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2024 Topps Series 1 Baseball Review + What To Do With First Stamp Card Errors

topps 2024 series 1

The release of Topps flagship is something of a hobby holiday. It marks the start of a new year of products and the start of spring training for another MLB season.

That is true again this year, with 2024 Topps Series 1 Baseball coming the same week that pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

So, what do we know so far about 2024 Topps Series 1? What are some of the hits? And when will we be celebrating release day this year?

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2024 Topps Series 1 Baseball release date & format

The release date for 2024 Topps Series 1 was February 14, 2024.

Hobby Boxes contain 20 packs per box, with 12 cards per hobby pack. There are 12 hobby boxes per hobby case. Hobby boxes contain 1 autograph or relic per box.

Hobby Jumbo Boxes contain 40 packs per box, with 40 cards per hobby jumbo pack. There are 6 hobby boxes per hobby case. Hobby Jumbo Boxes contain 3 hits per box, including at least one autograph.

Retail boxes will contain 24 packs per box, with each pack containing 14 cards per pack. There are 12 retail boxes per case.

Retail Blaster boxes will contain 7 packs per box, with each pack containing 12 cards per pack. Retail Hanger boxes contain 59 cards per hanger, with 64 hanger boxes per case.  Retail Fat Packs contain 36 cards per pack, with 108 fat packs per case.

Retail Super boxes will contain 10 packs per box. Each pack will contain 14 cards per pack. There are 12 Retail Super boxes per case.

Retail Monster boxes will contain 16 packs per box. The monster box packs will contain 14 cards per pack.

Retail Mega boxes are also available, but no details are available on their configuration.

Each of the retail configurations comes with a variety of retail exclusive inserts, although no guaranteed autograph hits in retail offerings (autograph hits are still possible in retail).

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2024 Topps Series 1 pre-sale prices

While not every 2024 Topps Series 1 product is yet available for pre-sale, many of the products are readily available to purchase, with pricing published online. So, what are the prices for different 2024 Topps Series 1 configurations?

TypeSale Price
2024 Topps Series 1 Hobby Box$95-100
2024 Topps Series 1 Hobby Jumbo Box$170
2024 Topps Series 1 Value Box$25
2024 Topps Series 1 Retail Box$85
2024 Topps Series 1 Retail Blaster$25
2024 Topps Series 1 Monster Box$60
2024 Topps Series 1 Super Box$50
2024 Topps Series 1 Hanger Box$16

2024 Topps design

After much anticipation, the 2024 Topps Baseball design was revealed on January 11th in a first look posted from the Topps X account.

The card comes with an oversized border and features an “electric” team with the team name in the upper right-hand corner and the team logo in the upper left. The top portion of the card has some black in the border, which may make the card harder to grade but the overall reaction has been positive.

2024 Topps Series 1 base set & design

The base set for 2024 Topps Series 1 consists of 350 cards, 20 cards more than the last few years. The checklist consists of a mix of major league veterans and rookies. The 2024 rookie class has the potential to be a good one. Subsets will include Future Stars, League Leaders and team cards.

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2024 topps series 1

Special 2024 Topps Series 1 “First Card” Stamp

There are special 1/1 cards in 2024 Topps Series 1 that you will want to keep a close eye on.

According to The Collectibles Guru, every card in the series has one card stamped with “First Card.” As the stamp implies, if you see a card with this stamp, it means it was the first card printed. It is not known whether there is a seriel number, so you will want to be on the look out for the “First Card” stamp.

As of February 19th, there are no reports that any of these cards have been hit yet.

Topps 2024 Series 1 First Card Stamp Missing

Apparently there is an issue with some First Stamp cards. According to Topps, certain First Stamp cards are missing the “First Stamp.” Kind of important, huh?

So without the First Stamp, how can collectors tell they should have a First Stamp card? They can look on the back of the card and see a 1/1 signifier. Did you get a First Stamp card without the signifier? Here’s what you can do:

2024 Topps Series 1 parallels & variations

As with prior years, parallels offer a rainbow of options for collectors to chase. These include several retail-exclusive parallels.

Parallels include:

  • Rainbow Foil – 1:10 packs
  • Royal Blue – 1:10 retail packs (retail only)
  • Yellow – 2 per hanger box (hanger boxes only)
  • Gold – /2024
  • Blue Foil – /999
  • Purple Foil – /799
  • Green Foil – /499
  • Orange Foil – /299
  • Red Foil – /199
  • Vintage Stock – /99
  • Independence Day – /76
  • Father’s Day Powder Blue – /50
  • Mother’s Day Hot Pink – /50
  • Yellow Crackle – /50 (hanger boxes only)
  • Memorial Day Camo – /25
  • Platinum – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1
Bryce Harper 2024 Topps Series 1

In addition, Blaster boxes will come with exclusive holiday-themed parallels. This is similar to how 2023 Topps Update included Christmas/Winter-themed parallels. In this case, the holiday Topps is celebrating is Easter, so we’ll get some Easter/Spring themed parallels.

These include:

  • Holiday
  • Eggs – 1:21 packs
  • Rabbits – 1:56 packs
  • Flowers – /50
  • Umbrella – /10
  • Watering Can – /5
  • Roses – 1/1

Each card in the set gets a True Photo Variation. These could be called “Just Photo” variations, as cards have all the card’s design elements removed, so just the photo remains. It’s an interesting idea, and it will be fun to see how collectors react.

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Ronald Acuna Jr 2024 Topps Series 1 photo variation

2024 Topps Series 1 inserts

2023 All Topps Team features one player from each position who was the best of 2023. Parallels include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1). New for 2024.

