Prince Fielder Relic #/254
Michael Wacha New Guard Autograph #/399
Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez Acclaimed Autographs #/299
Overall LookThere are some nice design elements here. The New Guard Autograph is a step up in design over previous years. Other autograph hits look familiar to those who have collected Tier One in the past.
Quality and Variety of PlayersThis checklist is not quite as strong as in previous years. This falls within the range of an Ultra Premium product but collectors may feel the sting of a getting a lesser box a little greater than before.
Thrill Seeking Fulfillment and ExperienceBecause this product comes in at a lower price point, the amount of chances of pulling something great decreases. As a one and done proposition this could very well feel like buying a scratcher lottery ticket, short term entertainment, thrill based solely on the outcome. With a better checklist, this product has been a perfect roll of the dice. This year some of that shine has been dulled.
Buyers Remorse or Speculator's DelightMy suggestion is study the checklist on this one and if you see players that are still desirable to you personally, thinking beyond a monetary value, then you, as a collector should be satisfied. But without a vested interest, especially if you are “one and done” buyer, pull a rough box and there may be regrets. That can be brutal but that is the risk you take. But for those with deeper pockets, that perhaps would open a much more expensive box or even cases of different products, this is definitely one to open by the sealed full case to spread the risk, with a relatively small investment.
3 out of 5
2014 Topps Tier One Baseball still has some really nice upside potential, but the downside seems to be a bit of a steeper slope this year.
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