Sunday, June 19, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Tier One Baseball (HOT BOX+Case Hit)+A Giveaway!

I have always seen products like Tier One from a distance, but never had guts enough to give it a try, well, I wished I had after breaking today's box and definitely will going forward.

See why I feel that way in this short review below.

In every box of 2016 Topps Tier One baseball, you will find three cards. Two will be ON CARD autographs and the other will be a relic card. There are also hot boxes, like today, that contain an extra bonus hit. Boxes will run you roughly $110.

I will be posting my review box as I broke it. Without any base cards or inserts, this will be a cut to the chase form of review but I will give as much info as I can.

Inside of the box pictured above, is a cut out and a silver pack that sits within.

After opening that silver pack, this is the card that popped up first.

Can't say it could have started any better. An on-card autograph of a top pitcher in Clayton Kershaw. And it's a Tier 1 Autographs, which is a case hit like last year. The Kershaw I pulled is a base version that comes numbered to 99 or less. There are also three parallels that can be determined by the color of the ink with Copper /25, Silver /10 and Gold 1/1.
There is also a solid mix of players on the Tier One autograph checklist. I will leave a link at the bottom of my review to the checklist.

Up next, the more common autograph you should find in Tier one in Breakout Autographs. These are numbered to 299 or less. The checklist for these contains a lot of the younger upcoming players and rookies. My pull was /249 of Kyle Waldrop. It also appears from the checklist that some players have more than one card and photo.

The other common autograph /299 is Prime Performers which features a nice mix of feature a checklist of veteran players and retired stars.
Other regular autographs are dual autos that are numbered to 25, triple autos that are numbered to 10 and Cut Signatures that are numbered to 1/1. 

There are a ton of other sick autograph relic finds in Tier One too. One of my favorites from previews is the Signature Tools auto relic cards. These sweet one-of-one pulls feature an actual piece of the pen used by an athlete to sign cards. I know some may find that cheesy, but I love it.
Other autograph relic finds are Autographed Tier One Relics come numbered out of 99 with Dual Patch parallels numbered to 25 and 1/1 Triple Patch parallels. There are also dual auto Tier One Relic booklets are numbered out of ten. Prodigious Patches come with player signature and a jumbo patch piece that has Base versions are numbered out of 10 with Platinum parallel numbered to 5. One-of-one auto relics hits include Tier One Autographed Bat Knobs, Autographed Limited Lumber bat relics and Cut Signature relics. There is such a sick deep lineup of autographed relic material. It's like putting the whole baseball HOF on a team. 
If that wasn't enough, there is also relic content to find too. 

The third card from my pack was this Kolten Wong relic numbered to 199.

My pull was a basic Tier One Relic card, which are numbered to 399 or less. However, there are dual swatch parallels that are numbered to 50 and triple swatch parallels are numbered to just five. 
There are also Tier One Relics Legends that are numbered to 99 or less also with dual swatches that numbered to 25 and triple swatches numbered to 5 parallels. 
Then to my surprise after an already solid box, a Prodigious Patch surprised me being my 4th card. It features a jumbo-sized patch and is numbered out of ten. Mine was 10/10 of Jacoby Ellsbury. It has a beautiful swatch with even a few minor dirt stains.
To round out the rest of the memorabilia, Tier One Bat Knobs, there are Limited Lumber bat relics and Tier One All-Star Relics that are very rare 1/1 pulls.
And if you are curious how the checklist looks, you can find that, HERE on the Topps Website.
Overall, I really liked the product. Solid design all around and some great pulls. The checklist is deep featuring players of today, yesterday and of tomorrow. But, with any high end product, you do only get three cards and it's a risk. However, there is ton of stuff to payoff with if you take the risk and hit it big.

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  1. Pro: the Kershaw autograph fell in good hands. Con: it wasn't me.

  2. Oh my word, congrats on the Kershaw! Thanks for the giveaway
    Pro - Top notch product, gorgeous cards, on card autos
    Con - at the price point it's a gamble, especially for 3, maybe four cards
    Go Cards!

  3. Great pulls there. One pro for me is that you already know for sure what you will be pulling (two autos and one relic with chance for bonus) and the con would be that it is a pretty big gamble to drop the $110 for three or four cards with the chance that none are really great cards. Thanks for the give away.

