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2024 Topps Tribute Baseball: A Premium Break With One Hit Per Pack

The 2024 baseball card season is just barely underway, but on the cusp of Opening Day we get our first premium offering of the year.

That would be 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball, which comes with a big price tag, but also one hit per pack. But what will collectors find in 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball? What are the hits? And is it worth the top shelf price tag?

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball release date and release format

The release date for 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball is scheduled for March 27, 2024 (subject to change).

Hobby boxes of 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball contains 6 packs per box. Each pack contains 3 cards per pack. There are 6 hobby boxes per hobby case.

Every pack of 2024 Topps Tribute contains a hit, with each box having three autographs and three memorabilia cards per box. Hobby boxes of 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball have been pre-selling for $500-550 per box.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball base set & design

The base set of 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball consists of 100 cards. The first 80 cards feature a mix of MLB veterans and retired legends. Cards 81-100 feature 2024 rookies and are short-printed. The SP rookies are seeded 1:18 packs (1:3 boxes).

The short-printed rookies offer some real potential, with names like Elly De La Cruz, Junior Caminero, Jordan Lawlar, Jasson Domínguez, Evan Carter, and more. If you’re thinking “valuable rookie card”, a short-print from a premium product is a good place to start.

If you’re a fan of modern cards of past greats, there are some interesting names on the checklist. These include Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra, Ichiro, and Negro League greats like Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball parallels & variations

Six levels of parallel add an extra dimension of chase to 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball. These cover both the base veterans and legends and short-printed rookies.

Parallels include:

  • Green – /99
  • Gold – /75
  • Purple – /50
  • Orange – /25
  • Red – /10
  • Black – 1/1

Rookie Short Print Variations offers cards of two international signees (Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Jung Hoo Lee). Limited to 300 copies each, these are seeded 1:233 packs.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball memorabilia/relics

Seeded 3 per box, memorabilia cards are a big part of the chase in 2024 Topps Tribute.

Dual Relics consist of 49 cards, with two themes. There are 10 single-player dual relic cards, which contains two relics from a single player.

Additionally, 39 dual-player relic cards exist, with a single relic from two players on the same card. The checklist consists of a mix of current players and former greats. Cards are seeded 1:26 packs.

The following parallels are also available:

  • Blue – (1:21 packs)
  • Green – (1:31 packs)
  • Gold – (1:41 packs)
  • Purple – (1:60 packs)
  • Orange – (1:117 packs)
  • Red – (1:297 packs)
  • Black – 1/1 (1:2,906 packs)

Stamp of Approval relics consists of 41 cards and are seeded 1:27 packs. These cards include an MLB Authentication hologram that can be used to look up the date and game it came from.

Parallels include:

  • Blue – /150 (1:23 packs)
  • Green – /99 (1:35 packs)
  • Gold – /75 (1:46 packs)
  • Purple – /50 (1:69 packs)
  • Orange – /25 (1:137 packs)
  • Red – (1:374 packs)
  • Black – 1/1 (1:3,342 packs)

Tribute Triple Relics feature 3 relics per card. The set consists of 41 cards and are seeded 1:21 packs.

Parallels include:

  • Blue – (1:24 packs)
  • Green – /99 (1:35 packs)
  • Gold – /75 (1:46 packs)
  • Purple – (1:70 packs)
  • Orange – (1:140 packs)
  • Red – (1:357 packs)
  • Black – 1/1 (1:3,518 packs)

Milestone Relics consists of 20 cards, each numbered out of only 10 copies each. Seeded a tough 1:697 packs, these are a mix of former stars and current MLB players. 1/1 Black parallels also include an autograph.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball autographs

With three autographs per box, the ink is a huge draw for 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball.

Tribute Autographs contains 129 subjects, making it a larger offering than the base set. Seeded 1:11 packs, these are the most plentiful autograph offering in the product.

Parallels include:

  • Blue – (1:10 packs)
  • Green – (1:16 packs)
  • Gold – (1:13 packs)
  • Purple – (1:22 packs)
  • Orange – (1:43 packs)
  • Red – (1:107 packs)
  • Black – 1/1 (1:1,061 packs)
  • Printing Plates – 1/1 (1:272 packs)

League Inauguration Autographs feature rookie ink. The set contains 21 cards and is seeded 1:69 packs.

Parallels include:

  • Orange – (1:258 packs)
  • Red – (1:646 packs)
  • Black – 1/1 (1:6,683 packs)

Iconic Perspectives Autographs feature fan favorites from the past and present day. The set contains 46 card and are seeded 1:76 packs.

