2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards


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2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball ushers in a new baseball collecting season and few trading card options elicit the same excitement as the flagship MLB product. Formats include Hobby boxes with one hit and Hobby Jumbo boxes with one autograph and two relics.

Billed as the "Celebration of the Decades," cards are just one part of the historic 2020 milestone. The ultimate chase might just be the 25 golden tickets inserted in Series 1 packs. According to Topps, "Winners will be invited to an exclusive experiential event that will be talked about for decades!"

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2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base

However, the cards are still the main attraction in 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball. The base set again totals 350 cards, offering veterans, rookies, team cards, Future Stars, League Leaders and World Series Highlights to fill out the ranks.

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Parallels are another option that further expands the large release.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base Parallel Breakdown

  • Gold Foil - 1:2 packs (Jumbo)
  • Rainbow Foil - 1:10 packs
  • Gold - #/2,020
  • Vintage Stock - #/99
  • Independence Day - #/76
  • Black - #/69 (Hobby/Jumbo)
  • Mother’s Day Hot Pink - #/50
  • Father’s Day Blue - #/50
  • Memorial Day Camo - #/25
  • Clear Variation - #/10 (Hobby)
  • Platinum - 1/1
  • Printing Plates - 1/1

While not mentioned in the initial details, it seems likely that variations remain a staple of the flagship experience.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Inserts

In addition to a fresh base design comes a new wave of inserts in the 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist. Heavily focusing on prior periods of the game, Decade's Best covers the 1950s to the 2010s with top 10 lists for the best Award Winners, Hitters, Pitchers and Teams.

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Decade's Next is for the key up-and-coming player from each team, while Decade of Dominance takes a die-cut approach to the greats of past eras.

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Collectors have their collective voices heard in Topps Choice, which awards the best design of each decade from the 1950s to 2010s by fan vote. These naturally have throwback designs.

Becoming an annual tradition, 2020 also celebrates the 35th anniversary of 1985 Topps Baseball with an insert line.

Nearly all of the inserts add Blue, Black (#/299), Gold (#/50), Red (#/10), and Platinum (1/1) parallels, as well as signed versions limited to 25 or less.

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Retail-only Turkey Red 2020 (1 per pack) and Chrome Turkey Red 2020 bring back the past card design for current players. These both have Blue (#/50), Green (#/10), and Black (1/1) parallels, but the chromium cards are naturally Refractors and the one-of-one version is a SuperFractor.

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Likely looking ahead to his possible 2020 Hall of Fame induction, the flagship set honors the Yankees legend with the Topps Now Derek Jeter Retrospective set that averages 1:18 packs. Hard-signed autographs for Jeter are numbered to three copies or one-of-one.

Fans of the long ball can also count on the return of the Home Run Challenge promotion. Featuring 30 different players, these cards average one per Hobby Box and one per Hobby Jumbo box. At retail, they fall 1:10 packs.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autographs

They can be tougher to pull, but 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball offers many different autographs. The Baseball Stars Autographs line is not limited to just one decade as it spreads its gaze across MLB history. Parallels include Black (#/199), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25), and Platinum (1/1) versions. There are also Baseball Stars Dual Autograph cards, for those duos with a specific bond, limited to five copies or less.

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Collectors can try their luck with World Series Champion Autograph cards for the 2019 winner, or chase playoff standouts from 2019 via Postseason Performance Autograph. These cards are each numbered to 50 or less with Red (#/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels. Returning once more are the one-of-one Cut Signatures cards.

Even more '85 goodness is supplied with 1985 Topps Baseball Autograph cards for past and present stars. Numbered parallels consist of Black (#/199), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25 - Hobby), and Platinum (1/1 - Hobby/Jumbo) editions.

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2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relics / Auto Relics

Largely mirroring previous sets, 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball works in memorabilia pieces through Major League Material, Postseason Performance Relic (#/99) and World Series Champion Relic (#/99) cards. Major League Material also has Black (#/199), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25), and Platinum (1/1 - Hobby/Jumbo) parallels, while the Postseason and World Series sets only offer Red (#/25), and Platinum (1/1).

On top of that, the 1985 design gets another shoutout with 1985 Topps Baseball Relics. The parallel choices are the same as Major League Material.

