By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
The 2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day takes place on Saturday, August 13. In this age where everything is a special “Day,” why should this matter to card collectors? It’s simple — free cards.
Topps has made an exclusive set for 2016 National Baseball Card Day. The model is similar to that Upper Deck has been using for National Hockey Card Day. If you go to a participating shop you get a free pack of six cards. Both American and Canadian stores are included in the promotion. That said, the list of shops Topps released only included American shops. If you live in Canada you may want to call ahead.
The base set has 49 cards, featuring stars and a handful of rookies.
One card that isn’t in packs is Kris Bryant. To get his, you have to make a qualifying purchase of $10 or more. While supplies last, an Ultra-Pro One-Touch holder will also be given out.
Autographs from 14 players are also randomly inserted.
To help promote National Baseball Card Day, Topps is hoping to have MLB players hand out packs at select ballparks on August 12.
This marks the first time there has been a National Baseball Card Day since 2008 when Topps and Upper Deck both produced promo sets.
Topps first announced the 2016 National Baseball Card Day back in February at the Industry Summit in Hawaii.
2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day Checklist
1 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
2 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
3 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
4 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
5 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
6 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
7 Matt Harvey, New York Mets
8 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
9 David Wright, New York Mets
10 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
11 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
12 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
13 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
14 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
15 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
16 Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
17 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
18 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
19 Luis Severino, New York Yankees
20 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
21 David Price, Boston Red Sox
22 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
24 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
25 Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
26 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
27 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
28 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
29 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
30 Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
31 Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
32 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
33 Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
34 Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics
35 Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
36 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
37 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
38 James Shields, San Diego Padres
39 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
40 Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
41 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
42 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
43 Ichiro, Miami Marlins
44 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
45 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
46 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
47 Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
48 Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
49 Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
50 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs – available with purchase
14 cards. Known print runs are noted.
A-CC Carlos Correa, Houston Astros /35
A-ER Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox /165
A-FL Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians /115
A-GB Greg Bird, New York Yankees /165
A-I Ichiro, Miami Marlins /15
A-JD Jacob deGrom, New York Mets /95
A-JP Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants /160
A-KB Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs /55
A-KS Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs /55
A-MSA Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins /160
A-MST Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays /160
A-MT Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels /20
A-SP Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals /160
A-TT Trea Turner, Washington Nationals /160
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