Although it's not the same as popping a dinger yourself, the 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge promotion treats baseball fans to a little fantasy excitement as they predict future home runs, with prizes available for the correct guesses.
Slated to fall at 1:36 pack odds across hobby and retail (with the exception of dollar stores), the 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge checklist is comprised of cards issued in three different products. First is 2018 Topps Series 1 with 50 cards featuring the Home Run Challenge logo and #HRC prefix. Building on those choices are additional sets in 2018 Topps Series 2 (June) and 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter (July).
Okay. So you have the 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge baseball cards. Now what?
2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Game Details
Fundamentally, the 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge gameplay is pretty simple. Turn over the card to find a scratch-off section. This reveals a number which you add to your Topps.com account along with your guess for the exact date when the player on the card will hit a home run. The act can either be a traditional home run or an inside-the-park home run.
Those collectors who choose wisely win a free parallel card for the depicted player. There are different parallels for each month of the promotion, and you can continue to enter guesses for the same player(s) as long as you have unredeemed codes.
2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Game Rules
However, the 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge game does have several rules to be aware of before you enter. First, once you confirm a date, your selection is locked. Also, if the player is injured or the game is postponed on the date selected, your chance to win a parallel is gone. And, no matter how many home runs are hit by the player on the date, you can only win one parallel per submission. But you can apply multiple codes for the same player to the same date, if you want. That might be an ideal move if you know a doubleheader is happening.
Topps does allow submissions to be finalized up until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the day prior to the date in question, so collectors can still be fairly certain their player will at least be active.
In addition, every redeemed code is entered in a monthly raffle for various Topps prizes, such as autographs or memorabilia, and entered in the raffle for the grand prize. For one lucky collector, the grand prize is a trip for two to the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby in Cleveland.
To view more information about the game and complete rules, check out the detailed breakdown for the promotion.
2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Baseball Checklist
HRC-AE Anthony Rendon - Washington Nationals
HRC-AJ Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
HRC-AM Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
HRC-AO Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
HRC-AR Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
HRC-BD Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins
HRC-BH Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
HRC-CB Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
HRC-CD Corey Dickerson - Tampa Bay Rays
HRC-CL Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies
HRC-EE Edwin Encarnacion - Cleveland Indians
HRC-ET Eric Thames - Milwaukee Brewers
HRC-FF Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
HRC-GA Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
HRS-GP George Springer - Houston Astros
HRS-GS Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins
HRC-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
HRC-JB Jay Bruce - Cleveland Indians
HRC-JC Jonathan Schoop - Baltimore Orioles
HRC-JG Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
HRC-JL Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks
HRC-JM J.D. Martinez - Arizona Diamondbacks
HRC-JS Justin Smoak - Toronto Blue Jays
HRC-JU Justin Upton - Los Angeles Angels
HRC-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
HRC-KD Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics
HRC-LM Logan Morrison - Tampa Bay Rays
HRC-MA Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
HRC-MC Michael Conforto - New York Mets
HRC-MD Matt Davidson - Chicago White Sox
HRC-MM Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals
HRC-MN Mike Napoli - Texas Rangers
HRC-MO Marcell Ozuna - Miami Marlins
HRC-MR Mark Reynolds - Colorado Rockies
HRC-MS Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
HRC-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
HRC-NA Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
HRC-NC Nelson Cruz - Seattle Mariners
HRC-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
HRC-RO Rougned Odor - Texas Rangers
HRC-RZ Ryan Zimmerman - Washington Nationals
HRC-SC Scott Schebler - Cincinnati Reds
HRC-SS Steven Souza Jr - Tampa Bay Rays
HRC-TM Trey Mancini - Baltimore Orioles
HRC-TS Travis Shaw - Milwaukee Brewers
HRC-WC Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
HRC-WM Wil Myers - San Diego Padres
HRC-YA Yonder Alonso - Seattle Mariners