As part of their 2013 Tribute release, Topps sneaked in a ‘little’ little something under the radar to make us autograph fans love the product just a little bit more! But when I say ‘little’ what I actually mean is ‘mini’.
See what I did there?? ‘Little’ as in mini, but also as in ‘mini’?? Anybody???? No?
— sigh — It’s hard work sometimes! Let me explain!
Basically, It looks as if Topps has seeded some special mini autographed cards into Tribute, all #’d/25, of the following players!
- MT-JM Juan Marichal – Giants
- MT-KG Ken Griffey Jr. – Mariners
- MT-MM Manny Machado – Orioles
- MT-RD R.A. Dickey – Mets
- MT-YD Yu Darvish – Rangers
These appear to be made from the same card stock and carry the same design as the main cards in the set, but they’re simply minis!
So far on eBay I’ve only seen the Marichal and the Machado materialise! And this is hardly surprising given their scarcity. But I guess I have a question for Topps – Why only five players?
This is a great little idea and has the potential to be a highly popular set, so why limit it to just five players??
And how exactly do these cards appear in the packs? Initially I thought that they’d be loose as they are in Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter’s, but after revisiting the original Tribute sell sheet it looks as if they come in one of those plastic frames, as per the relics you find in GQ and A&G. Here’s an image taken directly from the sell sheet (apologies for the size) –
Yet here are the images of the two that are on sale on eBay –
Mmmmm, no sign of that stylised plastic border! So I’m not really sure how these cards are supposed to look straight out of the pack.
As a big fan of mini cards and of autographs this insert set ticks all the right boxes, but I still can’t believe how under-produced it is in terms of the range of players in the set. Five just seems to be too small a number resulting in a bit of a missed opportunity here.
That said, this may well be Topps’ way of testing the water with this new idea for 2013 Tribute, and if it proves to be a hit then maybe next year we’ll see a wider range available!
Nice cards from an even nicer set! Hats off to Topps for the overall design of 2013 Tribute – it’s a real winner!!