Baseball collectors are of a different breed than many other sports. When it comes to high end, they rarely bite unless it is something that completely blows people away. For the first time, Topps is trying a MEGA high end product in Dynasty, that costs over 300 dollars per CARD. Although each card is an auto patch, this puts a card by card price well above any other product ever released in Baseball. I am a huge high end autograph chaser, so my ears perked up when I heard about this product, but I have some questions.
Here are some of the cards that are up so far:
Now, before I go on, let me say that I love the look of this product. The sepia style presentation with silver and gold signatures really pops, and I think that the patch quality is unlike anything we have seen, maybe since 2010 Ultimate Baseball. The issue is not that, though. I would even go as far as saying that Topps Dynasty’s design and patch quality may be one of the saving graces of this set.
The issue is the cost per box, which is venturing into Flawless' insane territory, for a sport that has a hard time coughing up the big bucks for even crappy products like Triple Threads. Similar high end products that have always paled in comparison to the checklist and card quality of Dynasty. If that is the nature of the Baseball market, this is a huge risk regardless of what is inside.
With all that is going on in the hobby, is that a risk that Topps should be taking? Im not sure the answer is a positive one, as there is absolutely NO FUCKING WAY this should cost as much as it does. Not because there isnt anything worth tons of money, but instead because of what is available. Like Flawless, there are no 1/1 logos, no booklets, nothing other than some of the top cut sigs to make this different than a set like Five Star, which arguably looks better. Having a top quality checklist shouldnt be the determining factor of content. It just shouldnt.
Personally, I cant say I would be on the list of a person who is going to be buying this, but again like Flawless, I am definitely going to be chasing down some singles. I just cant justify spending 300+ per box, for one card, even if that card is an auto patch of a bigger name. There are too many duds on the checklist, and too much risk for a sport where Jeter, Trout, Griffey and a few others are the only real SUPER high end players.
Even though some of the singles that are up so far are easily going to clear the box price, I wonder if that will hold. Also, with younger unproven players also populating the checklist, it becomes more of a risk by the day. A low print run may create contrived scarcity to match the low serial numbers, but I see way too many similarities between this and other overpriced products.