Thursday, June 27, 2013

2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

With Topps Museum Collection Baseball cards technically in it’s second year of release one would expect some sophomoreitis. Some forget that Museum Collection became the replacement product for 2011 Topps Marquee Baseball so Topps has had some time to work out the kinks.  2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball its all the notes correctly with sharp design and a nice variety of great looking hits, even improving in some ways from last year’s release.  All of this adds up to a cohesive set that does justice to it’s Museum moniker.

Museum Collection fits nicely into our Premium Cards category.  Each Master Box contains 4 mini-boxes with 5 cards per mini.  There is the promise that each Master Box will contain 1 on-card autograph, 1 autograph relic, 1 quad relic, and 1 jumbo relic.

Here are the cards we pulled from our box.

Base Set
Justin Verlander, front and back, Joey Votto  
 Clayton Kershaw, Bob Gibson, Mike Trout
 Manny Machado, Jose Reyes, Will Clark
 Johnny Cueto, Chase Headley, Billy Butler

 Numbered Parallels
 Gary Carter gold #/424, Ozzie Smith gold #/424
 Starlin Castro blue #/99, Andrew McCutchen blue #/99

 Will Clark Canvas Collection

The Hits
 Jon Lester Momentous Material Relic #/50
Matt Cain & Buster Posey & John Smoltz & Jason Heyward Primary Pieces Relic #/99
 Bruce Sutter Signature Swatches Autograph Relic #/50
Jim Abbott On-Card Autograph #/5

Overall Look
These base cards are sharp with stylish bordering. The entire set, from base cards to hits, carries the theme of Museum Collection all the way through.

Quality and Variety of Players
This year’s checklist strikes a nice balance.  Pulling Sutter and Abbott may not be at the top of the list of players to hit, but they are still very desirable.  This is somewhat of an anomaly for a product with a good percentage of monster hits to be pulled, one that should keep collectors happy.

Do the Hits satisfy?
There are some monster hits to be pulled.  With on card autographs, dual autos and auto relics of some of the legends of baseball available, there is a lot of good that can come out of these boxes.  Pull an original artwork piece and you have could have another huge hit on your hands.  The addition of some great relic pieces like bat plates adds a lot to this year’s release.  There also seems to be a higher ratio of patch swatches, which definitely satisfies.

Will you keep coming back for more?
Museum Collection falls in line with expectations of a high risk, high reward product, perhaps even leaning towards exceeding expectations.  There is enough here to entice collectors to make additional purchases.  Buying by the case seems to be a better proposition if you are looking to increase your chances of hitting it big.

5 out of 5

2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball is worthy of its name.

Review box provided by Topps

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