2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards - Updated Details

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards – Updated Details

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The flagship release is always a hobby favorite and 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball adds to the legacy of the long-running brand.

Of course, with the new edition comes another flagship design.

See also: 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base / Parallels

Again offering 330 cards in the base set, 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball features top players, League Leaders and team cards along with the rookies and Future Stars.

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The parallel lineup includes the new Platinum (1/1) edition.

2022Topps Series 1 Baseball Base Parallel Breakdown

  • Gold Foil - 1:2 packs (Jumbo)
  • Rainbow Foil - 1:10 packs
  • Gold - #/2,022
  • Green Foilboard - #/499
  • Orange Foilboard - #/299
  • Red Foilboard - #/199
  • Vintage Stock - #/99
  • Independence Day - #/76
  • Black - #/70 (Hobby/Jumbo)
  • Mother’s Day Hot Pink  - #/50
  • Father’s Day Powder Blue - #/50
  • Memorial Day Camo - #/25
  • Platinum - 1/1
  • Printing Plates - 1/1

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Hobby-exclusive Clear versions are capped at just 10 copies. This is a partial parallel for 100 cards in the main set.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Inserts

In typical flagship style, the insert selection for 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball is robust. 2021’s Greatest Hits revisits 20 top offensive performers from the previous season, Diamond Greats puts 25 legends on a die-cut design, and Flashiest Feet focuses on 15 pairs of custom cleats.

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Other sets include Turnin’ Two, for the notable shortstop/2nd baseman duos, and Welcome to the Show, which looks back at the rookie years for current and former standouts and digs into each star's specific route to the bigs.

A three-part continuation insert, Generation Now showcases the newest MLB stars. The 90-card set is spread across Series 1, Series 2 and Update Series.

In general, the standard inserts can be found as Blue, Black (#/299), Gold (#/75), Red (#/10), and Platinum (1/1) parallels. There are also Autographs for certain subjects, numbed to 10 or less.

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On top of that, Topps' annual look back to a prior design covers 1987 Topps Baseball in honor of the 35th anniversary. The retro series adds a new Wood (1/1) parallel alongside the parallels noted above.

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Also debuting in 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball, Salute to The Mick is another three-part insert found in Series 1, Series 2 and Update Series. The nine-card set naturally celebrates Mickey Mantle. Per Topps, these are "limited and very rare."

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autographs

Next up, Series 1 MLB moves to the hits. Among the autograph choices, look for 1987 Topps Baseball Autographs, Baseball Stars Autographs, Baseball Stars Dual Autographs (#/5 or less), Postseason Performance Autographs (#/50 or less) and World Series Champion Autographs (#/50 or less).

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2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autograph Parallels Rundown

1987 Topps Baseball Autographs

  • Black - #/199
  • Gold - #/50 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1 (Hobby/HTA)

Baseball Stars Autographs

  • Black - #/99
  • Gold - #/50
  • Red - #/25
  • Platinum - 1/1
Postseason Performance Autographs

  • Base - #/50 or less
  • Red - #/25 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1

World Series Champion Autographs

  • Base - #/50 or less
  • Red - #/25 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1

In addition, hunt down the one-of-one Cut Signature cards for all-time greats.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relics / Auto Relics

Memorabilia supplies another round of hits for the flagship set. Various swatches from the stars of baseball can be found in 1987 Topps Baseball Relics and In the Name Relics (Hobby/HTA), with jersey nameplate letters, along with Major League Material Relics, Postseason Performance Relics (#/99 0r less) and World Series Champion Relics (#/99 0r less).

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2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relic Parallels Rundown

1987 Topps Baseball Relics

  • Black - #/199
  • Gold - #/50 or less
  • Red - #/25 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1 (Hobby/HTA)

Major League Material Relics

  • Black - #/199
  • Gold - #/50 or less
  • Red - #/25 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1 (Hobby/HTA)
Postseason Performance Relics

  • Base - #/99 or less
  • Red - #/25
  • Platinum - 1/1

World Series Champion Relics

  • Base - #/99 or less
  • Red - #/25
  • Platinum - 1/1

Commemorative versions include Hobby-exclusive City Flag Patch and MLB Logo Medallion cards with manufactured relics. These add limited autographs for select subjects.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relic Parallels Rundown

City Flag Patch

  • Black - #/299
  • Gold - #/75
  • Red - #/10
  • Platinum - 1/1
  • Autograph - #/10 or less
MLB Logo Medallion

  • Gold - #/75
  • Red - #/10
  • Platinum - 1/1
  • Autograph - #/10 or less

The 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist boasts auto-relic inserts, as well. All numbered to 50 copies or less, chase Major League Material Autographs, Postseason Performance Auto Relics and World Series Champion Auto Relics, plus the Hobby/HTA-only Topps Reverence Auto Patch (#/10).

