Should You Join The Topps 582 Montgomery Club In 2023?
This week, Topps announced changes to their popular membership program, Montgomery 582, for 2023. The Club, which has been offering members early and exclusive access to Topps products since 2018, has been a popular favorite among more seasoned collectors for its perks.
Enrollment for 2023 will be open for a limited time, so you will need to quickly make a decision on whether you would like to participate next year.
With the Topps 582 Montgomery Club being revamped, some collectors have been left wondering if the exclusive online membership program is still worth it?
What has changed?
According to Topps, the card company is changing aspects of 582 Montgomery after a “thorough examination of previous year’s program.”
Included in the changes is a price reduction to $150 (existing members) and $199 (new members), respectively which will undoubtedly welcomed by collectors. However, with the price change also comes early and exclusive access to fewer releases.
In addition, Topps has updated the terms and conditions of the program and will only allow 1 membership per household for returning and new members. Some current members of the club are reporting that accounts are being closed when in households with multiple accounts.
When can I join the 582 Montgomery Club?
If you decide to join the Montgomery Club for 2023, you will need to act fast. Here are the two-day windows for existing and new members to join the program:
- Existing members must join from December 5th at 11 AM ET until December 7th at 11 AM ET
- New members will be able to join from December 7th at 3 PM ET to December 9th PM ET.
What do collectors get for 582 Montgomery Club in 2023?
So specifically what can you get for the Montgomery Club during 2023?
In short, collectors will receive two sets as well as early access to six products.
Collectors who join 582 Montgomery Club for next year will receive two sets exclusive to members:
- a 20-card base set
- a “582 Montgomery” complete set of 2023 Topps baseball
Early Access to releases
The other major part of the 582 Montgomery Club is that collectors will receive early access to select releases. This is fewer than last year but there are still some big, desirable releases on the list.
- 2023 Bowman Chrome Sapphire
- 2023 Topps Chrome Sapphire
- 2023 SW Sapphire
- 2023 Chrome Bundesliga Sapphire
- 2023 Finest Flashbacks BB
- 2023 GPK Sapphire
Is the Topps 582 Montgomery Club worth it for 2023?
In the eyes of many collectors, the 582 Montgomery Club is not as good of a deal as has been in years past. However, the ultimate question many are asking is “Is the 582 Montgomery Club worth joining?” especially with the lower price point.
That question will ultimately be up to each individual collector, however, one thing we do know is that the Montgomery Club remains popular for a simple reason — collectors feel like they get value from the program.
The Montgomery Club is unlikely to lose its prestige among collectors. In fact, a large number of Montgomery club members renew their memberships each year.
Let’s start with the cards. You get a complete 582 Montgomery Club set of 2023 Topps. Besides the fact this is pretty good perk in its own right, the sets from 2022 are going for north of $50. That right there is a good chunk of the value.
The 20-card set from 2022 is worth another $15-$20. But some collectors are bemoaning that there are fewer sets than last year, but what they may lose in quantity, they may gain in quality.
From there, the remaining value comes from the early access to certain releases. Take a look at those releases. Are there any releases that you collect that you would be disappointed in missing or paying a premium for in the secondary market?
One thing collectors will want to take note of is that early access does not mean guaranteed access. There is still a chance you come up short and can’t purchase your favorite product at the price you want.
Could there be more?
Another important reason the 582 Montgomery Club has been so popular with collectors is that Topps has generally underpromised and over-delivered on what the program offers — at least for the last two years.
With Fanatics now in charge at Topps, we don’t see any reason why this wouldn’t be the case again. So expect what’s in the club at face-value but don’t be surprised if Topps offers more than advertised, making the Club 100% worth it to any serious collector.
Final thoughts on the 582 Montgomery Club
If you have been waiting to join the 582 Montgomery Club but have been hesitant due to the process, right now is one of the cheapest opportunities to be apart of this club.
Of course, if you decide to pull the trigger, know that you are getting fewer cards and access to fewer releases. This may not be a big deal to you, depending on what releases from the list you may be looking at.