, Topps is releasing an edition of Turkey Red baseball cards this year exclusively as a item and it’s set to arrive in just one week, on Feb. 18.

Each 11-card $20 box will include one autograph and a selection of 10 cards from a 100-card base set in the familiar look of the past cards. There will be 43 signers for the product and Black parallels of autos limited to 10 as well as 1/1 Red parallels. Also to be found are printing plates. Pre-orders begin tomorrow and the product will ship next week. There is a limit of 25 boxes per household.

Among the signers, according to Topps, will be Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish and Will Middlebrooks to name a few players.

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    R.A. Dickey
2    Derek Jeter
3    Mike Trout
4    Jose Altuve
5    David Wright
6    Manny Machado
7    Albert Pujols
8    Bryce Harper
9    Felix Hernandez
10    Adam Jones
11    Clayton Kershaw
12    Justin Morneau
13    Roy Halladay
14    Jimmy Rollins
15    Curtis Granderson
16    Andre Ethier
17    Jose Reyes
18    Matt Kemp
19    Yovani Gallardo
20    Fernando Rodney
21    Jonathan Papelbon
22    Robinson Cano
23    Ryan Braun
24    Joe Mauer
25    Gio Gonzalez
26    Pablo Sandoval
27    Yonder Alonso
28    Ryan Zimmerman
29    Yadier Molina
30    David Price
31    Adam Wainwright
32    Prince Fielder
33    Edwin Encarnacion
34    Yasmani Grandal
35    Chase Utley
36    Jose Bautista
37    Jake Peavy
38    Carlos Santana
39    Brian McCann
40    Starlin Castro
41    Brandon Phillips
42    Aroldis Chapman
43    Justin Upton
44    Joey Votto
45    Jon Lester
46    Wade Miley
47    Mark Trumbo
48    Adrian Beltre
49    Eric Hosmer
50    Andrew McCutchen
51    C.J. Wilson
52    Dustin Pedroia
53    Asdrubal Cabrera
54    Tim Lincecum
55    Tim Hudson
56    Freddie Freeman
57    Paul Konerko
58    CC Sabathia
59    Josh Hamilton
60    Buster Posey
61    Matt Cain
62    Ian Kinsler
63    Matt Holliday
64    Jesus Montero
65    Carlos Gonzalez
66    Austin Jackson
67    Mat Latos
68    Adam Dunn
69    Josh Reddick
70    Yoenis Cespedes
71    Hunter Pence
72    Cole Hamels
73    Yu Darvish
74    Johnny Cueto
75    Miguel Cabrera
76    Jean Segura
77    Anthony Rizzo
78    Tyler Skaggs
79    Ian Kennedy
80    Jered Weaver
81    Zack Greinke
82    Chris Sale
83    Craig Kimbrel
84    Jason Heyward
85    Evan Longoria
86    Ryan Howard
87    Giancarlo Stanton
88    Adrian Gonzalez
89    Cliff Lee
90    Carlos Beltran
91    Josh Beckett
92    Justin Verlander
93    Billy Butler
94    Colby Rasmus
95    Brett Wallace
96    Starling Marte
97    Troy Tulowitzki
98    Hanley Ramirez
99    James Shields
100    Stephen Strasburg

TRA-AA    Alexi Amarista
TRA-AC    Andrew Carignan
TRA-AE    Alcides Escobar
TRA-AG    Anthony Gose
TRA-AGO    Alex Gordon
TRA-AJ    Adam Jones
TRA-BM    Brian McCann
TRA-BP    Brad Peacock
TRA-BU    B.J. Upton
TRA-CA    Chris Archer
TRA-CP    Carlos Pena
TRA-DH    Drew Hutchison
TRA-DN    Derek Norris
TRA-DS    Drew Storen
TRA-ES    Eduardo Sanchez
TRA-FH    Felix Hernandez
TRA-JA    J.P. Arencibia
TRA-JB    Jose Bautista
TRA-JN    Jeff Niemann
TRA-JOV    Josh Vitters
TRA-JP    Jarrod Parker
TRA-JS    Joe Saunders
TRA-JSA    Jerry Sands
TRA-JSE    Jean Segura
TRA-JV    Jordany Valdespin
TRA-KS    Kyle Seager
TRA-MCA    Miguel Cabrera
TRA-MF    Mike Fiers
TRA-MO    Mike Olt
TRA-MP    Michael Pineda
TRA-MT    Mark Trumbo
TRA-MTR    Mike Trout
TRA-RW    Rickie Weeks
TRA-SC    Steve Cishek
TRA-SD    Scott Diamond
TRA-SV    Shane Victorino
TRA-TB    Trevor Bauer
TRA-TC    Tyler Colvin
TRA-TS    Tyler Skaggs
TRA-WIM    Will Middlebrooks
TRA-WP    Wily Peralta
TRA-YCE    Yoenis Cespedes
TRA-YDA    Yu Darvish



  1. rick
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    These look sweet!

