2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards - Early Rookie Card List

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards – Early Rookie Card List


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A hobby tradition that rivals almost anything else for MLB collectors, 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball truly marks the start of the collecting season. And, of course, with a new year comes a new flagship design.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Flagship Design

The first look at the '18 design comes courtesy of the New York Yankees' Clint Frazier, sporting the RC logo. As with the last few years, it's nearly full-bleed, and the only real design aspect occurs with the nameplate section at the bottom. A ribbon of color swirls around the name and team info, which tapers away as the pixels appear to float off the card.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball

While it is less obtrusive in comparison to the 2017 design that juts into the image, the nameplate does seem to draw more attention, which might not appeal to the purists. It is also important to remember that this is a mock-up image on a computer screen, and the card-in-hand experience is likely to be different.

If you want to refresh yourself on the other editions, check out our year-by-year gallery of all the Topps Baseball flagship designs since 1951.

Now, let's get to the rest of the options in 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball! Keeping to the norm, Hobby boxes promise one hit while Jumbo has one autograph and two relics.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base / Parallels

The 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist once again includes 350 cards for key veterans and rookies, as well as subsets like Combo Cards, Future Stars, League Leaders, Team Cards and World Series Highlights.

Base parallels mainly stick to recent tradition, and include Rainbow Foil (1:10 packs), Gold (#/2,018), Vintage (#/99), Independence Day (#/76), Mother's Day Pink (#/50), Father's Day Blue (#/50), Memorial Day Camo (#/25), Platinum (1/1) and the one-of-one Printing Plates. There are also Black (#/67) and limited Negative parallels that are exclusive to Hobby and Hobby Jumbo formats. Only found in standard Hobby boxes, the Clear (#/10) parallels cover 100 subjects from the base set.

Although there was no specific mention of 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations, those are expected to return in some form.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Inserts

Back for another flagship ride, but with an updated design, Topps Salute (1:8 packs) pays tribute to holidays like Father's Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day and Jackie Robinson Day, in addition to past and present players. Displaying the most colorful design of the bunch is Superstar Sensations (1:8 packs), while the MLB Awards (1:8 packs) set naturally honors the 2017 winners for Cy Young, MVP, and Rookie of Year, among others. In celebration of the set's 35th anniversary, 1983 Topps Baseball (1:4 packs) brings back the '80s design for another go.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Several parallels are also an option for each of these inserts, including Blue, Black (#/299), Gold (#/50), Red (#/10) and Platinum (1/1).

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autographs

Providing signed editions for many of the inserts previously noted, plus a few extra treats, 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball has quite a few autograph sets. Leading the way is the 1983 Topps Baseball Autograph line with base versions and Black (#/99 or less), Gold (#/50 or less), Red (#/25 or less; Hobby), and Platinum (1/1; Hobby/Jumbo) parallels.

Other choices include the serial numbered MLB Awards AutographsPostseason Performance Autographs, Topps Salute Autographs and World Series Champions Autographs sets. In addition, Red (#/25 or less) and Platinum (1/1) parallels apply here. The one-of-one Cut Signature inserts also return.

As far as the auto relics, 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball has several. Major League Material Autograph, Postseason Performance Autograph Relic and World Series Champion Autograph Relic cards are all numbered. More rare are the Red (#/25 or less) and Platinum (1/1) parallels. Always a popular inclusion, the premium Topps Reverence Autograph Patch set is exclusive to Hobby and Jumbo formats and joined by Gold (#/5) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relics

Next, we get to the many relics in the flagship offering. Most common is the Major League Material set that includes Black (#/99 or less), Gold (#/50 or less), Red (#/25 or less), and Platinum (1/1; Hobby/Jumbo) parallels. Mainstays like the numbered Postseason Performance Relic and World Series Champion Relic are also available along with their Red (#'d) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

Additional choices in the one-of-one department can be found in Sketch Cards and In the Name Relics, which has letter patches from the 2017 All-Star jerseys. Both of these are only in Hobby and Jumbo formats.

We're almost done but 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball would not be complete without a few manufactured relics exclusive to Hobby and Jumbo boxes. This year it's MLB Spring Training Logo Patch with the new 2018 logos, and MLB All-Star Game Medallions for those players who were honored in 2017. Parallels include numbered Black, Gold, RedPlatinum (1/1) and Autograph versions.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Retail Exclusives

Finally, let's not forget the retail options in flagship baseball. The Purple bordered parallel is yet again exclusive to Toys R Us. 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball also has retail-only Legends in the Making inserts for the rising stars, while Relic blaster boxes are the place to find grid-like MLB Opening Day cards with one player from every MLB team shown during previous Opening Day games. Both insert sets have Blue (1:12 packs), Black (1:24 packs), Gold (#/50), Red (#/10), Platinum (1/1) and low-numbered Autograph parallels.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Relic boxes also have MLB Opening Day Logo Patch cards featuring the 2018 logo. These add Black (#/99), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25), Platinum (1/1) and Autograph parallels.

Release Date: 01/31/2018
Product Configuration: Hobby - 10 cards per pack, 36 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
Product Configuration: 
Jumbo - 50 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 6 boxes per case

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph or Relic Card
  • 3 Rainbow Foil Parallels
  • 9 1983 Topps Inserts
  • 4 MLB Awards Inserts
  • 4 Superstar Sensations Inserts
  • 4 Topps Salute Inserts

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Jumbo Box Break

  • 1 Autograph Card
  • 2 Relic Cards

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Contents and designs are subject to change. 

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Set Checklist

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Checklist

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

Base Set Checklist

350 cards.

Amed Rosario - New York Mets RC
Clint Frazier - New York Yankees RC
Dominic Smith - New York Mets RC
Nick Williams - Philadelphia Phillies RC
Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves RC
Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox RC
Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies RC
Ryan McMahon - Colorado Rockies RC

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Reviews

  1. Thumbs up – like design

  2. so much better.

  3. Topps Baseball 2018 series 1 are a fantastic design they are really awesome cards.

  4. 1992 Fleer Ultra anyone?

  5. Posey with an Orioles logo :)

  6. I just hope Topps includes complete player career statistics again.

  7. Posey with a orioles logo but the giants name. HAHAHAHAHAHA. I had a laugh.

  8. The design is an improvement over the last 2 years but one part I do not like since we can not see the back is how the player name and team name become pixelated at the end. I would like it more if it was a solid bar. The swish sort of reminds me of 2014 topps.

  9. Topps Baseball 2018 series 1 has a mistake Buster Posey has the wrong baseball logo he has a orioles logo instead of the giants logo.

  10. I know the MLPA would not allow it but it would be cool to have an insert or variation of Mike Trout photoshop cards into the other 29 teams.

    Maybe they could do it with Jeter – have in a Red Sox uniform, Phillies, Pirates, Mets…. that would be a cool insert set.

  11. Now that it has been a few days I can add another thing I do not like. I do not like the sparkle or flash of light on the team logo as it makes it hard to see it.

  12. Love the Independence Day parallel

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