Friday, July 29, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Tribute Baseball (GIVEAWAY)

Definitely the highest of the high-end products I have ever opened, Topps Tribute was a new surprise to me as I didn't know what to expect. I kinda like that thought.

Did this high-end product surprise me or did it leave me disappointed, well, read on!


In every box of 2016 Topps Tribute Baseball you get 6 packs per box with 7 cards per pack. You will find 3 autographs and 3 relics per box that are all numbered. Boxes, like I said this is a very high end product, will run you $250 roughly.

Some quick positives before I move on with the review, the card technology is new. It's called Chromax and is stunning for sure. One of the biggest positives for collectors may be the fact that all autographs are ON CARD!!!
The base cards are very breath taking if you like things shiny like me. The design is simple, yet elegant. The base cards are also very sturdy and would be hard to damage/bend. Scratches may occur however. The technology reminds me of the late 90's Topps Gold Label. 

The base card checklist is built of 90 cards of legends of today and of the past.
As with the base cards, the parallels look great as well. These two are both green parallels numbered to 99. You should find one parallel per box. I got lucky I guess.
Here are the other base card offerings including those elusive Supers!
  • Purple Parallel - sequentially numbered.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates - numbered 1/1
The technology for Tribute stays true throughout the product. Beautiful looking cards with added memorabilia or autograph.

Tribute Relics are single relics of retired stars, MLB veterans and exciting newcomers and are sequentially numbered. I pulled Cabrera.


The next relic set I think is one cool set. They are called Stamp of Approval. They feature a bigger-sized relic piece in a die-cut. Each relic piece is MLB Authenticated with a sticker and sequentially numbered as you will see here:

With the Stamp Of Approvals there are also parallels like the Salvy I pulled above.

They include:
  • Purple Parallel - sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Parallel - sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1. NEW!
Other relic cards not pulled in this break include:

Prime Patches that features patch relic cards of superstar veterans and HOF greats with each being numbered and having parallels as well like....

- Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5
- Black Parallel - numbered 1/1
- Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1

Milestone Relics that feature relic swatches of game-used baseballs from milestone MLB games. Each of these relic pieces will be MLB Authenticated and numbered to 10. This as well has a parallel that's a Black Jumbo Autographed Parallel that is numbered 1/1.

Now onto those on-card autographs.

The first two autographs, the probably most common to pull are Tribute Autographs.Veterans, icons and rookie are showcased in this 72 card autographed set. Each are numbered.
  • Blue – /150
  • Green – /99
  • Purple – /50
  • Orange – /25
  • Red – /5
  • Black – 1/1
  • Printing Plates Black – 1/1
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates - numbered 1/1
The two I pulled are the basic blue version. One of Garrett Richards, the other of Phillies rookie Aaron Nola.



My last autograph is a Rightful Recognition Autograph of Rafael Palmeiro. This card is numbered to 99.
 
This autograph set also ties in with Foundations of Greatness which covers the younger version of these players for a Then and Now type of collecting.

As with some of this product, this one as well comes with parallels to chase.
  • Purple Parallel - sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Parallel - sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1. NEW!
  • Printing Plates - numbered 1/1.
Other autographs not pulled in this box but are in the product are....
Ageless Accolades
A tribute to the game's MVPs from seasons past on acetate.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
Tribute Tandems Book Cards
A two panel book card pairing veterans with baseball icons who share something in common and are numbered to 25. Parallels include Red numbered to 5 and Black numbered 1/1.

Triple Crown Memories
Triple Crown Memories celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1966 when both Frank Robinson and Sandy Koufax won the Triple Crown award by leading baseball in their statistical categories. Parallels include Red numbered to 5 and Parallel numbered 1/1.

Overall Thoughts: It's definitely a beautiful product from top to bottom and has a solid checklist of players and items to pull. However, this box I felt was a dud. Looking at my value vs what you would pay it's probably not that close as I did spend thorough time looking up the values of each of my pulls on eBay.

I am not telling you however not to buy this product. When you do hit, boy, you will hit I can see that much from preview images and other breaks online. But, with any product no matter the cost it's a risk especially on the high end stuff. If you collect high end and like the gamble, I would definitely tell you to buy it. If you don't like forking out this much cash, it's probably safer to buy packs or singles.

NOW TIME FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!
It's as easy as can be to enter to win one of the cards above. Depending on what card I giveaway will depend on the amount of entries this contest gets. Everyone likes a surprise. Obviously, the more entries....
  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to host this/these nice giveaways with. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.
  2. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  3. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  5. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling me ONE PRO AND ONE CON OF THE PRODUCT.
  6. EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY FOR SHARING THIS CONTEST ON YOUR BLOG AND/OR ON TWITTER. Make sure to leave your link in comments too so I can count it. If not, I won't be able to give you the credit. Commenting with it is very important or you WILL LOSE OUT an extra entry!
  7. Sport Card Collectors or it's owner (person who runs the blog), WILL NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. Sorry had to add this in since someone tried to scam me once about this.
  8. Contest starts today, ends on August 4th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 5th 2016
  9. Don't forget to thank the above sponsor of this contest and I won't mind a thank you as well :)
Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

37 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Pro - High End hits, nice parallels
    Con - Price Point, hard for me to pull the trigger on those high price sets, especially if there's a chance you won't hit big
    https://twitter.com/Zeldafanatic15/status/759108645418246144

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  2. PRO - The base cards are beautiful like the hits.
    CON - I wish they had a cheaper and smaller blaster style box size of the product. A box with half the amount of packs for half the price would be great.

    I shared on Twitter too :)
    https://twitter.com/cubsfan_4/status/759109419137314816

    Thanks TOPPS for making an awesome product and sending it in for review!

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  3. Thanks for a great review of this product, for the contest, and thanks to Topps for making it all possible.

    Pro(s) - beautiful technology and on card autos
    Con - hate to copy others' sentiments, but he price point is definitely the biggest con for me

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  4. Pro: Any set with Salvy relics is awesome.
    Con: Too much $$. $250 can do a lot of good for my family or someone else.

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  5. Pro: Any set with Salvy relics is awesome.
    Con: Too much $$. $250 can do a lot of good for my family or someone else.

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  6. Pro: potential for awesome relic hits
    Con: The price point is pretty high.

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  7. Thanks to Topps first of all!

    Now for the questions:
    A pro is that Topps tried something new with a new printing technique (and from all accounts, it worked well).
    A con is the price point for us "average" collectors. Another con is that when you get a "bad" box like the one in the review, it really hurts (especially when you factor in the cost).

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/Nachos_Grande/status/759195806138241024

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  8. Pro: shiny cards

    Con: price, hard to get your money's worth

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  9. Wow these looks nice! Love the mlb authentication sticker on the relics also love the look as they would be good to get signed IP. Bad is the price point, pretty pricey especially for a college kid like me. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Very nice review of this product. Always liked Tribute.
    Pro- High risk yields High Reward. Great looking cards.

    Con- The price point.

    Thank you.

    Tweeted. https://twitter.com/astrosfan78/status/759481868395741184

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  11. Very shiny pro and con easily bendable or scratchable

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  12. Pro: love the On Card Autos & sweet refractor colors.
    Con: u actually saved me $! I thought all packs had a hit in it. For 250 a box & some no name autos on the checklist, I expect a lil more hits.

    Thx as always for the good blog. Better info than most on an actual box breakdown.

    https://twitter.com/TheAdamTing/status/759492994579832832

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  13. Pro: love the On Card Autos & sweet refractor colors.
    Con: u actually saved me $! I thought all packs had a hit in it. For 250 a box & some no name autos on the checklist, I expect a lil more hits.

    Thx as always for the good blog. Better info than most on an actual box breakdown.

    https://twitter.com/TheAdamTing/status/759492994579832832

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  14. mrblu1976@aol.comJuly 30, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Great review as always, thanks for taking the time and effort to keep this blog going!
    Pros: Nice looking cards and the on card autos are always awesome.
    Cons: The price is high and unfortunately out of range for most collectors.

    I don't tweet but I shared it on FB!
    https://www.facebook.com/dan.noel.547

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  15. Pro: There are green cards
    Con: Still super expensive.

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  16. Pro: On card autographs
    Con: Definitely the price

    https://twitter.com/scoochnew/status/759553622032035840

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway guys! Pro: Beautiful smooth looking cards with low #ed. Cons= price point is just to high for me. Tought to break the bank with potential at nothing. Thanks for everything and thanks topps!

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    1. This is from mitch mazur= footballcrdonly on Twitter

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    3. First, I want to thank Topps and Sport Cards Collectors for providing this great opportunity for us great fans! Twitter: @KLander_15

      Pros: Easily Autographs
      Cons: Expensive

      https://mobile.twitter.com/KLander_15/status/759880335341588480

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway as always, also to Topps for sending the box.

    Pro- on card autos and relics with the sticker to trace authenticity.
    Con- ratio of autos to relics at the price point. Should be 4:2 autos or better, if not more total hits. Scares me off from buying packs as $40-$50 may only yield a jersey card.

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  19. Thanks for the contest!

    Pro: On card autographs
    Cons: Way too many autographs of young players.

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  20. PROS - LIKE THE NEW CHROMAX TECHNOLOGY. CONS - TOO EXPENSIVE FOR ME!

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  21. Pro - On card auto's are always a pro for me.
    Con - High price point for low number of cards.

    https://twitter.com/DankestWookie/status/760175884263239680

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  22. Thank you to Topps and of course you guys here at Sports Card Collectors!!

    Pros- Amazing design and such a quality card with the signature right on it makes it even better!!

    Con-Pricy but well worth it if you truly are an avid fan and want something different.

    https://twitter.com/Tondwn440/status/760128669520015360

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  23. Pro very nice ,smooth looking design ,on card autos .con -price and so many different inserts
    Thanks
    Frank @sfrank760 on twitter .i will retweet this link

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    1. Thank you guys very much for taking the time to inform and educate us on new products.
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    2. Thank you guys very much for taking the time to inform and educate us on new products.
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  25. They are great looking cards with crystal clear Images but all the cards look very similar there no real defining difference. All in all I would still buy them.

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  26. It was nice of Topps to provide a box for review.

    Pro: The cards look good, and the authentication stickers on the relics are a nice touch.

    Con: That price point is tough to stomach. I realize that the card companies need to cater to collectors in all financial brackets, but at this price for what amounts to a gamble I'll wait and buy singles on the secondary market.

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  27. Pro - sweet product, nice auto potential

    Con - price point

    OZ

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  28. Pros: Topps for sending a box to you for you to open and giveaway to us. Nice on card autos, shiny cards, great players thru the base set , and great relics with stickers.

    Cons : the price , hard to put a base set together for a good price and hard for sellers to get the money that the base sets cost them.

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  29. Pros - Sweet on card auto
    Cons - $$$$$

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  30. Pro -- The look is fantastic!
    Con -- Have to say the price, but a cheaper version probably wouldn't look nearly as good
    APetrelak

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