- 350 cards in the set
- Cards per pack: Hobby 14, Hobby Jumbo 46, Retail 16, Retail Value Pack 36, Retail Blaster 14
- Packs per box: Hobby 24, Hobby Jumbo 10, Retail 24 or 36
- Boxes per case: Hobby 12, Hobby Jumbo 6, Retail 12 (for the 24 pack) & 6 (for the 36 pack)
- Release date: 1/30/2019
** Packs with special inserts may contain fewer cards.
This is the flagship set that Topps has been releasing for over 65 years. This is what you should buy if you like to put a set together yourself. Doing this might mean that you a sports card purist. After all, while Topps did release a limited factory set in 1974; they were not available annually until 1982. The number of packs per box (Retail/Hobby) has decreased from 36 in 2018. However, the number of cards per pack has increased.
This set helps celebrate the 150th anniversary of professional baseball. The first openly all pro team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings. They provided eight month contracts to a total of ten players. Some people count down the days until pitchers and catchers report but for me this is the real harbinger of the upcoming baseball season.
As you tell from the following list, Topps is keeping their tradition of giving star players the key numbers.
- 1 Ronald Acuna Jr
- 50 Mookie Betts
- 100 Mike Trout
- 150 Aaron Judge
- 200 Jacob deGrom
- 250 Shohei Ohtani (Rookie Cup)
- 300 Christian Yelich
Some of the usual subsets are:
- League Leaders
- World Series Highlights
- Future Stars
- Inserts include:
- 1984 Topps baseball with retired stars and current ones with 35th anniversary logo
- 150 Years of Professional Baseball (Greatest Moments, Greatest Players, Greatest Seasons)
- Greatness Returns
- Revolution of the Game
- Home Run Challenge (returns for the second year)
- Cactus & Grapefruit League Legends (available in various retail only)
- Rainbow Foil
- Vintage Stock
- Independence Day
- Black (Hobby only)
- Pink-Mothers Day
- Blue-Fathers Day
- Memorial Day Camo
- Printing Plates
For the third year in a row, there will be Silver Packs available for those buying hobby boxes from participating dealers. You can get two packs for buying a Jumbo Box or one for buying a regular hobby box. Hobby boxes will have one autograph, memorabilia or relic card. Jumbo boxes will have one autograph card plus two relic cards.