Parallels include:

  • Orange – (1:121 packs)
  • Red – (1:297 packs)
  • Black – 1/1 (1:2,970 packs)

Pillars of the Game Autographs features 34 all-time greats, with Joey Votto and Mike Trout representing the only active players. Seeded 1:67 packs.

Parallels include:

  • Orange – (1:170 packs)
  • Red – (1:399 packs)
  • Black – 1/1 (1:3,931 packs)

Tribute Tandems Book Cards offer book cards featuring two players and two autographs. The 13-card set is seeded 1:427 packs and features pairings based on position, same team, and the like. Parallels include Red (1:1,143 packs) and 1/1 Black (1:12,150 packs).

Calling the Shot is a tandem autograph card, but with a twist. Instead of pairing two players, the cards pair a player with their home team’s announcer. Seeded 1:421 packs and containing 7 cards. Parallels include Red /5 (1:3,819 packs) and 1/1 Black (1:19,093 packs).

Tribute Career Achievement Award Continuity Autographs: Clayton Kershaw honors future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw, with 15 cards, all 1/1’s. Seeded 1:8,910 packs.

Cooperstown Cuts Cut Signatures offer cut signatures of deceased Hall of Famers, and are all 1/1’s. The set consists of 35 cards and are seeded 1:3,931 packs. The checklist contains a lot of iconic names, including Mickey Mantle and Ty Cobb.

Autograph Patches includes 20 cards that feature a patch autograph and an autograph. Seeded 1:180 packs. Parallels include Red (1:672 packs) and 1/1 Black (1:6,683 packs).

 Tip of the Cap Autograph Relics feature an autograph and a cap relic piece. The set includes 19 cards and are seeded 1:440 packs. Parallels include Red (1:1,061 packs) and 1/1 Black (1:7,425 packs).

Tribute to the Threads Autograph Relics pays tribute to the “threads” worn by iconic player, past and present. The set consists of 22 cards and are seeded 1:87 packs. Parallels include Orange (1:258 packs), Red (1:751 packs) and 1/1 Black (1:7,425 packs).

Milestone Relics Black Jumbo Autographs contains 14 cards and are seeded 1:9,547 packs.

Prime Patch Autograph Relics are all 1/1’s. Set contains 28 cards and are seeded 1:4,774 packs.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball buybacks

Seeded within packs of 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball are a total of 200 Tribute to 1955 cards. These are actual 1955 Topps cards that Topps has bought off the secondary market, stamped with a special foil stamp, and re-released in packs. 1955 Topps has an iconic horizontal design and a checklist chocked filled of iconic players of the past. The exact checklist of cards has not yet been released yet, but these are sure to be a popular pull.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball value

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball is a high-end, premium set that brings the hits. But are these a good candidate to buy-and-hold? What can recent comps for hobby boxes from the last few years tell us?

YearRecent Hobby Box Comp Price
2024$500-550
2023$635
2022$470
2021$300
2020$575-600

Prices are a bit all over the place, making it hard to predict what 2024 Topps Tribute hobby boxes might do. If you believe in the strength of the rookie class, these may be worth holding onto unopened. But these might be more fun to break than hold.

In terms of singles, we can look at recent sales of 2023 Topps Tribute in PSA slabs to see what they can tell us about what the potential may be for 2024 Topps Tribute.

The high water mark is a Bryce Harper Earned Stripes Auto Relic Red /5 PSA 9/10 that sold for close to $1,000. An Albert Pujols Olympus Autographs Black Auto #1/1 PSA 10 sold for around $615.

A few other unsurprising names also have sold for over $400, including Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Derek Jeter, and Adley Rutschman. A decent amount more have sold for between $200 and $400, showing here is some value to be found here, for sure. With the premium price tag, this is a good thing.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball pros & cons

Like any product, there are pros and cons. What are some considerations when considering 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball?

Pros

  • With a hit per pack in a 6-pack box, and half of those hits being autographs, these should be a quick and action-packed break.
  • The fact that each pack contains a hit of some kind at least brings some opportunity for a really nice break.
  • These are nice looking cards and the autograph and relic cards look really attractive.

Cons

  • With a price tag over $500, these aren’t for everyone. The high end nature of the product will keep many collectors on the sideline.
  • With the high price tag and only 18 cards per box, there’s only so many chances to get a hit that will return a positive ROI on the box.

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball checklist

Coming soon! Please check back.

Final Thoughts on 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball is a high end, premium product with a price tag to match. But with one hit per pack, a nice variety of potential big pulls, and a nice design, there’s a lot to like here.

If you budget allows and you’re looking for a quick break that’ll bring the hits, you can do a lot worse than 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball.

What’s your take on 2024 Topps Tribute Baseball? Are you excited for the product, or are you leaving this high-end product on the top shelf? Tell us what’s on your mind at card_lines on Twitter.

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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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