2010 Topps Tribute Dynasties and Rivalries EditionBox Price: $250-$300
Good: thick stock, refractor type finish, awesome checklist of legends, Stephen Strasburg Relic Auto, Jason Heyward Relic Auto, cool theme (dynasties and rivalries), franchise feats relic cards, collectible base set
Bad: hit or miss hits, cards easily chip, a few bad auto inclusions, expensive product, relics are thin
Tribute is a cool product if you are a fan of baseball history, that's not to say that there aren't any young stars included, Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg both have relic autographs on the checklist. The relics are a bit thin at times and there are a few bad inclusions on the auto checklist, but overall Tribute is an above average offering.
The base set and parallel design strikes a perfect balance of staying true to the products "legend" geared theme, while incorporating just the right amount of modern aspects. The card design of the "hits" could have been better, the color scheme used felt over the top at times. The relics are hit or miss, either you get an awesome piece of baseball history or one that looks like it never stepped on the diamond. For obvious reasons, the current players relics were far worse than the legends.
The 100-card base set checklist is awesome. Instead of making the 15-card "A Tribute To The Stars" and 10-card "Greatest Rivalries Revisited" inserts, they included them in the base set, giving them more value. If only more sets would do this same thing! The Relic and Autograph checklist is massive, featuring pretty much every Legend and Current Star you could ever ask for. The nice bonus is the addition of Heyward and Strasburg Autographed Relics! The one complaint I have about the checklist is why Chone Figgins and Rick Porcello had Autographed Relics at all.
My box was pretty bad but I still think I got some value. I would estimate that my box was probably in the bottom 20 percentile. The checklist really creates a great amount value with this product. I wouldn't suggest buying a box if it's out of your price range, but if you can afford to, I think there is some definate value in this product. Like all "high end" products, it's a hit or miss game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you pull the craziest cards you've ever seen.
What made this product enjoyable to me was that it was a high end product, yet had 6-packs. Too many high end products give you only 1 0r 2 packs. I could have done far better in terms of hits with my box, but I still enjoyed the product. I would say that "old school" baseball fans would enjoy this product far more than those who stick to current players and rookies. If your a fan of both like myself, I would say you'd enjoy it as well.
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