2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

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Over the past couple of years, it has been a lot of the same old for the flagship Topps baseball set. While there's nothing earth-shattering about 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball, things are changing. Gone are the full white borders. In is a slightly larger checklist. Hobby boxes return with the promise of one autograph or relic card. Jumbo boxes deliver one autograph and a pair of relics.

Clocking in at 350 cards, this is the largest Topps baseball set in a long time. That's an additional 20 cards over the last several years. Once 2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball is factored in, the checklist will grow to 700 cards. It's not quite the 792 many longtime collectors fondly remember, but it is noticeably bigger.

An even bigger change comes in the design department. After many years of plain white borders, 2015 Topps Baseball opts for something different. Borders have a sort of stone pattern to them, starting out light at the top and fading into team colors.

Besides veterans and rookies, the 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball base set has Future Stars, Season Highlights, World Series Highlights, team cards, and League Leaders.

As usual, the set has several parallels: Rainbow Foil (1:10 packs), Gold (#/2015), Snow Camo (#/99), Black (#/64), Pink (#/50), Printing Plates and Platinum (1/1). Clear parallels return for a sophomore season, but only in hobby boxes. Framed Parallels come with a metal border. Inserted one per case, each card is numbered.

After focusing heavily on young players in 2014, 2015 Topps Baseball inserts look closer at achievements and milestones. Gallery of Greats (25 cards, 1:18 packs) resembles something you might expect to find in Gypsy Queen. Spotlighting all-time great players, the inserts come with a paper frame. A Gold parallel is numbered to 99. Autograph parallels (#/10) come with an on-card signature. There are also Relic (#/25) and Autographed Relics (#/10).

Similar to the Flashback inserts found in Topps Heritage, Baseball/History (1:8) mixes the game's past with the bigger historical picture. The set has 15 baseball moments that are paired with a second historical happening from the same day. This makes the full set 30 cards. A Stamp Relic version (#/10) features postage stamps from the year the event occurred embedded in them. There's also one-of-one Cut Signature Baseball/History cards.

Free Agent 40 (15 cards, 1:8) looks at some of the biggest signings over the last four decades. Relic versions are numbered to 50 while Autographs are limited to 25 copies each. Autographed Relics (#/10) are also randomly inserted.

Inspirations (15 cards, 1:8) pair a current player with a past great from the same team. For upscale Autographed (#/25), Relic (#/50) and Autographed Relic (#/10) versions, this means two signatures or swatches.

Archetypes (25 cards, 1:6) goes into the past to highlight what made the featured players great. There are also Relic (#/99), Autographed (#/25) and Autographed Relic (#/10) versions.

Highlight of the Year (1:4) goes back as far as 1925 to count down the top moment of each season. Planned to span across Series 1, Series 2 and Update Series, 30 can be found here. Like many of the other insert themes, HOTY has Relic (#/99), Autographed (#/25) and Autographed Relic (#/10) parallels.

Not all autograph and memorabilia cards in 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball have their roots in basic inserts. Popular World Series Champions and Postseason Performance return in the form of Autographs (#/50), Relics (#/100) and Autographed Relics (#/50).

Career High has both autograph and relic versions. The checklist takes multiple generations of players and centers on their best numbers.

Strata Signatures (#/25) return for a second year on the diamond. These layered cards have a massive memorabilia piece on the bottom and a signed piece of acetate on top. There is also a handful of one-of-one Strata Cut Signatures.

In the Name Relics come with full letters taken from 2014 All-Star workout jerseys. Found only in hobby and jumbo packs, each is one-of-a-kind.

Manufactured relics are back with some new themes. The insertion rates are similar as past years. Jumbo boxes have one while they're a case hit in hobby boxes. MLB Silhouetted Batter Pins come with a metal MLB logo embedded in them.

Future Stars Pins spotlight the same players from the Series 1 base set. A Vintage parallel is numbered to 99 and comes with a more colorful pin that resembles the Future Stars logo used in 1987 Topps Baseball.

New to base Topps are Birth Year Coin and Stamp cards that mix three hobbies. Basic versions can be found with quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, all of which are numbered. There's also an autographed version with a quarter that's numbered to 10.

Returning at a rate of two per hobby box are Stamped Buybacks. These are original Topps cards that have a foil notation showing they've been reinserted in packs.

Adding an interactive element to 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball is The Pennant Chase.Each team has just 50 cards. Should they win the 2015 pennant, those who have that team win a prize.

