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2023 Topps Luminaries Releases With A Single Card Per Box

2023 Topps Luminaries is undeniably high-end, with only one card per box and every card featuring on-card ink.

But what will collectors find in 2023 Topps Luminaries? What are the hits? And are they worth the price of admission?

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2023 Topps Luminaries release date & release format

The release date of 2023 Topps Luminaries is scheduled for February 7, 2024 (subject to change).

Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Luminaries contain just a single pack. Each pack contains just a single card. Every card in the product is autographed, with all autographs cut signatures being signed on card.

Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Luminaries are pre-selling for between $400 and $475.

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2023 Topps Luminaries

2023 Topps Luminaries themes

The cards in 2023 Topps Luminaries mostly adhere to four different themes or focus areas. The cards pay tribute to the best hitters, sluggers and pitchers, along with some of the top young players in the game.

Hit Kings

Paying homage to the best batsman of the past and present, these cards are a celebration of lumber.

Hit King Autographs feature on-card ink and are numbered out of only 15 copies each. Parallels include Red (/10), Blue (/5), Purple (/3), and Black (1/1).

Hit Kings Autograph Relics combine on-card ink with a memorabilia relic. Numbered to 15 or less with Blue (/10), Purple (/3), and Black (1/) parallels.

Hit Kings Autograph Patches feature a game-used uniform patch piece. Numbered out of 15 (or fewer) with 1/1 Black parallels.

Hit Kings Baseball Leather Autograph features a piece of a game-used baseball signed by the featured player in pen. Numbered 1/1.

Hit Kings Autograph Patch Dual Book Cards are numbered 1/1.

Hit Kings Ultra Book Card features 10 of the best hitter’s autos, and numbered 1/1s.

Hit Kings Ultimate Book Card contain autographs from a staggering 40 of the best offensive players in the game, and are numbered 1/1.

Home Run Kings

Bringing the power, Home Run Kings feature the very best power hitters in the game.

Home Run Kings Autographs have on-card ink and are numbered out of 15. Parallels include Red (/10), Blue (/5), Purple (/3), and Black (1/1).

Home Run Kings Autograph Relics combine on-card ink with a memorabilia relic. Numbered to 15 or less with Blue (/10), Purple (/3), and Black (1/) parallels.

Home Run Kings Autograph Patches feature a game-used uniform patch piece. Numbered out of 15 (or fewer) with 1/1 Black parallels.

Home Run Kings Baseball Leather Autograph features a piece of a game-used baseball signed by the featured player in pen. Numbered 1/1.

Home Run Kings Autograph Patch Dual Book Cards are numbered 1/1.

Home Run Kings Autograph Patch Triple Book Cards are also numbered 1/1.

Home Run Kings Ultra Book Card bring 10 autographs of 10 of the most feared sluggers. Numbered 1/1.

Home Run Kings Ultimate Book Card feature a staggering 50 autographs from 50 of the top sluggers in MLB. An amazing pull that is numbered 1/1.

Masters of the Mound

Not letting the hitters have all the fun, Masters of the Mound celebrate the best pitchers in the game.

Masters of the Mound Autographs bring the on-card ink and are numbered out of 15. Parallels include Red (/10), Blue (/5), Purple (/3), and Black (1/1).

Masters of the Mound Autograph Relics combine on-card ink with a memorabilia relic. Numbered to 15 or less with Blue (/10), Purple (/3), and Black (1/) parallels.

Masters of the Mound Autograph Patches feature a game-used uniform patch piece. Numbered out of 15 (or fewer) with 1/1 Black parallels.

Masters of the Mound Baseball Leather Autograph features a piece of a game-used baseball signed by the featured player in pen. Numbered 1/1.

Masters of the Mound Dual Books are numbered 1/1.

Masters of the Mound Ultra Book Card celebrate 10 of the best pitchers of today and yesteryear, with on-card ink. Numbered 1/1.

Spark of Light

Celebrating the very best and brightest young stars in the game, Spark of Light shines a spotlight on youth.

