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A 2022 Topps Update Review With Checklist [Updated]

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2022 Topps Update hits in late October with a better-than-expected checklist for collectors.

Let’s explore what we know about 2022 Topps Update, including what we know about the checklist in the final chapter of the 2022 Topps Flagship Trilogy.

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2022 Topps Update release format & release date

2022 Topps Update is scheduled for release on October 28, 2022 (subject to change). Note if you are looking for 2022 Topps Update Chrome that was released later in the year, albeit with significant controversy.

The product will be released in two formats, Hobby and Hobby Jumbo. 2022 Topps Update Hobby packs contain 14 cards per pack, with 24 packs per box. Hobby Jumbo packs contain 46 cards, with 10 packs per box.

Each Hobby case contains 12 hobby boxes, while Hobby Jumbo cases contain 6 Jumbo Hobby boxes. Pre-sales of Hobby boxes are around $125, with Jumbo boxes pre-selling for around $230.

Hobby boxes contain one autograph or one relic. Hobby Jumbo boxes contain one autograph and two relics per box.

Also, Hobby Jumbo boxes have one exclusive Oversized Rookie Reprint Box Loader. The box loader set contains 25 cards, with parallel and autographs versions randomly inserted.

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Hobby boxes contain one Silver Pack and Hobby Jumbo boxes contain two Silver Packs. Silver packs contain exclusive 1987 Topps Baseball Chrome cards, including parallel and autographs randomly inserted.

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Retail Blasters are likely to be available, as well, although details are not available at this time (stay tuned for updates).

2022 Topps Update Silver Packs

READ: Details on 2022 Topps Chrome Update

2022 Topps Update base set & design

The 2022 Topps Update base set contains 330 cards. While it shares the Flagship design with 2022 Topps Series I and 2022 Topps Series II, it is not a sequentially numbered Series III, but a true update set with its own numbering scheme.

Veterans in new uniforms and rookies make up the bulk of the set with several top rookies getting their flagship premiere. These include Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt Jr., Spencer Torkelson, and Seiya Suzuki. Hobby consensus is that the set will not include the first card of Adley Rutschman, so we’ll have to wait for 2023 for his first Topps Flagship card.

2022 Topps Update Base Design

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2022 Topps Update parallels

Carrying forward the traditions of 2022 Topps Flagship, 2022 Topps Update has a rainbow of parallel variations available.

These include:

  • Rainbow Foil: 1:10 packs
  • Gold Foil: 1:2 hobby jumbo packs
  • Gold: /2022
  • Green Foilboard: /499
  • Orange Foilboard: /299
  • Red Foilboard: /199
  • Vintage Stock: /99
  • Independence Day: /76
  • Black: /71 (hobby and hobby jumbo only)
  • Father’s Day Powder Blue: /50
  • Mother’s Day Hot Pink: /50
  • Memorial Day Camo: /25
  • Printing Plates: 1/1
  • Platinum: 1/1

100 cards from the checklist also get special Clear Acetate versions that are serial-numbered to 10 and exclusive to standard hobby boxes.

2022 Topps Update Black Parallel

2022 Topps Update inserts

Many of the insert offerings in 2022 Topps Update continue themes started in the earlier 2022 Topps series.

1987 Topps

The classic woodgrain design of 1987 Topps returns to shine its 35-year-old glory on today’s stars.

Parallel versions include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10), Platinum (1/1) and Wood (1/1).

2022 Topps Update 1987 Topps Blue Parallel

Generation Now

Generation Now focuses on the exciting young players in the game today.

Update brings 30 additional cards to the Generation Now insert series, which brings the 2022 Topps total checklist to 90 cards.

Parallel versions include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1).

Diamond Greats

These die-cut inserts get 25 more cards, increasing the 2022 Topps Flagship total to 75. The focus here is on all-time greats of the game, from the early days of the game to current stars.

Parallel versions include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1).

2022 MLB All-Star Game

Features 50 players from the 2022 All-Star Game rosters.

Parallel versions include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1).

