Hobby Edition of the 2017 Topps Baseball Complete Set Includes Exclusive Parallels


Life is filled with cycles and patterns. Every summer brings the heat. In most parts of the world, winter means snow or cooler temperatures. Spring means the stars of baseball season. And taxes. For many, particularly casual collectors, the annual Topps Baseball factory set is another tradition. It’s a way to keep up with the hobby without any excess beyond the flagship release. Keeping with tradition, the hobby take on the 2017 Topps Baseball Complete Set includes something a little extra in the form of exclusive parallels.

2017 Topps Complete Set Hobby Box

No matter the version or where you got the factory set from, meat of the 2017 Topps Baseball Complete Set is the 700 cards that make up the checklist. This covers 350 cards from each of 2017 Topps Series 1 and Series 2.

In addition, hobby sets come with five foil parallels that aren’t available in any packs. These parallels are serial-numbered, although print runs won’t be available until after the set releases. While these parallels may not have the smallest print runs compared to some of the other parallels that exist for 2017 Topps Baseball, they’re usually fairly difficult to track down. That’s due in large part to the customer base that either keeps the set sealed or because they’re not typically sellers. Some buy sets to break, but not in large numbers.

Retail versions of the 2017 Topps Baseball factory set have their own exclusives. We’ll have details on those once they’re announced.

2017 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby at a glance:

Cards per factory set: 705
Sets per case: 12
Set size: 700 cards
Release date: July 5, 2017

What to expect in a hobby box:

• 700-card base set
• Foil Parallels – 5

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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  1. Doc 14 February, 2017 at 10:16

    This needs to stop. The idea that people are buying factory sets simply to break them apart to pull out 5 stupid foil cards is insane.

    There’s nothing wrong with a complete factory set, but Topps push for more and more artificially “rare” parallels has got to stop.

    • Ryan Cracknell 5 June, 2017 at 17:42

      They sometimes change, but the factory set is usually pretty set. You’ll be able to find the hobby version at a local card shop. If you don’t have one of those, online dealers like Dave and Adam’s, Steel City and Blowout Cards will. There should also be a retail version with the same general set-up but different exclusive inserts at places like Target and Walmart.

  2. Dan 14 July, 2018 at 14:49

    Hi Ryan,
    I wanted to verify that the backs of these cards from the Complete Set Retail Versions (Target/Walmart) say, “complete set” on the back of each card. Thanks so much as always!

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