2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages are a fully endorsed parody of big league baseball

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2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages Cubs

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Often, huge corporations take themselves seriously. Fully endorsed by the league, 2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages show a lighter side to the sport. Taking the satirical nature that has been a Wacky Packages staple for almost 50 years, the product loving makes fun of all 30 teams.

Like other recent Wacky releases, 2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages can be found with two separate hobby configurations. There’s basic hobby, which is intended to cater more to those looking for a basic set with a few added extras. Hobby collector boxes have more exclusives and inserts. They also promise one autograph, sketch or relic card, which regular hobby boxes do not.

See also: 2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages Checklist

The 2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages base set has 90 cards. That works out evenly to three cards per team. These 90 cards are divided into three parody subsets: Franchises, Events and Ballpark Food.

Green Grass parallels are inserted one per pack, no matter the hobby type. Hobby collector boxes also have a Sepia parallel in every pack. Other hobby collector-exclusive parallels include Black Ludlow Back (one per box), Red Ludlow Back (/10), Lumber (/5), Artist Autograph (/5) and Printing Plates. Gold (/25) parallels are randomly inserted in both types of boxes.

Autographs come in a couple of forms. Active Stars Autographs use the same general design as 2016 Topps Baseball. However, rather than a photo, the player is done with artwork instead. Signatures use stickers. Mascot Autographs take a similar approach with the look and use of a drawing.

Relics in 2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages are not specific to a player. Stadium Seat Relics have a piece of a chair from a MLB ballpark. Ticket Relics have a stub from a notable game embedded in them.

All four of the autograph and relic inserts have one-of-one Red parallels that are only available in hobby collector packs.

Sketch cards are also randomly inserted.

2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages at a glance:

Packs per box: 24 (hobby), 14 (hobby collector)
Cards per pack: 10 (hobby), 6 (hobby collector)
Boxes per case: 8 (hobby), 6 (hobby collector)
Set size: 90 cards
Release date: March 9, 2016

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Grass Green Parallels – 24

What to expect in a hobby collector box:

  • Autograph, Sketch or Relic Card – 1
  • Black Ludlow Back Parallels – 1
  • Grass Green Parallels – 14
  • Sepia Parallels – 14
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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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5 comments

  1. Josh 24 October, 2015 at 00:35

    This is definitely going to be a set I have to put together. Do you know if there will be any retail offerings?

  2. Jonathan W. Iwanski 25 October, 2015 at 14:43

    Wacky packages with hobby boxes? Seriously? When will Topps be considered a monopoly? This is ridiculous. If there was any serious competition, they wouldn’t waste their time developing this joke of a set. Topps is just getting sad at this point.

    • Ryan Cracknell 26 October, 2015 at 01:50

      All main Wacky Package sets for the past 3 years or so have had separate hobby and hobby collector configurations. If they didn’t sell enough of them, they probably would have stopped making by now. This is something different that might work and it might not. Personally, I appreciate that there’s something different on the calendar rather than the same stuff every year with little change. I could see something like this catering to a different crowd that might not pay much attention to many traditional baseball cards.

  3. chase 20 March, 2016 at 16:04

    i love wacky packs they been around sense my 37 year old parents im only 11 but still there great i think its a good idea for topps

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