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2015 Topps Strata Baseball Cards - Review Added

2015 Topps Strata Baseball Cards – Review Added

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Originally a popular insert for collectors, Topps Strata has finally gotten the call to the big leagues. 2015 Topps Strata Baseball is a new standalone MLB product and promises two acetate hits per box. All autographs are signed on-card.

With one autograph and one relic card per box, there are mutiple hit options in 2015 Topps Strata Baseball. Among the signed cards, Strata Autographs are the closest thing to a base set and feature over 30 former and current players on an acetate design. Several colorful parallels are also available, including Orange (#'d), Blue (#'d), Green (#'d), Black (#/50), Gold (#/25) and Red (1/1). Strata Signatures offer a layered card with the team logo as a backdrop. Parallels are less plentiful with just Gold (#/25) and Red (1/1).

Likely the most commonly associated design for the brand, Strata Signature Patches include a jumbo jersey patch relic that is embedded in the card and signed on the acetate top portion. Numbered to just 25 copies, there are also Gold (#/25) and Red Rivet (1/1) parallels.

Adding an element long desired by collectors, all Clearly Authentic cards in 2015 Topps Strata Baseball feature relics with an MLB Authentic hologram sticker. This specific level of authenticity is a refreshing change from the ambiguous designation found in most current products. Clearly Authentic Autographed Relics feature a signature and authenticated jumbo relic.

Clearly Authentic Strata Relics are the sole relic card option in 2015 Topps Strata Baseball. In addition to the MLB Authentic hologram sticker, each version of the Clearly Authentic line is available in a variety of parallels, including Blue (#'d), Green (#'d), Black (#/50) and Gold (#/25). There are also several one-of-one Red parallels that add an MLB Logo Patch, Laundry Tag, Button, Button Hole or Majestic Logo Patch.

Release Date: 12/23/2015
Product Configuration: 1 pack per box, 2 cards per pack, 12 boxes per case
Price Point: High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Autograph Collectors, Strata Insert Collectors

2015 Topps Strata Baseball Box Break

  • 1 Relic Card
  • 1 Autograph Card
  • 2 Total Cards
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Factory Sealed Hobby Box $73.33
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Hobby Box (Sealed) $87.15
2015 TOPPS STRATA BASEBALL HOBBY BOX $87.95
2015 TOPPS STRATA BASEBALL HOBBY BOX FACTORY SEALED NEW $80.99
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Hobby Box $90.49
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Set Checklist

2015 Topps Strata Baseball Set Checklist

Autographs Set Checklist

46 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Orange #/125, Blue #/99, Green #/75, Black #/50, Gold #/25, Red 1/1
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Autographs Orange Syndergaard

SA-AB Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie
SA-AGN Alex Gordon - Kansas City Royals
SA-AGZ Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers
SA-BB Brandon Belt - San Francisco Giants
SA-BBU Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins Rookie
SA-BS Blake Swihart - Boston Red Sox Rookie
SA-BW Bernie Williams - New York Yankees
SA-CC Carlos Correa - Houston Astros Rookie
SA-CF Carlton Fisk - Chicago White Sox
SA-CH Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies
SA-CKR Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians
SA-CKW Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
SA-CRN Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
SA-CRO Carlos Rodon - Chicago White Sox Rookie
SA-EE Edwin Encarnacion - Toronto Blue Jays
SA-EM Edgar Martinez - Seattle Mariners
SA-FL Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians Rookie
SA-GM Greg Maddux - Atlanta Braves
SA-HA Hank Aaron - Atlanta Braves
SA-JA Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
SA-JB Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
SA-JG Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers Rookie
SA-JK Jung Ho Kang - Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie
SA-JL Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie
SA-JP Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie
SA-JS Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs Rookie
SA-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs Rookie
SA-KG Kendall Graveman - Oakland Athletics Rookie
SA-LG Luis Gonzalez - Arizona Diamondbacks
SA-MG Mark Grace - Chicago Cubs
SA-MTR Michael Taylor - Washington Nationals Rookie
SA-MTT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
SA-NR Nolan Ryan - Houston Astros
SA-NS Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets Rookie
SA-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
SA-RC Rusney Castillo - Boston Red Sox Rookie
SA-RH Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
SA-RI Raisel Iglesias - Cincinnati Reds Rookie
SA-RJ Randy Johnson - Arizona Diamondbacks
SA-SG Sonny Gray - Oakland Athletics
SA-SK Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles Dodgers
SA-SP Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
SA-VCA DJ LeMahieu - Colorado Rockies
SA-YG Yimi Garcia - Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie
SA-YGS Yan Gomes - Cleveland Indians
SA-YT Yasmany Tomas - Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie

