The third leg of the annual cardboard trilogy arrives during the MLB playoffs with 2017 Topps Update baseball. Following the same path as Series 1 and Series 2, Update focuses on some players who were traded or signed with new teams just before the start of the season as well as rookies who made their big league debut during the first several weeks of the season.
Hobby boxes will have 36 ten-card packs per box with Jumbos holding ten packs of 50 cards. Look for hobby boxes to likely cost $55-65 on release with Jumbos at $90-100.
The 2017 Update base set is 300 total cards and in addition to the cards mentioned above, will again include content related to the MLB All-Star Game. Combined with the 350 cards issued in each of the first two series, the flagship Topps set for 2017 will consist of 1,000 cards in all.
- Gold Parallel – Sequentially numbered to 2017.
- Rainbow Foil Parallel – Inserted
- Vintage Stock Parallel – Sequentially numbered to 99.
- Black Parallel – Sequentially numbered to 66. Hobby and Jumbo only.
- Mother’s Day Hot Pink Parallel – Sequentially numbered to 50.
- Father’s Day Powder Blue Parallel – Sequentially numbered to 50.
- Memorial Day Parallel – Sequentially numbered to 25.
- Clear Parallel – Select Rookies Only. Sequentially numbered to 10. Hobby only.
- Negative Parallel – hobby and jumbo only.
- Platinum Parallel – Sequentially numbered 1/1. • Printing Plates – Sequentially numbered 1/1.
There will be short prints, super short prints and autograph parallels to chase.
Inserts, Relics and Autographs
Salute cards celebrate top performances from superstars throughout the season with themes that will include rookie call-ups, walk-off moments, pitching performances and “web gem catches.” There will be Red parallels numbered to 25 and 1/1 Platinum versions.
Topps All Rookie Cup pays homage to the greatest MLB rookies of all time with recreations of their Topps Rookie Cup cards.
Untouchables focuses on pitchers who have won the Cy Young Award and helped their clubs thrive in the postseason.
Salute, All Rookie Cup and Untouchables will be seeded one in every eight packs.
Rookies, Rising Stars and Traded in 1987 Design
Topps again brings back the 1987 “wood grain” design with an expansive set showcasing 2017 MLB rookies, rising stars and traded veterans. Look for Red (# to 25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels. They’ll also be found in every eight packs. There will also be autographed versions, some on-card with Glossy (# to 15 or less), Wood (# to 10), Ash (# to 5) and 1/1 Birch parallels.
The third installment of the MLB Network series in 2017 will feature more on-air personalities. There will be on-card autograph parallels.
All Star Game Cards
There will be several different subsets of All-Star Game relic cards with some low-numbered parallels.
All-Star Stitches Autograph Cards will highlight players picked to play in the game with a relic piece and an autograph #’d to 25 or less. Look for Orange (# to 10) and 1/1 Platinum parallels. Jumbo Patches will be numbered to 10 or less.
Topps Salute Autograph Cards will highlight player performances from the season with a focus on rookies and young stars. There will be Red (# to 10) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.
Hank Aaron Award Commemorative Patch Cards will highlight recipients of the Hank Aaron Award. They won’t be found in blaster boxes. There will be Gold (# to 99), Black (# to 50), Platinum (1/1) and Autograph parallels.
Own the Name Relics and Cut Signature cards will also be part of the mix.
2017 Topps Update baseball is due out the week of October 18.