After bringing the brand back to life last year, Topps has launched a new edition of its most comprehensive set of the season. 2020 Topps Total remains on on-demand product that brings back memories of the 1960s and 70s when the set was spread over several series, with new groups of cards available every month or so.
This one’s a little more expensive than they were back then, though.
2020 Topps Total Basics
If you like a card set that isn’t full of bells and whistles and features cards of just about every player who will don a major league uniform this year, Total is probably for you.
Total baseball was first produced from 2002-2005. There were also football sets from 2003-2007, a pair of basketball sets and even a hockey set from Topps’ days as a multi-sport producer of trading cards.
Just as last year, the 2020 complete set will consist of 900 cards, released in nine “waves” throughout the course of the season (if you’re old school, you can probably call them “series.” Printed on high quality stock, the cards are sold in packs of ten cards for $10 or 10 packs for $90. There are 100 different cards in the base set of each wave.
The first 100 cards on the checklist include Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Fernando
Tatis Jr., along with rookies Aristedes Aquino and Nico Hoerner, among others. The backs contain a brief blurb about the player and the Topps Total set.
Parallels, Inserts, Autographs
Each pack could also contain a base card parallel numbered to 10, 5 or 1. Some autographs are also randomly inserted into packs, but it’s not a hit-based product.
New this year are Retired Legends inserts, with each card numbered to 100. Ken Griffey Jr. is part of the first wave checklist.
The print run for 2020 Topps Total will depend on the number of packs purchased.
A collector will be spending a little over $800 to get 900 cards from packs but will likely have to do a little trading or buy additional cards to complete the set. That probably means the population of each card at the end of the promotion will be quite limited. Print runs will be revealed after each three-week sales period.
You can see the first wave checklist and get more info here.