2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Checklist and Details

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As the world prepared to descend on Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Topps is highlighted many of the top Americans hoping to bring home the gold. 2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls trading cards spotlight many of the athletes that are already household names in America as well as some who will likely emerge as heroes.

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Autograph Relic

The overall structure of the product is similar to the past couple of Topps Olympic products from 2014 and 2012. Hobby boxes come with an autograph, a relic and a manufactured relic.

Base Set

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Base

The 2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls base set isn’t big. Chiming in at 75 cards, it features current athletes from a variety of sports. It’s also not very large.

Every pack comes with a Bronze parallel. Most have either a Silver (1:2 packs) or Gold (1:3) as well. Gold Rainbow parallels are all one-of-ones.

Inserts

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Memorable Moments Muhammad Ali

Collectors can find a couple of different basic insert sets in 2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls. Olympic Disciplines (1:4) act as a primer for the featured sports. Not only do they include an athlete, but there’s an overview of how the competition is played as well.

Finally, there’s Closing Ceremonies. At 1:24 packs, it’s the toughest of the basic inserts. More than just a showcase of past ceremonies, the cards also highlight medal totals and more.

Autographs and Relic Cards

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Autographs Gabby Douglas

Signed cards come in a couple of different themes. Base Autographs maintain the general look of the base set. More than 30 athletes have their signatures in the set, although it looks as though they’re on stickers. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Rainbow (1/1) parallels are all serial numbered.

US Olympic Champion Autographs spotlight athletes who have already had medals hung around their necks. The hobby-exclusive insert has a much smaller checklist with fewer than a dozen cards. US Olympic Champion Autographs have Red, Gold and Gold Rainbow (1/1) parallels.

A small number of Cut Signatures have been included in 2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls. All one-of-ones, each has an autograph from an all-time Olympic great.

US Olympic Team Relics are the games’ equivalent to a jersey card. The large checklist has just over 30 athletes plus numbered Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Rainbow (1/1) parallels. Select athletes also have autographed relics.

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls has three different types of manufactured patch cards: US Olympic Team Patch, US Olympic Team Crest Patch and American Flag. All three have Red and Gold parallels with low numbering.

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls at a glance:

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 75 cards
Release date: July 8, 2016

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Autographs – 1
• Relics – 1
• Commemorative Relics – 1
• Closing Ceremonies Inserts – 1
• Olympic Disciplines Inserts – 6
• Gold Parallels – 8
• Silver Parallels – 12
• Bronze Parallels – 24

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Checklist

Base Set

74 cards.

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Base

Parallels:

• Bronze – 1 per pack
• Silver – 1:2 packs
• Gold – 1:3 packs
• Gold Rainbow – 1/1

1 Michael Phelps, Swimming
2 Claressa Shields, Boxing
3 Brittney Griner, Basketball
4 Diana Taurasi, Basketball
5 Candace Parker, Basketball
6 Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
7 Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
8 Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics
9 Kayla Harrison, Judo
10 Matt Stutzman, Archery
11 Melissa Stockwell, Paratriathlon
12 Carlin Isles, Rugby
13 Kim Rhode, Shooting
14 Missy Franklin, Swimming
15 Steven Lopez, Taekwondo
16 April Ross, Volleyball
17 Holley Mangold, Weightlifting
18 Madison Hughes, Rugby
19 Nathan Schrimsher, Modern Pentathlon
20 Megan Rapinoe, Soccer
21 Matt Grevers, Swimming
22 Connor Fields, BMX
23 Haley Anderson, Swimming
24 Conor Dwyer, Swimming
25 Jake Dalton, Gymnastics
26 Danell Leyva, Gymnastics
27 John Orozco, Gymnastics
28 Brad Snyder, Swimming
29 Perry Baker, Rugby
30 Tyler Clary, Swimming
31 Tori Bowie, Track & Field
32 Justin Gatlin, Track & Field
33 Joe Kovacs, Track & Field
34 LaShawn Merritt, Track & Field
35 Adeline Gray, Wrestling
36 Elena Delle Donne, Basketball
38 Simone Biles, Gymnastics
39 Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
40 Abby Wambach, Soccer
41 Sarah True, Triathlon
42 Casey Patterson, Volleyball
43 Brady Ellison, Archery
44 Sue Bird, Basketball
45 Courtney Mathewson, Water Polo
46 Kami Craig, Water Polo
47 Merrill Moses, Water Polo
48 Jenny Arthur, Weightlifting
49 Tom Shields, Swimming
50 Ryan Lochte, Swimming
51 David Boudia, Diving
52 Cullen Jones, Swimming
53 Margaux Isaksen, Modern Pentathlon
54 Allison Schmitt, Swimming
55 McLain Ward, Equestrian
56 Phil Dalhausser, Volleyball
57 Galen Rupp, Track & Field
58 Summer Ross, Volleyball
59 Emily Day, Volleyball
60 Jake Gibb, Volleyball
61 Bob Beamon, Track & Field
62 Rulon Gardner, Wrestling
63 Jenny Thompson, Swimming
64 Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
65 Carly Patterson, Gymnastics
66 Gary Hall Jr., Swimming
67 Nathan Adrian, Swimming
68 Alana Nichols, Para-Canoe
69 Katie Meili, Swimming
70 Tatyana McFadden, Track & Field
71 Lex Gillette, Track & Field
72 Leo Manzano, Track & Field
73 Elizabeth Beisel, Swimming
74 Maya Moore, Basketball
75 Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics

