Baseball Returns With 2020 Topps Series 1

The long baseball off-season is finally over! Spring training has begun and Topps’ 2020 Series 1 Baseball is now available, fully loaded with new inserts, parallels, autographs, relics, and rookie cards. This is the first major baseball release of the year, so you definitely don’t want to miss out on all the huge variety of cards this set includes!

 

Baseball Returns With 2020 Topps Series 1

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Base Set

This year’s base set is made up of 350 cards, including veterans and rookies. Notable rookies to look for include Bo Bichette (Blue Jays), Yordan Alvarez (Astros), Gavin Lux (Dodgers), and Astrides Acquino (Reds). The set, as big as it is, doesn’t include every player, as some are being kept for Series 2, which will be released on June 10th this year. Base card parallels include Rainbow Foil (1:10 hobby packs), Gold Foil (1:2, exclusive to Hobby Jumbo Boxes), Gold (2020), Vintage Stock (/20), Independence Day (/76), Black (/69), Father’s Day Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Hot Pink (/50), Military Day Camo (/25), Clear (/25; available in Hobby Boxes only), Printing Plate (1/1), and Platinum (1/1).

 

Baseball Returns With 2020 Topps Series 1
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Inserts

2020 Series 1 contains lots of new inserts this year. Decade’s Best features top players from 1950s to now. Each decade has its own card design and top 10 lists for best teams, best pitchers, best hitters, and award winners. Decade’s Next, on the other hand, spotlights rookies and young players. Topps’ Choice is a set with fan-favourite card designs from the past, and Decade of Dominance are die-cut cards in the shape of an “X” highlighting the great players of the past. These four insert sets also come in parallel variations: Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/50), Red (/20), and Platinum (1/1). Some even have autograph versions (/25 or less).

 

Baseball Returns With 2020 Topps Series 1

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1985 Topps Baseball is back with a mix of 80s and current players using the card design from 1985. Parallels include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/50), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1). Also includes Relic and Autograph cards with their own parallels: Black (/199), Gold (/50), hobby-exclusive Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

 

Baseball Returns With 2020 Topps Series 1

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Turkey Red cards are also back as retail exclusives (1 per pack), available in both Retail Boxes and Relic Boxes. Parallels include Blue (/50), Green (/10) and Black (1/1), and as Turkey Red Chrome: Blue Refractor (/50), Green Refractor (/10) and Superfractor (1/1). Oversized Turkey Red cards are exclusive to Jumbo Hobby Boxes.

One of the coolest new insert sets is the Topps Now Derek Jeter Retrospective insert set highlighting the first half of the great player’s career (1:18 packs; Autos /3; and Autograph Gold parallel 1/1).



Autographs & Relics

There will be lots of autograph and relic cards to find this season. Baseball Stars Autographs cards have autographs from players spanning a variety of decades and eras. The parallels come in Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1). There are also Baseball Stars Dual Autographs cards, which feature autographs from two players (/5). 

Baseball Returns With 2020 Topps Series 1

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Major League Materials relic cards are available in several parallel forms: Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1). Autograph versions are numbered to 50 and under. Black Postseason Performance and World Series Champions cards come in relic (/99), autograph (/50 or less), and autograph relic variants (/50 or less). Exclusive to hobby packs are Topps Reverence (/10) which also come in Red (/5) and Platinum (1/1). Cut Signatures are 1/1. In The Name cards (1/1) feature cut-out letters from the warm-up jerseys from last season’s All-Star Game. 

There are also new Manufactured Patch cards to collect, and they are split between hobby and retail packs. Exclusive to hobby packs are the Jumbo Jersey Sleeve Patch and Global Game Medallion cards, with Black (/149), Gold (/50), Red (/10), Autograph (/10 or less), and Platinum (1/1) parallels available. Exclusive to retail packs are Rookie Card Retrospective RC Logo Medallion cards, which come in Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/10), Autograph (/10 or less) and Platinum (1/1) variants.


Extras

Every Hobby Box contains a special silver pack of exclusive 1985 Topps Baseball Chrome cards with autographs and Refractors randomly inserted.

Home Run Challenge cards return for a third time. Each card comes with a special code that attempts to predict a specific day that the featured player will hit a home run. If the player does indeed do so, collectors with the future-predicting card get an exclusive parallel. There is an average of one Home Run Challenge card in each Hobby Box, and they can also be found in retail at a rate of 1:10 retail packs.

Baseball Returns With 2020 Topps Series 1

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Topps has also included a special surprise for baseball card collectors this year. There are twenty-five Willy Wonka-esque Golden Tickets that can be found in any Series 1 pack. The lucky fans who find a ticket are invited to a special MLB event at the end of the 2020 baseball season!


In Conclusion

As you can see, the baseball season hasn’t even begun yet and there’s already a bunch of great new cards to hunt for. Whether you’re looking for autographs, rookie cards, or you just want to remember the good ol’ days with some of the throwback inserts, Topps has plenty to offer with their 2020 Series 1 set. Order yours today!


What new Series 1 cards are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments, and as always, thank you for reading!

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