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Topps Series 1 Kicks of Baseball Season

Posted by Ted Schwerzler , 04 February 2020 · 639 views

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While we’re still a few days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective Spring Training homes, baseball season gets underway with the release of 2020 Topps Series 1 on Wednesday. The first offering of the hobby for the 2020 season means baseball is around the corner.

Kicking things off in a big way this year, Topps is hosting the Million Card Rip Party today at Jerry World. As group breaks have become more prominent within the hobby, the card company sought out a handful of popular breakers and gathered them all at AT&T Stadium. They’ll showcase the event live, and collectors will get some of their first looks at the new cards.

2020 Series 1 has a chance to go down as the best initial flagship offering ever. While it’s normally Series 2 or Update that highlights the sport’s best rookies, this season is somewhat unique. American League Rookie of the Year winner Yordan Alvarez will get his first rookie card, and the class also includes young stars like Gavin Lux and Bo Bichette. Deep and with plenty of star power, this group could have staying power for quite some time.

Specifically, from the Twins, Lewis Thorpe is the lone rookie card in the set. However, Marwin Gonzalez gets a Minnesota card, as do Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers. Autographs are aplenty from the Twins, and they include everyone from Luis Arraez to Bert Blyleven. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, and Jake Odorizzi have some pretty big chase cards to search for, and there will be some chrome offerings of former Topps line Turkey Red littered into retail.

Given Thorpe is the only rookie for Minnesota, and he’s not seen as a desired commodity in the hobby, it would really only be the hits that drive a decent return from Twins subjects. However, the manufactured relics including the Sleeve Patch and Rookie Retrospectives sets could wind up being some of the best-looking manufactured offerings we’ve seen in years.

Another takeaway from Topps’ early season checklists is that the Twins will have some new names making signing appearances in 2020. It appears Trevor May, Mitch Garver, and Jorge Polanco will all be autographers in Topps product this year. With so much Rod Carew and Bert Blyleven focused content in the hobby of late, new names generating hype for Twins fans is a must. Hopefully more Joe Mauer cards will filter back into production at some point, but the Bomba Squad putting Minnesota back on the map is a great start.

You can find hobby boxes of 2020 Topps Series 1 at your local card shop, and blaster boxes as well as other retail configurations will be available at Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.

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I might buy into a case break or two this year - either for the team or for Kepler on his own.

 

I always find I get too many things that I don't have room or need for and can never find anyone to trade them for.

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Ted Schwerzler
Feb 04 2020 01:41 PM

 

I might buy into a case break or two this year - either for the team or for Kepler on his own.

 

I always find I get too many things that I don't have room or need for and can never find anyone to trade them for.

Yeah, I end up buying a master team set of the Twins, and then have a ton of dupes. Usually use them for giveaways on Twitter. Nothing I'm personally chasing from the Twins in Series 1, but always rip open a few hobby or jumbo boxes and then do some retail to make a fun night out of it.

 

Grab the rookies, move onto the next product.

 

Yeah, I end up buying a master team set of the Twins, and then have a ton of dupes. Usually use them for giveaways on Twitter. Nothing I'm personally chasing from the Twins in Series 1, but always rip open a few hobby or jumbo boxes and then do some retail to make a fun night out of it.

 

Grab the rookies, move onto the next product.

 

I generally just do the base team set and the pre-packaged team set from Topps, along with adding to my Kepler collection.

 

I never have good luck with flagship, so I try to limit it to a blaster or two and save my wallet (and nerve) for Bowman and my annual box of Stadium Club.

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Ted Schwerzler
Feb 04 2020 03:33 PM

 

I generally just do the base team set and the pre-packaged team set from Topps, along with adding to my Kepler collection.

 

I never have good luck with flagship, so I try to limit it to a blaster or two and save my wallet (and nerve) for Bowman and my annual box of Stadium Club.

Kepler's manufactured Sleeve Patch relic is a card I'm really interested in seeing this year!

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24fan-MackPlouffeDonaldson
Feb 04 2020 09:23 PM

Thanks for sharing!I love the excitement of Topps Series 1, it means our gross winter is nearly over.

I will get a couple packs at Target tomorrow and hope to pull a Variation card (the only "hits" I chase), as well as some of the 35-40 cards on my wishlist.

The cards I don't want I will give to my students.I will then go to the great Three Stars Sportscards in Bloomington on Sunday to get those singles I don't pull in packs.

Stadium Club is the set I will splurge on and buy a hobby box.I love that set and this year they look especially lovely! 

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Ted Schwerzler
Feb 04 2020 09:34 PM

 

Thanks for sharing!I love the excitement of Topps Series 1, it means our gross winter is nearly over.

I will get a couple packs at Target tomorrow and hope to pull a Variation card (the only "hits" I chase), as well as some of the 35-40 cards on my wishlist.

The cards I don't want I will give to my students.I will then go to the great Three Stars Sportscards in Bloomington on Sunday to get those singles I don't pull in packs.

Stadium Club is the set I will splurge on and buy a hobby box.I love that set and this year they look especially lovely! 

There's money to be made in Flagship if you break cases and take time, but I'm like you in that I like to rip some boxes to start off the baseball season and have fun. FWIW, sounds like Hangers are the best bet for parallels and SP in retail this year.

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