First Buzz: 2016 Topps Tier One baseball cards

16_Topps Tier One Baseball-RipkenPenWhat: 2016 Topps Tier One baseball cards
Arrives: May 18
Box basics: Two autographs and one Relic per box — 12 boxes per case

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ high-end hits-driven brand returns for another season with “refined, high-end trading cards that showcase some of the most sought-after on-card autograph content and rare Relic memorabilia cards from the most collectible baseball players of the game.” Among the new inclusions here? Player-used autograph pen Relics known as Signature Tools Autograph Relics.

Keep reading for more.

16_Topps Tier One Baseball-aaronThe Basics: After a tease in November Topps has revealed the full details on this one, noting that every case will still include a Tier One autograph and that there will be some boxes delivering a second Relic (fourth card) inside. … The Signature Tools cards will be 1/1 creations for as many as 50 players using the pens they used for their autograph session. The Tier One autos will be limited to no more than 99 copies with Copper (/25), Silver (/10) and 1/1 Gold parallels. … Clear One autos will be limited to 25 while Prime Performers will be limited to 299 with Copper (/25), Silver (/10) and 1/1 Gold. Breakout Autos will have the same volume as the Primes. … Dual Autos will be limited to 25, Triples to 10 and cut autos will be 1/1s.

16_Topps Tier One Baseball-seager For Relic Autos there are six options — Tier One Relics (/99) with Dual Patch (/25) and 1/1 Triple Patch versions are the first. Then there are Dual Auto book cards limited to 10, Bat Knobs (1/1), Prodigious Patches jumbo Relics (/10) with a Platinum (/5). Also to be found are Limited Lumber (outer portions of bats) and cuts that are 1/1s. … Standard Tier One Relics are limited to 399 with a dual (/50) and a triple (/5) version. Legends will be limited to 99, 25 and five. … There also will be unsigned versions of Prodigious Patches, while 1/1 Relics also include Bat Knobs, Limited Lumber and Tier One All-Star Relics.

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