  4. Pro: I often can find the Tier One cards I want on the secondary market for a fraction of the box price
    Con: I typically don't have the money for a box
    Nice Kershaw, but the background on that card is way too busy for me. It is much more toned down on the other cards.

  5. That Kershaw is a nice pull. Thanks for the contest and props to Topps on providing the box for the break.

    Pro: They are nice-looking cards and make nice additions to a player/team collection.
    Cons: The hits are nice, but I can't help feeling bad that there isn't a base set for many hit-based products. Maybe there aren't a lot of people chasing base sets anymore, but I like seeing some sort of base card in a product. Maybe it's just because that makes it seem a little bit less like a lottery ticket in box form.

  6. The good thing is you get 2 autos at the least. The bad is its a gamble at $110 for 4 cards. If you don't hit a Kershaw that box would have been pretty bad.

  7. Pro: Nice cards with lots of gold foil. The '90s lives on in these brands.
    Con: Insanely expensive.

  8. Great looking cards as the Kershaw is great! No base so you know what yer in for and its a fast break with only 3-4 cards.

  9. Pro: Cards are pretty.
    Con: Only 4 cards in a box that expensive? Really? That's ridiculous. Base cards are beautiful -- every product needs them.

  10. Sweet Ellsbury patch and the Kershaw is pretty nice too!

  11. Great Ellsbury patch!

    Pro: guaranteed hits!
    Con: I can't afford it.

  12. Pro: jumbo sized patches and on-card autos
    Con: With this price this can be a huge gamble. Without that Kershaw, I don't know if this box is worth $110

  13. Thanks for the review. Pro: nicely designed cards. Con: they are made by Topps, so there is a chance you will receive and ultimately get screwed over by a redemption.

  14. Thanks for the review. Pro: nicely designed cards. Con: they are made by Topps, so there is a chance you will receive and ultimately get screwed over by a redemption.

  15. Wow! That is one heck of a box! Kershaw auto and that Ellsbury patch! Really cool of Topps to give you this box!
    Pro: Nice design, on card autos, player selection
    Con: Only 3, sometimes 4 cards for the price

  16. Pro: unique hits can be pulled

    Con: only 3 cards per box (usually) and the high price

  17. Pro: High quality and high dollar cards.
    Con: Only three cards for $110.

  18. Congrats on the Kershaw auto.. very nice! Like other commenters have mentioned, it can be a gamble buying a high-end box like this. (And as always, I'm envious of Topps giving you a box to review!)

  19. Pro: Sweet on card autos & all #'d
    Con: Bad card design this yr. Previous yrs were much cleaner looking & made the auto pop out more.

  20. Thanks topps!
    I'd say a pro is the amazing hit, but ive seen some bad boxes and for over 100, that can hurt

  21. Pro: This stuff looks really nice!
    Con: Kolten Wong still can't run bases properly.

  22. Pro- chance to hit big autos
    Con- is a gamble

  23. Great looking cards if you can afford the price. Not for your average collector. @EEFFL

  24. Dennis (@Seahawksfan605 on Twitter)June 22, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    Pro : Great Hits, design is awesome & awesome Auto's are to be had.
    Con : Super High in cost for so little of cards in Box. Hit or miss type of product.

    Thank you again for the chance.

  25. great of topps to provide the box, and congrats on the kershaw!

    pro - chance for a great pull
    con - checklist includes many lower tier players and risk may outweigh potential reward

  26. Very cool off topps to provide a box to review.
    Pro: High end cards that look high end.
    Con: Like everyone else, this is too much of a gamble. I can't afford to spend $110 on 3 hits of middling players.

  27. Pro: No digging through a whole hobby box of base cards for that one hit, if that's your thing.
    Con: As someone who likes complete sets, I'd have to mortgage my house to complete this one

    Promoted here:


  29. Pro- beautiful unique design.
    Con- always the price.

    Twitter link.

  30. PRO: Nice on card autos :)
    CON: The cost of a box :(

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  32. wow awesome box congrats. very nice of topps to send that over
    pro- beautiful on card autos
    con- at that price its a gamble

    also - twitter entry

  33. Pro:u get some sweet pulls con:the price

  34. Pro is 2 autos 1 mem card a box con is its nothing to flash nothing standing out seems kind of basic

  35. Pro Nice auto list
    Con boom or bust