Of all the many sets that are released each year, Topps Five Star has become one of my favorites. Not only is it the only product that offers full hard signed signatures from Rookies, Veterans, and HOFers, but the design team continually makes the product look like it is truly worth the price tag on the box. No stickers, no junk, just pure unadulterated appeal.
Last year, Five Star struggled more than it should have, because the booklets didnt have any patches in them. It scared collectors away from the best looking product of the year, if not only because of a bunch of swatches. This year, we are seeing that Topps is going back to basics, which should put Five Star back on the pedestal it should be on.
My favorite cards in the preview are the jumbo patch autos and the rookie patch autos, as both look to be expertly designed to help foster a high end appeal. Five Star has never had jumbo swatches before, and with National Treasures having the edge there, these jumbos look absolutely tremendous. The vertical rectangular swatches do wonders to allow for a big player pic and a big player signature. EXACTLY the way it should be.
The booklets look vastly improved as well, focusing on the design work needed to show that these booklets are a step above the rest. The ornate design helps the pictures and layout pop out, and I could not be more happy that there are a number of patches that should be in this set.
Additionally, we get a repeat performance from the best looking dual autographs in the business. Last year’s were some of my favorite dual autographs ever produced, as the signatures and the players stood out from the rest of the card. This year’s look to be similarly well done, and I am wondering how much money I am going to have to save to buy all the cards I want.
Im sure the inscription cards that everyone loves will be back for a third year, and I am holding my breath to find out what the players write on their cards. Five star continues to be the top of the mountain, a benchmark that the rest of the industry must live up to. With so many high end products on the market these days, this one stands out above the rest. Its a result of attention to design and layout, offering the best place for the elements of the card to shine. Topps easily could have made another National Treasures, but they stuck to their guns and rightfully delivered some illustrious card artwork that should be used as a gold standard for every other product.
Here are the pictures: