The baseball season may still be hanging in the balance, but we can trust in Topps to keep our spirits high. The flagship release of 2022 Series 1 Baseball will be open to the lovers of the game and hobby alike this Wednesday. Whether you are a casual baseball fan or a lifelong card collector,, this release is for you. So, before you jump on the Loupe app and snag a pack or two, let’s break down what we can expect in the hobby box.
What to Expect
Cards per pack: 14
Packs per Box: 24
Boxes per Case: 12
Base Card Set
Like last year, the base set will be 330 cards featuring team cards, League Leaders, and Future Stars. Also new to the base set is the Platinum Parallel (1/1). The other parallels are listed below:
- Rainbow Foil – 1:10 packs
- Royal Blue – 1:10 retail packs
- Gold Foil – 1:2 hobby jumbo packs
- Gold – /2022
- Green Foilboard – /499
- Orange Foilboard – /299
- Red Foilboard – /199
- Vintage Stock – /99
- Independence Day – /76
- Black – /71
- Father’s Day Powder Blue – /50
- Mother’s Day Hot Pink – /50
- Memorial Day Camo – /25
- Printing Plates – 1/1
- Platinum – 1/1
Topps has added a 100-card clear set this year, and it’s exclusive to hobby boxes.
Topps’ flagship is always home to a bunch of fun inserts that bring character to the set. This year is no different as there are some quality additions that may turn out to be personal favorites for your collections. Welcome to the Show, Turnin’ Two, and are all brand new to the series with six parallels, including an autograph one as well.
Welcome to The Show is an ode to the journey of the stars of the present and past as it highlights the path of each player to their debut on the big league diamond. Turnin’ Two is for some of the best SS/2B duos that stay in sync. Lastly, Flashiest Feet is for the shoe connoisseurs of the game, showing off some of their cleanest custom kicks.
While those are the new additions, we also see the return of other inserts as well including: 6-4 Stars, 2021 Greatest Hits, Diamond Great Die Cuts, Generation Now, Home Field Advantage, Home Run Code Cards, Legendary Home Field Advantage, and in honor of Topps Baseball’s 35th Anniversary we’ll see the old-school design with today’s faces of the league in 1987 Topps Baseball.
Autos and Memorabilia
Last but not least, we have the autograph and memorabilia cards which are always some of the biggest hits, and Topps did not disappoint. World Series Champion, Post Season Performance and 1987 Topps Baseball got both an autograph and memorabilia parallel. While I did mention a few autograph inserts previously, there’s more to come with:
- Baseball Stars
- Baseball Stars Duel
- Cut Signature
As for the memorabilia parallels, we have a few familiar inserts, but there’s more with City Flag Patch Cards and MLB Logo Medallion. Not to mention, Series 1 also features relic autographs as well with Major League Material Autographs, Postseason Performance Auto Relics, World Series Champion Auto Relics, and the hobby-exclusive Topps Reverence Auto Patch (/10).
Alright, Loupers! May the hobby gods be with you on your search for big hits in this year’s release of Topps Series 1 Baseball, and when you land them, be sure to post and tag us so we can celebrate with you. Happy Hunting!