About four weeks ahead of the arrival of Series 1, collectors are getting a look at the second part of the annual flagship trilogy from MLB’s trading card partner. 2020 Topps Series 2 Baseball has a release date of June 10.
2020 Topps Series 2 Basics and Base Set
Just as in Series 1, Hobby boxes will contain 24 packs of 14 cards with an autograph or relic. Jumbo packs will carry 46 cards with ten packed per box. Hobby cases will have 12 boxes with Jumbos holding six boxes.
The base set will again contain 350 cards of veterans, rookies, future stars and teams, pushing the total for a basic Topps complete set to 700 cards.
As always there will be plenty of parallels for base cards including Gold (# to 2020); Rainbow Foil (1 in every 10 Jumbo packs); Gold Foil (1:2 packs); Vintage Stock (# to 99); Independence Day (# to 76); Black (# to 69); Mother’s Day Pink (# to 50); Father’s Day Blue (# to 50); Memorial Camo (# to 50); Clear (# to 10-hobby only); and 1/1 Platinum and Printing Plates (4 per card).
While some of the inserts will be extensions of what was introduced with Series 1, new elements also will arrive in Series 2 including “Topps 2030,” which will feature players projected to be stars ten years from now. They’ll be found one in every six Hobby packs and one per Jumbo box.
Topps Player of the Decade Mike Trout inserts will be centered on the career of the Angels star. Parallels and autographed versions numbered to 25 or less will be in the mix.
WARriors of the Diamond is also new and focused on past and present players who were tops in the advanced analytics stat. It’ll be a 50-card set with parallels as well as autographed copies (# to 25 or less).
Decades Best continues the Series 1 set with “additional greats from seven decades featuring top 10 lists of Best Teams, Best Hitters, Best Pitchers, and Award Winners.” Exclusive to Jumbo boxes will be two-card boxloader packs of Decades Best Chrome cards.
Significant Statistics highlights leaders in advanced statistics from the 2019 season. Parallels will include Gold (# to 50); Red (# to 10) and 1/1 Platinum versions.
1985 Topps-style inserts pick up where Series 1 left off with the 35th anniversary celebration of one of the company’s most popular 1980s issues with cards of current players and retired greats on the old design. They’ll fall one per four packs, overall with Blue, Black (# to 299); Gold (# to 50); Red (# to 10) and 1/1 Platinum versions possible.
You won’t find Sketch Cards in 2020 retail boxes but buyers of Hobby and Jumbo boxes might pull one of hundreds of hand-drawn pieces of art on trading cards. Each card is numbered 1 of 1.
Two new commemorative relic sets will be produced including Special Event Jersey Sleeve Patches and Draft Day Medallion cards available only in Hobby and Hobby Jumbo boxes. Each will have parallels numbered from 1 to 50 and autographed versions numbered to 10 or less.
Major League Materials will feature pieces of game-used uniforms and equipment. Parallels will be numbered from 1/1 to 199.
In the Name relics offer nameplate letters from game-worn MLB jerseys with all cards numbered 1 of 1.
The 1985 Topps and Significant Statistics insert cards will also have relic versions.
Major League Materials and Significant Statistics will have autographed relic versions with each numbered to 25 or 1/1.
Baseball Stars autographs will feature both current and former players. Parallels include Black (# to 199); Gold (# to 50); Red (# to 25) and 1/1 Platinum. Dual versions will include images and autographs of two players that are numbered to 5 or less.
The 1985-style insert cards will have autograph versions including the same parallels as Baseball Stars.
Autographed versions of the Significant Statistics cards will have Red (# to 25 or less) and 1/1 Platinum parallels.
Celebration of the Decades Tickets
Randomly inserted into packs of Series 2 will be 25 tickets to a “Celebration of The Decades” event being conducted by Topps in Las Vegas later this year.
Collectors who buy Hobby and Jumbo boxes of Series 2 will again find Silver Packs inside. Hobby boxes will have one pack and Jumbos will carry two. Each includes 1985-style cards on chromium stock with autograph and Refractor parallel cards possible.