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2023 Topps Pristine Baseball: The Pack-In-A-Pack Product Is Back

2023 Topps Pristine, with its pack-within-a-pack and lots of hits, continues the return of the product after a long hiatus.

But what will collectors find inside 2023 Topps Pristine? What are the hits? And are they worth a break?

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Topps Pristine Baseball 2023 release date & release format

The release date for 2023 Topps Pristine Baseball is scheduled for August 23, 2023 (subject to change).

Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Pristine Baseball 6 packs per box. Each pack contains a total of 10 cards per pack. A hobby case contains 8 hobby boxes per case.

As in prior years, 2023 Topps Pristine offers a bit of a unique packaging format. Each pack contains an additional pack inside it, plus an encased autograph or Refractor. This pack-within-the-pack is one of the calling cards of Topps Pristine.

Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Pristine Baseball contain one autographed relic, plus two autographs per box. Each box also contains 10 parallels and 5 inserts per box.

2023 Topps Pristine Baseball hobby boxes have been pre-selling for $375.

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2023 Topps Pristine Baseball base set & design

The base set of 2023 Topps Pristine Baseball consists of 300 cards. The checklist consists of major league veterans, rookies, and stars from the past.

The cards are printed on premium stock with a glossy chromium finish. The design features player photos over a stylized background.

The background design is an interesting one, evoking dots, circles, or holes, depending on how you see them. The player name and team name and logo are fairly minimalistic in the bottom third of the card.

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2023 Topps Pristine Base Cards

Topps Pristine 2023 parallels

There are two levels of parallels in 2023 Topps Pristine Baseball. The first level are standard parallels, of which there are seven flavors. The standard Refractor parallel falls one per pack.

Standard parallels include:

  • Refractors – one per pack
  • Purple Refractors – /99
  • Blue Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

The pack-within-a-pack contains Pristine Refractors, which are encased in a hard plastic holder. Pristine Refractors fall four per box.

Pristine Refractors include:

  • Blue Pristine Refractors – /75
  • Gold Pristine Refractors – /50
  • Orange Pristine Refractors – /25
  • Pink Pristine Refractors – /15
  • Red Pristine Refractors – /5
  • Black Pristine Refractors – 1/1
2023 Topps Pristine Pink Pristine Refractor

2023 Topps Pristine Baseball inserts

Inserts fall five per box in 2023 Topps Pristine. The designs have loud and colorful designs that really up the style game.

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Going, Going Gone!

Celebrate the best home run hitters in MLB history.

Fresh Faces

Featuring rookies and young star players on multi-image cards.

Oh, Snap!

A throwback to the 90s, these colorful die-cut cards feature the best players in the game. Seeded one per hobby box.

2023 Topps Pristine Oh, Snap!

Swings of Summer

These showcase 13 of the best hitters in the game.

2023 Topps Pristine Swings of Summer

7 Wonders

Celebrating the very best of the best, with 7 of the best in the game on an ultra-short printed insert.

Topps Pristine 2023 Baseball autographs

With three autographed cards per hobby box, one with a relic, it’s fair to say that autographs are a big part of the 2023 Topps Pristine Baseball product line.

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Pristine Autographs

The primary autographed offering in 2023 Topps Pristine is Pristine Autographs. With a design very similar to the base set design, but with an on-card autograph.

Pristine Refractors (/99), Blue Pristine Refractors (/75), Gold Pristine Refractors (/50), Orange Pristine Refractors (/25) and Black Pristine Refractors (1/1) parallels are also available.

Pristine Pair Dual Autographs

Featuring two autographs. Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) parallels are also available.

2023 Topps Pristine Dual Autograph

Oh, Snap! Autographs

Select cards from the Oh, Snap! Insert set get autographs.

Parallels include:

  • Blue Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

Going, Going, Gone!

Several cards from the Going, Going, Gone! Insert cards get on-card autographs.

Parallels include:

  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

Fresh Faces

Select Fresh Faces inserts get autographs of some of the game’s best young stars.

Parallels include:

  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Superfractors – 1/1

2023 Topps Pristine Baseball autographed relics

Each hobby box includes one autographed relic, in addition to the two autographed cards.

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Around the Diamond Autograph Relics

Featuring an autograph and a piece of game-used memorabilia from some of the biggest name in the game.

Parallels include:

  • Pristine Refractor – / 99
  • Blue Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2023 Topps Pristine Around the Diamond Autographed Relic

Sure to be popular, these are a tough pull as a case hit.

Parallels include:

  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Pink Refractors – /15
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

2023 Topps Pristine Baseball value

Prior to 2022, the last time we saw Topps Pristine was back in 2005. But what can we learn about how these may hold their value, based on the return of Pristine last year?

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YearRecent Comp Price
2023$375
2022$425-450

While one year’s worth of data isn’t enough to make many assumptions, it’s a good sign to see that the 2022 return of Topps Pristine continues to sell above the release price.

In terms of singles, a number of PSA 10 singles have sold for well north of $1,000. For example, 2022 Topps Pristine Pure Power Autographs of Shohei Ohtani in PSA 10 slabs have been selling for around $1,500.

A good number of additional recent sales fall into the $200-1,000 range. As expected, the highest price singles tend to be autographed, typically of the biggest stars.

Final thoughts on Topps Pristine Baseball 2023

2023 Topps Pristine Baseball is a product that brings the hits, with guaranteed autographs, parallels and inserts seeded regularly. Both unopened and graded, they seem to offer solid value despite a hobby box price in the $400 range.

If the designs appeal to you and your collecting budget allows, you can do a lot worse than 2023 Topps Pristine.

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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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