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2015 Topps Finest Baseball Cards

2015 Topps Finest Baseball Cards

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Finest is a brand that doesn't keep it simple and quaint. It might very well be the closest thing the hobby has to being experimental in the design department. 2015 Topps Finest Baseball is no different. It might not be as colorful as the previous year's set, but it makes up for it with lots of lines and angles. Boxes have a pair of autographs.

For several years, Finest has gravitated largely towards rookies, particularly when it comes to autographs. 2015 Topps Finest Baseball shifts back in the direction of veterans and retired stars. How far is that shift is remains to be fully seen, but there are new inserts that focus on the past and present over the future.

The base set has 100 total cards, mixing veterans and rookies. It's Finest, so there are lots of Refractors. Besides the basic Refractors, there are seven numbered versions: Prism, Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange (#/25), Red (#/5), and Superfractor. Base cards also have Printing Plates. Randomly inserted hot boxes have all base cards switched out for Black Refractors.

For the first time in Finest Baseball, collectors can also find short print variations. They aren't limited to just the base cards either. Variations have Refractor (#/25), Red Refractor (#/5) and Superfractor (1/1) parallels.

Finest Autographs are essentially signed versions of the base cards. These also have lots of Refractors parallels, all of which are serial numbered: Blue, Green, Gold, Orange (#/25), Red (#/5) and Superfractors (1/1). Printing Plates are also available for autographs.

Finest Greats Autographs come inserted at a rate of one per case. These come with on-card signatures from veterans and retired legends. In addition to the regular versions, color comes in the form of Gold, Orange (#/25), Red (#/5), Superfractors (1/1) and Printing Plates.

New for 2015 Topps Finest Baseball are Finest Affiliations Autographs. These have two signatures and come serial numbered. Red Refractors (#/5) and Superfractors (1/1) are the only parallels for these.

Finest Generations is a new set of inserts dedicated exclusively to players from the past. They have three parallels plus numbered autographed versions.

Finest Careers Die-Cut has a structure similar to Upper Deck's old Baseball Heroes inserts. The ten-card set focuses on one recently retired player (yet to be announced) with each card focusing on a different milestone. Putting a set together won't be easy as cards fall just one per case. Parallels include Refractor (#/25), Red Refractor (#/5) and SuperFractor (1/1).

While 2015 Topps Finest Baseball puts a bigger emphasis on current and retired players, rookies aren't left out entirely of inserts. Finest Firsts highlights rookies appearing in the product for the first time. Both base and autographed versions have multiple levels of Refractors.

Sticking with the throwback inserts that were introduced in 2013 Topps Finest and continued on, this set has 1995 Topps Finest inserts that use the 20-year-old design for current players.

The Rookie Redemption returns. Those who land one will get an autograph from a yet-to-be-determined 2015 rookie.

2015 Topps Finest Baseball sticks with a mini box format with two minis making up a master box.

Product Configuration: 12 packs per box (6 per mini box), 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Base Card
Target Audience: Set Builders, Autograph Collectors

2014 Topps Finest Baseball Box Break

  • 2 Autographs
  • 60 Total Cards
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Jake Lamb, 2015 Topps Finest, ROOKIE!!!, GEM MINT10
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Jacob DeGrom 2015 Finest Prism refractor #92 PSA10 Rookie card
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2015 Topps Finest 1 1 Superfractor Dalton Pompey Rookie Blue Jays Prospect
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JOSE FERNANDEZ 2015 FINEST GREEN REFRACTOR #31 15 99
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2015 TOPPS FINEST #8 SAMUEL TUVALALA ROOKIE RC ORANGE CARDINALS 18 25 8315
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2015 TOPPS FINEST CHRIS CONLEY BLUE REFRACTOR JERSEY AUTO RC 98 150 CHIEFS
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2015 Finest Autograph #FARCA Rusney Castillo
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2015 finest #21 JOC PEDERSON dodgers rookie card BGS 9.5 (9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5)
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2015 Finest Autographs Gold Refractors #FAJAL Jose Abreu 50
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2015 Finest Rookie Autographs Mystery Exchange #RR2 Joc Pederson 99
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2015 SANDY KOUFAX FINEST GENERATIONS AUTOGRAPHS 9 25 GEM MINT {10} BY PSA WOW
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Set Checklist

