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2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards Set Details

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2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball offers collectors another year of the popular MLB product with a new primary design.

As is the case every card season, this design is ultimately a huge deal as it is will be featured across many Topps sets in 2023.

Arriving in the first few months of the new year, part one of the flagship set helps officially kick off the MLB collecting season.

See also: 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base / Parallels

Keeping to the recent tradition, the 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist stays with the 330-card base set that covers rookies, Future Stars, League Leaders and team cards.

Look for a similar parallel rainbow to past years, including several exclusives.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base Parallel Breakdown

  • Gold Foil – 1:2 packs (Jumbo)
  • Rainbow Foil – 1:10 packs
  • Gold – #/2,023
  • Green Foilboard – #/499
  • Orange Foilboard – #/299
  • Red Foilboard – #/199
  • Vintage Stock – #/99
  • Independence Day – #/76
  • Black – #/72 (Hobby/Jumbo)
  • Mother’s Day Hot Pink  – #/50
  • Father’s Day Powder Blue – #/50
  • Memorial Day Camo – #/25
  • Platinum – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1

The Hobby-only Clear version, numbered to 10 copies, is back to highlight 100 subjects from the main set.

Debuting in 2023, the Golden Mirror Image Variation short prints add limited images for the entire base set. Per Topps, the backs are “golden,” which should make them easy to identify.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Inserts

Giving collectors a fresh selection, the 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball inserts come with many new choices. 2022’s Greatest Hits celebrates noteworthy plate appearances, while All Aces takes a die-cut foilboard approach to top pitchers of today and yesterday.

One-Two Punch is also for the pitchers, honoring some of the standout starting duos. The focus turns to the bat and basepath with Welcome to the Club, which pays tribute to 30/30, 40/40, and 20/20/20 members.

For each of these inserts, there are Blue, Black (#/299), Gold (#/75), Red (#/10), and Platinum (1/1) editions. Select insert subjects also have low-numbered Autographs (#/25 or less).

On top of that, 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball continues the annual look back at Topps’ design history. This time, 1988 Topps Baseball takes center stage for its 35th anniversary.

For these ’88-styled cards, the parallels consist of Blue (600 copies), Black (#/299), Gold (#/75), Red (#/10), and Platinum (1/1), plus the all-new “The Real One” parallel, which is printed on “Heritage-style” stock and numbered to 88 copies.

Still going, “limited quantity” inserts add a new chase aspect. AKA displays nicknames for top players.

Heavy Lumber works with top hitters and a woodgrain design.

Fans of the Home Run Challenge are in luck as the promo set continues for another season of predicting dingers and winning prizes.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autographs

Moving to the hits, autograph cards remain a key part of the 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist.

The Baseball Stars Autographs line boasts on-card autographs for past and present players.

Other signed versions include 1988 Topps Baseball Autographs, Baseball Stars Dual Autographs (#’d), Postseason Performance Autographs (#/50 or less) and World Series Champion Autographs (#/50 or less).

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autograph Rundown

1988 Topps Baseball Autographs

  • Black – #/199 or less
  • Gold – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less (Hobby)
  • Platinum – 1/1 (Hobby/HTA)

Baseball Stars Autographs

  • Black – #/199 or less
  • Gold – #/50
  • Red – #/25
  • Platinum – 1/1
Postseason Performance Autographs

  • Base – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less
  • Platinum – 1/1

World Series Champion Autographs

  • Base – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less
  • Platinum – 1/1

The one-of-one Cut Signature set is just for the legends of the game.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relics / Auto Relics

On the memorabilia side, 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball delivers a variety of relics.

Familiar options include 1988 Topps Baseball Relics, Major League Material, Postseason Performance Relics (#/99 0r less) and World Series Champion Relics (#/99 0r less). There are also one-of-one In the Name Relics jersey nameplate letter cards exclusive to Hobby/HTA boxes.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relic Rundown

1988 Topps Baseball Relics

  • Black – #/199
  • Gold – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less
  • Platinum – 1/1 (Hobby/HTA)

Major League Material Relics

  • Black – #/199
  • Gold – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less
  • Platinum – 1/1 (Hobby/HTA)
Postseason Performance Relics

  • Base – #/99 or less
  • Red – #/25
  • Platinum – 1/1

World Series Champion Relics

  • Base – #/99 or less
  • Red – #/25
  • Platinum – 1/1

Look for Hobby-exclusive manufactured relics that average one per HTA Jumbo box or one per Hobby case. City Connect Patch has hat logos for 30 top names, while Patchwork of the Past (#/399) opts for a throwback style covering 25 current stars with retro team logos. Limited Autograph versions are numbered to 10 copies or less.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Commemorative Relic Rundown

City Connect Patch

  • Black – #/299
  • Gold – #/75
  • Red – #/10
  • Platinum – 1/1
  • Autograph – #/10 or less
Patchwork of the Past

  • Base – #/399
  • Gold – #/75
  • Red – #’d
  • Platinum – 1/1
  • Autograph – #/10 or less

The standard auto-relic hits are all capped at 50 copies (or less), including Major League Material Autographs, Postseason Performance Auto Relics, Topps Reverence Auto Patch (Hobby/HTA only), and World Series Champion Auto Relics.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Auto Relic Rundown

Major League Material Autographs

  • Base – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less
  • Platinum – 1/1

Postseason Performance Auto Relics

  • Base – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less
  • Platinum – 1/1
Topps Reverence Auto Patch

  • Base – #/10
  • Platinum – #/5
  • Gold – 1/1

World Series Champion Auto Relics

  • Base – #/50 or less
  • Red – #/25 or less
  • Platinum – 1/1

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Sketch / Topper

Wrapping up the Hobby content, the one-of-one Sketch cards showcase hand-drawn artwork. These are only in Hobby and HTA Jumbo boxes.

The Oversized 1988 Topps League Leaders Boxloader cards add limited on-card autograph versions.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Silver Packs Promo

That leaves the Hobby-only Silver Packs Promotion offering exclusive Chrome cards.

Hobby boxes contain one pack and HTA Jumbo boxes have two packs.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Flagship Design

Keeping with the recent trend, 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball delivers a third consecutive year with a traditional border. Collectors will also likely appreciate that the names appear to be relatively easy to read. Many fans know that this is not always the case.

However, the nameplate gets an overhaul, packing a lot into the bottom portion of the card. The most obvious element here is the secondary portrait-style image, which has not been used since 2003.

The headshot-in-the-corner design may remind collectors of the 1983 and 1984 looks.

This new design for 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball also includes a large team logo in the nameplate background, along with the team name and position notation in addition to the player’s name.

Check back soon for the full set details from 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball.

Curious about how it compares to other flagship designs? Take a quick refresher course with the full Topps Baseball flagship gallery.

Do you have any initial thoughts about the 2023 Topps MLB design? Let us know in the comment section below. 

Estimated Release Date: February 15, 2023
Hobby Configuration: 14 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
HTA Jumbo Configuration:
 46 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 6 boxes per case

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph or Relic Card
  • 1 Silver Pack

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Jumbo Box Break

  • 1 Autograph Card
  • 2 Relic Cards
  • 2 Silver Packs

Card Gallery:

These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents are subject to change. 

Set Checklist

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Checklist

The checklist will be added as soon as it is available.

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