Topps: Five Star baseball will return in 2013

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When the first Topps Five Star set arrived on the football card landscape in 2010, it brought a new look to the company’s portfolio and changed the game to a degree before the first box even was opened.

It changed the game with its price.

At $500 a box, Five Star was like nothing that had ever been seen before from the long-running company, and it was then that the seeds were planted for what has been the biggest baseball card release of 2012.

“It’s not unusual when launching a successful brand in a particular sport that collectors immediately start requesting a crossover to other sports,” said Topps Director of Product Development Clay Luraschi in an interview to appear in the February issue of Beckett Baseball. “The response to produce Five Star baseball was overwhelming.”

Luraschi confirmed in the interview that Five Star will be back in 2013 with plans to “take it up a notch” beyond its rookie-year baseball offering. He also discussed the reactions and feedback from collectors, Five Star’s chipping issue and more about what went into the decision to bring Five Star to the diamond.

The February issue will arrive in hobby shops later this month.

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. Posted December 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Good that they are aware of the chipping. I didn’t buy a pack or any singles because of it. The cards shown on ebay look really bad. Hope all is good next year.

  2. Kingbudd
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    What a tease… I wanted to hear what Topps official statement about chipping was! Thanks for the tease Chris.

  3. Richard
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    OK, but what are they going to get to move it?
    You had Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper with the rookie logos.
    If you don’t have something big coming the values will drop as fast as the 2002 products did.

    But hey, I love the fact people are cracking this stuff and I get everything I want for less than the
    cost of a pack. True, I can’t get the lottery cards, but I’m cool with that..

  4. Chris Olds
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Kingbudd: You’re welcome.

  5. Chris Olds
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Richard: Therein is the challenge of 2013. We shall see.

  6. Thomas Howell
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Two things… After this year’s quality issue of letting bad product out of the door I am not buying any more unopened high end Five Star.. It does make sense to buy what you want on the secondary market… Also, my luck it would be not to get a chipped card but a redemption of a player who hasn’t signed yet and when received try to sell the card the value has plummeted.

  7. Charles Monroe
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Chris: I recently redeemed a booklet auto card from 2012 Topps Five Star baseball. Due to the fact that the card was not ready for the initial release, do you think the card will also have chipping issues since it’s probably not made yet? What are your thoughts on the quality of cards that need to be redeemed from the 2012 product?

  8. Posted December 5, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Shouldn’t Topps print Five Star cards on top of bricks of solid gold?

  9. Chris Olds
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Matt: That wouldn’t be enough for a few collectors out there.

  10. Joey
    Posted December 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    No 5 star for me this year they should make all print to 10 or less and no base set for next year. And have a run of Ruth cut sigs like 10 of them maybe cobb and cy young too? Topps needs Ted Williams cut autos the redsox lore has become very dull.

  11. John
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Chipping is terrible. Looks like a kid packaged these cards. Your quality is dropping Topps

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