2015 Topps Finest Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

2015 Topps Finest Baseball Base Joc Pederson RC

1 Albert Pujols - Los Angeles Angels
2 Christian Yelich - Miami Marlins
3 Cory Spangenberg - San Diego Padres RC
4 Mike Foltynewicz - Atlanta Braves RC
5 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
6 Jonathan Lucroy - Milwaukee Brewers
7 Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox
8 Samuel Tuivailala - St. Louis Cardinals RC
9 Hanley Ramirez - Boston Red Sox
10 Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins
11 David Ortiz - Boston Red Sox
12 Michael Taylor - Washington Nationals RC
13 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
14 Dalton Pompey - Toronto Blue Jays RC
15 Eric Hosmer - Kansas City Royals
16 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
17 Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies
18 Andrelton Simmons - Atlanta Braves
19 Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins
20 Jose Pirela - New York Yankees RC
21 Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers RC
22 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
23 Josh Reddick - Oakland Athletics
24 Matt Barnes - Boston Red Sox RC
25 Stephen Strasburg - Washington Nationals
26 David Peralta - Arizona Diamondbacks
27 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
28 Starling Marte - Pittsburgh Pirates
29 Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers
30 Jason Heyward - St. Louis Cardinals
31 Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins
32 Kyle Seager - Seattle Mariners
33 Michael Brantley - Cleveland Indians
34 Yoenis Cespedes - Detroit Tigers
35 Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates
36 Daniel Norris - Toronto Blue Jays RC
37 Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs RC
38 Nelson Cruz - Seattle Mariners
39 Buck Farmer - Detroit Tigers RC
40 Alex Gordon - Kansas City Royals
41 Yordano Ventura - Kansas City Royals
42 Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
43 Chris Sale - Chicago White Sox
44 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs RC
45 Jacoby Ellsbury - New York Yankees
46 Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies
47 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
48 Anthony Ranaudo - Texas Rangers RC
49 Christian Walker - Baltimore Orioles RC
50 Rymer Liriano - San Diego Padres RC
51 Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
52 Josh Harrison - Pittsburgh Pirates
53 Justin Verlander - Detroit Tigers
54 Koji Uehara - Boston Red Sox
55 Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays
56 Anthony Rendon - Washington Nationals
57 Kolten Wong - St. Louis Cardinals
58 Brandon Phillips - Cincinnati Reds
59 Elvis Andrus - Texas Rangers
60 Rusney Castillo - Boston Red Sox RC
61 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
62 Madison Bumgarner - San Francisco Giants
63 David Wright - New York Mets
64 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
65 Josh Donaldson - Toronto Blue Jays
66 Phil Hughes - Minnesota Twins
67 Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners
68 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
69 Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
70 Brandon Finnegan - Kansas City Royals RC
71 Brandon Crawford - San Francisco Giants
72 Edwin Escobar - Boston Red Sox RC
73 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
74 Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
75 Carlos Gonzalez - Colorado Rockies
76 Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers
77 Maikel Franco - Philadelphia Phillies RC
78 Daniel Corcino - Cincinnati Reds RC
79 Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks RC
80 Julio Teheran - Atlanta Braves
81 Matt Carpenter - St. Louis Cardinals
82 Trevor May - Minnesota Twins RC
83 Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers
84 Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies
85 Gary Brown - San Francisco Giants RC
86 Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays
87 CC Sabathia - New York Yankees
88 George Springer - Houston Astros
89 Matt Kemp - San Diego Padres
90 Yimi Garcia - Los Angeles Dodgers RC
91 Dilson Herrera - New York Mets RC
92 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
93 Zack Wheeler - New York Mets
94 Sonny Gray - Oakland Athletics
95 Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies
96 Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees
97 Joe Panik - San Francisco Giants
98 Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians
99 Kennys Vargas - Minnesota Twins
100 Matt Adams - St. Louis Cardinals

