Year three of the MLB hat promo seemed to float under the radar a bit more than past editions, but 2018 Topps New Era Baseball cards add another chapter to the exclusive set.
Issued at select MLB stadium stores as a purchase incentive for buying New Era caps and Topps products, the cards feature the 2018 Topps flagship design. According to Topps, the eight-card packs are limited to team stores for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals.
Although many collectors are listing them for sale online as variations, they have a numbering system that is unique to the set rather than matching the Series 1 or Series 2 checklist.
There is actually almost nothing else that indicates they are part of this promo other than the different player photos.
However, those who pay attention to the CODE#CMP on the back of the card are in luck as these end in #1604.
With fresh images and very limited availability, they will be much tougher to find, especially once the packs dry up.
In addition to the small base set, the 2018 Topps New Era Baseball checklist offers 1983 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary inserts for retired players. The numbering is again unique to this set.
Finally, the only chase to speak of is the New Era Performers Relic set featuring player-worn memorabilia cards at 1:67 packs. These are numbered to 99 copies with Team Logo parallels limited to just five. Based on the odds for these rare cards, it appears that the overall production has decreased considerably.
Release Date: July/August 2018
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack
2018 Topps New Era Baseball Checklist
Manually compiled. Let us know if you see anything we are missing.
Base Set Checklist
2 Dellin Betances - New York Yankees
3 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
4 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
5 Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
6 Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers
7 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
8 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
9 Marcus Stroman - Toronto Blue Jays
10 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels RC
11 Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
12 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
13 Yoan Moncada - Chicago White Sox
14 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
15 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
16 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
18 Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals
19 Justin Bour - Miami Marlins
20 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
21 Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins
22 Amed Rosario - New York Mets RC
23 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
24 Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics
25 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies RC
26 Josh Harrison - Pittsburgh Pirates
27 Eric Hosmer - San Diego Padres
28 Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
29 Johnny Cueto - San Francisco Giants
30 Carlos Martinez - St. Louis Cardinals
31 Chris Archer - Tampa Bay Rays
32 Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
1983 Topps 35th Anniversary Set Checklist
T83-2 Will Clark - San Francisco Giants
T83-3 Cal Ripken Jr - Baltimore Orioles
T83-4 George Brett - Kansas City Royals
T83-5 Darryl Strawberry - New York Mets
T83-6 Robin Yount - Milwaukee Brewers
T83-7 Eddie Murray - Baltimore Orioles
T83-8 Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
T83-9 Dave Winfield - New York Yankees
T83-10 Nolan Ryan - Houston Astros
T83-12 Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals
T83-13 Don Mattingly - New York Yankees
T83-14 Tom Seaver - New York Mets
T83-15 Rod Carew - California Angels
T83-16 Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
T83-17 Steve Carlton - Philadelphia Phillies
T83-18 Dennis Eckersley - Boston Red Sox
T83-19 Jim Palmer - Baltimore Orioles
T83-20 Reggie Jackson - California Angels
New Era Performers Relics Set Checklist
Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
New Era Performers Autograph Relics Set Checklist