The 2016 Topps Baseball baseball cards make it feel a little closer to spring. Series One releases February 3 with another 350-card base set. Special subsets honoring the late company patriarch Sy Berger and the history of Wrigley Field are included and yes, Joey Bautista’s famous playoff bat flip is captured on one card.
The checklist for the flagship product that kicks off the 2016 collecting season is available for download or viewing below. 2016 Topps Series 2 will be out in June.
Last year, Topps had already offered peeks at its base card design for 2016, which essentially uses full-bleed photos.
A full preview gallery of card designs is also below along with links to purchase 2016 Topps boxes.
The 2016 Topps Breakdown
Base cards in 2016 Topps Series One feature veterans, rookies, Future Stars, League Leaders, 2015 World Series Highlights, and team cards. Mike Trout was voted by fans and collectors to be card #1.
Among the players whose official rookie cards will appear in Series One are:
Hector Olivera, Atlanta Braves
Henry Owens, Boston Red Sox
Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
Trayce Thompson, Chicago White Sox
Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
Michael Conforto, New York Mets
Greg Bird, New York Yankees
Luis Severino, New York Yankees
Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals
Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
Mike Trout will be card #1 after online voting by collectors late last season.
All 350 base cards will receive the following parallels:
• Gold – Sequentially numbered to 2016.
• Black – Sequentially numbered to 65. HOBBY & HOBBY JUMBO ONLY
• Pink – Sequentially numbered to 50.
• Platinum – Numbered 1/1.
• Rainbow Foil Parallel – Inserted 1:10.
• Clear Parallel – Sequentially numbered to 10. REGULAR HOBBY BOXES ONLY— NOT IN FOUND IN HOBBY JUMBO
• Framed Parallel – Framed in silver, similar to Topps Museum Collection autographs. Sequentially numbered. HOBBY & HOBBY JUMBO ONLY
• Base Card Printing Plates – The four printing plates used for every base card. 1,400 total plates. Numbered 1/1. HOBBY & HOBBY JUMBO ONLY
• Berger’s Best – 65 cards celebrating the legacy of Topps’ progenitor, Sy Berger, with an iconic card reproduced from each year since 1952. Inserted 1:4.
• Perspectives– In 25 cards, Topps says “collectors will gain a new perspective on the game and the highlighted player”. Inserted 1:4.
• Pressed Into Service – These 10 position players ventured into unfamiliar territory and took to the pitcher’s mound. Inserted 1:8.
• 100 Years at Wrigley Field – 25 of the most memorable Chicago Cubs moments are immortalized on cardboard. Inserted 1:8.
• Back-to-Back – 15 of the greatest power hitting combos grace these cards. Inserted 1:8.
• Topps Laser – Twenty years after the original brand, Topps offers cards featuring laser-cut designs in this 25-card set. Numbered to 99. HOBBY & HOBBY JUMBO ONLY
• First Pitch – The 2015 debut was successful enough for a return engagement showcasing notable names who tossed out the first pitch at a 2015 MLB game. Inserted 1:8. The first pitch checklist wasn’t revealed with the overall 2016 list but it includes: Abby Wambach, Gabby Giffords, Mo’ne Davis, Evelyn Jones (oldest to throw a ceremonial pitch), Bree Morse (Miss California), pro golfer Jordan Spieth, Kristaps Porzingis, Johnny Knoxville, James Taylor, Bud Selig, Haylee Atwell, Bill Withers, Steve Aoki, Rebekah Gregory, Tony Hawk, IronE Singleton, Levar Burton, Don Cherry, Victor Espinoza and Carrie Brownstein.
• Stamped Buybacks – Vintage Topps cards stamped with a 65th Anniversary logo. 2 PER BOX. HOBBY & HOBBY JUMBO ONLY
• Team Logo Pin cards – High gloss metallic pins featuring 35 players alongside their team logos.
• Team Logo Pin autograph cards – Numbered to 25.
• No-Hitter Pin cards– 15 remarkable achievements in pitching are lauded with special pins created solely for this set.
• No-Hitter Pin autograph cards – Numbered to 25.
• World Series Coin and Stamp Cards – Cards featuring champions of the Fall Classic and a U.S. coin and postage stamp from the year they won the title. Quarter with Stamp – Numbered. Quarter with Stamp and Autograph – Numbered to 10. Dime with Stamp – Numbered. Nickel with Stamp – Numbered. Penny with Stamp – Numbered.
Autograph Relic Cards
• Topps Laser Autograph Relics – Numbered to 10.
• Back-to-Back Dual Autograph Relics – Two autographs and two relics per card. Numbered to 10.
• Pressed Into Service Autograph Relics – Numbered to 10.
• 100 Years at Wrigley Field Autograph Relics – Numbered to 10.
• World Series Champion Autograph Relics – Numbered to 50.
• Postseason Performance Autograph Relics – Numbered to 50.
• Glove Leather Autographs – Players sign directly onto simulated glove leather. Numbered to 25.
• Scouting Report Autographs– What the scouts are saying about players alongside their autographs.
• Berger’s Best Autographs – Numbered to 25.
• Topps Laser Autographs – Numbered to 25. HOBBY & HOBBY JUMBO ONLY
• Back-to-Back Dual Autographs – Numbered to 25.
• Pressed Into Service Autographs – Numbered to 25.
• 100 Years at Wrigley Field Autographs – Numbered to 25.
• World Series Champion Autographs – Numbered to 50.
• Postseason Performance Autographs – Numbered to 50.
• Berger’s Best Cut Signatures – Numbered 1/1.
• Cut Signatures – Numbered 1/1.
Topps will again offer BUNT code cards, featuring a code to be redeemed for currency to be used within the Topps BUNT App and BUNT player cards that can be unlocked through codes.
The Spring Fever promotion also returns with collectors who pull a redemption card from now until February 21 eligible to return it to their local hobby shop in exchange for a five-card pack of Topps Spring Fever baseball cards.
You can check out 2016 Topps Baseball cards on eBay here or via Amazon through the links at the bottom of this page.