Base Short Prints Set Checklist

11 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Base Short Print SP Kris Bryant

101 Josh Hamilton - Los Angeles Angels
102 Wil Myers - San Diego Padres
103 Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals
104 Edwin Encarnacion - Toronto Blue Jays
105 Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
106 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
107 Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
108 Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
109 Mark Teixeira - New York Yankees
110 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
111 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs RC

Finest Mystery Rookie Redemption Autographs Set Checklist

 3 cards. 1:154 mini boxes.
 2015 Topps Finest Mystery Redemption Autograph

1 Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
2 Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers
3 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

1995 Finest Set Checklist

20 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball 1995 Mike Trout

94F-01 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
94F-02 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
94F-03 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
94F-04 Albert Pujols - Los Angeles Angels
94F-05 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
94F-06 Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees
94F-07 Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
94F-08 Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
94F-09 Matt Kemp - San Diego Padres
94F-10 David Ortiz - Boston Red Sox
94F-11 Brandon Phillips - Cincinnati Reds
94F-12 Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies
94F-13 Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins
94F-14 Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
94F-15 David Wright - New York Mets
94F-16 Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies
94F-17 Madison Bumgarner - San Francisco Giants
94F-18 Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
94F-19 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
94F-20 Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays

Finest Autographs Set Checklist

48 cards
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Autograph Jake Lamb

FA-AG Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers
FA-AJ Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
FA-AR Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
FA-BB Bryce Brentz - Boston Red Sox
FA-BC Brandon Crawford - San Francisco Giants
FA-BF Buck Farmer - Detroit Tigers
FA-CK Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
FA-CR Carlos Rodon - Chicago White Sox
FA-CSE Chris Sale - Chicago White Sox
FA-CSG Cory Spangenberg - San Diego Padres
FA-CW Christian Walker - Baltimore Orioles
FA-CY Christian Yelich - Miami Marlins
FA-DC Daniel Corcino - Cincinnati Reds
FA-DH Dilson Herrera - New York Mets
FA-DP Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox
FA-EE Edwin Escobar - Boston Red Sox
FA-FF Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
FA-GB Gary Brown - San Francisco Giants
FA-GSR George Springer - Houston Astros
FA-HR Hanley Ramirez - Boston Red Sox
FA-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
FA-JDM Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
FA-JDN Josh Donaldson - Toronto Blue Jays
FA-JF Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins
FA-JL Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks
FA-JMN James McCann - Detroit Tigers
FA-JT Julio Teheran - Atlanta Braves
FA-JV Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
FA-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
FA-KG Kendall Graveman - Oakland Athletics
FA-KL Kyle Lobstein - Detroit Tigers
FA-KU Koji Uehara - Boston Red Sox
FA-KW Kolten Wong - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-MA Matt Adams - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-MTR Michael Taylor - Washington Nationals
FA-MTT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
FA-RB Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
FA-RCA Rusney Castillo - Boston Red Sox
FA-RCO Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
FA-RL Rymer Liriano - San Diego Padres
FA-SG Sonny Gray - Oakland Athletics
FA-SM Steven Moya - Detroit Tigers
FA-ST Samuel Tuivailala - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-TM Trevor May - Minnesota Twins
FA-TT Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies
FA-XS Xavier Scruggs - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-YG Yimi Garcia - Los Angeles Dodgers
FA-YT Yasmany Tomas - Arizona Diamondbacks

Finest Affiliations Autographs Set Checklist

9 cards
Serial Numbered
PARALLEL CARDS: Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Affiliations Dual Autographs

