Topps is bringing back and old release with Topps Total. This seems to be a call back in name, but not necessarily in spirit. This release is going to feature 9 waves of 100 cards per wave. There will be a limited number of parallels, as well as a previously unannounced autograph insert set.
This is set to be an online only “print on demand” set. That makes sense so far. Where it seems to go off the rails is at the price. This will be released in packs of ten cards for $10 per pack. At $1 per card, this will turn in to a very expensive set for anyone hoping to put together the full 900 card run. Will people stick around the whole way?
The second year of Topps Big League is very much like the first. It presents a large base set, without a ton of bells and whistles. It’s a fun set, and this really comes through with some of the picture selections, as well. This isn’t the release you want if you’re looking for the big hits.
There is an added wrinkle in the release this year. We see the return of Players’ Weekend cards, but as an insert set. We also see some SP cards featuring new rookies from 2019. These cards share the numbers of one in the regular set, so they’re a an alternate card for the set, without making you feel like the set is lacking something without them.
The complete base set contains 400, so you will need multiple boxes to even come close. A hobby box advertises 24 packs with 10 cards per pack. There are no hits guaranteed, but they are possible. The published odds for autographs show they will fall one in more than five boxes.