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Old 02-22-2013, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Preview of 2013 Topps Finest (Feat. 1993 Finest)

Gotta admit, some of these cards look amazing. If only this product contained prospects I'd probably be all over it.


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Itís been 20 years.

Topps has an anniversary to celebrate this year and itís doing so in 2013 Finest, the 20th anniversary edition of the line that marked the birth of the Refractor.

Set to arrive on Aug. 14, Finest will include two six-pack mini boxes per box of this with one on-card autographed Rookie Card Refractor and one autographed Jumbo Relic found inside.

Also inside? Designs from 1993 and other memorable releases from Finestís past.

The base set will consist of 100 cards, each with 12 parallels ó standard Refractor, Xfractor, Green (/199), Orange (/99), Gold (/50), Red (/25), Atomic (/5) and 1/1 Superfractor and printing plates. Topps did not release a preliminary checklist for this product.

Up first will be the 1993 Finest inserts which bring back the original design for one more run. The Refractor versions of this one will be limited to just 25 copies. Also to be found are All-Star Finest inserts with Refractors limited to 10 and autographed Refractors limited to just five copies.

Autographed Rookies will have standard versions along with 11 parallels ó Xfractors (/149), Green (/125), Orange (/99), Gold (/50), Red (/25), Atomic (/5) and 1/1 SuperFractors and printing plates.

Autographed jumbo Relics will include an oversized swatch and also have 11 parallels ó same shades and quantities. A list of signers was not released.

There also will be triple autos to be found, while diecut fans will get their fix with Finest Prodigies Refractors. They also will have a 1/1 Superfractor and autographed versions limited to 10 or fewer copies.

Another throwback will be Finest Masters Refractors, which will be limited to just 50 copies. These also will have 1/1 Supers and autographed versions limited to 15 or fewer copies.

With the anniversary, there will be autographed buyback cards limited to just five copies along with jumbo box-toppers, too. Collectors should also be on the lookout for rookie redemptions for autos limited to just 100 copies as well as Hot Boxes that are loaded with Refractors in the 1993 Finest design.











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Old 02-22-2013, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stickers stickers stickers stickers.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the base set looks like something out of a late 90's invincible or vanguard set
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Doing the 1993 Refractor Set. Going to be fantastic.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm still after this card for a decent price.

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If they look as good in person as they do in pictures then they should be some very nice cards. Liking the design kinda has a vintage vibe.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the base set looks like something out of a late 90's invincible or vanguard set
YES! That's exactly what it is. I was subconsciously thinking it and I couldn't put my finger on it right away.

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Me too. That should be fun.

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I enjoy the looks of this. Finest baseball always seems to be pretty nice.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Holy Crap!!!!!!!

I want this one!

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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IF Griffey has a Baseball Finest "All Stars" auto that will be a MUST for my collection.
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Holy Crap!!!!!!!

I want this one!

The big white box kills it.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This set is going to be GORGEOUS, FUN, and incredibly popular this year IMO. I also feel it will spark a mid to late 90's insert collecting trend, which is bad for me since Ive been collecting them for years....
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow, wasn't going to buy it this year, but stuff looks really nice. Topps is really stepping it up this year design wise.
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+1 I will definitely have to get one of those!
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Man, if those autographs were on card that would be a killer product. Still should be good if they do it right.
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I never buy Finest but this year looks nasty dope crazy MOJO-esque
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I never buy Finest but this year looks nasty dope crazy MOJO-esque
Ditto. I did buy one box of 2011 last year, but man, this stuff looks awesome. Might have to pick up two or three boxes.
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I got a case of 2012. Definitely gonna do a case this year.
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Finest RC's are on card I believe...at least they were in 2011.

The other inserts are sticker which aren't as attractive IMO, but the refractors are a welcome return!
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I will definitely buy a box of this. Last year found a Cabrera auto diecut.

Finest has always been quality stuff but it has been a little high to buy. I hope we can get it for say $90.

My favorite year for finest has to be 2004. If you check out some of the lower numbered refractors....they have like a lava lamp effect and nice shiny colors.
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