2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Box Break Review
Triple Threads is back with more reflective-foil card-stock and die-cut memorabilia swatches. Aside from a couple minor aesthetic tweaks (which I approve of,) the product is largely unchanged from years past. Each mini box (two per master box) gets you a guaranteed memorabilia-autograph and a guaranteed memorabilia card. One of those two cards is going to be a “triple” relic…in other words, “die-cut” swatches. And as usual, all the cards are pretty low numbered, although the plethora of parallels make the low serial-numbered cards nothing more than a mirage, in my opinion.
This product has a deep veteran checklist including memorabilia from players like Derek Jeter, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr, David Ortiz, etc. but it also has a ton of rookies and sophomores like Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout….and oh yeah, Yasiel Puig.
At around $160 per box, there is definitely some risk to this product. But that can be said about every product…what makes this product special are the ample number of “chase” cards. Game-used bat knobs (like the Mike Trout below) are something collectors cannot get enough of…they are very rare, but they sell for a FORTUNE.
Then you have legendary cards like the Babe Ruth bat relics. Even though we have seen these cards before, they have a huge following and almost always sell for over $100. Parallels sell for closer to $200.
I love the “All-Star Patches” in this product. Had trouble finding any videos of the those being pulled, but you can see a nasty Sterling Castro pulled at the 12:30 mark in the video below.
Overall this is a risky product because you are essentially paying $160 for two autographs and two memorabilia cards. You’d need to get $60 for each of your autos and $20 for each of your memorabilia cards to make your money back, which is a tough proposition. But busting boxes is always a gamble, and with this product you have MANY different ways of hitting the jackpot. White Whales, Bat Knobs, All-Star patches, Emerald and Ruby parallels, Ruth/Aaron/Puig/Machado/Buxton/Harper/Ripken/etc. Honestly with so many ways of hitting it big, it makes the box price worthwhile in my opinion. I have never hit it big on a box of Triple Threads (from any sport,) but the opportunities are so great that I will continue to try year-after-year