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2024 Topps Big League Baseball Checklist Review: A Super Fun Low-Cost Break

2024 Topps Big League Baseball arrives just as the 2024 MLB season gets underway. It’s an affordable offering that’s got some interesting twists, fun chase cards, and more.

But what will you find in 2023 Topps Big League Baseball? And are they worth a break?

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2024 Topps Big League Baseball release date & release format

The release date for 2024 Topps Big League Baseball is scheduled for March 27, 2024 (subject to change). That’s an important date for baseball fans — its the day before the MLB season officially kicks off on Opening Day.

Hobby boxes of 2024 Topps Big League Baseball contain 18 packs per box. Hobby packs contain 8 cards per pack. There are 20 hobby boxes per hobby case.

Topps Big League Baseball is a low-cost product targeted to young collectors and entry-level. Pre-sales of 2024 Topps Big League Baseball Hobby boxes have been around $50.  

Retail blaster boxes will also be available, although details aren’t yet available.

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2024 Topps Big League Baseball

2024 Topps Big League Baseball base set & design

The base set for 2024 Topps Big League Baseball consists of 310 cards. Well, sort of. Similar to 2023, the base set consists of a number of tiers, ranging from the plentiful to the downright rare.

This “parallels in the base set” concept provides a fun level of chase for the entry-level product.

The breakdown:

  • Common: #1-200
  • Uncommon Rainbow Foil:  #201-250
  • Rare Blue Foil: #251-275
  • Super Rare Red: #276-300
  • Legendary Gold Foil: #301-310

2024 Topps Big League Baseball parallels

With five different tiers in the base set, there’s a lot to chase in 2024 Topps Big League Baseball. Parallels add another level to the chase, although the number of parallels pales in comparison to many other products.

All levels of the base set have Black Foil (/25) and FoilFractor (1/1). In addition, Common and Uncommon cards have Electric Orange Foil cards as a retail exclusive.

Topps has also randomly inserted 10 redemption cards each good for a complete set of Cracked Ice parallels (cards /10). While they come with long odds, these redemption cards are quite the hit.

2024 Topps Big League Baseball inserts

As with the base set and parallels, a large number of inserts provide another layer of chase to 2024 Topps Big League Baseball, with options spanning from the fairly plentiful to the considerably rarer.

Good Vibrations consists of 43 cards and is seeded 1:4 packs. The checklist consists of a mix of veteran stars, young superstars, and upcoming prospects and rookies.

Mascots contain 27 cards and are seeded 1:6 packs. The cards feature those fuzzy fan favorites, and team mascots.

To the Moon Die-Cuts offer lunar-themed, die-cut cards that are seeded 1:3 packs. The 48-card checklist consists of young stars, big-name veterans, and a few greats of the past.

Topps Big Leaguer offers a mix of current and past big league greats. The 30-card set is seeded 1:5 packs, with Foil parallels (1:1,441 hobby) also available.

2023 Become a Big Leaguer Winner is a single-card offering, numbered out of 1,000. The card features the winner of the “Become a Big League Winner” contest from 2023.

2025 Big Leaguers Redemption cards offer you a chance to have your own Topps baseball card in 2025. Seeded 1:18 packs, these scratch-content cards land one per hobby box, on average.

Gameday Drip consists of 10 cards, each numbered out of 200. Seeded a tough 1:1,838 hobby packs.

Let’s Go consists of 15 cards, each numbered out of 50. Seeded 1:4,907 hobby packs. Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfractor parallels are also available.

The Bigs! Consists of 10 cards, each numbered out of just 24. Seeded a staggering 1:6,464 hobby packs, these are a tough pull. 1/1 Superfractor parallels also available.

Hobby Influencers switches the focus from the field to the world of hobby influencers. The set consists of 5 cards, each numbered out of 1,000. Seeded 1:735 hobby packs.

Social Media Follow Back offers a chance to have a famous current or former player follow you back on social media.  Consists of 10 cards, each numbered out of 10. Seeded 1:35,394 hobby packs.