Clearly Authentic Relic Set Checklist

25 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #'d, Green #/d, Black #/50, Gold #/25, Red MLB Logo Patch 1/1, Red Laundry Tag 1/1, Red Button 1/1, Red Button Hole 1/1, Red Majestic Patch Logo 1/1
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Clearly Ichiro

CARC-AG Alex Guerrero - Los Angeles Dodgers
CARC-AM Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
CARC-BH Billy Hamilton - Cincinnati Reds
CARC-CBZ Clay Buchholz - Boston Red Sox
CARC-CK Craig Kimbrel - San Diego Padres
CARC-CU Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies
CARC-DJ Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
CARC-DN Derek Norris - San Diego Padres
CARC-DO David Ortiz - Boston Red Sox
CARC-EH Eric Hosmer - Kansas City Royals
CARC-FH Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners
CARC-GC Gerrit Cole - Pittsburgh Pirates
CARC-IC Ichiro - New York Yankees
CARC-JB Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays
CARC-JR Jose Reyes - Toronto Blue Jays
CARC-JS Jeff Samardzija - Chicago White Sox
CARC-JU Justin Upton - San Diego Padres
CARC-MB Madison Bumgarner - San Francisco Giants
CARC-MM Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals
CARC-MTA Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees
CARC-PF Prince Fielder - Texas Rangers
CARC-SS Stephen Strasburg - Washington Nationals
CARC-WM Will Middlebrooks - San Diego Padres
CARC-YP Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers
CARC-ZG Zack Greinke - Los Angeles Dodgers

Clearly Authentic Autographed Relic Set Checklist

25 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #'d, Green #/d, Black #/50, Gold #/25, Red MLB Logo Patch 1/1, Red Laundry Tag 1/1, Red Button 1/1, Red Button Hole 1/1, Red Majestic Patch Logo 1/1
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Clearly Authentic Autographed Relic

CAAR-AG Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers
CAAR-ARI Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
CAAR-BW Blake Swihart - Boston Red Sox
CAAR-CKW Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
CAAR-CY Christian Yelich - Miami Marlins
CAAR-DGO Dee Gordon - Miami Marlins
CAAR-DPA Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox
CAAR-HR Hanley Ramirez - Boston Red Sox
CAAR-JF Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins
CAAR-JHL Jason Hammel - Chicago Cubs
CAAR-JSR Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs
CAAR-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
CAAR-MH Matt Harvey - New York Mets
CAAR-MTA Mark Teixeira - New York Yankees
CAAR-MTT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
CAAR-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
CAAR-PS Pablo Sandoval - Boston Red Sox
CAAR-RB Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
CAAR-RCO Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
CAAR-RP Rick Porcello - Boston Red Sox
CAAR-SG Sonny Gray - Oakland Athletics
CAAR-SM Steven Matz - New York Mets
CAAR-SS Steven Souza Jr. - Tampa Bay Rays
CAAR-VM Victor Martinez - Detroit Tigers
CAAR-YT Yasmany Tomas - Arizona Diamondbacks

Strata Shadowbox Signatures Set Checklist

24 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/25, Red 1/1
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Signatures Shadowbox Mark Grace

