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2023 Topps Museum Collection Brings A Touch of Elegance And A Bunch Of Hits In Thrilling Release

Topps Museum Collection 2023 brings some classy designs, guaranteed hits, and some interesting combo cards that are sure to get collectors excited. But with a price point of around $500, do they bring value?

What are the hits collectors will be chasing? And are they worth a break?

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2023 Topps Museum Collection release date & release formats

The release date for 2023 Topps Museum Collection is scheduled for November 22, 2023 (schedule to change).

The layout of 2023 Topps Museum Collection remains the same as in prior years, with four Mini Boxes in each Master Hobby Box. Each Mini Box contains 5 cards, including one parallel and either one autograph or one relic per mini box.

In total, each Master Hobby box contains 1 Autographed Relic Card, 1 on-card Autograph, 1 Quad Relic Card, and 1 Relic Card.

Hobby cases contain 12 Master Hobby Boxes per case. Guaranteed case hits include two of the following: 1 Museum Collection Frames Autograph Card, 1 Jumbo Relic Autograph Card, and 1 Museum Collection Authenticated Relic Autograph Card

Hobby Master Boxes pre-sold on Topps.com for $375, and quickly sold out at that price. Current pre-sale prices on eBay look to be in the $450-500 range.

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2023 Topps Museum Collection base set & design

The base set of 2023 Topps Museum Collection contains 100 cards. Being a shorter checklist, the concentration of stars and rookies is higher than a flagship product.

The checklist contains a mix of current major league stars, top rookies, and legends of the past.

The design of 2023 Topps Museum Collection contains a stylized “frame” with hints of metal, stone, and wood around a player photo with a blurred background. The player name and a small Museum Collection logo wrap up the card front.

Aaron Judge 2023 Topps Museum Collection

2023 Topps Museum Collection parallels

2023 Topps Museum Collection contains four parallels per Master Hobby Box, or one per mini box.

These parallels include:

  • Copper
  • Gold – /299
  • Sapphire – /150
  • Amethyst – /99
  • Ruby – /50
  • Emerald – 1/1

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2023 Topps Museum Collection inserts

Canvas Collection Originals are the primary insert set in 2023 Topps Museum Collection. The 50-card checklist consists of some hot young players, established stars, and heroes of yesteryear.

Various artists contribute to the proceedings with stylized renditions of the players. The artist list hasn’t been announced yet. Artist Proof parallels are numbered /50.

Canvas Collection Originals and Canvas Collection Originals Shaped Sketch Cards are 1/1 offerings with the artist’s work directly on the card.

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2023 Topps Museum Collection memorabilia

Non-autographed memorabilia cards may not be the most sought-after hit in the box, but Topps does their part to make them compelling by maxing out the print run of these cards at /99.

Larger Memorabilia offerings

Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics

Featuring four relics from a single player. The set contains 112 cards, which means some may not be the biggest names, but there are also plenty of stars here. Numbered out of 99 copies.

Parallels include:

  • Copper – /75
  • Gold – /25
  • Sapphire – /20
  • Amethyst – /15
  • Ruby – /10
  • Emerald – 1/1

Four-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics

With a single relic from four different players on each card, with players grouped by “themes” such as same team, same position, and the like. 24-card checklist with each card limited to 99 copies.

Parallels include:

  • Copper – /75
  • Gold – /25
  • Ruby – /10
  • Emerald – 1/1

Dual Meaningful Material Relics

These relics feature two-star players, often from the same team. These include players from the past as well as current stars. The 38-card set is numbered to 50 copies or fewer.

Parallels include:

  • Copper – /35
  • Gold – /25
  • Ruby – /10
  • Emerald – 1/1

Meaningful Material Relics

With a whopping 194 cards, this offering offers a mix if current stars, former greats, young players, and some deeper cuts. Numbered to 50 cards or fewer.

