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Old 10-21-2010, 08:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Field Level Review: 2010 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

Field Level Review: 2010 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

October 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Release Date: August 25, 2010
Price Point: $90/pack or $141/box from Blowout Cards.
Product Loadout: 6 cards/pack, 2 packs/box, 18 boxes/case.
Hit Ratios: 1 relic (#d to 36 or less) and 1 autographed relic (#d to 99 or less)/box. Each case contains a 1/1 or triple autographed triple relic card #d to 36 or less.

Product Information:

120 base cards (1-120)
Parallels and GU/AU info:

Sepia Base parallel (#d to 525)
Emerald Base parallel (#d to 240)
Gold Base parallel (#d to 99)
Sapphire Base parallel (#d to 25)
Framed Printing Plate (1/1)
Platinum Base parallel (1/1)
48 autographed relic Rookie and Rising Star cards (121-168, 1/box, #d to 99 or less)
Rookie and Rising Stars Sepia Parallel (#d to 75)
Rookie and Rising Stars Emerald Parallel (#d to 50)
Rookie and Rising Stars Gold Parallel (#d to 25)
Rookie and Rising Stars Sapphire Parallel (#d to 10)
Rookie and Rising Stars Wood Parallel (1/1)
Rookie and Rising Stars Platinum Parallel (1/1)
Rookie and Rising Stars White Whale Printing Plates (1/1)
Legends Cut Above Relics (10 cards, 1/1)
Legends Dual Cut Above Relics (6 cards, 1/1)
Presidential Cut Above Relics (6 cards, 1/1)
Autographed Relics (80 players, 240 cards, #d to 18 or less)
Gold Autographed Relic Parallels (#d to 9)
Sapphire Autographed Relic Parallels (#d to 3)
Wood Autographed Relic Parallels (1/1)
Platinum Autographed Relic Parallels (1/1)
White Whale Printing Plate Autographed Relics (1/1)
Rookies and Rising Stars Autographed Relic Pairs (6 cards, #d to 50)
Rookies and Rising Stars Gold Autographed Relic Pair Parallel (#d to 25)
Rookies and Rising Stars Sapphire Autographed Relic Pair Parallel (#d to 10)
Rookies and Rising Stars Platinum Autographed Relic Pair Parallel (1/1)
Jumbo Plus Autographed Relic (16 cards, #d to 3)
Jumbo Plus Platinum Autographed Relic Parallel (1/1)
Autographed Relic Pairs (6 cards, #d to 18)
Gold Autographed Relic Pair Parallel (#d to 9)
Sapphire Autographed Relic Pair Parallel (#d to 3)
Platinum Autographed Relic Pair Parallel (1/1)
Autographed Relic Combos (15 cards, #d to 36)
Sepia Autographed Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 27)
Emerald Autographed Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 18)
Gold Autographed Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 9)
Sapphire Autographed Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 3)
Wood Autographed Relic Combo Parallel (1/1)
Platinum Autographed Relic Combo Parallel (1/1)
White Whale Printing Plate Autographed Relic Combo (1/1)
Letter Plus Relics (16 cards, #d to 3)
Platinum Letter Plus Relic Parallel (1/1)
Autographed Relic Double Combos (6 cards, #d to 3)
Platinum Autographed Relic Double Combo Parallel (1/1)
Singular Swatches (10 cards, all 1/1)
All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Patches (66 cards, 1/1)
All-Star Laundry Tags (66 cards, 1/1)
All-Star Logo Man (66 cards, 1/1)
All-Star Patches (66 cards, #d to 9)
Platinum All-Star Patch Parallel (1/1)
Bat Name Plates (15 cards, 1/1)
Bat Knobs (10 cards, 1/1)
XXIV (18 cards, #d to 18)
Gold XXIV Parallel (#d to 9)
Sapphire XXIV Parallel (#d to 3)
Platinum XXIV Parallel (1/1)
XXIV Legends (5 cards, 1/1)
Jumbo Plus Relics (16 cards, #d to 3)
Platinum Jumbo Plus Relic Parallel (1/1)
Letter Plus Relics (15 cards, #d to 3)
Platinum Letter Plus Relics (1/1)
Jumbo Patch Combos (10 cards, 1/1)
Jumbo Letter/Number/Logo (10 cards, 1/1)
Relics (44 players, 132 cards, #d to 36)
Sepia Relic Parallel (#d to 27)
Emerald Relic Parallel (#d to 18)
Gold Relic Parallel (#d to 9)
Sapphire Relic Parallel (#d to 3)
Platinum Relic Parallel (1/1)
Legends Relics (30 cards, #d to 36)
Sepia Legends Relic Parallel (#d to 27)
Emerald Legends Relic Parallel (#d to 18)
Gold Legends Relic Parallel (#d to 9)
Sapphire Legends Relic Parallel (#d to 3)
Platinum Legends Relic Parallel (1/1)
Relic Combos (60 cards, #d to 36)
Sepia Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 27)
Emerald Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 18)
Gold Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 9)
Sapphire Relic Combo Parallel (#d to 3)
Platinum Relic Combo Parallel (1/1)
Double Combos (18 cards, #d to 36)
Sepia Double Combo Parallel (#d to 27)
Emerald Double Combo Parallel (#d to 18)
Gold Double Combo Parallel (#d to 9)
Sapphire Double Combo Parallel (#d to 3)
Platinum Double Combo Parallel (1/1)
Box Contents:

3 base cards (Bob Feller 130/1350, jackie Robinson 1145/1350, Ubaldo Jimenez 521/1350)
1 Sepia parallel (George Sisler 445/525)
1 Emerald parallel (Lou Brock 92/240)
1 Autograph Relics (Alex Rodriguez A-Bomb By Arod 17/18)
Card Design:

Since most cards youll see in a pack or box break are going to be the base cards. The focus of the cards are on the players themselves with the backgrounds faded or muted out. Its a nice effect that gives the focus of the card to the player himself. Theres a top and bottom border which take up about 30 percent of the card, but the player is superimposed over the top border and behind the bottom. The backs of the cards are very nice as well with three facts about each player in the appropriately-named Triple Take section. The autograph card I pulled was beyond good. However, I have seen Triple Threads card with the cardinal sin of high-end baseball: single color swatches. While I wouldnt expect every card in the set to have patches, is it really too much to ask for when you have three pieces of fabric that they at least be somewhat different? With the card I pulled, they were actually all pinstripes, which is highly valued by Yankees collectors. However, if I had pulled a Dodger, for example, Id want something other than white on the card. Given that the focus of the set are the hits themselves, their design is most important, and its an area that Triple Threads doesnt hold up to the price point, in my opinion.

Score: 3/5

Pizaaz:

This is honestly going to depend on your pull. We already know that half of the packs are only going to be relics. So really, youre hoping for a great autograph. In my case, I pulled a premiere hit which actually made me well, you saw the video. Itd be nice to say that every box will have something to make your jaw drop, but the fact is that its really not the case. This is a very iffy product and although it sells very well, one has to think that it needs to be tweaked somehow. The only question isin which direction.

Score: 3/5

Total Score: 3/5

Value: This is a total gamble. If you have the (currently) $2500 to drop on an 18 box case, you might hit some huge items enough to make most of your money back. Buying by the pack or box, however, is as much a gamble as walking into a casino, dropping $100 on the roulette wheel and hoping your number hits. The set would be a nice item to have, but it would be very hard to build, even at only 120 cards, as it would take a minimum of 20 boxes of cards to do it, and thats if you didnt get any doubles.


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Nice review. Makes my decision easier.
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