Autographs

Base Autographs

33 cards.

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Autographs Gabby Douglas

Parallels:

• Bronze
• Silver
• Gold
• Gold Rainbow – 1/1

1 Michael Phelps, Swimming
2 Claressa Shields, Boxing
3 Brittney Griner, Basketball
4 Diana Taurasi, Basketball
5 Candace Parker, Basketball
6 Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
7 Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
8 Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics
9 Kayla Harrison, Judo
10 Matt Stutzman, Para-archery
11 Melissa Stockwell, Para-triathlon
12 Carlin Isles, Rugby
13 Kim Rhode, Shooting
14 Missy Franklin, Swimming
15 Steven Lopez, Taekwondo
16 April Ross, Volleyball
17 Holley Mangold, Weightlifting
18 Madison Hughes, Rugby
20 Megan Rapinoe, Soccer
21 Matt Grevers, Swimming
23 Haley Anderson, Swimming
24 Conor Dwyer, Swimming
25 Jake Dalton, Gymnastics
36 Elena Delle, Donne Basketball
38 Simone Biles, Gymnastics
39 Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
40 Abby Wambach, Soccer
44 Sue Bird, Basketball
50 Ryan Lochte, Swimming
62 Rulon Gardner, Wrestling
67 Nathan Adrian, Swimming
74 Maya Moore, Basketball
75 Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics

US Olympic Champion Autographs

10 cards.

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Olympic Champion Autographs

Parallels:

• Red
• Gold
• Gold Rainbow – 1/1

USOCA-AW Abby Wambach, Soccer
USOCA-CP Candace Parker, Basketball
USOCA-DT Diana Taurasi, Basketball
USOCA-GD Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
USOCA-MF1 Missy Franklin, Swimming
USOCA-MM Maya Moore, Basketball
USOCA-MP1 Michael Phelps, Swimming
USOCA-NC Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
USOCA-RL Ryan Lochte, Swimming
USOCA-SB Sue Bird, Basketball

US Olympic Team Autograph Relics

24 cards.

2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Autograph Relic

Parallels:

• Red
• Gold
• Gold Rainbow – 1/1

USAR-AR Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
USAR-ARO April Ross, Volleyball
USAR-AW Abby Wambach, Soccer
USAR-BG Brittney Griner, Basketball
USAR-CI Carlin Isles, Rugby
USAR-CP Candace Parker, Basketball
USAR-CS Claressa Shields, Boxing
USAR-DT Diana Taurasi, Basketball
USAR-ED Elena Delle Donne, Basketball
USAR-GD Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
USAR-KH Kayla Harrison, Judo
USAR-MF Missy Franklin, Swimming
USAR-MG Matt Grevers, Swimming
USAR-MH Madison Hughes, Rugby
USAR-MM Maya Moore, Basketball
USAR-MP Michael Phelps, Swimming
USAR-MR Megan Rapinoe, Soccer
USAR-NA Nathan Adrian, Swimming
USAR-NC Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
USAR-PS Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
USAR-RL Ryan Lochte, Swimming
USAR-SB Sue Bird, Basketball
USAR-SBI Simone Biles, Gymnastics
USAR-SM Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics

Cut Signatures

6 cards. 1/1.

OGCS-BM Bob Mathias, Track & Field
OGCS-JF Joe Frazier, Boxing
OGCS-JJ Jesse Owens, Track & Field
OGCS-JW Johnny Weissmuller, Swimming
OGCS-LZ Louis Zamperini, Track & Field
OGCS-MA Muhammad Ali, Boxing

Relic Cards

US Olympic Team Relic Cards

31 cards.