There's also a new online code program, although details on what it entails has not yet been released.

Estimated Release Date: 2/4/15
Product Configuration: Hobby - 36 packs per box, 10 cards per pack, Jumbo - 10 packs per box, 50 cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Set Builders, Casual Collectors, Topps Baseball Collectors

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph or Relic Card
  • 2 Gallery of Greats Inserts
  • 4 Baseball/History Inserts
  • 4 Free Agent 40 Inserts
  • 4 Inspirations Inserts
  • 6 Archetypes Inserts
  • 9 Highlight of the Year Inserts
  • 6 Online Code Cards
  • 3 Rainbow Foil Parallels
  • 2 Stamped Buybacks
  • 360 Total Cards

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Jumbo Box Break

  • 1 Autograph
  • 1 Commemorative Relic
  • 1 Memorabilia Card
  • 10 Archetypes Inserts
  • 10 Highlight of the Year Inserts
  • 10 Online Code Cards
  • 500 Total Cards

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Set Checklist

2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Set Checklist

This is a preliminary checklist. The full checklist will be added as soon as it is available.

Base Set Checklist

350 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Rainbow Foil - 1:10 packs, Gold #/2015, Snow Camo #/99, Black #/64 (Hobby/Jumbo), Pink #/50, Framed - 1 per case (Hobby/Jumbo), Platinum 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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Archetypes Set Checklist

25 cards
1:6 packs

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Archetypes Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/99

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Archetypes Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

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Archetypes Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

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Baseball/History Set Checklist

15 cards
1:8 packs

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Baseball/History Stamps Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

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Baseball/History Cut Signatures Set Checklist

Serial Numbered 1/1

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Birth Year Coin and Stamp Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Quarter w/ stamp #’d, Dime w/ stamp #’d, Nickel w/ stamp #/d, Penny w/ stamp #’d, Quarter w/ stamp and autograph #/10

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Career High Relics Set Checklist

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Career High Autographs Set Checklist

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Free Agent 40 Set Checklist

15 cards
1:8 packs

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Free Agent 40 Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/50

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Free Agent 40 Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

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Free Agent 40 Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

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Future Stars Pin Set Checklist

10 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Vintage #/99

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Gallery of Greats Set Checklist

25 cards. Hobby/Jumbo only.
2 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/99

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Gallery of Greats Relics Set Checklist

Hobby/Jumbo only.
Serial Numbered #/25

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Gallery of Greats Autographs Set Checklist

Hobby/Jumbo only.
Serial Numbered #/10

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Gallery of the Greats Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/5

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Highlight of the Year Set Checklist

30 cards
1:4 packs

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Highlight of the Year Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/99

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Highlight of the Year Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

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Highlight of the Year Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

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In the Name Relics Set Checklist

Hobby/Jumbo only.
Serial Numbered 1/1

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Inspirations Duals Set Checklist

15 cards
1:8 packs

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Inspiration Dual Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/50

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Inspiration Dual Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

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Inspirations Dual Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

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MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Pin Set Checklist

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Postseason Performance Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/100

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Postseason Performance Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/50

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Postseason Performance Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/50

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Strata Cut Signatures Set Checklist

Serial Numbered 1/1

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Strata Signature Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

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World Series Champion Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/100

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World Series Champion Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/50

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World Series Champion Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/50

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Online Code Card Set Checklist

1:6 packs

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Stamped Buybacks Set Checklist

Hobby/Jumbo only
2 per box

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The Pennant Chase Set Checklist

50 cards for each team.
Cards depicting team that wins pennant can be redeemed for a prize.

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User Reviews

  1. Wins Against Replacement, eh?

  2. This looks awesome

  3. Topps with another “made in China” set of baseball cards….no thanks. Looking forward to the day when the companies that still print their cards in the U.S.A. (Upperdeck, Panini, Donruss) will be able to use the MLB logos again.

  4. I’m so glad Topps got rid of the plain white border. It gives base cards a whole new apperance! The inserts look great as well!

  5. The new design of the Topps 2015 Baseball Cards are really amazing and awesome to look at.They will have 350 in series 1 and 350 baseball cards in series 2 plus 350 baseball cards in the update set totaling 1050 baseball cards.

  6. And they’re made in China, cool.

  7. Any word yet on whether the extra 20 cards per series will be SP?

    Because I’m not seeing how if they run 110 cards on a press sheet it comes out to 350 cards. Unless they run a 4th sheet which also has 90 inserts that will have the same print run as base cards.

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