Card of the Day: 2012 Topps Tier One Buster Posey Auto

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on their second World Series title in four years. Usually during a big event I like to showcase a card of the day featuring a player on that team and Buster Posey is a big part of that San Francisco Giants run to the World Series.

I heard on the radio today people already comparing him to Derek Jeter. Two titles in their first three years of playing the game and a superstar in the making. Buster Posey could be that type of player. A career franchise player who is well respected inside and outside the clubhouse. I love seeing players like that in the game, so I’m hoping he lives up to those expectations. That two run homer to put the Giants up one in the sixth inning last night was pretty clutch too.

I chose this card for a number of reasons, but mainly because of its beauty. I wasn’t a fan of the Bowman design the year he had his Bowman Chrome autograph, so that was immediately out the door for me. But 2012 Topps Tier One baseball is a beauty of a product and this card is one of the nicest ones out there for Buster. A well placed photo, a great background, and a HUGE place to slap that autograph, on card. I’d be happy pulling a beauty like that any day.

So congrats again to Buster Posey and the rest of the San Francisco Giants. What a great run you guys had.

2012 Topps Tier One Bat Knobs Selling for Ridiculous Numbers

Now I knew that the 2012 Topps Tier One bat knobs were going to sell well. I mean, the checklist is great and they are one of the harder to find memorabilia pieces out there. Plus, they are numbered to just one.

But I didn’t realize they would sell for the ridiculous amounts they are selling for. Some of the recent sales have ginormous numbers (from our friends at Cardboard Connection):

- George Brett: $799

- Gary Carter: $999

- Willie McCovey: $669

- Carlos Gonzalez & Justin Upton: $399 each

- Andrew McCutchen: $499

And apparently one of the holy grails in the bat knob checklist has been pulled as well with the Mickey Mantle reportedly found as well. I can’t imagine where a Mickey Mantle bat knob would fall. $1500 maybe?  Easily four digits there. (Edit: With the Maris approaching $1500 at auction currently, I might have to revise that statement to somewhere between $2-3 grand. Wow.)

These bat knobs were a great addition by Topps and make some fantastic chase cards. Kudos to who thought it would be a great improvement to the product because it really is a great addition to the set. How will they top it next year though?

 

Preview: 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball

In a little less than a week Topps is set to continue their game changers for this season with 2012 Topps Tier One baseball. The one pack product that features a few hits is back and upgraded from last year’s somewhat disappointing first season. A lot of collectors had high expectations last year, but it looks like things have been remedied just enough.

Every pack guarantees one Crowd Pleaser autograph, one On the Rise autograph, and one relic numbered to 399 or less. Plus 1:4 boxes contains an extra relic as well. I’m happy to see the guaranteed two autographs in this product because the checklist is pretty solid.

Even the relic checklist is pretty solid. If you are a frequent reader of the blog you might remember our checklist of bat knobs that are included in this product. Over 100 1/1 bat knobs are distributed in this product.

But one of my favorites is the acetate autograph rookie reprint cards. Autographs on clear cards needs to come back and I know Topps and Panini are doing what they can to make that happen. All spear headed by me! (Well I like to think so!)

And of course, there are some pretty autograph relics included as well. The product looks much better than it did last year and I can’t wait to see some breaks of the product. I also can’t wait to see some of these bat knobs. With 100 bat knobs from 100 different players, those are sure to be a hit.

Look out on June 20, 2012, for this product at around $90.

2012 Topps Tier One Bat Knobs Checklist

Bat barrels and bat knobs are the two biggest attractions when it comes to game used bat memorabilia cards. Topps is bringing out the knobs in it’s soon to be released 2012 Topps Tier One product releasing on June 19, 2012.

