What Are the Top Selling 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Cards?

What Are the Top Selling 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Cards?

A lot of products are filled with big hits and equal misses. While many have quashed 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball for including autographs of Gabby Sanchez and Marlon Byrd in a $100 per pack product, there's no ignoring the other end of the spectrum. During its first week on the market, six 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball cards broke the $1,000 barrier on eBay alone. The top sale was a familiar name this season: Yu Darvish. A one-of-one redemption for a Gold Ink Autograph parallel went for a staggering $5,000.

Next up was a one-of-one Bat Knob of Roberto Clemente, which sold for $3,049. The 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knob cards have gotten tons of hobby attention and seen very strong bids. Bat Knob cards of Carl Yastrzemski and Gary Carter were also among the top early sales. In the few days, several more massive sales are expected as Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio are among the Bat Knobs currently listed on eBay.

Other than the unique bat pieces, autographs have ruled initial 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball sales. A one-of-one Ken Griffey Jr. Gold Ink Autograph redemption sold for $1,755. A pair of Bryce Harper On the Rise Silver Autographs (#/10) closed at $1,500 and $800.

Vintage collectors may be happy to know that Mickey Mantle is on the one-of-one Cut Signatures checklist. In fact, he's the only name on the list. Oddly, he has 25 different cards, all of which look very similar save for a small photo in the top corner of the card and the checklist numbering on the back. Even the cut signature source, a color photo, shows uniformity in placement and signature size. Nonetheless, this hasn't slowed bids, with two of the cards finishing in the top ten eBay sales. The first sold for $1,199.99 and the second for $850.

Below is a complete list of the top 10 eBay sales during the first week 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball was on the market. It is worth noting that major transactions can and do take place off the site. In fact, both the Mantle and DiMaggio Bat Knob cards have changed hands once already offline.

Top 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Opening Week eBay Sales

(Through 6/26)

1. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Gold Ink Autograph Yu Darvish Redemption 1/1 - $5,000

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Gold Autograph Yu Darvish Redemption

2. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knob Roberto Clemente 1/1 - $3,049

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knob Roberto Clemente

3. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Gold Ink Autograph Ken Griffey Jr. Redemption 1/1 - $1,755

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Gold Autograph Ken Griffey Jr Redemption

4. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball On the Rise Silver Ink Autograph Bryce Harper Redemption /10 - $1,500

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball On the Rise Silver Ink Autograph Bryce Harper Redemption

5. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Mickey Mantle Cut Signature #CS-MM22 1/1 - $1,199.99

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Mickey Mantle Cut Signature

6. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knob Carl Yastrzemski 1/1 - $1,108.88

7. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knob Gary Carter 1/1 - $999.99

8 (tie). 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Mickey Mantle Cut Signature #CS-MM5 1/1 - $850

8 (tie). 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Prodigious Patch Autograph Albert Pujols Redemption - $850

10. 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball On the Rise Silver Ink Autograph Bryce Harper Redemption /10 - $800

Top eBay Listings

RICKY ROMERO 2012 TOPPS TIER ONE WHITE INK AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP 25
$39.99

2012 Topps Tier One ELVIS ANDRUS Crowd Pleaser Autograph WHITE Ink #21 25
$49.99

Jeremy Hellickson 2012 Topps Tier One On the Rise Autograph #'d 25 auto Rays
$49.95

2012 Topps Tier One On Card White Autograph Ivan Nova 11 25
$25.00

2012 Topps Tier One Crowd Pleaser silver ink Autograph Edgar Martinez 3 10
$149.99

2012 Topps Tier One Crowd Pleaser silver ink Autograph Nathan Eovaldi 6 10
$49.99

2012 Topps Tier One Crowd Pleaser white ink autograph Derek Holland 3 25
$49.99

2012 Topps Tier One Autograph Game Used Relic Chris Heisey Reds 86 99
$24.99

2012 TOPPS TIER ONE AUTOGRAPH RELICS 2 99 MARK TRUMBO
$24.99

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball J.D. Martinez On The Rise Autograph 350 Tigers
$17.50

2012 Topps Tier One Ken Griffey Jr. Silver ink Autograph #10 25 Mariners
$249.99

2012 Topps Tier One Autograph ALLEN CRAIG 107 235 CARDINALS (A1L)
$15.00
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