Paragons of the Postseason

New for 2022 Topps Update, this set celebrates top postseason performers. This includes both current and former players.

Parallel versions include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1).

Topps Black Gold

This return to the 1990s is a re-imaging of the Black Gold. While inspired by the 1994 Topps design, it’s more an homage than a copy.

Parallel versions include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1).

2022 Topps Update Black Gold

Stars of MLB Paper/Chrome

Only available in retail blasters. This 30-card set features some of the biggest names in the game today.

Chrome versions are also available, also as a retail-only offering.

Salute to the Mick

A three-card salute to the late, great Mickey Mantle.

Commemorative Batting Helmet

Only available in retail blaster value boxes. There are 50 cards in the set.

Sketch Cards

These hobby-exclusive cards feature original artwork.

2022 Topps Update relic cards

The 2022 All-Star Game plays a big role in the relics available in 2022 Topps Update.

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All-Star Stitches

These relics include pieces of warmup jerseys from the 2022 All-Star Game.

Parallels include Silver (/50), Red (/10) and Gold (1/1).

All-Star Stitches Dual / Triple

With All-Star warmup jersey relics from two and three players respectively. Limited to 25 copies or fewer.

All-Star Jumbo Patch

These cards include oversized swatches and are serial-numbered to only 5 copies each. 1/1 Gold parallels are also available.

2022 Topps Update All-Star Jumbo Patch

Major League Materials

This standard relic offering is back again for 2022 Topps Update.

Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels versions are also available.

Special Event Patch

These are “manufactured relics”, made to look like “special occasion” patches worn on uniform sleeves. Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1) parallel versions are also available.

Own the Game Relics

This hobby-only offering consists of 80 cards, although some players appear more than once.

Topps Update 2022 autographed relic cards

Any time you combine a relic and an autograph, you tend to garner some attention. There are what look to be some interesting hits in this space in 2022 Topps Update. We look forward to seeing the checklists to learn more.

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All-Star Stitches Autographs

Numbered to 25 or less, with Red (/10) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

2022 Topps Update All-Star Stitches Autograph

All-Star Dual Stitches Autographs

Dual relics and dual autographs. Limited to 25 or fewer copies.

All-Star Jumbo Patch Autographs

Oversized patch relics with autographs and numbered to 10 copies or less. Red (/5) and Gold (1/1) parallels also available.

2022 Topps Update All-Star Jumbo Patch Autograph

Major League Materials Autographs

With 50 or fewer copies each, these are limited enough to be a nice pull but not so tough that you’ll never see one.

2022 Topps Update Major League Material Autograph

Special Event Patch Autographs

“Manufactured relics” that include autographs and are limited to 10 copies or fewer.

Topps Reverence Autograph Patch

These hobby-exclusive auto relics are numbered to 10 or fewer. Red (/5) and Platinum (1/1) parallels are also available.

Commemorative Batting Helmet Autographs

31-card set is retail-only, matching the non-autograph relic version.

Topps Update 2022 autographs

Autographs make up some of the best pulls in 2022 Topps Flagship, and the tradition continues into 2022 Topps Update.

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Baseball Stars Autographs

This set features a mix of retired stars, veteran, and rookie autographs. Parallels include Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) versions.

Baseball Stars Dual Autographs

Featuring autographs from two players, these are super tough pulls with five or fewer copies each.

1987 Topps autographs

Select 1987 Topps Inserts get autographs, some of which are on-card.

Parallels include Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/10), and Platinum (1/1).

2022 Topps Update 1987 Topps Autographs

Generation Now, Diamond Greats, Paragons of the Postseason, Topps Black Gold Autographs

Select cards from these insert sets get autograph versions. Checklists, print runs, and other details to come.

2022 Topps Update Diamond Greats Autograph

Cut Signatures

These 1/1 cut signatures are a tough pull but this set includes some cards that will undoubtedly be incredible pulls including Bob Gibson, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb and Ted Williams, to name a few.