FAA-BSR Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs
FAA-CP Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox
Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
FAA-GS John Smoltz - Atlanta Braves
Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves
FAA-JM Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
Reggie Jackson - Oakland Athletics
FAA-KS Chris Sale - Chicago White Sox
Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
FAA-MP Mike Mussina - New York Yankees
Jorge Posada - New York Yankees
FAA-RC Rusney Castillo - Boston Red Sox
Hanley Ramirez - Boston Red Sox
FAA-SD Ryne Sandberg - Chicago Cubs
Andre Dawson - Chicago Cubs
FAA-TA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox

Finest Careers Die-Cuts Set Checklist

10 cards. 1 per case.
PARALLEL CARDS: Die-Cut Refractor #/25, Die-Cut Red Refractor #/5, Die-Cut SuperFractor 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Careers Die-Cut Derek Jeter

JETER-1 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-2 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-3 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-4 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-5 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-6 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-7 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-8 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-9 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
JETER-10 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees

Finest Firsts Set Checklist

10 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Firsts Soler

FF-1 Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers
FF-2 Maikel Franco - Philadelphia Phillies
FF-3 Anthony Ranaudo - Texas Rangers
FF-4 Dalton Pompey - Toronto Blue Jays
FF-5 Brandon Finnegan - Kansas City Royals
FF-6 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
FF-7 Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs
FF-8 Daniel Norris - Toronto Blue Jays
FF-9 Trevor May - Minnesota Twins
FF-10 Rusney Castillo - Boston Red Sox

Finest Firsts Autographs Set Checklist

6 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Refractor #/150, Green Refractor /99, Gold Refractor #/50, Orange Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Firsts Autographs Green Baez

FFA-BF Brandon Finnegan - Kansas City Royals
FFA-DP Dalton Pompey - Toronto Blue Jays
FFA-JB Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
FFA-JP Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers
FFA-JS Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs
FFA-MF Maikel Franco - Philadelphia Phillies

Finest Generations Set Checklist

50 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Generations Nolan Ryan

FG-01 Stan Musial - St. Louis Cardinals
FG-02 Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves
FG-03 Steve Carlton - Philadelphia Phillies
FG-04 Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals
FG-05 Ernie Banks - Chicago Cubs
FG-06 Frank Robinson - Cincinnati Reds
FG-07 Barry Larkin - Cincinnati Reds
FG-08 Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
FG-09 Mike Schmidt - Philadelphia Phillies
FG-10 Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
FG-11 Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
FG-12 Nolan Ryan - Texas Rangers
FG-13 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FG-14 Roger Clemens - New York Yankees
FG-15 Mike Piazza - New York Mets
FG-16 Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles Dodgers
FG-17 Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
FG-18 Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
FG-19 Tom Seaver - New York Mets
FG-20 Robin Yount - Milwaukee Brewers
FG-21 Phil Niekro - Atlanta Braves
FG-22 Juan Marichal - San Francisco Giants
FG-23 Bo Jackson - Kansas City Royals
FG-24 Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox
FG-25 Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees
FG-26 Lou Brock - St. Louis Cardinals
FG-27 Orlando Cepeda - San Francisco Giants
FG-28 Dennis Eckersley - Oakland Athletics
FG-29 Luis Aparicio - Chicago White Sox
FG-30 Andre Dawson - Chicago Cubs
FG-31 Rod Carew - Minnesota Twins
FG-32 Alex Rodriguez - New York Yankees
FG-33 Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
FG-34 Albert Pujols - St. Louis Cardinals
FG-35 Greg Maddux - Atlanta Braves
FG-36 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres
FG-37 Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies
FG-38 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
FG-39 Wade Boggs - Boston Red Sox
FG-40 Joe Morgan - Cincinnati Reds
FG-41 Willie Mays - San Francisco Giants
FG-42 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
FG-43 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
FG-44 Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies
FG-45 David Price - Detroit Tigers
FG-46 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
FG-47 Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
FG-48 Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins
FG-49 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
FG-50 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners

Finest Generations Autographs Set Checklist

18 cards. Serial Numbered #/25.
Combine with Finest Greats Autographs to fall one per case.
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Generations Autographs Ken Griffey Jr

FGA-BL Barry Larkin - Cincinnati Reds
FGA-CJ Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
FGA-CR Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FGA-DE Dennis Eckersley - Oakland Athletics
FGA-FR Frank Robinson - Cincinnati Reds
FGA-JB Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
FGA-KG Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
FGA-LB Lou Brock - St. Louis Cardinals
FGA-MM Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
FGA-MP Mike Piazza - New York Mets
FGA-MR Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees
FGA-NR Nolan Ryan - Texas Rangers
FGA-OS Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals
FGA-RCS Roger Clemens - New York Yankees
FGA-RH Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
FGA-SC Steve Carlton - Philadelphia Phillies
FGA-SK Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles Dodgers
FGA-TG Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves

Finest Greats Autographs Set Checklist

16 cards. Combine with Finest Generations Autographs to fall one per case.
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Refractor #/50, Orange Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2015 Topps Finest Baseball Greats Autographs Larkin

FGA-BL Barry Larkin - Cincinnati Reds
FGA-CF Carlton Fisk - Chicago White Sox
FGA-CJ Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
FGA-FR Frank Robinson - Cincinnati Reds
FGA-FT Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox
FGA-GM Greg Maddux - Chicago Cubs
FGA-HA Hank Aaron - Milwaukee Brewers
FGA-JB Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
FGA-KG Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
FGA-LB Lou Brock - St. Louis Cardinals
FGA-NR Nolan Ryan - Texas Rangers
FGA-OS Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals
FGA-RC Roger Clemens - Boston Red Sox
FGA-RH Rickey Henderson - New York Yankees
FGA-RJ Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
FGA-TG Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves

Product Review

2015 Topps Finest Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell

Good: Distinct design, solid inserts, on-card autographs.

Bad: No labelling on Refractors, brand seems a little lost.

The Bottom Line: Finest has a history of being loud and colorful, especially in the last few years. This likely isn’t going to appeal to everyone (does anything?) but I really like the crystal-like backgrounds of the base cards. But I also liked last year’s set too, and that was another divisive one also. To me, these designs help the brand standout. And while the designs are distinct, the Finest name doesn’t carry the same clout or excitement it once did. It’s lost in the shuffle somewhat and doesn’t exactly seem to know where to go with it. Bowman has the prospects, Topps Chrome appears to be heading for more of a rookie direction and the high-end sets like Tribute and Tier One look more to the current stars and retired ones. Finest has tastes of all of those but doesn’t go all-in in any one direction outside of design.

Staff Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.0/5.0

This is another in a string of bold designs for Finest. And it’s one that I like for the most part. The most noticeable part for the base set is the background. A series of overlapping triangles, it resembles a crystal. I’m not sure what the black stripe is doing running up the side, but other than that I like what’s happening.

When it comes to the Refractors, the darker backdrop makes it harder for the shimmer to show up. Compounding the confusion is the fact that Refractors aren’t noted on the back like they have been in the past.

Autographs are on-card, which is always a plus.

As for the other inserts, Generations are my favorite. They differ themselves from the base set, but the color scheme and font choices are a nice compliment. That said, I think these would have worked better if they were all Refractors.

Checklist: 3.0/5.0

In some ways, Finest seems to be stuck in an abyss not knowing which way to go. Is it about Refractors? But there’s also a lot of emphasis on autographs, particularly rookies and young players. Yet again, the Generations and Greats Autographs look to the retired legends. Each has their good points, but putting them all together, it has a feel like it doesn’t know where to go.

Another curiosity is the switch to a main set that is capped by 11 exceptionally tough short prints. Like Archives, it goes to an extreme to create some extra value. I’m not sure how many people build the base set. Plus, with 11, even with them essentially being a case hit, the number is manageable.

If the plan is to keep Finest going, this might end up being a transition year. While rookies make up a good portion of the autographs, they’re not as common as in the past. The shift is more towards younger veterans.

