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hdjstuff
04-06-2012, 11:36 AM
2012 Topps Tribute M L B

6 - 5 card packs per box
1 Auto'd Card or Relic Card #ed to 99 or less in every pack!

I received the following:

18 unique base cards

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This premium issue is extreme high gloss and highly reflective - subject to finger prints and smudges. Tribute is printed on very stiff and thick stock - guaranteed to take the spokes out of most bicycles! The front is a singular action shot of a player and the reverse lists several highlights of the players career.

One note - when collating the cards 5's and 3's are very similar.

Inserts

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Blue parallel #ed to 199
Pettitte
Bautista
Green parallel #ed to 75
Utley
Musial

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Black parallel #ed to 60
Ripken, Jr.
Gold Parallel #ed to 50
Posey

Encased Cards

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Dual jsy #ed to 99
Tulowitski
Jersey #ed to 99
Kennedy


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Blue Parallel #ed to 50
Dual Jersey
Nelson Cruz

Autos

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Brandon Belt #ed to 99
Brandon Beachy #ed to 99
(rather odd to have 2 Brandons and both have the last name begin with B)

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Luis Aparicio #ed to 50

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Tribute is a high end product - packs sell in the Orlando area for at least $50 ea. with boxes going for around $280-$300. Having said that, this particular box did not have any real low numbered cards - 1/1, 1/5, or printing plate - but still is a solid box that most of us would be fine with receiving.

Tribute is a great issue for the player collector - that person who wants the ultimate 'rainbow' of a player. There are lots of parallels to chase and lots of players to choose from (unless you are an Astro fan - no Astro cards - I wonder why? Having seen them in Spring Training, they will be very fortunate to win 50 games....)

I really like the encased cards. They look fantastic and are very well preserved.

I still have an issue - and I guess I am just going to have to live with it.... the numbers on the front of the card... Why not put it on the reverse?

Overall grade A very good high end product - just a little pricey for the common collector.

Go buy several boxes (mortgage your house) and send me all of the Rays parallels....

Duane

nsucolonel
04-06-2012, 11:47 AM
I would be interested in the commons if you have a list of them. Also the bronze paraells also.

jason

tigerace14
04-06-2012, 12:03 PM
Those are sweettttttttttt.:)

Thanks, Duane.

katester44
04-06-2012, 02:41 PM
Nice break and review - what can I get you for the Utley?

zlw1
04-06-2012, 06:30 PM
Thanks for another box break review. These cards are awesome up close and personal.
I'm very interested in the Cal Ripken parallel for a friend of mine, and the Stan Musial Parallel for my collection.
Can I trade something of mine for those?
Thank You for the review Duane,
Zach

hatesgoats
04-06-2012, 07:24 PM
If you got a Starlin Castro or Giancarlo Dont call me Mike Stanton base I would be interested in trading for them if available
thanks for the review
the old goat

mm1sub
04-07-2012, 06:07 AM
I would love to get a crack at the Buster Posey card. Please let me know.

HoosierBuddy
04-07-2012, 06:15 PM
Schmidt or Kinsler among the base?