By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Topps Tribute was one of the surprise hits of 2011 with the high-end brand’s inclusions sparking a run on wax almost immediately after its release.
This year, Topps is upping the ante with some additional bonuses not previously unveiled.
The company announced on Thursday that every Tribute Autograph and Tribute Relic card will now come encased with a Tribute authentication sticker attached, but that’s not the real bonus for buyers of the brand.
The big extra in this one is that former home run champion Hank Aaron will be signing 100 buyback cards for inclusion in Tribute — all as bonus cards in boxes when they are found beginning on March 7.
In addition, the company announced that many of the 1/1 autographs will now include inscriptions to go with the sigs as well as an enhanced autograph checklist that includes Albert Pujols, Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Thomas, Carl Yastrzemski, Ernie Banks and Ken Griffey Jr.
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