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2022 Topps Update Value

As mentioned above, hobby boxes of 2022 Topps Update are pre-selling for around $125, with Jumbo boxes pre-selling for around $230.

A 2021 Topps Update hobby box sells for around $60-70. Jumbo boxes are selling for around $120. 2020 Update hobby and jumbo hobby boxes are both selling for around $80.

When it comes to single, the thing with Update is always who the rookie cards are. A special rookie can provide a high value return, whether you’re talking about singles or unopened. Think Mike Trout in 2011. Barring a premium rookie, Update can be a fun break with enough hits to keep it interesting without breaking the bank.

Of course, the rub is that the quality of the rookies in an Update release isn’t always immediately evident, either during the pre-release phase (before the checklist drops) and even after that, as some players aren’t highly touted but make it big. So, buy and break, or buy and hold…the good news is that the buy-in isn’t high, but the payback is a mixed bag based on the rookies and whatever hits you happen to pull.

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The final word on 2022 Topps Update

Topps Update 2022 looks to be a fitting end to the 2022 Topps Flagship trilogy. While details are still coming out about checklists, we expect to see the first Topps Flagship rookie cards of some of 2022’s top rookies. That alone makes the product worth pursuing, and the hits sound interesting enough to add another layer to the chase.

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2022 Topps Update Checklist

View or search for all the cards in the 2022 Topps Update set.

