2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Cards

2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Cards

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Over the years, the Topps Tribute line has carved out a niche for offering a broad mix of autographs and memorabilia from multiple generations of baseball stars, greats and young players. It's also, traditionally, something of a risky product given its high-end price tag. All these return with 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball, which promises three autographs and a trio of memorabilia cards in every six-pack box.

While Tribute has had an extensive amount of on-card signatures in the past, some stickers have made their way into the product. However, not so in 2015. All autographs in the product are hard-signed. Basic Tribute Autographs are the most common. All are numbered and come with the following parallels: Green, Orange, Black, Gold (#/25), Purple (#/10), Printing Plates, Onyx (1/1) and Red (1/1).

2015 Topps Tribute Baseball has reworked some of the other autograph inserts. Foundations of Greatness Autographs uses images from early in the featured player's career, whether that was recently or decades ago. The set includes several generations of players. Also new are Rightful Recognition Autographs. Both of these inserts have Black, Gold (#/25), Purple (#/10), Printing Plate, Onyx (1/1) and Red (1/1) parallels.

Also making their debut are To the Victors Autographs. The cards, which spotlight World Series Champions, use a die-cut design and are inserted as a case hit.

Eccentric Eye Black returns. Numbered to 5, the card's autograph is joined by an eye black sticker.

Among the highlight signers in the product are Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr, Yasiel Puig, Roger Clemens, Giancarlo Stanton, Mark McGwire, Mariano Rivera, Yu Darvish and Javier Baez. 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball also has autographs from Rusney Castillo. Even with Topps pledging to have a stronger checklist, collectors should be realistic and not expect every autograph to be an all-time great or future Hall of Famer.

Tribute Relics make up the basic memorabilia component of 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball. Like previous years, collectors can expect swatches from veterans, young players and retired stars. New Diamond Cuts come with a larger swatch with a display window done in the shape of a ball diamond. Each of these have several levels of parallels. Those numbered to 25 or less come with a patch swatch.

Other memorabilia sets include Prime Patches and Milestone Relics, which have pieces of game-used baseballs from significant games. Among the Milestone Relics are pieces of balls from Masahiro Tanaka's first start and Albert Pujols' 500th home run and different World Series balls. Each Milestone Relic has a MLB Authentication sticker.

Dimensions of the Game is a new insert that uses a three-dimensional look to display autographed baseballs. Hank Aaron and Clayton Kershaw are among those in the set.

The 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball base set has 100 cards. It has veterans, rookies and past stars. Every box includes one parallel numbered to 99 or less. Colors include Green, Black, Purple (#/10), Printing Plates and Red (1/1).

Estimated Release Date: 2/19/15
Product Configuration: 6 packs per box
Price Point: High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Autograph Collectors, Hit Seekers

2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Box Break

  • 3 Numbered Autographs
  • 3 Numbered Memorabilia Cards
  • 1 Numbered Parallel

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Set Checklist

2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Set Checklist

This is a preliminary checklist and subject to change. The full checklist will be added as soon as it is available.

Base Set Checklist

100 cards
PARALLEL CARDS (1 per box): Green #'d, Black #'d, Purple #/10, Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

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Preliminary Autograph Set Checklist

The following is a partial list of signers released by Topps.

Adrian Gonzalez
Albert Pujols
Andre Dawson
Bo Jackson
Bryce Harper
Buster Posey
Carlton Fisk
Chipper Jones
Clayton Kershaw
Daniel Norris
David Ortiz
David Wright
Dennis Eckersley
Dustin Pedroia
Ernie Banks
Frank Thomas
Freddie Freeman
Giancarlo Stanton
Hank Aaron
Hanley Ramirez
Javier Baez
Jim Palmer
Joc Pederson
John Smoltz
Johnny Bench
Jorge Posada
Jorge Soler
Jose Fernandez
Juan Marichal
Lou Brock
Maikel Franco
Mariano Rivera
Mark McGwire
Miguel Cabrera
Mike Piazza
Mike Schmidt
Nolan Ryan
Nomar Garciaparra
Orlando Cepeda
Ozzie Smith
Paul O'Neill
Reggie Jackson
Rickey Henderson
Roberto Alomar
Robinson Cano
Rod Carew
Roger Clemens
Rusney Castillo
Ryan Braun
Steve Carlton
Tom Glavine
Troy Tulowitzki
Yasiel Puig
Yoenis Cespedes
Yu Darvish

Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered
PARALLEL CARDS: Green Autographs #'d, Orange Autographs #'d, Black Autographs #'d, Gold Autographs #/25, Purple Autographs #/10, Red Autographs 1/1, Onyx Autographs 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

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Diamond Cuts Relics Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Orange #'d, Black #'d, Gold Patch #/25, Purple Patch #/10, Red Patch 1/1

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Eccentric Eyeblack Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/5
PARALLEL CARDS: Red Autographs 1/1

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Foundations of Greatness Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered
PARALLEL CARDS: Black Autographs #'d, Gold Autographs #/25, Purple Autographs #/10, Red Autographs 1/1, Onyx Autographs 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

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Milestone Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

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Prime Patches Set Checklist

Serial Numbered

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Relics Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Orange #'d, Black #'d, Gold Patch #/25, Purple Patch #/10, Red Patch 1/1

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Rightful Recognition Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered
PARALLEL CARDS: Black Autographs #'d, Gold Autographs #/25, Purple Autographs #/10, Red Autographs 1/1, Onyx Autographs 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

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To The Victors Die-Cut Autographs Set Checklist

1 per case
Serial Numbered
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Autographs #/15, Purple Autographs #/10, Red Autographs 1/1

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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+.

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