2013 Topps Finest Baseball CardsBrand: Topps Finest
2013 Topps Finest Baseball marks the 20th anniversary of the brand's debut. 1993 Topps Finest was a landmark release, one of the most influential ever on the modern hobby. It should come as no surprise then, that the card maker is revisiting the classic set. That's not to say that the 2013 installment is a completely retro release because it's not. 2013 Topps Finest Baseball has several new designs to go along with the familiar Refractors and rookie-focused autographs.
Every 2013 Topps Finest Baseball hobby box comes packaged with a pair of six-pack mini boxes. Each master box promises an on-card Autographed Refractor Rookie and an Autographed Jumbo Relic Rookie.
Autographed Refractor Rookie cards use a similar design to the base set. A player photo is placed against a dotted background that's accented by team colors. It's both modern and minimal, letting the chromium card stock take much of the attention. As always, there are several parallels to keep player collectors busy: X-Fractor (#/149), Green Refractor (#/125), Orange Refractor (#/99), Gold Refractor (#/50), Red Refractor (#/25), Atomic Refractor (#/5), Printing Plates and SuperFractors (1/1).
Autographed Jumbo Relic Rookie have a horizontal design that has a large memorabilia swatch placed above a sticker signature. Refractors have the same color scheme and numbering as Autographed Rookie Refractors. Parallels numbered to 25 or less all use patches.
The 100-card 2013 Topps Finest Baseball base set features both veteran players and rookies, not retired stars. There are eight different Refractor types to go after. Basic Refractors and X-Fractors are not serial numbered, but all others are. Numbering ranges from 199 for Green Refractors down to one-of-one SuperFractors. Printing Plates are also available for base cards.
1993 Topps Finest is an insert set that uses current players on the landmark design. Refractors are numbered to 25. 1993 Topps All-Star Finest recreates the design that was used in both a popular subset and on jumbo box toppers. Refractors are numbered to 10 while Autographed Refractors come numbered to 5.
1993 Topps Finest is revisited in a trio of high-end bonus inserts as well. Random hot boxes are filled with 2013 Topps Finest Baseball 1993 Finest Refractor inserts. Autographed Buybacks, numbered to 5, are autographed Refractors from the original set. Some boxes also have Jumbo Autographed 1993 All-Stars (#/5).
1993 isn't the only year celebrated in 2013 Topps Finest Baseball. Finest Master Refractors (#/50) are inspired by a base set subset from 1997. Autographs are numbered to 15 or less and Superfractors are one-of-ones. Finest Prodigies Die-Cut Refractors get their name from a 1996 subset. Focusing on young players, Autographs are limited to 10 numbered copies or less. Each card also has one SuperFractor.
2013 Topps Finest Baseball has a handful of Triple Autographs, all of which are numbered to five.
The Rookie Redemption Program returns. Redemption card holders get an autographed card numbered to 100 that will be announced during the 2013 season. This enables Topps to use the latest call-ups and adds a little speculation to the process.
Estimated Release Date: 8/14/13
Product Configuration: 12 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Refractor Fans, Set Builders, Rookie Card Collectors, Autograph Collectors, Fans of 1993 Topps Finest Baseball
2013 Topps Finest Baseball Box Break
- 1 Autographed Refractor Rookie
- 1 Autographed Jumbo Relic Rookie
- 60 Total Cards
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2013 Topps Finest Baseball Set Checklist (Preliminary)
Base Set Checklist
Featuring 100 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor, X-fractor, Green Refractor #/199, Orange Refractor #/99, Gold Refractor #/50, Red Refractor #/25, Atomic Refractor #/5, SuperFractor #/1, Printing Plates #/1
Base Set Checklist
1993 Topps Finest Insert Set Checklist
1993 Topps All-Star Finest Insert Set Checklist
Autographed Buybacks Set Checklist
Autographed Rookies Set Checklist
Autographed Jumbo Relic Rookies Set Checklist
Triple Autographs Set Checklist
Masters Refractor Set Checklist
Prodigies Die-Cut Refractor Set Checklist
Rookie Redemption Program Set Checklist
Rookie Autograph #/100