Superstar Blueprint highlights stats and characteristics that provide the “blueprint” for success. Parallels include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1). New for 2024.

Grand Gamers feature the very best in the game. Parallels include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1). New for 2024.

2023 Greatest Hits highlight the biggest offensive moments of 2023. Parallels include Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1). New for 2024.

1989 Topps Baseball celebrates the 35th anniversary of the classic junk wax set that helped close out the 1980’s. Parallels include Blue, Black (/299), The Real One (/89), Gold (/75), Red (/10) and Platinum (1/1). The Real One parallels are printed on heritage-style card stock. New for 2024.

Heavy Lumber celebrates 20 of the game’s best hitters on woodgrain cards that are limited to 500 copies each.

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Mookie Betts 2024 Topps Series 1 - 35 Year Anniversary

2024 Topps Series 1 Retail exclusives

2024 Topps Series 1 offers several retail exclusive inserts to tempt the retail customer.

Stars of MLB features 30 of the game’s biggest stars. The fun will continue into Series 2 and Update. 1 per retail pack. Parallels include Red (/70), Black (/25), and 1/1 Platinum.

Chrome Stars of MLB bring the premium chrome to the Stars of MLB. Seeded 1:10 retail packs. Parallels include Red (/70), Black (/25), and 1/1 Platinum.

1989 Topps Baseball Foilboard brings the foil to the 1989 Topps inserts. Exclusive to Retail Mega boxes. Parallels include Gold Foil (/50), Orange Foil (/25), Red Foil (/5), and 1/1 Black Foil.

Topps Mega Stars celebrate the biggest stars in the majors today. Exclusive to Retail Mega boxes. Parallels include Green Foil (/99), Purple Foil (/75), Gold Foil (/50), Orange Foil (/25), Red Foil (/5), and 1/1 FoilFractor.

2024 Topps Series 1 autographs

Baseball Stars Autographs showcases the stars of the game with ink. Parallels include Black, (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25), and Platinum 1/1.

Baseball Stars Dual Autographs feature two autographs and are sequentially numbered to 10 or less.

1989 Topps Baseball Autograph Cards feature on-card autographs of rookie, stars, and retired greats on the classic 1989 Topps design. Parallels include Parallels include Black, (/199) and Gold (/50).

World Champion Autograph Cards are numbered sequentially to 50 or less. Red (/25), and Platinum 1/1 parallels are also available.

Postseason Performance Autograph Cards are numbered sequentially to 50 or less. Red (/25), and Platinum 1/1 parallels are also available.

Cut Signatures are all 1/1’s of the former greats.

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Mike Trout 2024 Topps Series 1

2024 Topps Series 1 relic cards

Major League Materials are the standard relic offering in Topps 2023 Series 1. Parallels include Black (/199), Gold (/50), and Red (/25).

1989 Topps Baseball Relics include relics in the 1989 Topps design. Parallels include Black (/199), Gold (/50), and Red (/25).

World Champion Relics are sequentially numbered out of 99. Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels are also available.

Postseason Performance Relics are sequentially numbered out of 99. Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels are also available.

2024 Topps Series 1 Corbin Carrol Home Sweet Home

2024 Topps Series 1 autographed relic cards

 Major League Material Autographs are sequentially numbered out of 50. Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels are also available.

World Champion Autograph Relics feature autographs and relics from members of the 2023 World Champions Texas Rangers. Sequentially numbered to 50 or fewer. Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels are also available.

Postseason Performance Autograph Relic Cards feature players who appeared in the 2023 postseason containing autographs and game-used materials. Sequentially numbered to 50 or fewer. Red (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels are also available.

2024 Topps Series 1 pros & cons

Every product has pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to purchase and break them. What are some of the pros and cons associated with 2024 Topps Series 1?

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Pros:

  • The rookie class for 2024 Topps Series 1 looks promising. Stay tuned to Cardlines for more in-depth coverage of the rookie class once the checklist is available.
  • Flagship Topps sets are among the most collected in the hobby, and the earliest release of the year, which means the rookie cards tend to have solid value compared to some later releases.
  • Topps retail has some exclusive parallels and inserts, and lots of formats, to liven up a break.
  • The design of 2024 Topps has been largely well-received and is quite distinct.

Cons:

  • While Topps Flagship rookie cards tend to hold solid value, they do tend to trail behind more premium offerings, including Chrome.
  • The chances of better autograph hits are much lower in Topps retail products.
  • Hobby Jumbos are the only packaging format that guarantees an autograph hit.

Final thoughts (for now) on 2024 Topps Series 1

The release of 2024 Topps brings the unofficial starts of both a new baseball and baseball card season and much-needed hints of spring to an otherwise cold and gray February. With a promising rookie class and a distinct design, 2024 Topps should excite collectors.

What is your take on 2024 Topps Series 1? Looking forward to breaking a box? Do the retail exclusives look interesting? Tell us about it at card_lines on Twitter.

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2024 Topps Series 1 Checklist

See below for a full 2024 Topps Series 1 checklist:

2024 Topps Series 1

wdt_ID Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards
1 Ronald Acuña Jr. Atlanta Braves™ 1
2 San Diego Padres™ San Diego Padres™ 2
3 Endy Rodríguez Pittsburgh Pirates® 3
4 Logan Webb San Francisco Giants® 4
5 Owen White Texas Rangers® 5
6 Detroit Tigers® Detroit Tigers® 6
7 Brendan Donovan St. Louis Cardinals® 7
8 Brendan White Detroit Tigers® 8
9 Joey Wiemer Milwaukee Brewers™ 9
10 Josh Naylor Cleveland Guardians™ 10
Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards

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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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