Friday, June 21, 2019

Cardboard Review:2019 Topps Series 2 Baseball

It's already June folks. June! This summer and baseball season has flown by so far. I remember just reviewing Topps Series 1 to open up the 2019 card season and here we are already to Series 2. Before I know it, Update will arrive. This is crazy! I hope it doesn't fly by too fast, I haven't really had summer yet. Still stuck in spring with the rain. At least the temps have gone up.

Enough with my rambling on about the weather, Let's take a look at Series 2 now shall we?

In every HOBBY BOX of 2019 Topps baseball, you will find 24 packs of 14 cards. Each box comes with one hit, either a relic or autograph, and boxes currently run right now just under $60.

The base set for Series 2 is the same design as always as Series 1 and starts where Series one ended in terms of the set. There are 350 new cards in Series 2 to collect.

In the Series 2 base set it includes,

Some of the hottest rookies including Vlad Guerrero Jr who is an Sp, but not that tough of a pull, found as an unnumbered card in the product.

Future Stars subset.

Stadium Scenes

Team and player highlights (rookie cup as well but I didn't cover those)

And some great photography.

Speaking of great photography, there are some really great shots on the Sp cards. Yup. More Sp photo variations to find in Series 2.

There are 75 Sp cards and 25 SSP cards to find in Series 2.
The best way to distinguish the difference is as always, going onto the back of the card, looking for the CMP code.

Here are the codes you are looking for,
  • Base Cards end in #962
  • Advanced Stat parallel ends in #968
  • SP Variations end in #031
  • SSP Variations end in #032
Here were my pulls of them. Both just plain Sp which are way easier to find than the SSP.

(despite my hatred of the Red Sox, hard to deny this is a great card)

Here is the front of a Advanced Stats parallel

The backs in comparison. Notice how there is numbering and how condensed the stats are on the card compared to the full stats on the other.

And as we always have, there are some parallels to find! I can't think of any products without parallels.
Gold /2019

150th anniversary with a foil stamp on the front that fall 1:6 packs

Rainbow Foil that fall 1:10 packs

Other parallels to find are,
  • Purple
  • Vintage Stock
  • Independence Day
  • Black
  • Mother's Day Pink
  • Father's Day Blue
  • Memorial Day Camo
  • Platinum 1/1
  • Printing Plates 1/1
 Now onto the inserts in Series 2. Most inserts have the following parallels, Blue, Black /299, 150th Anniversary /150, Gold /50, Red /10, and Platinum 1/1.

1984 Baseball Rookies and All Stars. There are 100 cards to collect.

Black /299!

Iconic Card Reprints has 50 cards to collect. If only this Trout wasn't a reprint!!!!!

150 Years Of Baseball has 100 cards to collect in the set.

Evolution has 25 cards to collect and digs deep into the back history of advances in baseball.

Significant Statistics has 25 cards to collect

Gary Vee's Top Entrepreneurs in Baseball has 10 cards to collect.

And there are 35 cards in the Home Run Challenge set. But, most won't be collecting this as a set. they will be using the codes to win cards.

Now onto the hit. I am going to be brutally honest, 9 out of 10 times, you should be expecting a relic or manu relic. Out of all of the years I have been busting flagship baseball or even football when they had a license for that, I pulled one autograph total. One.
And I did this year to.

Other hits I didn't find that you might are,
  • 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs Set
  • Aaron Judge Highlights Autographs
  • 150 Years of Baseball Autographs Set
  • Franchise Feats Autographs
  • Gary Vee's Top Entrepreneurs Dual Autograph
  • Iconic Card Reprints Autographs
  • Legacy of Baseball Autograph
  • Legacy of Baseball Dual Autographs
  • Significant Statistics Autograph
  • Cut Signatures
  • Major League Material Autograph
  • Significant Statistics Autograph Relic
  • Topps Reverence Autograph Patch
  • 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion Autograph
  • 150th Anniversary Manufactured Patch Autograph
  • MLB Logo Golden Anniversary Manufactured Patch Autograph
  • In The Name Relics
  • Mookie Betts Highlights Relic
  • Major League Material
  • Significant Statistics Relics
  • 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion
  • 150th Anniversary Manufactured Patch
  • MLB Logo Golden Anniversary Manufactured Patch
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Well, Series 2 was exactly what I thought it would be. Nothing new to me besides new inserts and what appears to be more inserts as well. Keep in mind that this product is mainly a set collectors kind of product. Meaning don't go chasing the big hits even though they are in here.

For me though, I look at this kind of product as a two option product and not three. I would either buy a jumbo box meaning a guaranteed auto with relics or some blaster boxes since you are most likely going to hit a relic anyways. Just think for the cost of this box I could have gotten three blaster boxes that would have given me three manufactured relics instead of just one plain relic I got from a hobby. Just a thought.

Wanna give it a try without the risk/cost of a hobby box, well I suggest a box break with  Midwest Box Breaks. They pull heat and always look out for their customers first. And newbies get freebies as well.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the giveaway on Twitter I am hosting. Please follow me there to enter @SportCardCollec. Also follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well. 


  1. at least your relic was a good player!

  2. As a Red Sox fan, I'm biased, but that was an excellent box! The Pedey/Yaz card is amazing!

  3. Great breakdown. Love the Pillar and Bregman short prints, they would fit nicely in my Jewish collection!!

  4. Thanks for the recap and the backs of the Advanced Stats parallel...and excellent Mookie! Much better than 3 manufactured relics!

  5. Nice relic, and I'm a Yankees fan! @EEFFL

  6. Great Pesto is card. Like some of the minor tweaks to series 2 this year and the great photos. Good post.