Five Star is back — and it’s going for an even-higher ranking.
The sophomore release of the most-expensive baseball card brand in Topps history was unveiled on Friday, with the $500-per-pack sequel including one base card, two autographs, one autographed patch one autographed book or silver-ink signature and one jumbo Relic in every pack.
A preliminary checklist and release date was not disclosed.
Each case will include just three boxes with Topps promising to “take it to the next level this year by offering a number of new cards that would be signature pieces in any collection.
Among the new inclusions? Soccer legend Pele.
The base set will include a mix of 100 active and retired baseball players with each card limited to just 60 copies. Each card also will have a Rainbow parallel limited to 10 and a Five Star 1/1 parallel as well.
For the autograph collectors, there will be active and retired players signing once again with standard autos as well as Rainbows (/25) and 1/1 Five Stars. Players also will have Quotable autos once again with an added saying written alongside the graph. These will be limited to 10 and paralleled by 1/1 Five Stars. Also new in this area will be Five Star Legends autographs, which is where Pele falls.
Also to be found are Five Star auto patches (active and retired players), which will be limited to just 35 copies apiece. They also will have Gold (/10), Rainbow (/5) and 1/1 parallels.
On the deluxe end, there will be 1/1 bat knob and bat barrel cards to be found as well as batting glove cards that are limited to two copies apiece — presumably a righty and a lefty. Also to be found aree quad patches and octo patches, each limited to five.