You won’t find it at your local hobby shop but there’s a new product in the market. 2018 Topps Gallery Baseball, an artsy take on the game, has arrived online and was due out in Walmart stores across the country this week.
Gallery returned to Topps’ stable last year after a long hiatus.
2018 Topps Gallery Basics
Gallery comes in three formats: hobby-style boxes with 20 packs of five cards; blaster boxes and fat packs. While Walmart will presumably carry all three, collectors who order online through Topps can get either type of box. Each hobby box promises two autographs.
Value (blaster) boxes have seven packs of four cards and also contain four ‘Artist Proof’ parallels.
Gallery offers a 200-card base set, with the last 50 cards considered short prints. About one-quarter of the checklist (see below) is made up of rookie cards. The rest includes veterans with a few retired greats like Ruth, Gehrig and Clemente also in the mix.
Inserts and Autographs
There are autographed parallels throughout the product, starting with the base set. It appears the autographs are on stickers.
There are four insert sets, each with autographed versions. Hall of Fame Gallery, Impressionists and Masterpieces include 30 different players while Heritage has a 40-subject checklist.
Cut Signature cards to look for including Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Duke Snider, Stan Musial and a few other greats.
Lastly, look for oversized box toppers inside hobby boxes, all created from base cards including rookie stars such as Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto, Gleyber Torres and Shohei Ohtani.
2018 Topps Gallery Baseball is available on this page at Topps.com.