SS-BJ Bo Jackson - Kansas City Royals
SS-CK Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians
SS-CR Carlos Rodon - Chicago White Sox
SS-DL DJ LeMahieu - Colorado Rockies
SS-DM Don Mattingly - New York Yankees
SS-FF Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
SS-FT Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox
SS-GS George Springer - Houston Astros
SS-IC Ichiro - Miami Marlins
SS-JB Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
SS-JG Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
SS-JP Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers
SS-JS John Smoltz - Atlanta Braves
SS-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
SS-KP Kevin Plawecki - New York Mets
SS-MG Mark Grace - Chicago Cubs
SS-MP Mike Piazza - New York Mets
SS-MTA Mark Teixeira - New York Yankees
SS-OS Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals
SS-RC Roger Clemens - Boston Red Sox
SS-RY Robin Yount - Milwaukee Brewers
SS-SM Shelby Miller - Atlanta Braves
SS-SP Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
SS-TG Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves

Strata Signature Patches Set Checklist

49 cards. Serial numbered #/25
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/5, Red Rivet 1/1
2015 Topps Strata Baseball Signatures Patches Gold Griffey

SSP-AC Alex Colome - Tampa Bay Rays
SSP-ACB Alex Cobb - Tampa Bay Rays
SSP-AG Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers
SSP-BB Brandon Belt - San Francisco Giants
SSP-BH Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
SSP-BM Brian McCann - New York Yankees
SSP-BP Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
SSP-BW Bernie Williams - New York Yankees
SSP-CK Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
SSP-DL DJ LeMahieu - Colorado Rockies
SSP-DO David Ortiz - Boston Red Sox
SSP-DW David Wright - New York Mets
SSP-EE Edwin Encarnacion - Toronto Blue Jays
SSP-EL Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays
SSP-FF Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
SSP-GH Greg Holland - Kansas City Royals
SSP-I Ichiro - Miami Marlins
SSP-JA Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
SSP-JD Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
SSP-JF Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins
SSP-JR Josh Reddick - Oakland Athletics
SSP-JS John Smoltz - Atlanta Braves
SSP-JV Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
SSP-KG Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
SSP-KP Kevin Plawecki - New York Mets
SSP-MA Matt Adams - St. Louis Cardinals
SSP-MC Matt Cain - San Francisco Giants
SSP-MF Maikel Franco - Philadelphia Phillies
SSP-MH Matt Harvey - New York Mets
SSP-MM Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
SSP-MP Mike Piazza - New York Mets
SSP-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
SSP-MTA Mark Teixeira - New York Yankees
SSP-MW Michael Wacha - St. Louis Cardinals
SSP-MZ Mike Zunino - Seattle Mariners
SSP-PF Prince Fielder - Texas Rangers
SSP-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
SSP-PS Pablo Sandoval - Boston Red Sox
SSP-RB Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
SSP-RC Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
SSP-RH Rickey Henderson - New York Mets
SSP-RJ Reggie Jackson - California Angels
SSP-RP Rafael Palmeiro - Texas Rangers
SSP-SG Sonny Gray - Oakland Athletics
SSP-TG Tom Glavine - New York Mets
SSP-TR Tyson Ross - San Diego Padres
SSP-VM Victor Martinez - Detroit Tigers
SSP-YC Yoenis Cespedes - Detroit Tigers
SSP-YT Yasmany Tomas - Arizona Diamondbacks

Product Review

2015 Topps Strata Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Trey Treutel

Good: Great design, Clearly Authentics Relics include specifics about origin, on-card autographs, quality stock.

Bad: Very delicate cards, main autographs and relics are not numbered, lots of rookies in primary autograph set.

The Bottom Line: 2015 Topps Strata Baseball is a great debut for the all-hits product. The design is impressive and the Clearly Authentics offer what collectors have been demanding for years. Still, the box price for just two cards is a bit steep and the base autograph checklist is perhaps a bit too focused on rookies.

Staff Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.0/5.0

Topps knew they had a winner with the original Strata insert design and they did nothing to weaken that with this standalone release. Built with many smaller layers, the cards feature a quality stock, especially the relics.

The vertical base autograph design is completely translucent around the signing area and it is cool to be able to see the on-card autograph from both sides. The circular background design might not appeal to everyone but it is subtle and still does a good job of drawing focus to the subject.

