Review: 2020 Topps Tier One

  1. Card Design:

If you want to roll the dice and go down the “high risk, high reward” path, Topps Tier One can fill that rush. We are talking $150+ a box for three cards. This release is another with only Autos and Relics, no paper, thus the cost. With no base, there is not a standard card design but one that varies based on the different elements within Tier One. The central point of each card is the regal logo for Tier One anchored by a 1 and silver in color. Some cards have the logo as a small emblem. Others add the logo as a backdrop. This is a higher end product with a thicker card stock and many on card Autos. 

Score 4.1/5.0

  1. Checklist Review

Since Tier One is all Autos and Relics, there is not a traditional checklist to rate. In addition, with the collection of Auto and Relic sets within Tier One, all of the key players, both rookies and veterans are covered, and none are missed. This is not a set-builder product release. It is all for the breaker and chaser.

Score 3.5/5.0

  1. Collectability

Tier One has some collectability but not common collector collectability. This product is for the aforementioned chasers who are after hits whether it is those to flip or to enhance their collection. Some will get after some pieces due to their team or player PC’s. The common collector will not make many appearances as a traditional product due to the cost and the lack of a true base set to build.

Score 3.6/5.0

  1. Favorite Parallel/Insert Set

If you go to Tier One looking for some unique Insert sets, those will not be found here either. Autos and Relics only as previously mentioned. How about Parallels? There are some including Bronze Ink (numbered to 25), Silver Ink (numbered to 10) and Gold Ink (numbered 1/1) on many of the Autos. Relics have a handful including Dual Relic (or Dual Patch) with both numbered to 25 and Triples numbered 1/1.

Score 3.4/5.0

  1. Autos/Relics

As I have stated, this is the category for all things Tier One. On the Auto side, there is plenty to choose from: Tier One Autos (38-card set numbered to 199 with Parallels), Tier One Talent Autos (79-card set numbered to 299 with Parallels), Prime Performers (78-card set numbered to 299 with Parallels), Break Out Autos (88-card set numbered to 299 with Parallels), Dual Autos (15-card set numbered to 25), Triple Autos (11-card set numbered to 10), Signature Tools Autos (38-card set numbered 1/1), Next Level Autos (21-card set with Parallels), Clear One Autos (72-card set numbered to 10), Clear One Dual Autos (18-card set numbered to 10) and Cut Signatures (24-card set numbered 1/1). As for true Relics, look for: Tier One Relics (91-card set numbered to 399 with Parallels), Tier One Legend Relics (20-card set numbered to 199 with Parallels), Tier One Uniform Button Relics (34-card set numbered to 5), Tier One All-Star Patches (20-card set numbered 1/1), Tier One Bat Knobs (69-card set numbered 1/1), Tier One Limited Lumber (94-card set numbered 1/1) and Prodigious Patches (45-card set numbered to 10 with Parallels). There are also Auto/Relic combos available: Dual Auto Tier One Relic Books (17-card set numbered to 10 with Parallels), Auto Prodigious Patches (38-card set numbered to 10 with Parallels), Auto Tier One Relics (49-card set numbered to 99 with Parallels), Tier One Uniform Button Relic Autos (24-card set numbered 1/1), Tier One Auto Limited Lumber (41-card set numbered 1/1), Tier One All-Star Patch Autos (5-card set numbered 1/1), Tier One Auto Bat Knobs (25-card set numbered 1/1) and Cut Signature Relics (23-card set numbered 1/1).

Score 4.4/5.0

  1. Overall

I reviewed Definitive earlier this year and Tier One has the same narrative. No base, all autos and relics. If you drool over hits and crave the chase, jump in at a high cost and hope for the best. This one just doesn’t resonate with me either as a set builder. To each their own and I will not be owning this one. 

Overall Score 3.8/5.0

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