2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Checklist and Details

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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday sees the card maker continue to branch out with their online offerings. It’s not an over-sized set of jumbo cards, either. Rather, it’s an entirely new release of traditionally sized cards that mixes on-demand printing with a more familiar and less timely themes than 2016 Topps Now Baseball.

151 Carlos Correa

Each Thursday, a new pack of cards will be released through the Topps website. Each packs is available for one week only. Like Topps Now, only the number of sets ordered will be printed. Print runs will be announced afterwards as well.

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday looks to use a variety of old designs with a different one each week. The set kicked off with six cards of current players placed inside the wood television set look of 1955 Bowman Baseball. That was followed up in week two with power-hitting outfielders done with the 1958 Topps Baseball design.

It’s not just baseball designs that are being used in 2016 Topps Throwback Thursday. For the third batch, Topps went with a Flamethrowers theme, using the design from 1958 Topps TV Westerns. The last release of June honored six Hall of Famers who served in the military. This time around, 1955 Topps All-American Football was the inspiration.

Week 5 ties in with the looming All-Star Game, highlighting five players headed to event for the first time with the 1959 Topps All-Stars design. The most notable card among this group is Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz. This is his first card of any kind in a MLB uniform. The All-Star theme continued the following week with a group dedicated to two-time MVPs from the Midsummer Classic.

Heading into Hall of Fame Weekend, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were the lone subjects in the seventh week for 2016 Topps Throwback Thursday. A couple of key highlights for each were used in the style of the 1962 Topps Babe Ruth Special cards.

While it looked like the line was going to be limited to baseball, the eighth week saw brought entertainment into the mix. More specifically, Star Wars. Characters from The Empire Strikes Back were mixed with the 1980-81 Topps Basketball design that was famous for each card being a perforated panel for three smaller cards.

It was back to baseball for Week 9. With Ichiro on the cusp of 3,000 hits, the theme was members of the exclusive club. Each card featured a pair of players using the 1979 Topps Baseball Highlights subset as its starting point. The following week, with Ichiro having reached the milestone, the future Hall of Famer was the focus of six cards centering of career milestones. These were done in the style of the Draft Picks subset from 1992 Topps Baseball.

Moving up a year in the design department, Week 11 used the 1993 Topps Draft Picks design to showcase some of the game’s top young shortstops.

1991 Topps Beverly Hills 90210 is the inspiration for Week 12’s Summer Heat set. Cards highlight hot players in the weeks following the All-Star Game.

Those were followed up by Past and Present Stars. Using the 1957 Topps Football design, current stars were paired with a comparable Hall of Famer.

On the 21st anniversary of breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak, Cal Ripken got a week to himself. Week 14 chronicled six of his career highlights spanning from his rookie year through to his Hall of Fame induction in 2007. The design? 1982 Topps Baseball.

Rather than honing in on specific players, Week 15 took a team approach. #SquadGoals highlights six teams. Each card has three players and uses the psychedelic look of 1969 Topps Mod Squad.

The Presidential Election and MVP contenders collide for Week 16’s set. The 1972 U.S. Presidents design is the basis for six cards highlighting top players up for Most Valuable Player honors. From there, it moved to Rookie of the Year candidates the following week. Using the 1972 Topps Baseball Rookie Stars design, players were paired up.

A David Ortiz tribute released at the start of baseball’s postseason. The six cards use 1997 Stadium Club Baseball, which released in his rookie year (Ortiz wasn’t in the original set). While his many career accomplishments will be the focal point for many, there’s also a card with Ortiz on his original MLB team, the Minnesota Twins.

With the regular season over, Week 19 took it back to 1961 to showcase 2016’s league leaders. Each card features four players. The 2016 Hank Aaron Award nominees are the subject of Week 20. Appropriately enough, the cards use Aaron’s 1974 Topps Home Run King card for inspiration.

A second pop culture spin came when 1951 Topps Ringside Boxing was used to create a handful of Rocky cards. The release coincided with the film’s 40th anniversary.

