There are a few sets each year that the whole hobby stops and watches what happens. Both of the first two series of Topps Baseball are part of that group. Series 2 is live today, and it comes with some pretty fun surprises that have a lot of people talking. Thanks to some great performances from the rookie class, it adds a bit to the allure of ripping the set.
Here are some of the big hits up so far:
In terms of the set, we get a continuation of the same design from Series 1, which I liked then and I still like now. Getting Maeda his first Topps RC is a big deal, as is the many cards for Ichiro’s chase for 3000 hit. Ken Griffey Jr also has a tribute set, which includes some buybacks of old Topps cards at really rare insert rates.
Similarly, the Titans Bunt redemptions are back for Series 2, and are garnering as much attention as they usually do. These cards are /25 and can get hundreds of dollars on eBay thanks to their availability and power in the app. Some of the redemptions from the first time around ended up as 1/1s in the app, which are some of the most valuable cards around. If you pull one, consider yourself incredibly lucky.
Photo variations from Jackie Robinson day are also included in the base set, and they turned out really cool. Having everyone wear the number 42 jersey is already an event in MLB, and bringing those commemorative jerseys to the set is a great idea for a photo variation. At least they arent sparkles, but this one definitely raises some eyebrows.
There are also a few sets with on card autos, both of which look awesome. The first are the laser books, which have intricate die cut covers to the cards, and have been upgraded from stickers in Series 1. The second is a historical look at the futures game, featuring hard signed cards with a pin from the game. They also have a continuation of the coin set and gold pin set we saw in Series 1.
I have also seen a few of the Double Play rip cards, which are new for this set, and are 1/1 for each version from what I understand. These cards function like the predictor cards, where the inside card has a feat listed for the player on the front. If the player achieves the feat, some sort of benefit will be granted. Im sure we will have to wait and see what that is.
Overall, Series 2 is a fun rip if you like boxes with a ton of cards and fun inserts. If you are looking for more high end content, this product has it’s share, but its something that you have to be crazy lucky to hit. Going to be interesting to see how things are added for round 3 and update coming later this year.