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The one-of-one In the Name Relics cards can be an impressive pull as each showcases nameplate letters from the 2019 MLB All-Star Game workout jerseys.

If your hunting signed relics in 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball, check out Topps Reverence Autograph Patch (#/10 - Hobby/Jumbo), Major League Material Autograph (#/50 or less), Postseason Performance Autograph Relic (#/50 or less), and World Series Champion Autograph Relic (#/50 or less) cards. Each set has Red (#/25 or #/5), and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

Closing things out, Topps maintains its run of manufactured relics in Jumbo Jersey Sleeve Patch and Global Game Medallion. These commemorative relic cards are exclusive to Hobby/Hobby Jumbo boxes. Rookie Retrospective RC Logo Medallion cards are exclusive to retail Relic Blaster boxes.

Parallels include Black (#/199 or #/149), Gold (#/50), Red (#/10), Platinum (1/1), and Autograph (#/10 or less) versions.

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2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Silver Packs Promo

Also tackling the '85 design, the 2020 Topps Baseball Silver Packs promo features exclusive chromium versions with numbered parallels and autographs. These bonus packs come in the sealed boxes at a rate of one per Hobby box and two per Hobby Jumbo box.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Flagship Design

Shifting even more to a modern style, the 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball design is again borderless. The full-bleed image adds a nameplate banner with a little haze effect that occupies one entire side of the card. In my opinion, this is more reminiscent of a Bowman design.

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Another initial observation is that the layout for the names is a bit disorienting given that it is perpendicular to the card orientation. That means a lot of tilted heads to read the names.

Over the years, Topps has gone in many directions with their main MLB set design and 2020 joins a long and popular history of baseball cards.

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If you need a refresher course, our Topps flagship gallery from 1951 to 2020 highlights all the designs so you can follow the progression and compare and contrast your favorites.

What do you think about the 2020 design? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Estimated Release Date: February 5, 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
  • 1 Silver Pack

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Jumbo Box Break

  • 1 Autograph Card
  • 2 Relic Cards
  • 2 Silver Packs

Card Gallery:

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

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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. Author

    Eh, not really what i wanted from flagship. Why don’t they just go back to the bordered design?

  2. Author

    Kind of looks like 2003 Flair Greats and 1993 Fleer Ultra had a baby. I guess it’s better than some of the train wrecks we’ve been getting over the last 10 years or so.

  3. Author

    A little too “metallic” like 2017 & 2018 for my taste. Can not wait for the 2020 Heritage, though. Gimme some ‘71 black borders.

  4. Author

    Great photos ruined by poor placement of the nameplate. Won’t be buying this year just like 2019.

  5. Author

    another lame borderless design, just like the cards of the 90’s throw something on there just to sell it. bring back the borders. those people at topps now don’t know how to do cards.

  6. Author

    Ive cut way back on my buying of trading cards, Im sick and tired of the BORING cards being produced now a days – go back to the 50’s and 60’s and steal bits and pieces from them and come up with something interesting.

  7. Author

    Looks good on screen. I was surprised with 2019, looked bad (IMO) on screen, but then loved the cards when I saw them. I can understand those who miss full borders, but do think the design is distinct enough to stand out in my mind as the years go by. It is fun to see the card designs evolving over time. Each time period has its own distinct look (ie 50s, vs 60s, 70s etc)

  8. Author

    looks like they took a crappy insert from 2013 and is just bad placement and just give us some all around borders its looks too tech like and need to be more simplified.

  9. Author

    I’d like it much better if the nameplate was horizontal. The design is a reflection of the times as are all years. I do wish they’d stick to a ‘classic’ style for the flagship set, and go nuts with the Bowman and others.

    And, yes, too many (sub-standard) sub-sets. I feel bad for the hobby shops that need to buy so much junk.

  10. Author

    It’s clean, but something’s missing. Very bland. The vertical cards are passable, but I don’t like the horizontal one.

  11. Author

    The nameplate should be either at the top or bottom of the picture not 90 degrees off. Constantly turning these when checking out the set will be disturbing.

  12. Author

    Bland, I may be in the minority here but how about a border and the paper stock used in Archives? Topps is way too predictable. If Panini could get a license Topps would be in trouble.

  13. Author

    I agree — too many of the parallel sets. No collector can ever hope to get a complete set. I’d rather have two or three where I can collect them all rather than ten where I only get a card or two.

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