is the same image that was used on all of the 2013 Topps Baseball Series 1 packaging.
The image is so recognizable for seasoned collectors so it is surprising that it was used here, especially since it was just used in Five Star.
A final issue is one that I hope is isolated to the specific card we pulled. It is with the Prime Patches card from our box that is clearly marked beyond as containing a game worn patch.This not only is a disappointment but will bring into question for any collector that seeks to trade for or buy the card whether the swatch has been tampered with or replaced.
Justin Verlander, front and back, Matt Cain
Carlton Fisk, Babe Ruth, Frank Robinson
Jayson Werth, Juan Marichal, Andre Dawson
Mike Zunino, Randy Johnson, Adrian Beltre
Base Color Paralleles
Buster Posey Gold #/25
Chris Sale Tribute Titans relic #/50
Yasiel Puig Prime Patches relic #/24, Wilin Rosario Tribute to the Pastime auto #/99
Julio Teheran auto #/99, Paul Goldschmidt blue auto #/50
Evan Gattis Tribute Traditions red auto #/5
Overall LookThe base cards are great looking again this year and look even better in their numbered color parallel versions. Some of the hit cards look sharp, some seem very busy. I’m still trying to understand the Tribute Traditions design which seems to have an old timey photo that sometimes correlates to the featured player, other times not so much. As mentioned before, the reuse of photos from other releases (in many cases directly from the current Five Star release) is not an issue specific to this release if taken on its own, but could be a problem for collectors with a varied collection.
Quality and Variety of PlayersOnce again there are some truly monster hits to be had, especially with the Onyx 1/1s and bat knobs & plates, but there is a large percentage of good but not spectacular hits.
Do the hits satisfy?Some will get lucky and pull a fabulous card from their box. Others will not, but for the most part the hits satisfy. Some collectors will scratch their head when the redemption they pull is for a relic card, maybe even more for a Mystery redemption.
Will you keep coming back for more?This is an even tougher question than in years past. It really becomes a judgment call based on your budget. Secondary market finds should be readily available with Tribute.
3 out of 5
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