With the first series of this year’s base product scheduled for release at the end of January (a couple of weeks earlier than last year), Topps has already revealed its plans for series two. To be issued in June, 2013 Topps Baseball Series Two will pick-up where Series One left off.
The base set will, once again, consist of only 330 cards. As is custom for the second series, collectors can expect to see the first Topps cards of those players who changed teams in the off season, rookies who made the Opening Day roster, and others not included in the first series. The usual excess of parallels will also be included for your collecting enjoyment: Emerald, Gold, Black, Pink, Camouflage, Silk, Platinum, Wood, and Printing Plates.
Most of the inserts are continuations from the first series and revolve around the “Chase” theme Topps is attempting to establish this year. Highlights include a 15 card set based on the forthcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic; “Chase It Down,” which will highlight the highlight-reel diving catch; and another batch of Elite and 1972 Minis.
Each Hobby box is expected to yield either an autograph or a Relic card, while every HTA-exclusive jumbo box will have an autograph, a Relic, and a manufactured “Relic” card. One notable highlight to the chase program is the addition of a Ted Williams “Greatest Chase” relic, which will be exclusive to Hobby packs and serial-numbered to 50 copies. It should be noted that this will mark Williams’ first appearance in a Topps product in over five years.
2013 Topps Baseball Series Two is scheduled for release the week of June 10. Each Hobby box will contain 36 packs with ten cards per pack and should retail for around $65 a box. HTA jumbo boxes are set to have ten packs of 50 cards and a box should run $100. See preview images below.