2022 Topps Five Star Baseball Goes for Gold

It’s once again an autograph-a-palooza in 2022 Topps Five Star Baseball.  Loading up on signatures of current and former greats, the annual release carries no base cards, parallels or inserts.

Each box of Five Star will once again contain a single two card pack, with both cards carrying autos. All are on-card except for the cut signatures of long ago greats and the multi-player autograph relic cards.

There’s a heavy dose of gold throughout the card designs.

Autograph Cards

Five Star begins with “base autographs.” Topps is promising a checklist of over 50 players there. Among the parallel versions to be offered:

Aqua Parallel – #’d to 75 (new this year)
Purple Parallel – #’d to 50
Blue Parallel – #’d to 25
Green Parallel – #’d to 15
Gold Parallel – #’d to 10
Orange Parallel – #’d to 5
Red Parallel – #’d 1 of 1

Two player versions of the Base Autograph cards  will be numbered to ten or less and Triples to five or less. 

New this year are Baseball Royalty Autographs which, according to Topps will include the “best of the best, retired and active” players. 

They’ll be numbered to 15 except for these parallels:

• Gold Parallel – #’d to 10
• Orange Parallel – #’d to 5
• Red Parallel – #’d 1 of 1

Golden Graphs and Silver Signatures are back with the autographs done in gold or silver ink. They’ll be case hits and numbered to 40 or less.  

Parallels for the above:
• Purple – #’d to 25
• Blue – #’d to 20
• Green – #’d to 15
• Gold – #’d to 10
• Orange – #’d to 5
• Red – #’d 1 of 1

Five Tool Phenom Autographs will focus on the game’s best and most well-rounded players. They’ll be numbered to 25 or less with 1/1 Five Star Parallels in the mix.

Five Stars Autographs are centered around five players who all share a common bond. Three are shown on the front and two on the back. They’ll be numbered, not surprisingly, to 5. 

Five Star Signatures has a checklist of about 60 greats.  Some will carry inscriptions. They’ll be tough to pull, with each numbered to 20 or less. 

Five Star Pentamerous Penmanship are shadowbox-style cards with a checklist of about 50 players and each will also be numbered to no more than 25 including these parallel possibilities:

• Green – #’d to 10
• Gold – #’d to 5
• Orange – #’d to 3
• Red – #’d 1 of 1

Dual versions will be part of the checklist, with each numbered to 5 or less.

Five Star Cut Signatures and Celebrity Cut Signatures are all, of course, 1/1.

Autographed Relic Cards

There are only two autographed relic card subsets. Five Star Autograph Jumbo Prime Cards  feature on-card autographs of the game’s greats, with game-worn uniform pieces, all numbered to 25, with several parallel options:
• Green- #’d to 15
• Gold – #’d to 10
• Silver – #’d to 5
• Button  – #’d to 5
• Team Patch – #’d 1 of 1
• MLB® Logo Patch – #’d 1 of 1
• Laundry Tag Patch – #’d 1 of 1
• Brand Logo Patch- #’d 1 of 1

Five Stars Autograph Relic Book Cards are new, with signatures and game-used memorabilia pieces from five players on book cards, all numbered to 5 or less. 

2022 Topps Five Star Baseball is set for release on August 31.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for over 35 years and a collector for even longer than that, he’s usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected]

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