2013 Topps Tier One

Discussion in 'Baseball Card Talk' started by Taliasen, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Taliasen

    Taliasen Collecting Rickey Henderson and Sean Casey. Moderator

    2013 Topps Tier One

    Per Box Items:
    3 cards
    2 autographs
    1 relic card

    The cards in 2013 Topps tier One are thicker than standard issue cards. For the most part the cards are border-less depending on the sub-set they are a part of. Some cards will have a stylized graphic or a border on one side depending on if the card is a relic or autograph card. The cards I pulled all have a color picture of the player on a grey two-tone background. All of the cards are trimmed with sliver foil highlighting the set name, player name and serial numbering. The card backs are photo-less. The two-tone backs have gold trim and feature moderate career and personal highlights and player information.

    What I Pulled:
    4 cards
    Felix Hernandez Dual Relic #/50
    Todd Frazier Dual Relic #/50
    Dexter Fowler 'Crowd Pleaser Autographs' #/299
    Casey Kelly 'On the Rise Autographs' #/399


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    The epitome of a hobby lottery ticket, 2013 Topps Tier One can make you rich or make you that much less wealthy. The pros: One relic card (total cards) over the stated odds per box. One card autos. The Cons: Plain old white relic pieces. ROV. (return on investment) To be honest, people buy a super high-end product like 2013 Topps Tier One hoping to pull a card that could be flipped to make a mortgage payment or down payment on a new car. The key word here is 'hoping.' No one expects to make it rich on any single card, however no one expects to pull cards like I did though. Congrats to Topps for adding a bonus card to this dud of a box. With all of the 1/1 bat knobs, autographed printing plates and heck even awesome sounding redemption cards, it would have been nice to get a little color in one of the jersey swatches or even a bat/jersey combo. Is it too much to ask for a card numbered out of 10 or even 25 of a no-name player at least? I understand that it is a lottery ticket, but I would be extremely upset if I paid retail for this box and pulled what I did.

    The Bottom Line:
    I give 2013 Topps Tier One a 'buy the singles' rating. You will be further ahead to buy individually what you want rather than buying a box.

    The Final Score:
    Final Ratings (Out of 10):
    Base set collect-ability: NA
    Big-hit Hunter: 5/10
    Prospector Hunter: 5/10
    Value: 5/10
    Overall Quality: 9/10

    Overall: 24/40 (60% = D)

    Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!
  2. ranbethscards

    ranbethscards NASCAR products are back baby!!!!! oh yeah! Moderator

    buy the singles rating... becoming truer and truer for just about all products. :(
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