Box

I just saw this on the Topps blog and I have to say, once again, I don’t get it.  Will there still be Finest? You betcha! What about Sterling? Yeppers! So Topps Marquess fits somewhere between? I’m guessing yup!

While it’s hard to argue that this is a nice set (as you will see from the pictures), once again we hit a price point which eliminates plenty of collectors from going after this set.  A box, which consists of four mini boxes is going to run in the neighborhood of $200. Each box will contain one on-card autograph, on autographed multi-piece Relic, one jumbo Relic and one quad Relic.  While mini-boxes (packs) contain 5 cards, one of which is the hit.  From the checklist, it’s looking like an awful lot of $10 “hits” to me, however there are some pretty slick looking cards.

Ichiro

Jeter

Mauer

Longoria

HernandezAaron

Keep in mind these are the teaser cards so there will be quite a few “economically” feasible autographs and game used in there as well.

The full checklist can be found here <link> (PDF file).

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6 responses »

  1. jj says:

    This economy doesn’t need a hobby where boxes cost more than oh lets say a new blu-ray. Here’s an idea take the family to cooperstown, or a real game, with prices like this you can do a day out.

  2. Ryan says:

    People who tend to buy this product probably don’t have kids (at least not living at home anymore) and probably don’t need to worry about the $200. Topps makes a lot of money off of these products, I’m sure – about $10 per card comes in, compared to pennies per card for Opening Day. I understand jerseys and autographs cost money, but it’s still a cash cow. It’s why car companies push SUV sales over smaller economical models – there’s a bigger profit margin.

  3. Mike D says:

    I get the overhead needed to ink those HOFers and current players to sign the cards and so forth. But at $200 a box, for not even two dozen cards, there really isn’t a reason to pursue this product any more than a Sterling, Threads, Chrome, etc. product. Even hobby boxes of Topps base and Bowman base are running close to $80-100 range. Something has to give.

  4. Richard says:

    Looking at the type of cards and the names on the checklist I must think of a Tribute kind of product.

  5. lambeauleap87 says:

    Reminds me of just another cookie-cutter Topps product…recycled designs, no new innovations, and a relatively high SRP. Time for something new, Topps.

  6. Ryan says:

    It really does remind me of Tribute at half the cost, which probably means half the value (a problem when many of the hits out of Tribute can be had on the cheap). Topps’ catalog this year is full of recycled designs. Both minor league issues are recycled designs from MLB issues this year. Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter are reused old designs. Tribute looks the same to me as last year’s issue. Lineage has a new design but all the inserts are based on previous Topps products.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Gypsy Queen, there’s stuff from flagship that I’m collecting (including both reprint sets), and I’ll go after some Allen & Ginter. I think Topps hears us saying to do something new and modern (look at the flagship and Lineage base card designs), but they aren’t really hitting the “standout release” button yet.

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