Parallels:

• Bronze
• Silver
• Gold
• Gold Rainbow – 1/1

USOTR-AR Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
USOTR-ARO April Ross, Volleyball
USOTR-AW Abby Wambach, Soccer
USOTR-BG Brittney Griner, Basketball
USOTR-CD Conor Dwyer, Swimming
USOTR-CI Carlin Isles, Rugby
USOTR-CP Candace Parker, Basketball
USOTR-CS Claressa Shields, Boxing
USOTR-DT Diana Taurasi, Basketball
USOTR-ED Elena Delle Donne, Basketball
USOTR-GD Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
USOTR-HA Haley Anderson, Swimming
USOTR-HMA Holley Mangold, Weightlifting
USOTR-JD Jake Dalton, Gymnastics
USOTR-KH Kayla Harrison, Judo
USOTR-KRH Kim Rhode, Shooting
USOTR-MF Missy Franklin, Swimming
USOTR-MG Matt Grevers, Swimming
USOTR-MH Madison Hughes, Rugby
USOTR-MM Maya Moore, Basketball
USOTR-MP Michael Phelps, Swimming
USOTR-MR Megan Rapinoe, Soccer
USOTR-MZ Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
USOTR-NC Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
USOTR-PS Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
USOTR-RG Rulon Gardner, Wrestling
USOTR-RL Ryan Lochte, Swimming
USOTR-SB Simone Biles, Gymnastics
USOTR-SBI Sue Bird, Basketball
USOTR-SLO Steven Lopez, Taekwondo
USOTR-SM Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics

Manufactured Relic Cards

United States of America Flag Patch Cards

25 cards.

Parallels:

• Red
• Gold

USAF-AG Adeline Gray, Wrestling
USAF-AR Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
USAF-ARO April Ross, Volleyball
USAF-AW Abby Wambach, Soccer
USAF-BG Brittney Griner, Basketball
USAF-CI Carlin Isles, Rugby
USAF-CP Candace Parker, Basketball
USAF-CS Claressa Shields, Boxing
USAF-DT Diana Taurasi, Basketball
USAF-ED Elena Delle Donne, Basketball
USAF-GD Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
USAF-KH Kayla Harrison, Judo
USAF-MF Missy Franklin, Swimming
USAF-MG Matt Grevers, Swimming
USAF-MM Maya Moore, Basketball
USAF-MP Michael Phelps, Swimming
USAF-MR Megan Rapinoe, Soccer
USAF-NA Nathan Adrian, Swimming
USAF-NC Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
USAF-PB Perry Baker, Rugby
USAF-PS Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
USAF-RL Ryan Lochte, Swimming
USAF-SB Simone Biles, Gymnastics
USAF-SBI Sue Bird, Basketball
USAF-SM Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics

US Olympic Team Crest Patch Cards

25 cards.

Parallels:

• Red
• Gold

USAF-AG Adeline Gray, Wrestling
USAF-AR Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
USAF-ARO April Ross, Volleyball
USAF-AW Abby Wambach, Soccer
USAF-BG Brittney Griner, Basketball
USAF-CI Carlin Isles, Rugby
USAF-CP Candace Parker, Basketball
USAF-CS Claressa Shields, Boxing
USAF-DT Diana Taurasi, Basketball
USAF-ED Elena Delle Donne, Basketball
USAF-GD Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
USAF-KH Kayla Harrison, Judo
USAF-MF Missy Franklin, Swimming
USAF-MG Matt Grevers, Swimming
USAF-MM Maya Moore, Basketball
USAF-MP Michael Phelps, Swimming
USAF-MR Megan Rapinoe, Soccer
USAF-NA Nathan Adrian, Swimming
USAF-NC Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
USAF-PB Perry Baker, Rugby
USAF-PS Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
USAF-RL Ryan Lochte, Swimming
USAF-SB Simone Biles, Gymnastics
USAF-SBI Sue Bird, Basketball
USAF-SM Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics

US Olympic Team Patch Cards

25 cards.

Parallels:

• Red
• Gold

USAF-AG Adeline Gray, Wrestling
USAF-AR Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
USAF-ARO April Ross, Volleyball
USAF-AW Abby Wambach, Soccer
USAF-BG Brittney Griner, Basketball
USAF-CI Carlin Isles, Rugby
USAF-CP Candace Parker, Basketball
USAF-CS Claressa Shields, Boxing
USAF-DT Diana Taurasi, Basketball
USAF-ED Elena Delle Donne, Basketball
USAF-GD Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
USAF-KH Kayla Harrison, Judo
USAF-MF Missy Franklin, Swimming
USAF-MG Matt Grevers, Swimming
USAF-MM Maya Moore, Basketball
USAF-MP Michael Phelps, Swimming
USAF-MR Megan Rapinoe, Soccer
USAF-NA Nathan Adrian, Swimming
USAF-NC Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
USAF-PB Perry Baker, Rugby
USAF-PS Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
USAF-RL Ryan Lochte, Swimming
USAF-SB Simone Biles, Gymnastics
USAF-SBI Sue Bird, Basketball
USAF-SM Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics

Inserts

Closing Ceremonies

23 cards.

