As a collector, I have become accustomed to waiting and waiting for more on card non-rookie content. Although hard signed rookie autos have become more commonplace among all the products, non-RC hard signed is like finding a needle in a haystack. For 2013 Museum Collection, Topps really decided to go all out, and I could not be more excited about it.
Metal Frame Autos
If you haven’t seen these cards in person, you need to. They are heavy as bricks, but they are some of the nicest cards that I have seen this year for the rookie class. To see that Topps also got some of the veterans out there into this set, should have people salivating over collecting them. Although the pen is a way too thick for my liking, the cards still look tremendous.
Veteran/Retired Base Autos
It is EXTREMELY rare these days to have non-case hit on card autos from players that aren’t rookies. Topps has definitely done this and then some for Museum, adding in hard signed base cards from a lot of the players featured on the checklist. That is beyond awesome. The checklist is no schlub either, as there are a lot of players on it that we should get excited about.
Rookie Jumbo Patch Autos
Most of the smaller relic auto cards are stickers, but these are all on card. They are the case hits, which is unfortunate, but damn they look good. I think the vertical rectangular swatch fits like a glove into this design, with a huge space for autographs highlighting the signatures on them. I love these cards, and wish there were a few veterans that comprised this set. Looks like we will have to wait for Five Star.
Not many have shown up, but there are dual hard signed autos in the product. Again, we should expect that a product that costs 180 a box have more hard signed content, but my standards have just dropped WAAAAAY too low. Stuff like this gets me excited, especially when they do it as nice as they have in this product.
Museum collection continues to be one of my favorite products released so far, as I really feel like this is more close to what we should expect out of every set. Although the price point is relatively prohibitive, I want to lend as much support to it as possible. Topps needs reinforcement that THIS is what we want, and I hope you will all join me in providing that.