Featuring 100 players and each card a 1 of 1, there will be quite a few to chase after from some of the top players who have ever played the game…and Nick Swisher. Here are the 100 names:

Hank Aaron
Dustin Ackley
Luis Aparicio
Ernie Banks
Jose Bautista
Carlos Beltran
Johnny Bench
Wade Boggs
George Brett
Jay Bruce
Miguel Cabrera
Robinson Cano
Rod Carew
Steve Carlton
Gary Carter
Starlin Castro
Shin-Soo Choo
Roberto Clemente
Ty Cobb
Carl Crawford
Andre Dawson
Joe DiMaggio
Jacoby Ellsbury
Cecil Fielder
Carlton Fisk
Freddie Freeman
Lou Gehrig
Bob Gibson
Carlos Gonzalez
Curtis Granderson
Josh Hamilton
Todd Helton
Rickey Henderson
Jason Heyward
Matt Holliday
Ryan Howard
Catfish Hunter
Monte Irvin
Reggie Jackson
Fergie Jenkins
Andruw Jones
Chipper Jones
Al Kaline
Matt Kemp
Harmon Killebrew
Ralph Kiner
Ian Kinsler
Paul Konerko
Carlos Lee
Tim Lincecum
Evan Longoria
Mickey Mantle
Roger Maris
Victor Martinez
Eddie Mathews
Don Mattingly
Joe Mauer
Bill Mazeroski
Willie McCovey
Andrew McCutchen
Paul Molitor
Joe Morgan
Eddie Murray
Stan Musial
David Ortiz
Jim Palmer
Dustin Pedroia
Tony Pérez
Buster Posey
Albert Pujols
Lance Berkman
Aramis Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez
Jose Reyes
Jim Rice
Cal Ripken Jr.
Brooks Robinson
Frank Robinson
Alex Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez
Jimmy Rollins
Babe Ruth
Ryne Sandberg
Pablo Sandoval
Mike Schmidt
Tom Seaver
Gary Sheffield
Enos Slaughter
Ozzie Smith
Duke Snider
Darryl Strawberry
Nick Swisher
Mark Teixeira
Jim Thome (Chicago White Sox)
Jim Thome (Cleveland Indians)
Troy Tulowitzki
Justin Upton
Dave Winfield
Carl Yastrzemski
Robin Yount

Just a joke about the Nick Swisher, but there are a ton of names on there that are highly collectible. Topps is really pulling out all the stops this year with some of their products, making  huge improvements over last season. Another kudos to Topps!

 

Preview: 2011 Topps Tier One Baseball

With 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter so close to release I am psyched right now about baseball products. All that is on television right now is baseball with the lockouts of the NFL and NBA. The NHL is always quiet this time of year unless there are some huge free agent signings. There has been some of those huge signings, but baseball is just at the top of it’s game. Sort of like Manny Pacquiao, top of their games.

Speaking of Manny Pacquiao, he has an autograph in the previously mentioned Allen & Ginter, but also in this brand new product put out by Topps this season. 2011 Topps Tier One baseball. And frankly, I’m not hugely impressed when I really want to be.

Topps has sunk it’s teeth into the 1 pack per box products and this is another one. Each pack will net you 3 base cards, 1 parallel, 1 relic card, and 2 autographs. Every 12 box case will yield 1, just 1, top tier autograph. Top Tier autographs are what everyone will be chasing, but they only fall 1 in 12 boxes. The best part about the autographs though is that they are all on-card, except for cut autographs and the triple autographs. Again, this should not be a selling point but it is.

If you do not hit one of these Top Tier autographs you will probably hit a On The Rise autograph or Crowd Pleaser autographs. There are also dual and triple autographs available to pull as well. The On The Rise subset and Crowd Pleaser autographs look alright, but no where near the Top Tier autographs. At least all autographs appear to be numbered to 25 or less so that should help with some of the value.

You will also find relics that come in patch form numbered to 10 or single, dual, or triple jersey form. And I’m guessing the regular swatches will all be single colored and boring as usual from Topps with their jersey swatches. At least they do a decent job on patches, but they make them so hard to get.

Finally you will find 3 base cards each numbered to 799 and a parallel numbered to 199, 50, 25, or 1.

And for once I am not impressed at all with Topps design on this product. It just looks lazy with a faded background to a single color on the base and parallel. Although the autograph designs look decent.

I can’t find a price on this product but it could fall from anywhere between $85 and $200 if I know Topps correctly. I’m hoping it will be closer to the lower side as Topps doesn’t have many products like this that is around the same price point as Panini Limited or Upper Deck Ultimate Collection. My guess is that it will be higher, kind of like Tribute or Triple Threads because I just have a feeling it will be higher. I hope I’m wrong as right now the product doesn’t stack up and baseball needs a product in that range like Panini and Upper Deck.

We have found a preliminary 2011 Topps Tier One baseball checklist available too so you can see what I’m talking about. Let me know what you think of this product that arrives in November 2011.