Topps Five Star – high-end baseball cards, or high-stakes gambling?
I don’t write about baseball cards as much as I used to when I started this blog. I’m just not buying them like I used to – I get the Mets team sets from Topps, Topps Heritage and Bowman, and I buy some minor league team sets. Most of the other sets Topps produces might be nice for other collectors, but they’re not for me.
This week, a new product called Topps Five Star came out. I’m not sure who it’s for. I believe the intended price was supposed to be $500 per box, but it seems to be slipping closer to the $400 level.
What do you get if you’ve got a few hundred to blow on baseball cards that came out this week?
According to Blowout Cards:
- 1 Autograph (Active Player)
- 1 Autograph (Retired Player)
- 1 Autographed Relic
- 1 Autographed Book or Autograph
- 1 Jumbo Jersey Relic, Patch, Bat Plate or Bat Knob
But what are your odds of getting your money’s worth? From the early completed auctions on eBay, I’d have to guess “not all that great.”
I see three cards that sold for over $200 – redemptions for autographed cards of Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr., and one signed by Mike Trout. I see three more that broke the $100 level – autographed cards of Prince Fielder, David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes. I see a Mike Schmidt autographed card that couldn’t get a $75 opening bid. And I see a bunch of nice looking autographed cards that sold for $30 or less.
There are some bigger ticket cards that haven’t ended yet – one Albert Pujols/Mike Trout combo autographed card had 22 bids and was up to $775 last night
You could win big if you’re lucky, but I think you’r’e better off shopping for specific cards that would have a home in your collection. Topps Five Star has some cool-looking baseball cards, but opening packs seems a little too much like gambling to me.