Like clockwork, 2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball picks up where Series 1 of the flagship set left off. Series 2 is expected to hit store shelves on June 10, and Vladimir Guerrero will be the marquee player, with his image adorning packs and boxes.
The company released the checklist on Wednesday morning. You can find it at the bottom of this page.
The second of Topps’ flagship trilogy will again come in two configurations: A hobby box will feature 24 packs, with 14 cards to a pack. There is also a bonus Silver pack. Topps is promising one autograph or relic card per box.
Jumbo boxes will have 10 packs, with 46 cards to a pack. There will be two Silver bonus parks, and Topps is promising one autograph card, one relic card and a hobby exclusive manufactured item card.
There are no surprises in the configuration for Series 2. Like Series 1, the base set will once again have 330 cards, with the new series numbered 331 to 660. Series 2 will include team cards and Future Stars, along with veterans and rookies who were not in Series 1.
There will be plenty of parallels, including familiar topical ones such as Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Independence Day:
- Gold Foil: 1:2 packs (Jumbo box exclusive)
- Rainbow Foil: 1:10 packs
- Gold: (numbered to 2,022)
- Green Foilboard: (499)
- Orange Foilboard:(299)
- Red Foilboard: (199)
- Vintage Stock: (99)
- Independence Day: (76)
- Black: (70) (exclusive to hobby and jumbo boxes)
- Mother’s Day Hot Pink: (50)
- Father’s Day Powder Blue:(50)
- Memorial Day Camo: (25)
- Clear Variation: (10)
- Platinum: (1/1)
- Printing Plates (1/1)
The Gold Foil parallel will be printed on gold foilboard. The Clear Variation cards will be limited to 100 subjects.
The Silver Pack is a continuation from Series 1, with chromium cards reflecting the 1987 Topps design.
The insert format for Series 2 is a familiar one — the continuation of several subsets from Series 1 with a few new sets sprinkled into the mix.
Generation Now is an example of the former, with 30 cards to continue from Series 1. Older collectors will recall the Generation Now inserts from the 2007 Topps set, which spread 582 cards across Series 1, Series 2 and the Update set. This year’s set is not quite as extensive, but there are several parallels.
They include Blue, with a limited run; Black, numbered to 299; Gold (75), Red (10) and Platinum (1/1). An Autograph parallel with feature select subject and will be numbered to 10 or less.
Sweet Shades features cards on foilboard and depicting players wearing sunglasses. Parallels will be found in Blue (limited), Black (299), Gold (75), Red (10) and Platinum (1/1). Autograph parallels will be numbered to 10 or fewer.
Diamond Greats Die Cuts pick up where Series 1 left, adding 25 more all-time greats. Parallels for this insert are the same as Generation Now and Sweet Shades, including autographed versions.
The Significant Statistics parallel pays homage to advanced stats leaders in MLB during the 2021 season. Parallels will be found in Blue (limited), Black (299), Gold (75), Red (10) and Platinum (1/1).
Making its debut in Series 2 is the No-Hit Club insert. As the name implies, the subset highlights pitchers who have thrown no-hitters during their MLB careers.
Parallels will be found in Blue (limited), Black (299), Gold (75), Red (10) and Platinum (1/1). Autograph parallels will be numbered 10 or fewer.
Another insert goes against the grain—not really, but the 1987 Topps All-Star Baseball insert turns back the clock 35 years with all-stars celebrated in a woodgrain design.
Parallels can be found in Blue (limited), Black (299), Gold (75), Red (10), Platinum (1/1) and a Wood Variation (1/1).
The Salute to the Mick is a three-card insert carryover from Series 1, with the final three cards to be released when Topps puts out its Update set.
One-of-a-kind sketch cards featuring original art will be found in selected hobby and jumbo packs.
Autograph and Memorabilia Cards
There will be some different autograph cards for collectors to seek out. Baseball Stars Autographs will have parallels in Black (199), Gold (50), Red (25) and Platinum (1/1). Baseball Stars Dual Autographs will be numbered to 5 or fewer.
The 1987 Topps Baseball Autograph cards will feature signatures on cards with the 1987 designs. Parallels will be issued in Black (199 or less), Gold (50 or less), Red (10 or less, a hobby exclusive) and Platinum (1/1, limited to hobby and jumbo boxes).
Topps also teased a few surprises:
Topps Series 2 just might have a few nuggets… 👀 pic.twitter.com/cp1Q1zTUnF— Topps (@Topps) June 2, 2022
Taking the 1987 design even further, 1987 All-Star Baseball Autographs will utilize that familiar woodgrain design. Parallels will be available in Black (numbered 50 or less), Gold (25 or less), Red (10 or less, another hobby exclusive) and Platinum (1/1, exclusive to hobby and jumbo boxes).
1/1 Cut Signatures will feature autographs of legendary players.
On the relic side, Major League Materials will be where most collectors find memorabilia cards. There also will be Black parallels numbered to 199, Gold (50 or less), Red (25 or less) and a hobby/jumbo exclusive 1/1 Platinum parallel.
Pieces of memorabilia will also be available in the ’87 design in the 1987 Topps Baseball Relics subset. Black parallels will be numbered to 199, with other parallels in Gold (50), Red (10) and a hobby/jumbo exclusive Platinum (1/1).
In The Name Relics are 1/1 cards featuring jersey nameplate letters and are exclusive to hobby and jumbo boxes.
Topps Reverence Autograph Patch Cards, numbered to 10, combine on-card signatures and game-used patch pieces from current MLB stars and great. These cards have Red parallels numbered to 5 and a 1/1 Platinum parallel.
Major League Material Autograph Cards are numbered to 50 or less and also have Red parallels numbered to 25 or fewer, along with a 1/1 Platinum parallel.
Manufactured relics will be featured in the new All-Star Alumni subset. These cards will feature players next to commemorative patches of MLB All-Star Game logos.
Parallels will be issued in Gold (numbered to 75), Red (10) and Platinum (1/1). An Autograph parallel will feature “selected subjects” and will be numbered to 10 or less.
Silver Slugger Award Winner Patches will highlight 25 previous winners of the award. Players will be features next to commemorative Silver Slugger Award patches. There will be parallels in Black (299), Gold (75), Red (10) and Platinum (1/1). An Autograph parallel will be numbered to 10 or less and will also feature “selected subjects.”
Large 1987 Topps All Star Box Loaders are Jumbo box exclusives, with up to 25 subjects featured in the 1987 Topps All-Star Game commemorative set design. There also will be a Gold parallel numbered to 50, along with Red (10) and Platinum (1/1).
Retail packaging including blaster, hangar and 24-count retail boxes will also be produced. You can see prices for various type of 2022 Topps Series 2 boxes on eBay here.