2014 Topps High Tek Baseball Cards

2014 Topps High Tek Baseball Cards



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The 1990s wasn't a decade known for its subtleties. Towing the line of fashion and design, sports cards often took a loud approach as well. One of the lasting brands that showcased this sensibility was Topps Tek, a wild line that had featured a lot of pattern variations even by today's parallel standards. Those same ideals are back with 2014 Topps High Tek Baseball.

The configurations have been tweaked but the basic ideals of bold designs, acetate card stock and patterns and parallels a plenty remain. And there's nothing subtle about it.

At its most basic, the 2014 Topps High Tek Baseball set has 100 cards. But here's where things get a little complicated, just like the original Tek. Each base card has 12 different pattern variations. So if you want a full master set, you're looking at 1,200 cards.

But it doesn't stop there. Each base card (12 for each player) has eight parallels plus Printing Proofs. So if you're a player collector who chases everything, you're looking at 96 potential cards to chase (excluding Proofs).

Most of the parallel names don't go for basic color labels either. The include: Gold Diffractor, Ice Diffractor, Disco Diffractor, Clouds Diffractor, Black and White Image Diffractor (#/15), Red Storm Diffractor (#/10), Blue Dots Diffractor (#/5) and Charcoal Galactic Diffractor (1/1). All parallels are serial numbered.

All cards use acetate stock for its base. Patterns are done with foil, making for some very out there designs that will likely polarize many collectors.

Perhaps the biggest change with the revamped Topps Tek is the configuration. During its original run, it had a traditional pack structure. Although autographs and memorabilia could be found in lots of products by the time it was retired, the pattern chase and a handful of other inserts were the only added chase elements.

2014 Topps High Tek Baseball goes in a different direction. Boxes have just one pack. Each has six base cards, one parallel and an autograph.

Autographs are all on-card. While no signers have been confirmed yet, it will include a mix of veterans, retired stars and rookies. Autograph parallels include Disco Diffractor, Clouds Diffractor, Black and White Image (#/15), Red Storm Diffractor (#/10), Blue Dots Diffractor (#/5), Charcoal Galactic Diffractor (1/1) and Printing Proofs (1/1).

Buyback Autographs are done on original Topps Tek cards released between 1998 and 2000.

Three basic insert sets have roots in Tek sets from the past. These include TEKnicians, TEKtonics and Low Tek Diffractors. All three also have autographed parallels.

Estimated Release Date: 11/5/14
Product Configuration: 1 pack per box, 8 cards per pack
Price Point: High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Player Collectors, Team Collectors, Collectors Who Loved the '90s, Autograph Collectors

2014 Topps High Tek Baseball Box Break

  • 1 Autograph
  • 1 Parallel
  • 6 Base Cards
  • 8 Total Cards

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Set Checklist

2014 Topps High Tek Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

100 cards. Each base card has 12 design variations.
6 base cards per box.
PARALLEL CARDS - 1 per box: Gold Diffractor #'d, Ice Diffractor #'d, Disco Diffractor #'d, Clouds Diffractor #'d, Black & White Image #/15, Red Storm Diffractor #/10, Blue Dots Diffractor #/5, Charcoal Galactic Diffractor 1/1, Printing Proofs 1/1

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Autographs (Preliminary list) Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Disco Diffractor #'d, Clouds Diffractor #'d, Black & White Image #/15, Red Storm Diffractor #/10, Blue Dots Diffractor #/5, Charcoal Galactic Diffractor 1/1, Printing Proofs 1/1

Bo Jackson
Bryce Harper
Cal Ripken Jr.
David Wright
Edgar Martinez
Ernie Banks
Ernie Banks
Frank Thomas
Freddie Freeman
George Springer
Giancarlo Stanton
Ivan Rodriguez
Jon Singleton
Jose Abreu
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mariano Rivera
Mark McGwire
Miguel Cabrera
Mike Trout
Nolan Ryan
Oscar Taveras
Paul Goldschmidt
Paul O’Neill
Pudge Rodriguez
Randy Johnson
Sandy Koufax
Sonny Gray
Tom Glavine
Yordano Ventura

1999 TEKnicians Diffractor Set Checklist

Up to 25 cards
Serial Numbered

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1999 TEKnicians Diffractor Autographs Set Checklist

Up to 10 cards
Serial Numbered #/10

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2000 TEKnicians Diffractor Set Checklist

Up to 20 cards
Serial Numbered

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2000 TEKnicians Diffractor Autographs Set Checklist

Up to 10 cards
Serial Numbered #/10

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Low Tek Diffractor Set Checklist

Up to 35 cards
Serial Numbered

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Low Tek Diffractor Autographs Set Checklist

Up to 10 cards
Serial Numbered #/15

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1998-2000 Tek Buyback Autographs Set Checklist

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Reviews

  1. Can’t understand the thought process behind bringing back Tek (besides the obvious, $). I thought it was a silly product then and it’s still silly.

  2. The market will decide if it’s coming back for good.

  3. Good Lord! Ugly cannot begin to describe those cards!

  4. Just when you thought chasing parallels had reached the ridiculous stage with the 50 Shades of Bowman, Topps tops itself.

  5. Why is Cal Ripken in this set? It is ridiculous that Topps could not find 100 current players to fill this set. That is just a little more than and average of 3 players per team. It’s not like they will have to stick middle relievers and bench players in there. All it says to the consumer is that current players are not as good as guys that have been retired for 15+ years.

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