Finest Generations and Finest Greats Autographs are the real highlight. It’s nice to see that there’s at least one per case so there’s a realistic chase to them.

Value: 2.7/5.0

It has been a long time since Finest was a winner in the monetary department. The retired greats autographs bring a nice boost, but there are other ways that are losing some traction. Outside of the retired players who aren’t in the base set, the autographs that go with the insert sets don’t carry the same clout as the ones that have the base set design.

Also, there seems to be some confusion over some of the Refractors as they’re not labeled on the back and harder to spot.

Is some of this collectors being finicky? Perhaps, but preference is what drives us to collect in the first place. Small tweaks to the familiar can be enough to make some look elsewhere.

I’m not sure if there is a solution to these issues. Without a focus, Finest is up against both Topps Chrome and Bowman Chrome. To a lesser extent, there’s Prizm from Panini as well. Some strides have been made with the addition of the Greats Autographs last year and into 2015. The die-cut Derek Jeter case hits are another case hit surprise this year. But without a clearly defined identity and focus, it’s going to take a lot more to make this one of the hobby’s go-to brands like it was in its early days.

The Fun Factor: 3.3/5.0

I may be one of the few, but I really dig the wild look of the base set. Looking back at it in a decade, I’m confident I’ll remember exactly what set they’re from. Delivering a moderate amount of cards with plenty of Refractors and more inserts, there’s also lots of variety in any given box. Perhaps Finest needs to embrace its wild side even further, adding more layers to just the designs. Maybe some Refractor patterns and bolder inserts could help. And, dare I say, the return of holograms. If the mix of wild and conservative is tough to get mass appeal, go extreme and cater to a somewhat smaller crowd but one with more buy in.

The box for this review was provided by Topps.

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2015 Finest Autograph #FARCA Rusney Castillo
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2015 Topps Finest Ozzie Smith Auto St. Louis Cardinals
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JAVIER BAEZ 2015 Autograph TOPPS FINEST FIRSTS GREEN REFRACTOR Auto RC #d 99
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2015 Topps Finest Autograph Gold Refractor Kris Bryant Auto #40 50 RC BGS 9.5 9
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2015 Topps Finest Autograph Green Refractor Kris Bryant Auto # 99 RC BGS 9.5 10
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2015 Topps Finest Autograph Orange Refractor Kris Bryant Auto # 25 RC BGS 9.5 10
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2015 TOPPS FINEST FIRSTS MAIKEL FRANCO ROOKIE GOLD REFRACTOR AUTO#50 PHILLIES
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Anthony Rizzo 2015 Topps Finest Blue Refractor Autograph Auto 150
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2015 Topps Finest #FGA-RH Rickey Henderson BGS 9.5 Oakland Athletics Auto Card
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2015 Topps Finest #FGA-RH Rickey Henderson BGS 9.5 Oakland Athletics Auto Card
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2015 Topps Finest Autographs Green Refractor #FA-BC Brandon Crawford Auto Card
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2015 Topps Finest Autographs Green Refractor #FA-BC Brandon Crawford Auto Card
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2015 Topps Finest Autographs Green Refractor #FA-BC Brandon Crawford Auto Card
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Chris Sale 2015 Topps Finest Autograph #93 99
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2015 Topps Finest Baseball Cards, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2015-07-29T07:11:07+00:00 rating 3.2 out of 5

Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author

Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.


User Reviews

  1. Bowman Sterling, Bowman Platinum and Finest….Mashup style! Not really liking the look personally.

  2. While I don’t personally like the mock up of these cards I’m glad to see a set like this focusing on veteran and retired players. Let the bowman sets like this deal with rookies. Hopefully the price of the boxes don’t get super expensive and the value is there when you actually buy a box.

  3. 1st Kris Bryant rc? I would say so. I don’t think panini counts as a true mlb card.

