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2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

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Honoring 150 years of professional baseball, 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball kicks off the MLB collecting season with a design refresh that taps more into the earlier framed looks, but with a modern flair.

Like many prior years, including 2018, formats again include Hobby with one autograph or relic in each box, and Hobby Jumbo, which has two relics and one autograph per box.

However, the standard Hobby format sees an overhaul that takes it from 36 packs at 10 cards per pack in 2018, to 24 packs at 14 cards per pack in 2019. Jumbo also has a decrease in pack size but the format is the same otherwise.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base

The standard flagship base set of 350 cards showcases top veterans, rookies and teams. There are also subsets for Future Stars, League Leaders and World Series Highlights.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

The 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball base parallels remain true to past releases, with Rainbow Foil (1:10 packs), Gold (#/2,019), Vintage Stock (#/99), Independence Day (#/76), Black (#/67 - Hobby/Jumbo only), Mother's Day Pink (#/50), Father's Day Blue (#/50), Memorial Day Camo (#/25), Platinum (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Additional choices include the all-new 150th Anniversary (1:6 packs) logo edition for the full lineup, plus Hobby-only Clear for just 100 base subjects in the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

As is normally the case, no mention was made of the base short print image variations. However, these SP/SSP cards are expected back in some form and additional details will be added when they are available.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Inserts

Celebrating the past, highlighting the current stars, and looking ahead, the insert selection in 2019 Topps Series 1 is plentiful and features many new options. Evolution of focuses on the many changes in the game over the years, such as equipment, logos, stadiums and uniforms. Showcasing a modern star alongside a retired legend, Greatness Returns identifies standouts across multiple eras. Moving past the field of play, Revolution of the Game is for the game-changing subjects who weren't players.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Just as 2018 paid tribute to the 1983 design, 2019 brings a special insert for 1984 Topps Baseball with an added 35th-anniversary logo for the '84 set.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Tying into the sesquicentennial celebration, the 150 Years of Professional Baseball line offers 50 of the Greatest Players, 50 of the Greatest Moments, and an assortment of the Greatest Seasons during the last century and a half.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

For retail formats, there are a few exclusive options. That includes the past and present stars from the Arizona-based Cactus League Legends (Display/Gravity Feed) and Florida-based Grapefruit League Greats (Blaster) inserts.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

All inserts above add 150th Anniversary (#/150), Red (#/10) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

One additional option is the Iconic Card Reprints set that revisits classics cards from Topps' history. These, too, have a 150th Anniversary (#/150) parallel.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autographs

Although the hits are spread out, 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball has quite a few lines to track down, especially autographs.

Acting as the main signed set, the 1984 Topps Baseball Autograph insert brings the '84 design back into focus for its 35th anniversary. Parallels consist of 150th Anniversary (#/150), Gold (#/50 or less), Red (#/25 or less - Hobby only) and Platinum (1/1 - Hobby/Jumbo only).

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

New to 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball, the Legacy of Baseball Autographs insert is not limited to one period of the game, instead highlighting stars from throughout the entire run. Parallels include 150th Anniversary (#/150), Gold (#/50 or less), Red (#/25 or less) and Platinum (1/1). Capped at only five copies, the Legacy of Baseball Dual Autographs set finds player connections among multiple decades.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Concentrating on the 2018 playoffs, all the Postseason Performance Autograph and World Series Champion Autograph cards are numbered to 50 or less, adding Red (#/25 or less) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

There are also Cut Signatures (1/1), Greatest Moments Autographs (#/25 or less), Greatest Players Autographs (#/25 or less), Greatest Seasons Autographs (#/25 or less), Iconic Card Reprints Autographs (#/25 or less), and Revolution of the Game Autographs (#/199 or less).

Exclusive retail choices include Cactus League Legends Autographs (#/10 or less) and Florida-based Grapefruit League Greats Autographs (#/10 or less).

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autograph Relics

But that's not all to be found in the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist. Each numbered to 50 or less, signed memorabilia choices include Major League Material Autograph, Postseason Performance Autograph Relic and World Series Champion Autograph Relic. All three feature Red (#/25 or less) and Platinum (1/1) parallels, as well.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Supplying a dose of high-end MLB collecting to the flagship release, Topps Reverence Autograph Patch cards, numbered to 10 copies, return with on-card signatures and quality memorabilia pieces. These signed inserts, along with the Red (#/5) and Platinum (1/1) parallels, are exclusive to Hobby/Jumbo boxes.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

The manufactured-relic Retro Hat Logo Patch Autograph (#/10) and 150th Anniversary Medallion Autograph (#/10) cards are also Hobby/Jumbo exclusives, while the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Patch Autograph (#/10)cards come only in Blaster boxes.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relics / Sketch

Offering many of the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball themes in an all-memorabilia form, relics help close out the flagship set. Choices include 1984 Topps Baseball Relic and Major League Material, each with 150th Anniversary (#/150), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25) and Platinum (1/1 - Hobby/Jumbo only) parallels.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Providing more rarity are the Postseason Performance Relic (#/99) and World Series Champion Relic (#/99) cards. These only have Red (#/25) and Platinum (1/1) versions.

