Collectors are bracing for a price increase as the new baseball card season approaches but there may be an alternative for collectors who just want a low-cost set that’s a little like the old days. The 2019 Topps Stickers set is getting a bit of a remake that might appeal to old school collectors not too proud to make the switch.
While you won’t find your team’s fourth or fifth starter on the checklist, you will find that the backs have become a bit more like a card—with a photo of the player along with the sticker number, printed on heavier stock. While it’s really two sets in one, the change could give some collectors a decision to make: keep them as is or peel them off and stick them in the album.
There are also stickers that will reveal a scene when placed next to each other (think 1980s Fleer), Quad Subject stickers which feature four images in one (think 1969 Topps 4-in-1 football), League Leaders and World Series highlight cards and an overall design that’s starkly different from what you’ll see on this year’s standard card product.
According to Topps, the sticker set will include current superstars, rookies and rising stars, big names from the past and mascots.
The best part for collectors balking at paying $2.50 for a pack of cards in 2019 is that a box of 50 packs of stickers (four per pack) won’t likely cost more than $35-$40 per box when they arrive in June. Of course, if you’re into autographs and relic cards, you’re out of luck with this product.
The 44-page sticker album also gets a fresh look, with pages divided into several categories including:
- League Leaders
- World Series Highlights
- 150 Years of Pro Baseball
- MLB All-Stars
- Home Run Heroes
- Rookies and Future Stars
The release date for 2019 Topps Stickers is June 12.