Typically I am not a huge fan of the high end releases. While I have picked up a couple here and there for my players collection, Triple Threads has never exited me. I usually appreciate the Tribute base cards and will seek out some parallels but again not much in the way of excitement from that set. Back in Upper Deck's heyday, I did enjoy Exquisite but it was way too out of my price range, even base cards were going for more than I wanted to spend. It was a pretty quality product but the box price and resale price made me less than a fan.
Over the past 2 years, Topps has released Museum Collection and I am a huge fan. Last year I actually bought 4 packs of the stuff (the equivalent of 1 box) and pulled a Griffey Jr. Auto/Relic that I quickly sold on eBay to actually make some money for once. This year I bought a pack at the LCS and scored this beauty:
The product does have some less than stellar hits but to me that keeps the price down. Another thing I really like is the design of the base cards. The photography is typically quite nice and I appreciate the border and overall design. They have a few parallels of each card which makes player and team collecting a little more fun. Recently I have scored these Giants base and parallel cards on eBay and at the LCS:
Speaking of past star players:
The autos in Museum Collection can be found on the secondary market for a very reasonable amount. I may have even overpaid for this one but jumped on it at $8 to take advantage of combined shipping:
Finally my last pickup...
This is my favorite high end product of all time and I can't wait to pick up a few more of my players and of the Giants. I will also keep on the lookout for some more autos, the on card auto and great design make for a great card!