First look: 2014 Topps High Tek baseball cards
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Topps Tek officially is back.
After several years on the bench, a brand that was ahead of its time back from 1998-2000 is back as Topps officially revealed the basics on the product it had teased at the recent Industry Summit.
This time around, though, it’s 2014 Topps High Tek and it includes autographs as well as buybacks and new cards with the complicated acetate aesthetic that some collectors have come to love over the years.
It will include just eight cards per pack/box — six base cards one parallel limited to 99 or fewer copies and one autograph — when it arrives on Nov. 5. There will be 12 packs per case with each case guaranteeing a buyback autograph or a “re-created design Diffractor.”
High Tek will be a hobby-only release with up to 12 different parallels — background patterns — per card. The base set will consist of 100 cards with nine other parallels per card. While serial-numbering was not announced for most versions, their names were. Collectors can look for Gold Diffractors, Ice Diffractors, Disco Diffractors, Clouds Diffractors, Black and White image parallels (/15), Red Storm Diffractors (/10), Blue Dots Diffractors (/5) and 1/1 Charcoal Galactic Diffractors and printing proofs.
The autographs will all be signed on-card with Disco, Clouds, Black and White, Red Storm, Blue Dots, Charcoal Galactic and printing proof versions. The quantities were not announced for Disco and Clouds, while the others will match their base cards.
Autographed buybacks also will be among the offerings with original cards from the previous three-year run among those to be found. A preliminary checklist was not released.
Among the insert cards in this one will be 1999 Teknicians Diffractors for 25 players in the past style with 10 of those players signing parallels limited to just 10. Also to be had are 2000 TEKtonics Diffractors also with signed parallels as well as Low Tek Diffractors, Those auto parallels will be limited to 15 copies.
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