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2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Auto Relic Parallels Rundown

Major League Material Autographs

  • Base - #/50 or less
  • Red - #/25 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1

Postseason Performance Auto Relics

  • Base - #/50 or less
  • Red - #/25 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1
Topps Reverence Auto Patch

  • Base - #/10
  • Red - #/5
  • Platinum - 1/1

World Series Champion Auto Relics

  • Base - #/50 or less
  • Red - #/25 or less
  • Platinum - 1/1

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Sketch / Topper

Closing out the odds and ends for Series 1, the Hobby/HTA-exclusive Sketch cards provide a one-of-one chase for top players.

The HTA Jumbo boxes also contain exclusive Oversized 1987 Topps Future Stars Boxloader cards. These come in every box and there are also limited Autographs, numbered to 10 or less.

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2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Silver Packs Promo

As has been the case for years, Hobby and Jumbo boxes feature the 2022 Topps Series 1 Silver Packs Promo.

Every Hobby box has one Silver Pack and HTA Jumbo boxes contain two Silver Packs. These offer chromium cards with a chance for limited parallels and autographs.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Flagship Design

Marking the second straight year with a full border, the 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball design is less busy than in recent years. The nameplate is also much easier to read.

Young phenom Wander Franco offers the first look at the design, which should be his initial MLB rookie card.

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As seen above, the 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball style more resembles the look of the early 2010s. The back image was not provided, so collectors will have to wait to see how the stats are organized in 2022.

Be sure to review the overall Topps flagship gallery to compare how the design has evolved.

What's your initial impression of the Topps 2022 MLB design? Leave any comments below. 

Estimated Release Date: February 9, 2022
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

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph or Relic Card
  • 1 Silver Pack

2022 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. 

Set Checklist

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards Checklist

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

 

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Each Hobby box is slated to have:

  • 1 Autograph or Relic

Here are the top deals on Hobby boxes currently listed on eBay.

 

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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.

User Reviews

  1. Has a “Big League Baseball” brand look to it, which I’m not sure is a great thing. That said, I still far prefer the full borders if one is condition sensitive, so I’ll take it.

  2. Really like the look. Good departure from ultra modern design of last couple years.

    Really don’t like that they are waiting to release Wander RC. He was called up in mid June. Should be in Update. This once again means update will be a dud. If they aren’t going to support update, they should discontinue it.

  3. The design is a huge improvement over this year. Unfortunately, the Wander Franco mock up means we are probably not getting a Franco rookie card in this years update set.

  4. The design is much better than 2021, player photo bigger. Topps doesn’t need to have both team logo or name on front of card. The player position could be darker not faded. Overall a really good card design.

  5. Not sure how Topps does their mockups, but Panini shows 2020 rookies in 2021 designs with the RC designation to substitute for lacking photos of current rookies in their designs. I don’t really think Topps will wait this long on the Franco rookie. 2022 series 1 will sell itself. Last year’s Update lagged and Topps will want to put him in there I bet.

  6. Topps does not do mock-ups like Panini. Anything is possible, but I would be pretty shocked if Topps releases Franco rookies before the 2022 sets.

  7. I would love to see Panini release a 2021 Franco card and ruin their plans.

  8. SO MUCH BETTER THAN 2021.
    joe13 is right – don’t need team logo and team name both on front. Logo is sufficient.

    Also, I think it’d look better if the ball in the lower left corner was fully round right? Just a nit pick but it looks weird that its not a full circle when they have a full circle for the position on the right side and a circle above the ball. Just seems like it should be round too.

  9. Good looking cards. Better than recent product. I like the open baseball. Stylized look. Easier to read player name. Position should be darker.

  10. Doing the 1987 subset again? I figured they would skip to 1988, since they already did the ’87 retro set in 2017. Maybe this time Topps will get CLUE and picture Rickey Henderson as a Yankee instead of an Oakland Athletic as he had been playing in the Bronx since 1985 and didn’t return to Oakland till ’89.

  11. Safe, simple design. Striking resemblance to some Bowman styles from the recent past. Insert offerings only mildly different from previous years.

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