2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball: The Entry Level Premium Product Is Back
2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball is an interesting offering. It’s a premium product that offers only hits in each box, but at a price point far lower than other premium products like Topps Triple Threads.
But what will collectors find inside 2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball? What are the hits? And are they worth a break?
2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball release date & release formats
The release date for 2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball is scheduled for October 25, 2023 (subject to change).
Hobby Boxes of 2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball contain one single pack. Each pack contains 3 cards. There are 12 hobby boxes per hobby case. Each hobby box contains 2 autographs and 1 relic card. There is no base set, only hits.
Hobby boxes were available on Topps’s website for pre-sale in late September and were sold out by early October. The pre-sale price was $199. On the secondary market, the boxes are pre-selling for $225-230 on average. Prices on eBay are already in the $260-275 range.
Topps Tier 1 Baseball 2023 relics
Relics are seeded one per pack and offer a variety of themes and materials.
Tier One Relics – with two different designs, these are the most plentiful relic offerings in the product. Seeded 1:2 packs. Dual relic (/25) and Triple relic (1/1) parallels are available.
Tier One Legend Relics – Featuring stars of the past. Seeded 1:14 packs. Dual relic (/25) and Triple relic (1/1) parallels are available.
Prodigious Patches – With a large patch these are limited to 10 copies each. Seeded 1:119 packs. 1/1 Platinum parallels are also available.
Gripping Relics – Numbered out of 10 copies, and seeded 1:266 packs. 1/1 Platinum parallels are also available.
Tier One Uniform Button Relics – Featuring uniform buttons, these are limited to 5 copies each and seeded 1:108 packs.
Tier One All-Star Patches, Tier One Bat Knobs, and Tier One Limited Lumber are all 1/1s.
2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball autographs
Autographs, which land two per pack, are the biggest draws in 2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball. A variety of offerings offer up different subjects, themes, and odds.
Prime Performers Autographs – Seeded 1:3 packs, these are one of the primary autograph offerings in the product. Bronze Ink (/25), Silver Ink (/10) and Gold Ink (1/1) parallels are also available.
Break Out Autographs – These youth-themed autographs feature some of the most exciting up-and-coming young players in the game. Seeded 1:2 packs. Bronze Ink (/25), Silver Ink (/10) and Gold Ink (1/1) parallels are also available.
Tier One Talent Autographs – Seeded 1:12 packs and featuring big names from the games past and present. Bronze Ink (/25), Silver Ink (/10) and Gold Ink (1/1) parallels are also available.
Next Level Autographs – Limited to 50 copies each and seeded 1:42 packs. Bronze Ink (/25), Silver Ink (/10) and Gold Ink (1/1) parallels are also available.
Advanced Stats Stars – New for 2023, these feature leaders of some of the coolest modern stats. Limited to 50 copies each and seeded 1:41 packs. Bronze Ink (/25), Silver Ink (/10) and Gold Ink (1/1) parallels are also available.
Clear One Autographs – Acetate brings a different feel to these. Limited to 10 copies each and seeded 1:64 packs.
Dual Clear One Autographs – Also leveraging acetate, these are limited to 10 copies. Seeded at a tough 1:250 packs.
Dual Autographs – Featuring autographs of two stars, these are numbered out of 25. Seeded 1:180 packs.
Triple Autographs – With three autographs, these are numbered out of 10 copies. Seeded 1:499 packs.
Cut Signatures – 1/1 and featuring all-time greats of the past.
Topps Tier 1 2023 Baseball Autographed Relics
Autographed Prodigious Patches, Clear One Autographs, Clear One Dual Autographs, Dual Autographed Tier One Relic Book Cards, Dual Autographed Tier One Relic Book Cards, and Tier One Sluggers Triple Autograph Relics offer autographed versions of standard relic offerings, all numbered out of 10.
Perfect Contact Autograph Bat Relics are numbered out of 5.
Signature Tools Autograph Relics, Tier One All-Star Patches Autographs, Tier One Autographed Bat Knobs, Tier One Autographed Limited Lumber, Tier One Uniform Button Relics Autographs are all 1/1’s.
1/1 Cut Signatures Relics add relics to the 1/1 cut signature concept.
2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball value
2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball is a premium product, but one at a much lower buy-in price than other premium products. How do these hold their value unopened? Let’s look at recent comp prices for hobby boxes from the last few seasons.
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2022 Topps Tier 1 boxes were pre-selling for around $220, for context. Looking at the comps, it’s clear that Topps Tier 1 holds some of its value, but perhaps isn’t the best buy-and-hold candidate.
In terms of singles, there’s some value potential here for sure. Looking at recent comps of 2022 Tier One cards in PSA slabs, there are a handful that have sold for fairly high prices. For example, recent sales of a Shohei Ohtani/Mike Trout Dual Auto /25 have been for $4,100 and $7,100.
Other than those, there are only a handful of sales over $200, so the odds of hitting the big card aren’t large, but it is there.
Final thoughts on 2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball
2023 Topps Tier 1 feels like a product you open and enjoy, not one to squirrel away in hopes of rising unopened prices. With the reasonable price point for a hits-only product, these are a good gamble from an ROI perspective.
Are you excited for 2023 Topps Tier 1 Baseball? Planning to break a box? Break a box of prior year Topps Tier 1 and want to share your hits? Let us know what’s on your mind at card_lines on Twitter.
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