Series three of the Topps 206 release changes things up a little bit. In an homage to the original T206 cards, which included some minor league players, Topps includes a number of up and coming prospects in their set. This waves has a lower print run than the previous two, which isn’t really a surprise given the checklist. While there are some top prospects, there are also many who are not as familiar at this point. Maybe they will eventually make a name for themselves, but right now, they’re not really driving the print run.
At 28,225 packs, the print run is smaller. The still represents a lot of each card, however. It does make it a bit easier to find limited parallels. Each box contains a single pack of ten cards, which includes two Piedmont back parallels.
Wave 7 hits for Topps Total as the year’s release begins to wind down. Production is up slightly for this release with 3495 packs. That still represents a fairly small print run, so the cards are able to hold their value a little bit.
The standard configuration remains for this release. Each pack contains ten base cards. The odds of any inserts is not explicitly mentioned, but you could figure it out by looking at the release size. There are once again three parallels available – red, black, and gold. There are also a handful of autographs and a possible retired veteran card. For packs containing a parallel or insert, these cards are in addition to the ten base cards.
This release ticks up just a bit from the print run of wave 5 with 3059 packs. The errors once again return in this wave, with every card seemingly having an error on it. To begin with, there are three cards that feature a different player on the back than they do on the front. In addition to that, the text on the back of the cards mention “The 2019 Topps Total set”, rather than the 2020 set as the rest of the waves have to this point.
By now, the release pattern is very well known. The wave contains one hundred cards, along with red, black, and gold parallels. There are also a handful of autographs and retired legends included, but there are no specific odds given for those. Each pack contains 10 cards, unless there is a parallel, autograph, or retired legend, which is included as an extra card.
This series seemed to ship a little quicker than the last one. The print run of 33914 is a little less than half of the print run for Series 1. It will be interesting to see how that goes for the remaining series. I had not received the Series 1 shipment until after the Series 2 order window had closed.
This series follows closely the first release. The cards aren’t numbered, but you have a similar assortment of advertising backs in the style of the original T206 release. For Series 2, Old Mill has been replaced with cards without black print. While there are some possible hits, they’re not very likely, beyond different backs. This series includes 50 cards. Each pack comes with 10 cards, including 2 Piedmont backs.
Wave 5 comes quickly on the heels of wave 4. During the early stages of the pandemic, Topps started following behind on the print on demand products such as this. Regular releases were halted completely, but these continued, with slower shipping. They’ve pledged to catch up in the next month or so, so we’ll see how that goes.
Production has dipped just a little bit from wave 4, down to 2865 packs. That previous wave was not error prone in the same way the previous releases had been. Will the quality control continue in wave 5? No. Three cards in this wave are misnumbered. Mike Moustakas is numbered 270 rather than 470, Trevor Williams is 371 rather than 471, and Rick Porcello is 375 rather than 475. All of these numbers are occupied by cards released in other waves, but as there is a single print run, these won’t be corrected.
Once again we see the standard format with a 100 card base set with three possible parallels, red, black, and gold. There are also possible inserts with a few autographs and a retired veteran Ted Williams. Each pack advertises 10 cards, with no guaranteed hits. Any parallels or inserts are additional cards in the pack.