Then it was back to baseball, which used the Single-Season Rushing Record design from 1974 Topps Football to showcase a smattering of current and retired players.

Set 27 came out immediately after the close of the 2016 Winter Meetings, a time when big free agent deals are struck. Big signings from the past are the focus with cards being done to look like 1979-80 Topps Basketball.

Closing out the year, the 1980 Topps Empire Strikes Back Star File subset to showcase six young stars.

The cost of each week’s pack is $19.99. Buying three packs brings a bit of a discount, costing $49.99. Each pack has all of the week’s cards so there is no chasing required.

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Checklist

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1 Bryce Harper

1 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
2 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
3 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
4 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
5 Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
6 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

7 Yoenis Cespedes

7 Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
8 Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
9 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
10 Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees
11 Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers
12 Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

13 Nolan Ryan

13 Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers
14 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
15 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
16 Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
17 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
18 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

19 Ted Williams

19 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox
20 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers
21 Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals
22 Duke Snider, Los Angeles Dodgers
23 Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves
24 Ralph Kiner, Pittsburgh Pirates

30 Aledmys Diaz

25 Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
26 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
27 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
28 Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
29 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
30 Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals

31 Willie Mays

31 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants
32 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
33 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles
34 Gary Carter, Montreal Expos
35 Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers

36 Griffey, 39 Piazza

36 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners – 1992 All-Star Game MVP
37 Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers – 1996 All-Star Game MVP
38 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners – Robs HR at Tiger Stadium
39 Mike Piazza, New York Mets – Post-9/11 Home Run
40 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners – Scores Game Winner on “The Double” in 1995 ALDS
41 Mike Piazza, New York Mets – Bids Farewell to Shea

46 Gwynn, Winfield

42 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates/Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves
43 Stan Musial/Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals
44 Carl Yastrzemski/Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox
45 George Brett, Kansas City Royals/Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles
46 Tony Gwynn/Dave Winfield, San Diego Padres
47 Rod Carew, California Angels/Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants

49 Ichiro

48 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners – First Hit of MLB Career
49 Ichiro, Miami Marlins – 3,000 Hit of MLB Career
50 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners – MLB Record 262 Hits in a Season
51 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners – Inside-the-Park Home Run at All-Star Game
52 Ichiro, Miami Marlins – 4,257 Hits Across Japan/MLB
53 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners – Wins ROY and MVP in Same Season

54 Corey Seager

54 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
55 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
56 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
57 Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
58 Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
59 Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals

60 Gary Sanchez

60 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
61 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
62 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
63 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
64 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
65 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

70 Aaron, Trout

66 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles/Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
67 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs/Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
68 Sandy Koufax/Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
69 Roberto Clemente/Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
70 Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves/Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
71 Ted Williams/Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

72 Cal Ripken Jr.

72 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles – 1982 Rookie of the Year
73 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles – 1983 Leads Orioles to World Series
74 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles – 1991 All-Star Game MVP
75 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles – 1995 Ties “The Streak”
76 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles – 1995 Breaks “The Streak”
77 Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles – 2007 Hall of Fame Induction

81 Boston Red Sox

78 Kris Bryant/Jake Arrieta/Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
79 Bryce Harper/Daniel Murphy/Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
80 Clayton Kershaw/Adrian Gonzalez/Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
81 David Ortiz/Mookie Betts/David Price, Boston Red Sox
82 Mike Trout/Albert Pujols/C.J. Cron, Los Angeles Angels
83 Yoenis Cespedes/Noah Syndergaard/Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

87 Jose Altuve

84 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
85 Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
86 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
87 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
88 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
89 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

93 Story, Diaz

90 Corey Seager/Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers
91 Trea Turner, Washington Nationals/Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins
92 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees/Tyler Naquin, Cleveland Indians
93 Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies/Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals
94 Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates/Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
95 Lucas Giolito, Washington Nationals/Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers

98 David Ortiz

96 David Ortiz, Minnesota Twins – 1997 Rookie Year
97 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – Welcome to Boston
98 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – 3-Time World Series Champion
99 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – 500th Career Home Run
100 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – Ten-Time MLB All-Star
101 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – Last Regular Season Game

107 Save Leaders

102 Batting Average Leaders: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies/Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals/Jose Altuve, Houston Astros/Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
103 Home Run Leaders: Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles/Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners/Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins/Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
104 RBI Leaders – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies/Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays/David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox/Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
105 ERA Leaders – Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs/Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs/Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets/Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
106 Wins Leaders – Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox/J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays/Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals/Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
107 Saves Leaders – Jeurys Familia, New York Mets/Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles/Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers/Mark Melancon, Washington National

108 Kris Bryant

108 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
109 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
110 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
111 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
112 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
113 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

116 Rizzo, Banks

114 Kris Bryant/Ron Santo, Chicago Cubs
115 Javier Baez/Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs
116 Anthony Rizzo/Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs
117 Ben Zobrist/Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs
118 Jake Arrieta/Fergie Jenkins, Chicago Cubs
119 Kyle Schwarber/Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs

119 Kluber, Feller

119 Corey Kluber/Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians
120 Francisco Lindor/Omar Vizquel, Cleveland Indians
121 Jason Kipnis/Carlos Baerga, Cleveland Indians
122 Mike Napoli/Sandy Alomar, Cleveland Indians
123 Tyler Naquin/Larry Doby, Cleveland Indians
124 Andrew Miller/Bartolo Colon, Cleveland Indians

128 Franklin D. Roosevelt

125 Woodrow Wilson
126 Calvin Coolidge
127 Herbert Hoover
128 Franklin D. Roosevelt
129 Dwight Eisenhower
130 George W. Bush

137 Chicago Cubs

132 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs – Schwarber Fuels Game 2 Victory (World Series Game 2)
133 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs – Cubs Win Behind Bat of Bryant (World Series Game 5)
134 Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs – Grand Slam Powers Blowout (World Series Game 6)
135 Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs – Zobrist Gives Cubs a Late Lead (World Series Game 7)
136 David Ross, Chicago Cubs – David Ross Homers in Final AB (World Series Game 7)
137 Chicago Cubs – Cubs Win First World Series Since 1908

141 Derek Jeter

138 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
139 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
140 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
141 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
142 Ichiro, Miami Marlins
143 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

149 Reggie Jackson

144 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
145 Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves
146 Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs
147 Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks
148 Ichiro, Seattle Mariners
149 Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees

153 Kyle Schwarber

150 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
151 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
152 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
153 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
154 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
155 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Rocky Checklist

RK-1 Rocky Balboa

RK-1 Rocky Balboa
RK-2 Speed Bag Training
RK-3 Apollo and Rocky Eye to Eye
RK-4 Rocky and Adrian
RK-5 Gazing Into Each Other’s Eyes
RK-6 Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Star Wars Checklist


SW-1 Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia
SW-2 Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine
SW-3 Yoda, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker
SW-4 Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Han Solo
SW-5 R2-D2, AT-AT, C-3PO
SW-6 Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Han Solo

Release Schedule and Print Runs:

Week 1 (#1-6) June 9-16 – 1,665 sets
Week 2 (#7-12) June 16-23 – 730 set
Week 3 (#13-18) June 23-30 – 785 sets
Week 4 (#19-24) June 30-July 7 – 775 sets
Week 5 (#25-30) July 7-14 – 946 sets
Week 6 (#31-35) July 14-21 – 570 sets
Week 7 (#36-41) July 21-28 – 753 sets
Week 8 (#SW-1-SW-6) July 28-August 4 – 989 sets
Week 9 (#42-47) August 4-11 – 618 sets
Week 10 (#48-53) August 11-18 – 772 sets
Week 11 (#54-59) August 18-25 – 770 sets
Week 12 (#60-65) August 25-September 1 – 746 sets
Week 13 (#66-71) September 1-8 – 769 sets
Week 14 (#72-77) September 8-15 – 693 sets
Week 15 (#78-83) September 15-22 – 586 sets
Week 16 (#84-89) September 22-29 – 540 sets
Week 17 (#90-95) September 29-October 6 – 644 sets
Week 18 (#96-101) October 6-13 – 687 sets
Week 19 (#92-107) October 13-20 – 374 sets
Week 20 (#108-113) October 20-27 – 579 sets
Set 21 Cubs (#114-119) October 27 – November 3 – 1,321 sets
Set 22 Indians (#119-124) October 27 – November 3 – 413 sets
Set 23 (#125-130) November 3-10 – 306 sets
Set 24 (#132-137) November 10-17 – 684 sets
Set 25 (RK-1-RK-6) November 17-24 – 172 sets
Set 26 (#138-143) December 1-8 – 626 sets
Set 27 (#144-149) December 8-15 – 274 sets
Set 28 (#150-155) December 15-22 – 332 sets

