So, after all, it wasn’t just teasing: after months of innuendos and maybes, Topps actually ported its super high-end football franchise to baseball, with the upcoming release of Five Star baseball.
The high priced product (said to be in the 400-500$ range for a box) will feature 5 cards, all (super) hits: two autographs (one from a current player, one from a legend), one autographed relic, one autographed booklet or extra autograph and a jumbo Relic, bat nameplate or bat knob card.
The design of the cards is simply beautiful, matched by the impressive checklist of players signing their strictly on card autos (someboyd said Panini, here?): Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr., Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr., Ernie Banks, Carl Yastrzemski, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, Willie McCovey, Ryne Sandberg are among the notable hall of famers, alongside active stars Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Matt Kemp, Evan Longoria, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Roy Halladay, Chipper Jones, Jose Bautista and others.
Even rookies are just the crop of the class, for this epic release: Brett Lawrie, Yu Darvish, Matt Moore,Yoenis Cespedes and, of course, wonder boy Bryce Harper.