CC-1 Athens 1896 Olympic Games
CC-2 London 1908 Olympic Games
CC-3 Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games
CC-4 Paris 1924 Olympic Games
CC-5 Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games
CC-6 Berlin 1936 Olympic Games
CC-7 London 1948 Olympic Games
CC-8 Helsinki 1952 Olympic Games
CC-9 Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games
CC-10 Rome 1960 Olympic Games
CC-11 Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games
CC-12 Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games
CC-13 Munich 1972 Olympic Games
CC-14 Montreal 1976 Olympic Games
CC-15 Moscow 1980 Olympic Games
CC-16 Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games
CC-17 Seoul 1988 Olympic Games
CC-18 Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games
CC-19 Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games
CC-20 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
CC-21 Athens 2004 Olympic Games
CC-22 Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
CC-23 London 2012 Olympic Games

Olympic Disciplines

25 cards.

OD-1 Diana Taurasi, Basketball
OD-2 Claressa Shields, Boxing
OD-3 Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
OD-4 Paige Selenski, Field Hockey
OD-5 Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics
OD-6 Kayla Harrison, Judo
OD-7 Sarah True, Triathlon
OD-8 Tatyana McFadden, Track & Field
OD-9 Carlin Isles, Rugby
OD-10 Kim Rhode, Shooting
OD-11 Missy Franklin, Swimming
OD-12 Steven Lopez, Taekwondo
OD-13 April Ross, Volleyball
OD-14 Holley Mangold, Weightlifting
OD-15 McLain Ward, Equestrian
OD-16 Adeline Gray, Wrestling
OD-17 Candace Parker, Basketball
OD-18 Sue Bird, Basketball
OD-19 Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
OD-20 Ryan Lochte, Swimming
OD-21 Michael Phelps, Swimming
OD-22 Simone Biles, Gymnastics
OD-23 Connor Fields, BMX
OD-24 Brady Ellison, Archery
OD-25 Natalie Coughlin, Swimming

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9 comments

  1. Richard 31 December, 2015 at 15:17

    And sticker autos again.
    Sometimes they do it right. The Olympic Champions subsets of 2012 and 2014 were on card and great.
    It looks like one of the subsets might be on card again. If so,I will likely collect it, otherwise no.

  2. Jonathan W. Iwanski 2 January, 2016 at 18:28

    I’m sorry, nothing could make me pay for a single card of someone “hopeful” of going to any sort of Olympics. Sets that come out after all the versions of the Olympics are complete, now that’s something I’m likely to buy. This is like buying cards of players at open tryouts for your local professional sports team. They are “hopeful,” but we don’t know if they’ll make it.

  3. jkz 5 July, 2016 at 17:59

    There really is leetle reason to buy this product at time of release. Previous releases can now be found for under $30 a hobby box. Also more than turned off by Topps’ insistence that a manufactured patch card is any kind of “HIT”.

  4. Cameron365 8 July, 2016 at 08:42

    Was looking forward to this… Now not so much only 1 diving card and sticker autographed? Was looking forward to getting this set what a LETDOWN

  5. Todd 24 July, 2016 at 08:18

    This product is awesome. Those of you that aren’t opening it simply because of sticker autographs are missing the boat. These boxes are loaded with value. Box says 1 autograph, 1 relic and 1 commemorative relic per box, but our 26 boxes delivered at least 4 hits in every box with 5 and sometimes 6 hits in other boxes.

  6. martin brodie 11 August, 2016 at 14:00

    No female divers ? do USA not have female divers ?
    otherwise, much better than 4 years ago , less male nudity and the inclusion of Diana Taurasi who was overlooked before.

  7. Shawn 20 August, 2016 at 18:49

    Leave it up to Topps to screw up a great product from there initial release in 2012. I was really looking forward to buying at least a case of this product. But it turns out to be a bust. They changed the Ginter artistic look, back to generic snap shots of the same old Olympians from 2012. Barley any Track & Field Athlete’s, no new swimming, diving, or wrestling. I think there’s maybe 1 greatest athlete throwback, No Decathlete come on!! This product for a high end collector like myself is a complete waste of money and loss. Take my advice don’t buy any of this product, unless they come out with a series 2 which probably won’t happen.

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