What It Takes to Build a 2017 Topps Baseball Parallel Rainbow

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re chasing a full 2017 Topps Baseball parallel rainbow of your favorite player, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Each card has more than a dozen different versions that factor in not only color but card stock as well.

Some are found only in certain packs sold at certain stores, others are available in all pack types. Some have serial numbers, others aren’t.

This is standard for the flagship release and around the same as how it has been for several years. There may be a couple tweaks here and there, but nothing major.

Some of the 2017 Topps parallels are easier to spot than others. For example, the Rainbow Foil and Clear cards come with a totally different surface. The Negatives make images look like molten metal, so they’re easy too. But the color-based cards may require a second look. The places to spot the color are two pennant-shaped triangles on the top half of the card and the space below the name plate. Of course, if they’re serial numbered, that’s another way. But sometimes these can be subtle enough that you may miss them if you blow quickly through packs.

While it may seem like a lot of parallels, most of them could prove to be fairly tough to track down with 50 copies or less in circulation.

To help you keep tabs on all of the 2017 Topps Baseball parallels, here’s a gallery showing what they look like and, when applicable, notes one where they’re exclusive to.

2017 Topps Baseball Parallels Gallery

More parallels may be released in the future. Here’s what’s out there now.


Base Card


2017 Topps Baseball Base




65th Anniversary

Serial Number: 1/1
Pack Type: Silver packs at Topps 65th Anniversary party
Notes: Have 65th Anniversary foil stamp on front

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2017 Topps Baseball 65th Anniversary




Black

Serial Number: /66
Pack Types: Hobby, Hobby Jumbo

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2017 Topps Baseball Black




Clear

Serial Number: /10
Pack Types: Hobby only
Notes: Partial parallel set of 100 cards in Series 1

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2017 Topps Baseball Clear




Father’s Day Powder Blue

Serial Number: /50

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2017 Topps Baseball Fathers Day Blue 50




Gold

Serial Number: /2017

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2017 Topps Baseball Gold




Memorial Day Camo

Serial Number: /25

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2017 Topps Baseball Camo




Mother’s Day Hot Pink

Serial Number: /50

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2017 Topps Baseball Mothers Day Pink 50




Negative Black and White

Serial Number: n/a
Pack Types: Hobby, Hobby Jumbo

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2017 Topps Baseball Negative




Platinum

Serial Number: 1/1

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2017 Topps Baseball Platinum




Printing Plates Black

Serial Number: 1/1

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2017 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Black




Printing Plates Cyan

Serial Number: 1/1

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2017 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Cyan




Printing Plates Magenta

Serial Number: 1/1

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2017 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Magenta




Printing Plates Yellow

Serial Number: 1/1

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2017 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Yellow




Purple

Serial Number: n/a
Found at: Toys “R” Us

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2017 Topps Baseball Purple




Rainbow Foil

Serial Number: n/a

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2017 Topps Baseball Rainbow Foil




Vintage Stock

Serial Number: /99

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2017 Topps Baseball Vintage Stock



Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

9 Comments

  1. Richard
    Posted February 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    You really need a line saying where each came from if its exclusive to a retail chain, hobby store promotion, or hobby box.

  2. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    The ones that are exclusive do.

    Couple of examples:

    Black
    Serial Number: /66
    Pack Types: Hobby, Hobby Jumbo

    Purple
    Serial Number: n/a
    Found at: Toys “R” Us

  3. David Seder
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Ryan,
    Thank you very much for spelling this out for us.I”m sitting on 5 boxes of Topps hobby,now that i know what to look for,i can crack them. Thanks again,Dave

  4. Posted March 2, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Can someone tell me if the Mother’s Day “hot pink” cards are serial numbered on the back? I am color-blind, so I have to take different avenues to figure out what I have sometimes.

    This part of the Series 1 release is driving me nuts. Here is what I know:

    Gold is numbered on back to 2017
    Black is numbered on back to 66
    Clear is numbered on front to 10 (didn’t know that until the pic up top)
    Powder Blue ?
    Rainbow Foil ?
    Hot Pink ?
    Platinum?
    Purple? (I might be able to see this one due to markings in top of card)

    Any help would be appreciated here. Straining to try and figure it out is just taking the fun out of it all.

    Thank you all for your time and help!

  5. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted March 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Blue, Pink and Platinum are all serial numbered on the back. Rainbow Foil are not numbered.

  6. Posted March 3, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    fantastic! Thank you Ryan

  7. Douglas Novak
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I pulled a Jackie Robinson Day Patch Card # JRPCA-MTR. It is a #/10 Mike Trout Autograph. Anyone know anything about that card? I cant find anything about it.

  8. Jeff Snyder
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    This may be a dumb question but, are there parallels for every base card in the set, or just certain selected ones?

  9. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted August 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    The vast majority of the parallels are for all base cards in 2017 Topps Baseball. The Clear cards /10 are the notable exception.

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