That's the chants from all baseball fans when football season ends, they know the newest Topps Series 1 release is just around the corner. And their favorite sport as well is coming up.
Topps Series 1 this year was out of order when it comes to releases as Topps Archives Signature took it's spot as the first release of the year. For me, that felt odd but it was quickly ignored as the site of the Pete Alonso covered box made its appearance.
I don't normally do well with hobby box breaks of this product, but this year is a new year. Let's hope for something good.
It's time to rip!
Here's my rip
Darn, was hoping for a Griffey Jr. Overall these silver pack cards have 50 cards in the set to collect including autographs and I believe parallels.
Up next, let's see how my first pack of 2020 Topps turned out......
There are 350 cards in the Series 1 base set. There are plenty of veterans
Rookies including lots of the big names, I never landed that guy from the Reds everyone is talking about. But he is in here.
And plenty of subsets,
And speaking of photos in this years Series 1, they are probably some of the best I have ever seen for it. Here are a few of my favorites,
Here's the CMP codes to break 'em down the easiest
- Base Cards end 269
- Advanced Stat Parallels end 283
- SP Variations end 284
- SSP Variations end 285
- SSSP Variations end 578
Lots of parallels to be found in Series 1 but at much harder rates than usual.
Overall look at the parallels,
Yellow (Walgreens), Purple (Meijer), Rainbow, Gold /2020, Advanced Stat /300, Vintage /99, Independence /76, Black /69 , Mother's Day Hot Pink /50, Father's Day Blue /50, Memorial Day Camp /25, Platinum 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
A good handful of inserts to be found in Series 1 but once again I am not overly impressed by them. I have grown tiresome of the reprinted cards in classic designs. I would like to see some new creativity brought to the insert line. Add more foil, come up with creative lines or maybe instead of 75 Sp's cut those back and do an insert line called Topp Photography and just show the best photos that way. Make the Sp's be legendary players only.
Just a thought. Let's check out my inserts.
Well, it says one autograph or relic but honestly, 9 times out of 10 it's going to be a relic and here is one,
However, there is some tremendous pulls to be found and you can possibly find them in your box. Here's what you may find,
- 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Autographs
- Baseball Stars Autographs
- Baseball Stars Dual Autographs
- Decade of Dominance Autographs
- Decades' Best Autographs
- Decade's Next Autographs
- Player Highlight Autographs - Rhys Hoskins
- Player Highlight Autographs - Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
- Postseason Performance Autographs
- Topps Choice Autographs
- World Series Champion Autographs
- Cut Signatures
- Major League Material Autograph
- Postseason Performance Autograph Relics
- Topps Reverence Autograph Patch
- World Series Champion Autograph Relics
- Global Game Medallion Autograph Manufactured Relics
- Jumbo Jersey Sleeve Patch Autograph Manufactured Relics
- Rookie Card Retrospective RC Logo Medallion Autograph Manufactured Relics
- 1985 Topps Baseball Relics
- In The Name Relics
- Major League Material Relics
- Postseason Performance Relic
- World Series Champion Relic
- Global Game Medallion Manufactured Relics
- Jumbo Jersey Sleeve Patch Manufactured Relics
- Rookie Card Retrospective RC Logo Medallion Manufactured Relics
Before I close out this post, I wanted to also mention that there seems to be some chipping on these cards. I had quite a few packs with some corner issues. So keep that in mind when busting packs to be very careful.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I always enjoy the first rip of Topps flagship. That thought that baseball season is right around the corner, and hopefully some green grass with all the white out my window and more base cards for the baseball card season makes it exciting.
I also enjoy collecting the newest rookie class which appears to be a good one and also collecting players in their new uniforms. You also add in a few Griffeys to find and all is good.
One thing I will say is when I buy Series 1,2 or Update I always stick with retail blaster boxes. I always land a relic hit in my hobby breaks so for me the cost of a $70 hobby box to land a relic vs buying a retail blaster for $20 and land a relic seems more logical to me. I can even get three blaster relics and one hanger box for the cost of a hobby box. It's just my thinking.
It's a good product overall and if you have always bought Series one, this year won't disappoint.