Let's be honest this product is probably not for you and it's definitely not for me. No this is more for Keith Obermann. And I have a feeling the vast majority of the 65 box/cases available will be broken by group breakers. Random slots were going for between $150-200 a spot. In all you get about 200 cards, over 50 autos and a base set numbered to 65 and a complete sketch card reproduction set numbered to 65.
With this product Topps launches itself to the top of the pile in the category I've seen termed the Luxury level, above Mega High End and the most expensive baseball card product or trading card product ever produced!
The previous king of the mountain was Upper Deck's Master Collection. I've included a box break of a Master's Box and one for Panini's Eminence. Take a look if you've never seen one of these Luxury products opened.
I've seen a lot of hate coming out about how with this set that Topps is thumbing it's nose at the common collector. I tend to throw a lot of criticism Topps way for lots of things like quality control issues, team inclusion, and over use of the same licensed image on everything, but not on this. For some reason we as collectors have come to expect that everything Topps produces has to be aimed at the common man. I've fallen into this mind set as well specially when Topps tried it's 5 Star Club years ago. But lets look at it this way. Take any other industry that produces consumer products like the car industry. A car manufacturer produces many types of vehicles. Some are very affordable, I use that term loosely, with few bells and whistles while they also tend to offer very high end vehicles as well. And even within the affordable range you can add upgrades. I think you could carry this analogy over many scenarios, but the point is not everything Topps puts out is going to be targeted toward you or me. So with that said Transcendent isn't a set for the masses. Transcendent will be Topps top of the line Cadillac of card sets. Now will it hold up, will those that are able to open this product be satisfied with what they get? Will this blow up in Topps' face from not following through with all the hype produced about the product? Will what's offered be worth the money ponied up? I guess we'll find out in a few weeks. While I won't be opening any of this product or taking part in any group breaks I will definitely be watch breaks on Youtube.
And while I'm defending Topps' decision to produce this product I do have my misgivings. As most of you have probably noticed if you follow current releases the overall trend in the sports card market has shifted from cheaper products with large base sets and a few inserts and hits to much more expensive products that are specifically hit driven (relics and autographs) with lower card counts per box or pack and smaller or even nonexistent base sets. Products that offer less variety of players and teams featured. This trend is what worries me most in the hobby. And while I actually really like the idea of a Lamborghini of a baseball card set the fact that Topps has set it's upper bounds of product pricing so high that the vacuum created from the difference to its next highest product might mean an even larger shift to much more expensive products to fill that void. However that never happened at Upper Deck when it released it's Masters Collection, so there's hope that this is just Topps reaching for the sky and seeing if they fall flat. What really interests me is even with 1 of 1 autos and artist sketch cards and a ton of other autographs, can this really be worth the price tag? Feel free to comment.