The rest of the cards feature a horizontal orientation, including the Clearly Authentic Relics that come in every box. Admittedly, the MLB Authentic feature is very appealing and it is awesome to be able to see exactly when and where this relic saw action. However, the card we pulled, and many others like it, are still just a single-color piece of jersey on a card that is not numbered.

Another negative thing that stood out from a design perspective is that the cards are very condition sensitive. Despite arriving with a protective layer between the two cards, both cards showed multiple surface scratches straight out the box. This is certainly not ideal.

Checklist: 3.5/5.0

Across the board, the 2015 Topps Strata Baseball checklist is solid. Most of the inserts are loaded with top quality names from the recent past.

While there are certainly big names to be found, just under half of the base autograph checklist is comprised of rookies. Rookies are always part of the equation, but, at this price point, I would expect a tighter subject list given that these are some of the most common pulls.

Value: 3.75/5.0

At $80-90 for a box of two cards, the value equation is tougher to maximize. Hurting that fact is the reality that both cards can emerge without any numbering. Rarity should be a given when you are paying $40-45 per card. Having said that, the specific relic origin, on-card autographs and impressive look help things considerably. While Strata is a gamble like most products are, it seems a little less of risk given that, no matter what, you will receive two premium cards in every box with the potential for something huge.

The Fun Factor: 4.25/5.0

In my opinion, Strata is among the coolest products I have broken in some time. Obviously, it would have been more fun to pull better subjects or more limited versions, but that same case can be made for most box breaks. This is a fantastic entry to the market and I look froward to see what Topps can do to improve on it in future releases.

The box used for this review was provided by Topps.

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2015 Topps Strata Baseball Cards - Review Added, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2016-01-14T13:35:31+00:00 rating 3.9 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. I’m guessing this is going to be like supreme but instead of two autos you get an auto and a relic?

  2. Any idea when the checklist will be released? I’m debating to buy a few boxes or buy cards of my teams players.

  3. Tigers appear to be an afterthought in this product. Probably wont be getting my $ if I don’t at least have Cabrera to hit.

  4. Got to be kidding me. I know Giants don’t get much hobby love. After all, all they do is win. One chance at a Buster Posey auto, and that is numbered to 25. No Matt Duffy RC auto. Brandon Belt autos instead. Bumgarner relic only. All these other HOFers and they can’t get a Mays, Marichal, McCovey, Cepeda, Perry? Even a Will Clark? No thanks.

  5. This is great stuff nice looking cards pretty good players of auto and jerseys . I’ll give topps a B+

  6. Got lucky: One $90 box and hit a Kris Bryant Shadowbox Autograph; the other card was a Hanley Ramirez auto/relic. One and done. If I had not bought my box, I would still pass.

  7. Biggest complaint from this collectors perspective is not enough 60’s/70’s era HOFers in the Shadowbox-style cards. No Koufax (who’s been in just about every Topps product, but still doesn’t have a Shadowbox-style card from any release), Gibson, Mays, Aaron, McCovey, Yaz, Seaver, Carew, Carlton, Brett, Schmidt, etc.

    Bench and Reggie (in an Angels uni, not A’s or Yanks), are just about it….

  8. Most of the Topps products this year have only come with 1 or 2 hits per box, but Strata in my opinion is the best looking one of them all. I have been lucky as hell on the product,(maybe why I like it so much), hitting 2 Trout shadow boxes in one case break, and bought 3 boxes and hit a Harper 1/1 red rivet. The biggest problem is that Topps just saturated every product with rookies and prospects. Bryant alone has almost 300 separate 1/1’s and over 8,000 serial numbered autos in ’15. He probably signed a total of 10k cards, and that doesn’t count the memorabilia market. I digress, choosing from Tier One, Supreme, Five Star and Strata, Strata wins by a mile in Price point and design.

  9. Is it possible to buy a strata box directly from Topps ? Just curious how they get to the market. It was released Dec 23rd ? My first box was okay Yovany Tomas auto relic red 1/1. And Buxton auto green. The card quality is impressive

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