  4. No checklist yet?

  5. Card #111 is Kris Bryants rookie card. Panini does count, but he has not had a card in a Panini base set yet.

  6. I agree with Dan, I’d say First Kris Bryant RC. I know Archives comes out on the same day and also has a Kris Bryant SP RC, but I think Finest has to get the nod because it will be the first Kris Bryant RC with an original design. I don’t think you can count Panini……you can’t have a “first RC” card with no team logos.

  7. Tell the collectors that pay thousands and thousands to buy Panini cards or those that make thousands and thousands selling Panini cards that Panini doesn’t count

  8. I actually purchased a box today of the 2015 Topps finest and I love the cards look and design. The only issue I had was that I got a number of doubles, which isn’t cool because each box contains 60 cards. Overall its worth the $98.

  9. Do you know why there are pictures of a ’15 Finest Tom Seaver autograph card when they are showing pics of what these cards look like but I don’t see a Seaver auto listed in the checklist? Am I missing something?

  10. Wesley Likely a mock-up from when they first announced the set.

  11. Love Topps Finest. I like this years style better than last years. To all those who say Panini doesn’t count: For years Topps has had the market, doing their best to keep others out. For that alone Panini counts. They make a great product at a great price. This years Diamond Kings is a great example. Not to mention the 1st Babe Ruth Relics and Autographs since 2005.

  12. Like this years design better than last years. Although some of the Refractors are hard to pick out. overall great product

  13. I like this design, very contemporary look. One question about the autographs set list. On the secondary market I have not seen a single “base” auto for most of the veterans on this checklist. No Kershaw, Sale, Trout, Freeman, etc. Only parallel autos listed, which does not make sense. Are there no base autographs for most of these players in the checklist?

  14. Kevin Haven’t looked too closely for this set but have seen similar things in a lot of other sets.

  15. The color and design looks even better up close. However, I would rather they leave out the Generations inserts in favor of a few more color refractors.

    @Samir: You may want to check your doubles again. I had a few doubles which turned out to be refractors instead of another base card. I missed the refractors the first time through. Same with the prism refractors.

  16. Do you know how many base short prints there are per case?
    Thanks

  17. Isaac I believe it’s 1-2. They are very tough.

  18. Purchased 2 boxes.
    Out of the 82 regular base cards – 38 doubles.
    Even received two autos of the same player, though one
    was a blue parallel.
    Went through all doubles and they were not refractors.

  19. Dear Topps, please go back to putting the word “Refractor” under the card number if the card is a refractor. This takes away any guess work for us. I have a hard enough time determining what is for dinner that night.

    Thanks

  20. I love the on card autographs, and that only a couple of players were redemptions (except multi-player signed cards). A lot of excitement in the store I go to when we were busting cases and we saw the redemption cards knowing it was almost certainly a Bryant. The look is much better than the last two years, but the ability to keep value is awful. I stick to Finest mostly for tradition’s sake, and 80% of my cases did not have enough hits to make up for the $800-ish price tag for a case. It’s buying an entire pack of scratchoff lottery tickets. But I guess that is what we do now… hope we get the one Superfractor to pay for the case and move on to the next product, leaving commons and refractors and useless inserts as casualties on the store counter.

  21. At first, I didn’t like the design. As I went through a box, it started to grow on me a bit. It truly felt like a collection, that is nonstandard. The variety of color was nice. But in the end, it’s still too busy for my tastes. Some of the inserts are really nice. Not sure that I would purchase another box. One and done. It was fun breaking my first box. But like watching a big block-buster movie like Star Wars, the second go-around is a bit stale. Too afraid that is how it would feel if I were to get a second box.

    If these end up in a retail buy-back package, it would be cool to come across one or two. Just, not sure that I could take them in large doses.

    @ Chas, no. Not like buying scratch off lottery tickets. Not at all. There is no guarantee that there is ever to be any money to be made for anyone. Scratch off lottery tickets guarantee at least one, or a handful of winners. Sorry, but baseball cards are still a hobby. Not an investment.

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