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 243x300 Image

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

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knobs Roberto Clemente 260x264 Image

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 213x300 Image

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 206x300 Image

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 260x183 Image

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

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knobs Carl Yastrzemski 260x267 Image

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

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knobs Gary Carter 260x265 Image

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

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Mickey Mantle Cut Signature MM5 260x186 Image

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

2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Prodigious Patch Autograph Albert Pujols 238x300 Image

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

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RICKY ROMERO 2012 TOPPS TIER ONE WHITE INK AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP 25
$39.99
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2012 Topps Tier One SANDY KOUFAX dodgers White INK AUTO Autograph 12 25 BGS 8.5
$153.49
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2012 TOPPS TIER ONE 1 CHRIS SALE ON THE RISE AUTO AUTOGRAPH #46 75 WHITE SOX
$10.99
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2012 Topps Tier One ELVIS ANDRUS Crowd Pleaser Autograph WHITE Ink #21 25
$49.99
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Jon Jay 2012 Topps Tier one Auto #205 235 St. Louis Cardinals autograph
$11.99
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Jeremy Hellickson 2012 Topps Tier One On the Rise Autograph #'d 25 auto Rays
$49.95
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2012 Topps Tier One White Ink Autograph Joel Hanrahan 06 25
$19.99
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2012 Topps Tier One On The Rise J.D. MARTINEZ Autograph #JMA (27934)
$10.00
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2012 Topps Tier One Autograph Ernie Banks White Auto 25 RARE! TTA-EB
$199.00
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Al Kaline: 2012 Topps Tier One White Ink Auto Autograph # 25
$42.99
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2012 TOPPS TIER ONE PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 1 1 AUTOGRAPH 1 10 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
$89.99
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2012 Tier 1 One Starlin Castro Auto Autograph Jersey Patch 99 Cubs
$26.99
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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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