  2. Richard
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ll pass, thanks.
    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that it’s a bad product per se.
    What is happening is they are selling a kind of “super pack” with a guaranteed auto.
    This is a product that likely would do well in the shops.

    The problem is, there is no stated limit of production. Heritage was 1000 sets.
    No idea if any of the autos are harder to get than others.
    I noticed there is no Harper, who’s auto really helped fuel the Topps Heritage set sales.
    The autos are STICKER, which I personally do not care for.
    Almost every auto on that list is available out there for under $10.
    I DO like the design and might very well have put a base set together, except for some
    insane reason I don’t see any rookies in this set. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong here.

    What Topps SHOULD have done is issue this to the Hobby shops to sell at $25/pack
    and included guys that could have RC logo, but don’t yet, or at least have some prospect cards.

  3. Jacob Lyons
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I do see Machado in the checklist, so there’s at least one RC logo card, but a set like this would probably be better suited to be RC-heavy. Also, not a big fan of sticker autos, especially in retro sets.

  4. Ryan R
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Manny Machado and Mike Olt seemed to be the only rookies I noticed. It’s a cool idea at a very good price, but the base checklist is pretty weak. I also agree with the other poster who commented on the auto checklist, most of those are south of $10 autos.

  5. Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I’d just like to get the 2-3 $10 off codes I am owed by Topps from the Golden Giveaway promotion that I never got! Maybe I would’ve used one on this.

  6. @Jaypers413
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I hope someday Topps will create a exclusive product for one of their Bowman brands.

  7. Jason
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    @ Keith S. I too was in Golden Giveaway limbo for quite some time. I recently sent them a friendly reminder email with my account info and in less than a week I got all three of them. I will be using one of them for this product for sure.

  8. Matt
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Nice cards, but $20 for just 11 cards? I’d rather pay more, maybe $50 or so, for a larger amount of cards. Could be worse, but cmon Topps!

  9. Posted February 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Seeing these cards makes me think I would like to see a baseball card of a player signing autographs. And then that card itself would be an autograph card. Full circle.

  10. zotster
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Hey, why not? They’re sticker autos anyway, so take a pic of the player signing the stickers, put it on a card & then put the auto sticker on it! Maybe even add an “event worn” memorabilia piece from the shirt he was wearing while signing the ‘graphs …

  11. kris
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    $20 seems a little high especially when that does not include more for shipping. i see this blowing up on topps, then a nice price drop will maybe happen

  12. chrisolds
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Or, maybe it will just sell out like the last two online-exclusives.

  13. Aaron
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    This product looks okay but price makes me very worried. There are some pretty big names in the checklist and for that price that means bigger names are harder to pull or there are a lot of them. On the border of like/dislike but for $20, might as well try.

  14. deeez
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink


  15. ted
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    They said they go on sale 2-12-13. Went to website at 4 AM CST SOLD OUT. I guess the big Ebay sellers got them all.
    Too bad for the little guy like me.

  16. Jason
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Funny, if I go back and read the comments from the Heritage online exclusive the comments would be eerily familiar. Maybe by a lot of the same people. After that product sold out they were selling on ebay for even more than what Topps sold them for without the autograph.
    This will sell out and see the same results on ebay.
    Also, Topps confirmed to me via a Twitter response that the colored parallels will be for base cards too. Pulling a black or red Trout, Harper, etc will surely be a nice hit.
    $20, I’m in.

  17. Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Heya Chris, I just want to say I really enjoy your blog posts. Even though I’m not a fan of the pricey rare cards, your blog posts keep me up-to-date in the card industry. You are my primary source for news.

  18. charles
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Ted,didn’t release till this morning,you can still get them.

  19. Posted February 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    WOW!! SOLD OUT IN JUST A COUPLE HOURS!!! Glad I got my 25 boxes!!!

  20. charles
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    This is sold out,as of 2:30pm today.

  21. Erik p
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    they just opened up selling as of 3:45pm EST – go back to who topps and get ’em

  22. DrMitchJ
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I agree with Jason. People were all upset with the Heritage High Number set, but I was pretty happy with that one .. this Turkey Red deal probably won’t be a turkey once all is said and done. :)

  23. kris
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    well, i sure was wrong about this product. sold out fast

  24. Rob Braxton
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    The only turkey I like is the edible kind.

  25. Ed
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Tried to buy a box this morning….sold out…..maybe the 25 limit was to high or I was to slow. Any chance they will open it up again?

  26. Adam
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    20 bucks for 11 cards and one autograph? talk about pissing your money away.

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