2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball CardsBrand: Topps Baseball
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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2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball Set Checklist
This is a preliminary checklist. The full checklist will be added as soon as it is available.