Almost all releases these days come with relic cards. Many collectors felt somewhat uneasy about these cards from a secondary market level and sometimes even straight out of the pack. Thoughts like "where did this jersey come from" and sometimes even "I don't remember that player ever wearing those colors" started to become commonplace. With the release of Strata, those thoughts have been put to rest.
With the simple, yet smart inclusion of an MLB Authentication sticker on each swatch of material, sealed behind a layer of acetate, each piece of jersey can be traced it its origins. We pulled this Sonny Gray Clearly Authentic Relic Auto numbered to #/50.
That round silver sticker on the patch has a number that can be entered online at MLB Authentication and this certificate pops up.
Beside that cool on card auto relic there was this Francisco Lindor on-card auto.
In person this card is even better looking than the photo.
So in each box of Strata you get 2 cards, with the promise of one Strata relic card and one autographed card. The odds of our relic card also being autographed was 1:6 boxes.
Overall this is a matter of the Topps team knocking it out of the park from design to on-card autos to the new authentication system. 2016 Topps Strata Baseball is definitely worth a look for premium card collectors.
Review box provided by Topps.