2014 Topps Tier One Baseball CardsBrand: Topps Tier One
If 2014 Topps Tier One Baseball causes a little déja vu, that's because not much has changed. The all-hits concept and overall configuration stay the same, delivering a pair of autographs and a relic card in every three-card box. Every fourth box also comes with a second memorabilia card.
One of the key points for 2014 Tier One Baseball is the that all single-signed and dual autographs are done on-card. This means no stickers, at least for these parts of the set. This doesn't include autographed memorabilia cards, though.
Autographs fall under three categories. Acclaimed Autographs are numbered to 299 or less. Similar to the Crowd Pleasers theme used in previous years, these focus on baseball's fan favorites. The checklist is large, approaching 100 cards.
New Guard Autographs spotlight the game's young stars. Numbered to 399 or less, the checklist has more than 80 players on it. As with past years, with such large checklists, collectors should not expect to pull a high-end signature every time.
2014 Topps Tier One Baseball guarantees one Tier One Autograph numbered to 99 or less per 12-box case. These feature only top players such as Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Cal Ripken Jr, Ken Griffey Jr and Hank Aaron. Some names that haven't signed much for Topps in recent years include Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.
All three of these sets have three levels of parallels, each based on the color of the ink used. Red Ink Autographs are numbered to 25. Silver Ink cards are limited to ten copies each. Gold Ink cards are one-of-ones.
Dual Autographs, also signed on-card, are numbered to 25. The set features 15 cards. Although they use stickers, few are likely to complain if they pull one of the five Triple Autographs (#/10).
Other autographs in 2014 Topps Tier One Baseball include Cut Signatures (25 cards, 1/1) and Over-sized Clear Reprint Autographs (#/10). Signed on-card, these recreate five classic cards from the Topps vault.
Autographed Tier One Relics include current and retired players. Each is numbered to 99. Collectors can also look for Dual Patch (#/25) and Triple Patch (1/1) parallels. Dual Autographed Tier One Autographs (25 cards, #/10) are done in a book card format. Each has autographs from two different players and a relic piece to go with them.
Tier One Relics are the most plentiful memorabilia cards in the release. The checklist has more than 75 players, each numbered to 399. Tier One Legends Relics cover all-time retired greats and are numbered to 99. Both Tier One Relics and Legends Relics have a limited number of dual- and triple-swatch parallels.
2014 Topps Tier One Baseball also has a number of high-end relic offerings. Bat Knobs return with a massive checklist of 150 cards from active and retired players. All are one-of-a-kind. There are also 25 Autographed Bat Knobs that have on-card signatures. Prodigious Patches (25 cards, #/10) return with massive swatch pieces. There are also autographed versions (25 cards, #/10). Jumbo patches from 2013 All-Star workout jerseys are used on the aptly named All-Star Relics (50 cards, 1/1).
Estimated Release Date: 5/21/14
Product Configuration: 1 pack per box, 3 cards per pack
Price Point: High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Hit Seekers, Autograph Collectors, Memorabilia Card Collectors
2014 Topps Tier One Baseball Box Break
- 2 Autographs
- 1 Relic Card
- 3 Total Cards
2014 Topps Tier One Baseball Set Checklist
All-Star Relics Set Checklist
Featuring 50 cards
Serial Numbered 1/1
All-Star Relics Set Checklist
Autographs Set Checklist
Ken Griffey Jr.
Cal Ripken Jr.