Monday, August 4, 2014
This year’s edition of Tier One Baseball from Topps feels very familiar. Boxes generally follow the pattern of relic, rookie auto, box hit. As with years past, if you look at our post “How we review and classify cards,” by definition, collectors who go for an Ultra Premium box of cards should understand “these are "High Risk, High Reward" cards” and “not every box will be a winner.” While it would seem about 1 in every 6 boxes contains a really nice hit, and one rather large hit lands once in every 12 boxes, which is a good ratio for ultra premium cards, it’s the in between boxes this year that don’t seem to match up with years past. With numbering like #/254 for single swatch relics of players that can be found in practically every other Topps release this year and previously, and some box hit player autographs that are better suited for fan favorites found in Topps Archives, the content of 2014 Topps Tier One brings the franchise down just a little from previous years instead of excelling or even maintaining its reputation as a great quick hit of a product. But Tier One is still priced at a point the allows those normally out of the price range of an Ultra Premium product to get in.
Each box of Tier One Baseball contains 3 cards, two autographs and one relic card. Certain boxes will contain an extra relic hit for a total of 4 cards.
Here are the cards we found in our box.