2022 Topps Tribute Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/High-End Risk Takers

Its been awhile since I’ve opened a box of Topps Tribute Baseball. The last time I did was in 2016 and pulled a Mike Trout Auto #’ed/50 right before attending the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.

That wasn’t the only time I struck gold with the Tribute brand. When I was in college I busted a pack of 2004 Topps Tribute Baseball HOF Cut Signature Edition, and hit the Willie Mays Cut Auto #’ed 1/1. It was an older signature of Willie Mays too, not just something he recently signed for that product.

Veterans and legends make up the 90-card base set for 2022 Tribute. Parallels include Green #’ed/99, Purple #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.

(10) Short Print Rookies fall 1:18 packs. These would be cards #91-100, and have the same parallels as the main base set. Just more difficult to pull.

Every hobby-exclusive box comes with (6) packs. Each pack contains an autograph or relic. On average you should find (3) autographs, and (3) relics per box.

Autographs include Tribute Autographs, Iconic Perspectives Autographs, League Inauguration Autographs, Solid Gold Greats Autographs, Tribute Career Achievement Award Continuity Autographs, Tribute Career Achievement Award Continuity Dual Autographs, Tribute to MVPs Autographs, Tribute to World Series MVPs Autographs, and Tribute Tandems Autograph Book Cards.

Autograph/Relics include Autograph Patches, Milestone Relics Black Jumbo Autograph, Prime Patch Autograph Relics, and Tribute Stadium Signatures.

Relics include Dual Relics, Dual Relics 2, Milestone Relics, Stamp of Approval Relics, and Tribute Triple Relics.

Inserts come in the form of Tribute to 1953 Topps Framed Card Box Toppers. 1:489 boxes contains one of these jumbo inserts. Each framed insert houses an original card from the 1953 Topps Baseball set, and is serial numbered 1/1.

The Stamp of Approval Relics come with an MLB authentication sticker. You can lookup the code to see when and where that relic was used. We’ve seen this used with certain products over the years. Some products have clear plastic over the relic window which prevents the sticker from getting lost if it were to come loose. I noticed with 2022 Tribute this isn’t the case. That plastic would also make it more difficult for scammers to remove the sticker, and place it on a fake patch card of their own. The last thing we need in the hobby is a bunch of scammers with their hands on functioning MLB authentication stickers. You’re just asking for problems. All relic cards which utilize the MLB authentication stickers should have clear plastic covering the relic window.

From a price standpoint Tribute might not be for everyone. It has and probably always will be a high-end product. Buying singles on the secondary market might be the better choice for some people.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Max Kepler Auto #’ed/199
  • Trey Amburgey Auto #’ed/199
  • Marcus Stroman Auto Blue #’ed/150

Relics:

  • Rhys Hoskins Stamp of Approval Relic Green #’ed/99
  • Dustin Pedroia Dual Relic Green #’ed/99
  • Rafael Devers Tribute Triple Relic #’ed/199
According to the MLB authentication sticker this jersey was worn by Rhys Hoskins on 7/24/20. Marlins at Phillies.

Parallel:

  • Randy Johnson Red #’ed/10

Short Print Rookie:

  • Wander Franco #95

Base:

  • Aaron Judge #53
  • Rafael Devers #14
  • Vladimir Guerrero #88
  • Andy Pettitte #23
  • Rod Carew #46
  • Giancarlo Stanton #7
  • Max Muncy #81
  • Jose Berrios #25
  • Freddie Freeman #30
  • Manny Ramirez #50
  • Mariano Rivera #32

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