Parallels include:

  • Copper – /35
  • Gold – /25
  • Sapphire – /20
  • Amethyst – /15
  • Ruby – /10
  • Emerald – 1/1

Smaller memorabilia offerings

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Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics Legends

Consists of 27 cards, fairly recent greats of the past including Hall of Famers, future Hall of Famers, and fan favorites. Limited to 25 copies or fewer with Ruby (/10) and Emerald (1/1) parallels.

MLB Authenticated Base Relics

As the name suggests, these contain pieces of MLB-authenticated bases. Limited to just 10 copies each with Ruby (/5) and Emerald (1/1) parallels.

Momentous Material Jumbo Patch

Featuring a jumbo uniform patch. There are 49 cards in the set and cards are limited to just 5 copies each. 1/1 Emerald parallels are also available.

Museum Memorabilia I

Featuring 93 cards, all 1/1s. The checklist is a nice mix of young and established stars and some greats from the past.

Museum Memorabilia II

Keeping the fun rolling, this set brings us 78 more 1/1s.

Clayton Kershaw 2023 Topps Musuem Collection Memorabilia

Jumbo Lumber Bat Nameplates

This 75-card set is all 1/1s and contains a jumbo-sized bat nameplate of the featured player. The checklist contains both current and former stars.

2023 Topps Museum Collection autographs

Autographs are a big part of the appeal of 2023 Topps Museum Collection.

With each box containing one autograph, an autographed relic, a memorabilia card and a quad relic, there’s a lot to chase.

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Archival Autographs

The largest autograph offering in 2023 Topps Museum Collection, with 91 cards. These are numbered out of 299 (or fewer). The checklist is a nice mix of current and former stars.

Parallels include:

  • Copper – /50
  • Gold – /25
  • Sapphire – /20
  • Amethyst – /15
  • Ruby – /5
  • Emerald – 1/1

Atelier Autograph Book Cards

These autograph books open to display a panoramic background photo of the player’s home ballpark. The set contains 33 cards and is limited to 25 copies or fewer.

Superstar Showpieces

Contains 33 cards, each limited to 25 copies or fewer. These feature on-card signatures and action photos.

Adley Rutschman Topps Museum Collection

Dual Autographs

Each of the 23 cards in this offering contains two autographs. The players are mostly grouped by team, with a mix of current and former players.

Two exceptions to the “team” theme are sure to be popular – a pairing of Mike Trout and Derek Jeter and a father/son card featuring Bobby Witt Sr. and Bobby Witt Jr. Numbered out of 15 or less.

Triple Autographs

Each of the 11 cards in this offering features three players and comes with three signatures. The grouping are mostly around themes like “same team” or “same position”, although some stray from this. Limited to five copies each.

Museum Framed Autographs

This 91-card offering provides framed autographs of a nice mix of current stars, young up-and-comers, and retired greats. Limited to 15 copies each or fewer.

Parallels include Gold Frame (/10), Black Frame (/5), and 1/1 Wood Frame.

Framed Hall of Fame Autographs

This five-card offering features signatures of members of baseball’s Hall of Fame. These are limited to 10 copies or fewer.

2023 Topps Museum Collection Autographed Relics

Bringing the ink in addition to a relic (or relics), these are sure to be popular hits.

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Larger Autographed Relics Offerings

Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Autographs brings us a whopping 74 cards, all limited to 15 copies or fewer. Gold (/10), Ruby (/5) and 1/1 Emerald parallels can also be found.

Single-Player Signatures Swatches Dual Relic cards feature 58 cards, each featuring one player, two relics, and one autograph. Print runs are /399 or fewer.

Parallels include:

  • Copper – /50
  • Gold – /25
  • Sapphire – /20
  • Amethyst – /15
  • Ruby – /10
  • Emerald – 1/1

Single-Player Signatures Swatches Triple Relic Autographs consist of 49 cards each featuring three relics from a single player, plus an autograph. Numbered out of 399 copies.

