Monday, May 11, 2009

2009 Topps Finest Has Been Finer

When Topps debuted their Finest Baseball brand, in 1993 it quickly became a collector favorite. The highly coveted refractors from that inaugural set still perform very well on the secondary market as any quick search of eBay will show you. Seventeen years later the tradition continues, and the 2009 release debuts a new pack-out configuration. Most notably a reduction in mini-boxes per box, yet the SRP upon release, was very close to last year’s product. Given the state of the economy and the fact that the industry relies on collector’s discretionary income to generate revenue, it seems very oddly timed to reduce a brand’s overall value, while maintaining its price-point. Mini-boxes still contain 6 packs and 5 cards per pack, one of which will be an autographed letter patch.

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