If you liked series one, series two brings you more of the same, in some cases much more. We get a continuation of series one, with numbers 351-700. The usual assortment of parallels are back, but we also get a bit of a throwback for the SP variations. Instead of just image variations, we also see the return of old time player variations.
Many of the insert sets are continued in this series, including 1987 Topps, First Pitch, MLB Network, and Salute. The First Pitch set is at least a reasonable size. I can’t really say the same about the 1987 and Salute sets. They are each 100 cards, after 100 cards from series one, as well. At ten per box, those sets would take almost two cases to pull, which seems a bit extreme to me.
During the initial release, hobby stores also offered two additional 1987 Topps Chrome packs for each sealed box purchase.
This box contained my first 1/1 autograph, which was rather surprising to me. It contained:
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Bowman has always been highly focused on prospects. This seems to be taking it to an extreme, however. The base set now consists of only 100 cards, while the prospects “insert” set features 150 different players. I miss the days when the base set was not just an after thought. The vast majority of autographs and other inserts are prospect related, but there are also a few veterans sprinkled in.
I don’t remember Bowman really doing buybacks in the same way the Topps flagship release has in recent years, but to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary, we get to see some this year. They’re using similar foil colors as the Topps release. I’ve only seen buybacks going back to 1990, as prior to that, the cards would be oversized compared to modern cards, and would not fit in packs.
This box contained:
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There may be snow on the ground, but the first release of the upcoming baseball season is a sure sign that spring is approaching. The set follows the well known pattern by this point, with a 350 card base set.
Once again, Topps brings back the First Pitch insert set featuring various celebrities, along with the rest of the usual parallels. The parallels seem a lot more rare now, which may not bode well for over producing the set. This year, there is a tribute to the 1987 Topps set, with a large insert set, as well as associated autograph cards. As a special add on, Topps ran a promo for hobby box purchases from hobby stores to include additional special packs, featuring chrome 1987 cards and various parallels.
The box advertises 10 packs with 50 cards each, including 1 autograph and 2 relics per box.
This box contained:
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This release marks the end of the regular season, and features players changing teams, All Stars, and a number of rookies making their debut. It follows the normal pattern, so there aren’t really a lot of surprises. You see some manufactured relics, some All Star relics, and various autographs. There are also the usual number of parallels. The biggest surprise to me is the size of the set. After years of a 330 card set, Topps started changing it the last few years. This year, the set has shrunk to a total of 300 base cards.
The jumbo box contains 10 packs of 50 cards each, while advertising 1 Autograph and 2 Relic cards per box.
This box contained:
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The Topps Chrome release has long been an alternative parallel to the flagship Topps set, but this one seems to take it even a little bit further. The base set is only 200 cards, but then you also see inserts matching the regular base set inserts, as well. I’m not sure if that’s really necessary. There are also a lot fewer inserts and parallels than from recent years. This lack of parallels leaves you with a question of value. Base cards don’t really seem to get a lot of respect, and now you get more of them.
The jumbo boxes advertise five autographs per box, but there isn’t much else. The boxes contain 12 packs of 13 cards.
This box contains:
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