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

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  1. Dennis 10 June, 2016 at 16:27

    Love this idea! I’m in for the packs now and weekly.Wouldn’t even mind the checklist being small with quality stars and rookies being duplicated on different nostalgic cards.But please no disrespect to retired or Hall of Fame guys,but there is more than plenty of that in the majority of most of the other Topps products.

  2. James 23 June, 2016 at 17:50

    Nice idea, but the execution is disappointing. The first design, 1955 Bowman, WASN’T AN ORIGINAL TOPPS DESIGN. Also, Topps should consider players besides Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw and other white players to fill out the checklist. Bob Gibson would have been a neat inclusion in the pitchers set. Randy Johnson, too.

  3. Vern 30 June, 2016 at 16:35

    Just received the 1st 2 sets of TBT. Nice cards but in 65 years nobody must have taken geometry at any time. The cards with squared corners are packed in plastic snap cases with rounded corners. Hence damaged corners within all 6 snap cases. It’s hard to believe that this ignorance still exists within a company doing business in trading cards for this long.

  4. Jonathan 30 June, 2016 at 19:39

    How are they coming in to buyers? I know the condition isn’t always great with Topps Now. Is this any better?

  5. Matthew 7 July, 2016 at 18:40

    When will we see these priced on the website? They don’t show up in any searches

  6. Richard 7 July, 2016 at 19:15

    For the money they are charging I see very little in the way of value for the collector.

    • Ryan Cracknell 8 July, 2016 at 00:07

      What about those who simply like the cards/themes/players? Not all collectors buy to sell. Lots buy to build a collection of things they like. And, actually, yes, they’re actually doing pretty well on the secondary market for the early adopters who bought in to flip them quickly.

  7. Jason 8 July, 2016 at 08:22

    Finally a Topps Aledmys Diaz card! I’ll be buying these for the first time. Thanks for maintaining this list, Ryan.

  8. Patrick 16 July, 2016 at 21:26

    Ryan, do know if these will be listed in the OPG. It would be nice to be able to add them to the org. Thanks!

    • Ryan Cracknell 18 July, 2016 at 12:08

      I would suspect they should eventually. Their scattered releasing may mean it’ll take a little more time for the pricing team to properly research them.

    • Ryan Cracknell 24 July, 2016 at 23:46

      With the themed weeks, tough to fit players in. For last three weeks, no Royals fit what they went with. Lots of teams left out so far.

  9. Dan 28 July, 2016 at 17:16

    I wish that they had kept it to baseball. I like Star Wars, but this just doesn’t fit. Modern baseball stars on this design would’ve been cool.

  10. Jason Kearns 25 August, 2016 at 18:40

    I bought 2 packs and the same as others mentioned. The corners are rounded. At $20 a pack I won’t be buying anymore. Wish that wasn’t the case I like the cards.

  11. Paul Angilly 13 October, 2016 at 21:33

    These cards would have been a lot better if they had something worthwhile on the back, rather than a generic back describing the theme of the set. I was tempted to buy the David Ortiz career highlights set, but was turned off by knowing the backs would not have a description of any of those highlights.

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