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 November 14, 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 November 14, 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 November 15, 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 November 15, 2012 at 1:03 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 November 15, 2012 at 1:26 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 November 15, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

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

  7. Matt Gilman
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 9:06 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 November 15, 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 November 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

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

    $500 boxes should be wrapped imo #failwhale

  10. Posted November 15, 2012 at 7:04 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 November 16, 2012 at 5:13 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 November 16, 2012 at 5:29 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 November 16, 2012 at 5:47 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 November 24, 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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