2024 Topps Big League Baseball autographs

Autographs are not one of the big drivers of the 2024 Topps Big League Baseball, but they are available in the product. There are no autograph guarantees in the product, and some long odds, but the autos offer one additional nice hit to chase.

Opening Act Autographs feature ink from MLB rookies. The set consists of 54 cards and is seeded 1:62 hobby packs, or roughly one in every 3 hobby boxes. Parallels include Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfactors.

Big League Autographs give veteran players the spotlight. Consists of 46 cards that are seeded 1:136 hobby packs (roughly one in every 8 boxes). Parallels include Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfactors.

Base Electric Orange Foil Autographs are exclusive to retail blasters. There are 115 common autographs, seeded 1:127 blaster packs. Uncommon consists of 25 cards and are seeded 1:509 blaster packs.

Good Vibrations Autographs Gold Foil brings autographs and gold foil to 10 cards from the Good Vibrations insert offering. Numbered out of 25 copies.

To the Moon Die-Cuts Autographs add the autograph and gold foil treatment to 10 cards from the To the Moon Die-Cuts insert set. These are also numbered out of 25 copies.

Topps Big Leaguer Autographs Gold Foil offers up to 14 cards from the Topps Big Leaguer insert set with autographs and gold foil. Numbered out of 25 copies.

2024 Topps Big League Baseball value

2024 Topps Big League Baseball is one of the most affordable hobby boxes you’ll see in 2024. But how do they hold their value unopened? Let’s look at recent comp prices for prior year hobby boxes and see what they can tell us.

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YearRecent Comp Price
2024$50
2023$40
2022Not Produced
2021$35-40
2020$25-50

The prices above suggest that Topps Big League Baseball isn’t a good buy-and-hold candidate, with prices remaining fairly flat or even getting lower over time. These are clearly made to break.

In terms of singles, let’s look at recent sales of 2023 Topps Big League Baseball singles in PSA slabs to see what opportunities exist. Not shockingly with a low-cost product, the high water mark on recent sales isn’t super high, even in PSA 10 slabs. But there are several cards that sold for $100, with a very small number even breaking $200.

One interesting thing is which cards are proving the most popular. Of the top 10 highest prices among recent sales, 3 are cards of Hobby Influencers, including 2 of the top 3.

Apparently, Geoff Wilson and Ryan Johnson are popular! Beyond that, the usual suspects make up most of the list, with rarer parallel and autograph cards of the likes of Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, and Corbin Carroll rounding out the top 10.

2024 Topps Big League Baseball Pros & Cons

Like any product, there are pros and cons. What are some considerations when considering 2024 Topps Big League Baseball?

Pros

  • At $50 a box, these are about the least expensive hobby box out there, especially if you want licensed cards of major league players
  • Even at the low price, there are some interesting parallels, inserts, and levels of short-printing in the product that suggest a fun break.
  • While they are tough pulls, there are autographs and rarer inserts and parallels that offer good value from such a value product.
  • The set is great for younger collectors, those on a budget, or anyone who just wants to open some cards without dropping a lot of money.

Cons

  • While the price is low, that also keeps the potential value of top hits somewhat in check. Don’t expect any earth-shaking hits from 2024 Topps Big League Baseball.
  • The best pulls, including the rarer inserts and autographs, are very tough pulls. Don’t go into a box break expecting to pull any of them.
  • The set would be a great option for set builders if not for the short-printing tiers. Set builders should probably limit themselves to cards 1-200 unless they want a long and frustrating search.
  • The product, as an entry-level product, isn’t going to have the buzz of more premium brands, or even flagship 2024 Topps Series 1.

Final thoughts on 2024 Topps Big League Baseball

2024 Topps Big League Baseball is a low-cost, entry-level product designed for young collectors, fans on a budget, and those who just enjoy an inexpensive break that still offers some chance at some fun hits.

While you shouldn’t expect anything earth-shaking in terms of hits, the product has the potential to be a fun break, especially if shared with a young fan or newer collector.

What’s your take on 2024 Topps Big League Baseball? Excited for a cheap break? Not for you? Let us know what you think at Cardlines on Twitter.

2024 Topps Big League Baseball checklist

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Mike D.

Mike D

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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