Joining the one-of-one In the Name Relics featuring All-Star Game workout jersey letters, the new Historic Homes Relic set honors legendary ballparks.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Only in the Hobby and Jumbo formats, the manufactured duo for 2019 includes commemorative Retro Hat Logo Patch and 150th Anniversary Medallion relics.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

The 150th Anniversary Commemorative Patch cards come only in relic Blaster boxes. All the manufactured relics work with 150th Anniversary (#/150), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Finally, totaling over 100 options, one-of-one Sketch cards are exclusive to Hobby boxes.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Silver Packs Promo

Of course, 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball manages to squeeze a little more in via the 2019 Topps Baseball Silver Packs promotion. Applying foilboard to the 1984 design, these exclusive cards are an incentive to order Hobby flagship boxes. Collectors are awarded one pack for every Hobby box and two packs for each Jumbo. Packs also include random parallels and autographs.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Flagship Design

Walking the line between retro designs of the past and the current styles featured over the last few years, the base set in the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist is showcased with a partial frame rounded off in the corner. These border frame colors mirror the team in question. Outside of this is the faint, pixel-like background that gives the design a little more character.

The border is also the place used to indicate parallel versions as the exterior portions take on the color fill.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Naturally, the rich history of the flagship Topps Baseball product line has resulted in many different designs over the year. Get a snapshot of the entire run with our year-by-year Topps flagship gallery from 1951 to 2019.

Do you have any thoughts on the new design? Let us know in the comments.

Estimated Release Date: 01/30/2019
Hobby Configuration: 14 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
HTA Jumbo Configuration:
 46 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 6 boxes per case

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph or Relic Card

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Jumbo Box Break

  • 1 Autograph Card
  • 2 Relic Cards

Card Gallery:

These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents are subject to change.

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User Reviews

  1. A nice departure from the previous few years where the designs were hard to distinguish at first sight.

  2. I hate it.

    Let me point out the ways.

    Who thought putting a light gray name on a white background was a good idea.

    Speaking of names what is going on with putting the last name on top of the first name.

    Then they try to squeeze the team name in the bottom right side.

    Then you have the disco lights on the lower left corner.

    Looks like I will not be collecting the set.

    Depending on what inserts they have and what they look like I may not collect anything from this set at all.

    Including next years design I am only collecting 1 design out of the last 4 years at that is this years design.

    This is in my opinion will go down as one of the ugliest designs ever.

  3. My initial thoughts, I like it. It will be interested to see how they use “…to indicate parallel versions.”

  4. Cheap Design

  5. I wish they had a full border, but I like it better than the last 3 years designs. 2017 might be the worst Topps design ever.

  6. I think cards need more of a distinctive border to tell the apart from other years like they did up until the 2000’s

  7. Finally, a nice clean design that allows the viewer to focus on the player image.

  8. It was high time Topps brought back a card with borders – half border in this case. It works very well, though. I wish the white banner including the player’s last name was thinner. A fading effect occupying half the banner would look great. Players’ last names could be smaller this way.

  9. Not sure of the design they look more like an insert card than a standard base card but we will have to see what they look like in person to really tell.

  10. My favorite is the 2016 set – loved the mold-breaking borderless design. 2017 wasn’t as innovative; 2018 was a little better.

    Can’t say I love the 2019 – the big white strip by the name is just kinda ugly.

    IMO, take out the giant last name and keep it on the same line as the first name, and extend the pic all the way down.

  11. I like the Topps 2019 Baseball they are an awesome looking cards.I like to know how many baseball cards are there in topps 2019 baseball series 1.

  12. These are all the details we have right now. Updated info will be added when it’s available. However, the base set for Series 1 is normally 350 cards.

  13. However, the standard Hobby format sees an overhaul that takes it from 36 packs at 10 cards per pack in 2018, to 24 packs at 14 cards per pack in 2019. Jumbo also has a decrease in pack size

    What are the number of cards in a jumbo pack? I wonder why they are getting rid of cards in packs. Are they finally figuring out that people do not like buying their crappy cards and are making less of them. Will the price also be decreased. Oh of course not. They will decrease card and pack size but keep the price the same or raise it.

    I am looking forward to these insert sets. Evolution of focuses on the many changes in the game over the years, such as equipment, logos, stadiums and uniforms. Moving past the field of play, Revolution of the Game is for the game-changing subjects who weren’t players. Tying into the sesquicentennial celebration, the 150 Years of Professional Baseball line offers 50 of the Greatest Players, 50 of the Greatest Moments, and an assortment of the Greatest Seasons during the last century and a half.

    They better have babe ruth in all 3 of the Greatest insert sets. He is one of if not the greatest player of all time. He hit 60 home runs in a season. He was a member of the 1927 yankess. They have no reason not to include him in each set.

    Even though I am looking forward to them now that might change when I see what they look like. If I do not like the look of them when released I will not collect them.

  14. This looks like a middle-of-the-road design to me. Its not going to be very memorable.

    I feel like Topps needs to get back to basics and start listening to collectors. I’m not talking about mid-high end products that are expected to be flashy. I’m talking about the classic Topps set here. They need to make cards easy to interpret front and back.

    I do like the stripe that runs 1/2 the card edge, similar to the 1982 set. However, the lack of a border makes these hard to grade and forced the eye to track the line rather than the entire body of the card composition.

    Another “Meh” effort by Topps. I’m looking forward to when Panini can (hopefully) print logos again after the MLB license expires in 2020.

  15. Hey Darin Preston topps extended their contract.

    It is now until 2025.

    https://www.topps.com/blog/the-topps-company-major-league-baseball-extend-exclusive-trading-card-agreement/

  16. This is BS.

    I just read this on another site.

    “Some changes are coming with 2019 Topps baseball cards. Expect to pay a little more for a little less.

    After many years of putting 36 ten-card packs into a hobby box, Topps will give collectors 14 cards in a pack but there will be only 24 packs per box. Jumbo boxes are moving from 50 cards per pack to 46. The net result is a loss of 24 cards per hobby box and 40 per Jumbo. Expect the cost to go up a little bit, too.”

    So they are giving you less cards and charging you more.

  17. The Name Design is very similar to 1995 Collector Choice

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