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Topps Launches Low Cost “Big League Baseball” Brand

Topps is launching a new baseball brand with a lower price point. On Sunday, the company announced the upcoming release of 2018 Topps Big League Baseball, ostensibly aimed at younger collectors.  It will, however, have chase elements such as a gold parallel set and four different serial numbered parallel sets.  Autographed cards are also in the mix, also with parallels. 

“Kids have spoken and Topps has listened,” touted a promotional push for the product, calling it “a new trading card brand providing a perfect entry into the world of collecting.” 

Big League will be released about four months after Topps’ annual low-cost and kid-oriented Opening Day product. What the new release might mean for that brand, if anything, isn’t clear yet.

2018 Topps Big League Baseball Basics

Big League Baseball will be somewhat similar in configuration to its flagship brother with ten cards per pack, including one Gold parallel.  There will be 24 packs per box and 20 boxes per case.  The design, however, bears no resemblance to Series One.  

2018 Big League Baseball will offer a 400-card base set and avid fans and collectors will be hoping the release date might mean at least some of the players who changed teams in the off-season will be pictured in their new uniforms. Among the subsets in the base set are Veterans & Rookies, Stat Kings, All-Time Greats, Ballpark Landmarks and Bark in the Park.

Parallel chase cards include:

• Gold Parallel: 1 per pack
• Rainbow Foil Parallel: sequentially numbered to 100.
• Black & White Image Parallel: sequentially numbered to 50.
• Red Foil Parallel: numbered 1/1.

Autographs and Inserts

Topps didn’t indicate the promise of an autograph per box but they’ll be part of the checklist.  In addition to the standard autograph cards, there are Rookie Republic versions featuring the top 2018 rookies on a unique insert autograph design.

Look for low-numbered parallel variations of both Autograph subsets including:
• Gold Border Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Black & White Image Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Foil Parallel: numbered 1/1.

Insert sets consist of 30 cards each and include Players Weekend, Ministers of Mash and Star Caricature.

Topps is also offering an MLB First Pitch promotion that will result in three youngsters tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before a 2019 game.

You can check out 2018 Topps Big League baseball boxes, sets and singles on eBay by clicking here.

Big League Baseball 2018 Checklist