All the 2016 Topps Baseball parallels you need to build a rainbow



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Chasing a player rainbow in 2016 Topps Baseball? Although it’ll take up more than one nine-pocket page to complete a run with all the parallels, it’s not an obscene number of cards. Exclusives outside of hobby have been kept to a minimum. The majority are attainable too in the sense that they’re not limited to a handful of copies. There are those, but not many.

The largely full-bleed design of the base set presents some challenges for traditional parallels. The border is often the place where the splashes of color change. Without the borders, marks were added to the corners to create some color. The result for color-based parallels like Gold and Black is subtle.

Textured and patterned parallels are also on the rise. These use different card stock to make them not only distinct, but easy to spot as well. Among these are Clear, which use acetate, and Rainbow Foil. New to 2016 Topps Baseball are Vintage parallels. These have a more old-school feel to them, not to mention the retro Topps logo on the front.

Negative is another new parallel. Not announced initially, these are easy to spot thanks to their reverse black and white image on the front. The effect makes players look as though they’re made of metal. These fall approximately four per hobby case so they’re definitely not in huge supply but not incredibly scarce either.

Framed parallels return as a case hit in both hobby and hobby jumbo. These have metal around the outside and are numbered to just 16 copies each.

Only a couple of 2016 Topps Baseball parallels can’t be found in hobby packs. Purple cards are only found in Toys “R” Us blister packs. Over time, these can become tough to track down despite not being numbered.

You won’t be able to complete your 2016 Topps Baseball rainbow until July. That’s when hobby factory sets arrive with exclusive Foil Pattern parallels at a rate of five per set. These can also be tough to find as a lot of people either keep these sets sealed or don’t bother to break them up and get rid of the bonus cards in any sort of quantity.

We’ve compiled a gallery of all released 2016 Topps Baseball parallels so you can see the various styles, know how many of each there are (if announced) and any other important details.

2016 Topps Baseball Parallels Gallery


2016 Topps Baseball Base

Black – /65 (hobby and hobby jumbo only)

2016 Topps Baseball Black

Clear – /10 (hobby only)

2016 Topps Baseball Clear

Framed – /16 (hobby, hobby jumbo case hit)

2016 Topps Baseball Framed

Gold – /2016

2016 Topps Baseball Gold


2016 Topps Baseball Negative

Patterned Foil – 5 per hobby factory set (won’t release until July)

Pink – /50

2016 Topps Baseball Pink

Platinum – 1/1

2016 Topps Baseball Platinum

Printing Plate Black – 1/1

2016 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Black

Printing Plate Cyan – 1/1

2016 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Cyan

Printing Plate Magenta – 1/1

2016 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Magenta

Printing Plate Yellow – 1/1

2016 Topps Baseball Printing Plate Yellow

Purple – three per Toys “R” Us blister pack

2016 Topps Baseball Purple

Rainbow Foil

2016 Topps Baseball Rainbow Foil

Vintage – /99

2016 Topps Baseball Vintage

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


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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    • Ryan Cracknell 11 February, 2016 at 12:09

      Both had rookie cards in 2015 products during the second half of the season, including Topps Update.

  1. Larry 11 February, 2016 at 13:13

    Ok but this is the 2016 flagship product and you don’t include one of the rookies of the year? It may not be Correa or Gallo’s rookie card but they should have been included. So now we have to wait longer for series 2, what a rip. Topps you sure no how to alienate Texas fans

  2. Gerald Trimmer 1 August, 2016 at 20:33

    I need 8 gold parallel from series 1.

    Can you help me find them?

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