For those who can do without the parallels, insert cards, photo variations, retail exclusive cards and autographs, an old standby is returning that puts a traditional complete set in your lap without the need to sort anything. The 2017 Topps Factory sets will be for sale the week of July 5.
Once again, each set comes in a colorful box and includes the 700 cards that make up Series 1 and 2.
The history of the factory set goes back to 1974 but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that Topps made a habit of issuing them on a regular basis.
This year’s set will include a five card bonus pack of parallel cards created on foilboard stock.
Often times, the company has created multiple versions of the factory set including retail and hobby versions as well as a set created in conjunction with baseball’s All-Star game. Each is packed in a different style box with different types of bonus insert packs. Whether that occurs again this year isn’t yet known but it’s likely we’ll see more than one factory set before the middle of July.