Spark of Light Autographs feature on-card ink from the game’s best and brightest young talents. Numbered out of 15 copies or less. Purple (/3) and Gold (1/1) parallels also available.

Spark of Light Dual Autographs bring the signatures of two of the games youngest stars on a single card. Numbered to 15 copies or less with Purple (/3) and Gold (1/1) parallels are also available.

Spark of Light Autograph Patch Cards are numbered to 15 copies or less with Purple (/3) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Spark of Light Dual Autograph Patch Cards are numbered to 15 copies or less with Purple (/3) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Other 2023 Topps Luminaries cards

Beyond the four themes listed above, a number of other offerings are featured in Topps Luminaries 2023.

Letters Book Cards feature oversized jumbo game-used jersey letter patch pieces along with an autograph. Numbered 1/1.

The Greatest Book Card features 30 of the biggest names in the game. Numbered 1/1.

Guiding Light Triple Autograph Book pair stars past, present, and future on a single card. Numbered out of 5 copies with Purple (/3) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Guiding Light Triple Autograph Relic Book Card pair stars past, present, and future on a single card. Numbered out of 5 copies with Purple (/3) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

2023 Topps Luminaries cut signatures

Cut signatures are the only cards in the product that don’t feature on-card ink. The addition of relics into the mix adds to the excitement and uniqueness. All Cut Signature cards in the product are 1/1s.

In addition to Cut Signatures, collectors can find Cut Signature Relics, Cut Signature Bat Knob Book Cards, and Dual Cut Signature Book Cards.

2023 Topps Luminaries value

2023 Topps Luminaries is clearly a premium product that is all about the low serial-numbered autographs. The boxes contain only a single card, but still carry a steep price tag. But how do these boxes hold their value over time, unopened?

Let’s take a look at recent comp prices for hobby boxes from the last few years to see what we can surmise.

YearRecent Comp Price
2023$400-475
2022$380
2021$370-400
2020NA

Interestingly, recent sale prices are on the low side, but BIN prices currently on eBay are closer to the $500 range. Cleary sellers think these are more valuable than buyers do, at least for the moment. That makes these questionable long-term investments unopened. This makes sense, as it feels like a product meant to be opened.

In terms of singles, let’s take a look at recent eBay comps for 2022 Topps Luminaries cards in PSA 9 or 10 slabs to see what the high water mark is.

With roughly 15 sales over $1,000, there is clearly some value to be attained here. The biggest sale from 2022 Topps Luminaries was for a 2022 Topps Luminaries Calvin Coolidge Cut Signature Auto 1/1 in PSA 10, for a whopping $20,000.

A 2022 Topps Luminaries Mike Trout Home Run Kings Auto Red /10 PSA 10 sold for around $3,000.

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Final thoughts on 2023 Topps Luminaries

2023 Topps Luminaries offer some potential for big dollar cards. There are no guarantees, however, especially in a box with only a single card. But, if your budget allows and you feel like taking a shot at a great hit, 2023 Topps Luminaries may be the break for you.

What’s your take on 2023 Topps Luminaries? Is it worth a break? A buy-and-hold candidate? Or are you taking a pass?  Let us know at card_lines on Twitter.

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2023 Topps Luminaries checklist

2023 Topps Luminaries

wdt_ID Set Player Team Position Card Number Number of cards
1 Home Run King Autos Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves™ 0
2 Home Run King Autos Aaron Judge New York Yankees® 0
3 Home Run King Autos Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals® 0
4 Home Run King Autos Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals® 0
5 Home Run King Autos Austin Riley Atlanta Braves™ 0
6 Home Run King Autos Austin Riley Atlanta Braves™ 0
7 Home Run King Autos Anthony Rizzo New York Yankees® 0
8 Home Run King Autos Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles® 0
9 Home Run King Autos Brett Baty New York Mets® 0
10 Home Run King Autos Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins® 0
Set Player Team Position Card Number Number of cards

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Mike D.

Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.

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