An original is, and always will be, an original.
Especially if its a Topps Original.
Packed with the encased, serial-numbered buy-back cards of hall-of-fame players like Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Frank Robinson, Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver and Dennis Eckersley, just to name a few, every $49.99 pack of 2004 Topps Originals is an event waiting to happen.
Heres the scoop: Topps sent some undercover agents into card shows and shops across the nation, and snatched up vintage Topps cards dating back to 1952 for inclusion in this product. The cards were hand-signed and hand serial-numbered by the player depicted. Afterwards, the now autographed and serial-numbered cards were packaged in Topps special tamper-proof holder.
OK, while I cant verify the undercover agent assertion, I can tell you that this product is legit.
The selling point here is the chance to pull super-low serial-numbered and autographed vintage Topps cards. There are even original rookie cards serial-numbered to just one copy! Can I get a whoop-whoop?!
Thanks to our friends at Topps, I was fortunate enough to rip a randomly selected hobby box and pulled, in fact, a 1 of 1 1966 Fergie Jenkins autographed rookie card. On top of that, I scored a 1983 Dale Murphy autographed and serial-numbered out of 10, and a 1980 Dennis Eckersley autographed and serial-numbered out of 40.
Now, be forewarned Topps Originals isnt for the faint of heart or the lint of pocket. No, its for the serious collector that is not afraid to plop down $300 on a 6-pack box of cards and get just 6 cards.
If you are ready for a tremendously exciting, and potentially astronomically rewarding, pack-ripping experience (and you happen to have $200-250 burning a hole in your pocket) then these are the cards for you.
If not, I suggest that you hang around at your local card shop long enough to watch another collector rip through a few packs or boxes and live vicariously through him.