Topps is adding a new twist to 2017 Topps Inception Baseball. Just as with Bowman Inception, hobby boxes of 2017 Topps Inception set will contain one pack. The difference lies in what’s in the pack. Whereas the 2016 Bowman product contained all hits, the Topps branded product will contain one hit per box.
Topps is promising either one autograph or an autograph patch card in every pack. The rest of the seven-card pack will include two parallels and four base cards.
Aaron Judge, Andrew Benintendi and other top rookies are featured in the set.
A full checklist is linked below.
2017 Topps Inception Base Set
In addition to what a collector will find in a pack, the biggest difference in Topps Inception is the emphasis on veterans and rookies. Bowman, as usual, was more prospect-driven. The design for Topps Inception will feature an action shot of the player set against a background that looks positively celestial—call it the Big Bang theory on a piece of cardboard.
The base set will consist of 100 cards, and there will be plenty of parallels to chase. There will be parallels in green, purple (numbered to 150), magenta (99), red (75), orange (50) and blue (25). There also will be 1/1 Inception and printing plate cards.
Hard-signed base rookie and emerging stars autograph cards will feature up to 50 players, with parallels in magenta (numbered to 99), red (50), orange (25) and blue (25). Some collectors could pull a 1/1 Inception parallel. Inception Silver Signings are attractive-looking cards with a dark background, signed on-card in silver ink. This will be a case hit, and there also will be a gold version and a 1/1 Gold Inscription version.
There are more autographs to be found. The Inception Legendary Debut Autograph cards herald a player’s breakthrough into the major leagues. These also are on-card signatures, and the base version will be numbered. An orange parallel will be numbered to 10, while a blue parallel will be limited to five copies. There is also a 1/1 Inception parallel.
For collectors of hot cards, Topps Inception will feature autograph relic cards and jumbo patch cards. The Inception Autograph Relic Cards will have up to 40 subjects, featuring young stars and 2017 rookies. The cards will feature a large memorabilia swatch and autograph and will fall four per case. In a 16-box case, that means one in every four hobby boxes. Parallels will be numbered, with jersey patches in magenta, red and orange. Blue parallels will feature jersey buttons, while a 1/1 Inscription parallel will utilize a Majestic jersey logo.
Inception Autographed Jumbo Patch cards will showcase up to 25 subjects, again including young stars and 2017 rookies. The card will feature a player’s autograph and a jumbo jersey patch. These cards will fall one to a case and will have parallels in orange and blue, with a 1/1 Inscription card, too.
Exclusive, hard-to-find cards will be the autograph book cards. The Inscription Autograph Team Logo Patch Book cards will have up to 20 different book cards, numbered to 2. Each will have an action image of the player and an autograph on the left side of the book, with a jumbo team logo patch on the right-hand side. Inception Autograph Letter Patch Book Cards also will have up to 20 different book cards. There will be a player image and signature on the left panel and a jumbo letter patch from a jersey nameplate on the right panel. This booklet also will be numbered to 2.
Inception Autograph Laundry Tag Book Cards — also numbered to 2 — will include 20 different players, with an autograph and action photo on the left panel and a jersey laundry tag on the right side. The final autograph book to collect is the Inception Autograph MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Book. There will be ten subjects, and each booklet will be a 1/1 version. The book will feature a player image and autograph on the left side of the book, and the Major League Baseball batter logo patch on the right side.
Topps Inception will offer fewer hits but more recognizable names in its 2017 set. The case hits are attractive, and the autograph booklets will definitely be on a collectors’ radar.