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Topps goes to low-end of bats for high-end addition


Posted on April 5, 2012 – 11:38 am | Author: chrisolds

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is upping the ante in its forthcoming Tier One baseball release by taking one memorabilia set in the product a bit high-end.
And it’s doing that by going to the low-end of 100 game-used baseball bats.
The company announced on Thursday that it is adding 100 1/1 game-used bat knob cards to the second-year product, an inclusion that has not been done as extensively since 2009 when it launched Topps Unique.
Today, there are just 629 total bat knob cards in the database (click here for a complete checklist and to get an OPG) many of them 1/1 cards and some of them showing some of the unique ways that players mark their game-used equipment.

Tier One will include two autographs per pack — one Crowd Pleaser autograph for sure. Also to be found is one of three other options — a multi-signed autograph card, an autographed Relic or a cut signature. A third hit will be a Relic when it hits hobby shops on June 18.
Topps bills it as “one of the most significant memorabilia inserts ever offered in a product” while the company itself is already the runaway leader in bat knob cards made. There are 491 different Topps knob cards in existence, while the old Donruss/Playoff made the second-highest total with just 92. The remaining companies all have made fewer than 20 knob cards.

The 2012 Tier One checklist:
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
Jim Thome
Troy Tulowitzki
Justin Upton
Dave Winfield
Carl Yastrzemski
Robin Yount

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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