If you were a fan of 2015 Museum Collection Football, there is a very good chance you’ll enjoy it’s baseball counterpart. Its almost identical. This is one of the first high-end baseball products of the year, and collectors have been itching for it. With only (4) mini boxes per master box, its a fairly quick thrill that contains some of the nicest looking cards Topps releases. When The Mint comes out later, the bar on quality might be reset though. We’ll have to wait and see.
The best looking cards from this product are the framed autographs. These truly look like something you’d see hanging in a museum. I enjoy the metal framed autographs the most, but the wood ones are beginning to grow on me. What can I say? Wood is good 🙂 I’m not sure if the entire card needs to have the wood grain look to it though. Those paint pens with the frames are a perfect combo. When I think of Museum Collection, the framed cards are what come to mind first.
Outside of the framed cards, Museum Collection is known for a lot of other high-end “hits” and on-card autograph content. Not everything is signed directly on-card. You will find stickers. But what is signed on-card looks really good. Especially the horizontally designed ones titled Archival Autographs. These and their parallels are top notch.
I’m a fan of hand-drawn sketch cards. Topps recruited some great artists for their Canvas Collection inserts. Every box has a reproduction, but some lucky collectors will receive the actual piece of artwork. The reproductions are even nice as they feel like a piece of canvas.
One area I think could use some work are the Signature Swatches triple relics. Many of these look quite crowed and overpower the player’s photo. The jumbo relics really takeover the card and the player’s photo ended up being very small. When I look at both of these types of cards I’m wondering why they just weren’t made into booklets. When it comes to the jumbo relics, they could’ve done something like a silhouette allowing for a larger player photo.
Museum Collection can offer some memorable pulls and excellent additions to your personal collection. The box price might not be for everyone (around $180.00). You should be able to find some nice singles on the secondary market though. Its a great start to the series of high-end baseball products Topps releases each year.
Here is what I pulled:
- Luis Severino Signature Swatches Auto/Jersey #’ed/299
- Stephen Piscotty Archival Autographs #’ed/299
- Shin-Soo Choo Meaningful Material 3-Color Patch #’ed/50
- David Ortiz Primary Pieces Quad Jersey #’ed/99
- Zack Greinke Green #’ed/199
- A.J. Pollock Copper
- Corey Seager RC Copper
- Kaleb Cowart RC Copper
- Noah Syndergaard Canvas Collection Reproduction