When Topps Triple Threads debuted in 2006, it was one of the company's early ventures into the high-end market. There are several similarly priced products now, but a lot of what made the brand popular with a segment of collectors has remained true.
The checklist has a large amount of massive patch pieces and premium relics like bat knobs and barrels. That doesn't mean that you should expect one every time out, but the chances are higher than in a lot of other products.
Even the less desirable hits are made a little better by low serial numbers. No autograph or autographed memorabilia card is numbered higher than 100. Unsigned relics have no more than 36 copies each. A lot of players have multiple cards where the print runs can add up but taken individually, cards are rare.
The big stars in 2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball are are jumbo relics and book cards with jumbo patches. Among them are cards that have near-full All-Star workout jersey patches. Included in these are four levels of book cards. Each has 60 cards, all of which are one-of-ones. Combine them together and that's 240 All-Star book cards, which isn't too bad for a product that doesn't have a massive print run to begin with.
Carrying off the success of the Major League Autographs in 2014 Topps Archives Baseball is a Ricky Vaughn relic book card. Limited to just three copies plus a one-of-one parallel, the card has three premium swatches of a uniform worn by Charlie Sheen in Major League II. Even with the healthy swatches, their extreme rarity should be a sign that more MajorLeague-themed memorabilia cards could appear.
Below is a real-time list of the most-watched 2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball cards currently up for auction on eBay. It's constantly updating itself, so check back as new cards are listed and to track prices.
2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Real-Time Hot List
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His 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.
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