wdt_ID Set Number Player Team Type
1 Base US1 Max Scherzer New York Mets®
2 Base US2 Matt Olson Atlanta Braves™
3 Base US3 Jesse Winker Seattle Mariners™
4 Base US4 Freddie Freeman Los Angeles Dodgers® Combo Card
5 Base US4 Kris Bryant Colorado Rockies™ Combo Card
6 Base US5 Jose Miranda Minnesota Twins® Rookie Debut
7 Base US6 Josh Winder Minnesota Twins® Rookie
8 Base US7 Dustin May Los Angeles Dodgers®
9 Base US8 Vidal Brujan Tampa Bay Rays™ Rookie Debut
10 Base US9 Logan Webb San Francisco Giants®
11 Base US10 Jose Trevino New York Yankees®
12 Base US11 Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox® Combo Card
13 Base US11 Enrique Hernandez Boston Red Sox® Combo Card
14 Base US12 Jace Peterson Milwaukee Brewers™
15 Base US13 Reese McGuire Chicago White Sox®
16 Base US14 Brad Hand Philadelphia Phillies®
17 Base US15 Corey Dickerson St. Louis Cardinals®
18 Base US16 Sonny Gray Minnesota Twins®
19 Base US17 Heliot Ramos San Francisco Giants® Rookie Debut
20 Base US18 Dinelson Lamet San Diego Padres™
21 Base US19 Simon Muzziotti Philadelphia Phillies® Rookie
22 Base US20 Spencer Torkelson Detroit Tigers® Rookie
23 Base US21 Tyler Mahle Cincinnati Reds®
24 Base US22 Trevor Story Boston Red Sox®
25 Base US23 Beau Brieske Detroit Tigers® Rookie
26 Base US24 Luke Raley Tampa Bay Rays™
27 Base US25 Dillon Tate Baltimore Orioles®
28 Base US26 Tommy Pham Cincinnati Reds®
29 Base US27 Randal Grichuk Colorado Rockies™
30 Base US28 Colin Moran Cincinnati Reds®
31 Base US29 Alex De Goti Houston Astros® Rookie
32 Base US30 Camilo Doval San Francisco Giants®
33 Base US31 Jose Cisnero Detroit Tigers®
34 Base US32 Nick Pivetta Boston Red Sox®
35 Base US33 Jose Quintana Pittsburgh Pirates®
36 Base US34 CJ Abrams San Diego Padres™ Rookie
37 Base US35 Brandon Marsh Angels® Rookie Debut
38 Base US36 Luke Voit San Diego Padres™
39 Base US37 Corey Kluber Tampa Bay Rays™
40 Base US38 Lucius Fox Washington Nationals® Rookie
41 Base US39 Carlos Correa Minnesota Twins®
42 Base US40 Jhoulys Chacin Colorado Rockies™
43 Base US41 Gosuke Katoh Toronto Blue Jays® Rookie
44 Base US42 Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays™ Rookie Debut
45 Base US43 Jake Fraley Cincinnati Reds®
46 Base US44 Julio Rodriguez Seattle Mariners™ Rookie
47 Base US45 Aaron Judge New York Yankees® Combo Card
48 Base US45 Josh Donaldson New York Yankees® Combo Card
49 Base US46 Yoshi Tsutsugo Pittsburgh Pirates®
50 Base US47 Will Smith Atlanta Braves™
51 Base US48 Sean Manaea San Diego Padres™
52 Base US49 Aaron Civale Cleveland Guardians™
53 Base US50 Marcus Stroman Chicago Cubs®
54 Base US51 Erick Fedde Washington Nationals®
55 Base US52 Bryce Elder Atlanta Braves™ Rookie
56 Base US53 Josh Staumont Kansas City Royals®
57 Base US54 Steven Kwan Cleveland Guardians™ Rookie Debut
58 Base US55 Joe Smith Minnesota Twins®
59 Base US56 Jonathan Loaisiga New York Yankees®
60 Base US57 Jake Lamb Los Angeles Dodgers®
61 Base US58 Hunter Renfroe Milwaukee Brewers™
62 Base US59 Andre Pallante St. Louis Cardinals® Rookie
63 Base US60 Adam Frazier Seattle Mariners™
64 Base US61 Brad Boxberger Milwaukee Brewers™
65 Base US62 Reid Detmers Angels® Rookie Debut
66 Base US63 Jake McGee San Francisco Giants®
67 Base US64 Alex Faedo Detroit Tigers® Rookie
68 Base US65 Jason Krizan San Francisco Giants® Rookie
69 Base US66 Kyle Bradish Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
70 Base US67 Harold Ramirez Tampa Bay Rays™
71 Base US68 Juan Soto Washington Nationals® Season Highlights
72 Base US69 Jurickson Profar San Diego Padres™
73 Base US70 Rylan Bannon Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
74 Base US71 Chad Kuhl Colorado Rockies™
75 Base US72 Derek Hill Detroit Tigers®
76 Base US73 MJ Melendez Kansas City Royals® Rookie Debut
77 Base US74 Josh Donaldson New York Yankees®
78 Base US75 Chris Paddack Minnesota Twins®
79 Base US76 Tommy Romero Tampa Bay Rays™ Rookie
80 Base US77 Adrian Martinez Oakland Athletics™ Rookie
81 Base US78 Tanner Tully Cleveland Guardians™ Rookie Combo
82 Base US78 Kirk McCarty Cleveland Guardians™ Rookie Combo
83 Base US79 Spencer Torkelson Detroit Tigers® Rookie Debut
84 Base US80 Tyler Naquin Cincinnati Reds®
85 Base US81 MacKenzie Gore San Diego Padres™ Rookie
86 Base US82 Taylor Hearn Texas Rangers®
87 Base US83 Manny Machado San Diego Padres™ Combo Card
88 Base US83 Jurickson Profar San Diego Padres™ Combo Card
89 Base US84 Michael Lorenzen Angels®
90 Base US85 Diego Castillo Pittsburgh Pirates® Rookie
91 Base US86 Carlos Rodon San Francisco Giants®
92 Base US87 Andrelton Simmons Chicago Cubs®
93 Base US88 Kyle Schwarber Philadelphia Phillies®
94 Base US89 Javier Baez Detroit Tigers®
95 Base US90 Mike Brosseau Milwaukee Brewers™
96 Base US91 Brad Miller Texas Rangers®
97 Base US92 Shohei Ohtani Angels® Season Highlights
98 Base US93 Bradley Zimmer Toronto Blue Jays®
99 Base US94 Curt Casali San Francisco Giants®
100 Base US95 Danny Mendick Chicago White Sox®

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Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.
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