Today is Friday but it’s going to be unlike any other Friday we’ve seen before in the hobby.
It will be transcendent.
The priciest box of baseball cards ever made, 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection, arrives today with just 65 metal briefcases packing 168 cards — 52 of those autographed — inside along with an invitation to a Jan. 18 party in Las Vegas to meet reigning National League MVP and World Series champion Kris Bryant.
“Going to an event like this is every sports fan’s dream,” said David Leiner, Topps’ VP & GM of the North American Sports and Entertainment Division. “You can’t get this type of experience anywhere else. Whoever gets to go to the event will meet Kris Bryant in an intimate setting and talk to one of the best young players in today’s game. It’s going to be amazing.”
Every box of Transcendent Collection includes an invite and that includes accommodations, cocktails, dinner and a special gift, according to the company.
The first boxes to be opened by BlowoutTV are coming up soon — 10:30 a.m. Eastern to be exact — at www.breakers.tv/houdini and you can witness them via a live stream at that time. (Update: A gallery of that case can be seen below along with some other hits of note so far. In some cases, we’ve also noted what cards have sold for.)
Every box of 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection will include one 1/1 Bryant autograph using one of the past Topps baseball designs like the 1989 card seen here, one more 1/1 auto, one 1/1 sketch card, one oversized 1/1 cut signature box-topper, 49 autographs limited to no more than 52 copies, one set of Iconic base cards limited to just 65 copies and one set of 65 reproduction sketch cards limited to 65 copies. How much is a briefcase? Click here to see the latest price.
You can see more on this brand, including a previously released gallery of what it includes, right here.
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