Parallels include:

  • Copper – /50
  • Gold – /25
  • Sapphire – /20
  • Amethyst – /15
  • Ruby – /10
  • Emerald – 1/1

Smaller Autographed Relics Offerings

Autographed Jumbo Lumber Bat Relics bring autographs to 20 cards from the memorabilia offering. Limited to just 5 copies each with 1/1 Emerald parallels also available.

Dual Autographed Jumbo Lumber Bat Relics Book offers another memorabilia offering with ink added. 22 cards, each limited to 5 copies each with 1/1 Emerald parallels also available.

MLB Authenticated Base Autograph Relics gives us eight cards from the memorabilia offering with an added signature. Limited to 10 copies or fewer with Ruby (/5) and 1/1 Emerald parallels.

MLB Authenticated Relic Autographs feature autographs along with MLB authenticated relics. Limited to 15 copies or fewer with Ruby (/5) and 1/1 Emerald parallels. 13 card set.

Momentous Material Dual Jumbo Patch Autographs bring the ink to 17 cards, with a print run of just 5 each. 1/1 Emerald parallels offer an even tougher chase.

Museum Framed Autograph Patch brings a lot of goodness, with a patch, an autograph, and a framed design. The set consists of 21 cards that feature a nice mix of current and former stars, with all cards being 1/1s.

Museum Framed Dual Autograph Patch features two players, two relics, and two autographs. 12 cards, all of which are 1/1s.

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2023 Topps Museum Collection value

2023 Topps Museum Collection is an interesting set with a solid design, guaranteed hits in every box, and a mix of current and former stars. But how do they stack up as potential buy-and-hold candidates?

Let’s take a look at recent sales of hobby boxes from the last few years to see what they can tell us.

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YearHobby Box Recent Comp Price
2023$450-500
2022$350-400
2021$400-450
2020$450-475


As you can see, unopened Museum Collection boxes are a bit of a mixed bag. Based on release prices, they appear likely to hold their value over time, but perhaps not a big gainer.

So, keep that in mind if you are considering making several hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Museum Collection a permanent part of your collecting museum.

Looking at singles, a handful of 2022 Topps Museum Collection cards in PSA slabs have sold for over $500 recently. The high water mark was both for 2022 Museum Collection Shohei Ohtani Archival Auto Gold /25, with a PSA 8.5 selling for $1,275 and a PSA 8 selling for $985. No other recent sales surpass $650, and most are well under $500.

So, in terms of singles, there is some upside, perhaps more than recent sales suggest as nobody is selling the top hits, but with a reasonably high buy-in price for a box, ROI isn’t huge and isn’t guaranteed. Know the odds and stay within your budget.

Final thoughts on 2023 Topps Museum Collection

2023 Topps Museum Collection has a reasonably high buy-in price, but brings a nice variety of guaranteed inserts, with a chance at some really amazing pulls.

Still, while there’s a chance of a solid ROI, it’s not guaranteed. Keep this in mind and stay within your budget. But if you’re looking for a rip with guaranteed ink and fabric, you can do worse than 2023 Topps Museum Collection.

What’s your take on this year’s Museum Collection offering? Excited for a break? What hits have piqued your interest? Or are you passing on these and breaking something else? Tell us all about it at card_lines on Twitter.

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2023 Topps Museum Collection checklist

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2023 Topps Museum Collection checklist

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2023 Topps Museum Collection

wdt_ID Set Card Number Player Team Rookie?
1 Base 1 Eury Pérez Miami Marlins® Rookie
2 Base 2 Juan Soto San Diego Padres™
3 Base 3 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals®
4 Base 4 Ichiro New York Yankees®
5 Base 5 Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays™
6 Base 6 Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
7 Base 7 Shintaro Fujinami Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
8 Base 8 Randy Johnson Montréal Expos™
9 Base 9 Max Scherzer Texas Rangers®
10 Base 10 Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves™
Set Card Number Player Team Rookie?
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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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