2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set Details

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The 2018 Topps Baseball factory set is your way to fast-track a collection of the Series 1 and Series 2 base sets.

2018 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby Box

It’s a line with so much tradition and history that it carries over into how people collect it, just not the content. Some love the sport and may have a passion for cards — just not the work involved in putting a set together, sorting through doubles and getting inserts that might not be part of that tradition.

Enter the factory set. It comes with all the base cards nicely packaged in a custom box.

And some extra exclusives as an added bonus.

Traditionally Topps Baseball factory sets come in several versions with hobby and retail being the most common. But there can also be special edition versions for specific stores or events. Generally, the bulk of the content is the same with the base set being the focal point. But the bonus cards and other subtleties make them slightly different.

2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set – Hobby Edition

The hobby version is the one available at card shops. It starts with all 700 cards found in 2018 Topps Series 1 and Series 2. Also inside is a pack of five exclusive parallels. Printed on foil board card stock, they’re not available in other packs or factory sets. They also come serial numbered to 190.

2018 Topps Spakle Foil 700 Shohei Ohtani


2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set – Retail Edition

2018 Topps Baseball Retail Factory Set

The main 2018 Topps Baseball retail factory set also has. There’s nothing different about these cards in any way. However, instead of the five hobby parallels, these sets have five Rookie Variations. The regular cards are still in the set. These five cards are a bonus that uses a different photo than the regular card.

2018 Topps Baseball Retail Factory Set Rookie Variations Checklist

7 Clint Frazier, New York Yankees
18 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
63 Amed Rosario, New York Mets
259 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
700 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set – Target Edition

Sets from Target are the same as retail, only they come with an additional bonus card — an exclusive Chrome Rookie Cup insert.

2018 Topps Factory Set Chrome Rookie Cup TSE-3 Andrew Benintendi

The Chrome Rookie Cup set has six cards. All have parallels as well: Gold Refractors (1:70 sets), Orange Refractors (1:139 sets), Red Refractors (1:668 sets) and Superfractors (1:3,337 sets).

2018 Topps Baseball Target Factory Set Rookie Cup Checklist

TSE-1 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
TSE-2 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
TSE-3 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
TSE-4 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
TSE-5 Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs
TSE-6 Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles


2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set – Walmart Edition

Here’s another retail version with some new exclusives, which come in the form of Chrome Rookie Variations. Each set has the full 700-card set, the pack of five Rookie Variations plus one new Chrome Rookie Variation not available anywhere else.

Six cards make up the set, all of which are Refractors.

Besides the regular Refractors, there are four parallels:

  • Gold Refractors (/50, 1:41 sets)
  • Orange Refractors (/25, 1:81 sets)
  • Red (/5, 1:391 sets)
  • Superfractors (1/1, 1:1,951 sets)

The Walmart factory sets are also notable for their different box shape.

2018 Topps Factory Set Walmart

2018 Topps Baseball Walmart Factory Set Chrome Rookie Variations Checklist

7 Clint Frazier, New York Yankees
18 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
63 Amed Rosario, New York Mets
166 Victor Robles, Washington Nationals
259 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
700 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set – All-Star Edition

Released in conjunction with the All-Star Game, this version comes with five exclusive cards (not Rookie Variations).

2018 Topps Baseball Factory Sets All-Star

There’s another major different with the All-Star sets: all of the base cards have a special factory stamp on the front as well. So, basically, everything is a parallel to the main 2018 Topps set.

2018 Topps Baseball All-Star Mike Trout

All-Star Factory Set All-Star Inserts Checklist

1 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
2 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
3 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
4 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
5 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

2018 Topps Baseball All-Star Insert Bryce Harper


2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set Ronald Acuna and Gleyber Torres Variations

When is a 700-card set a 702-card set? Right here.

Ronald Acuna and Gleyber Torres are variations in Series 2 packs. Topps added variations of those variations in all 2018 Topps Baseball factory sets. That includes hobby and retail.

2018 Topps Baseball Retail Fatory Set Rookie Variations 699 Gleyber Torres

Ryan Sherriff and Drew Smyly remain as #698 and #699 in the set. The Acuna and Torres cards are an added extra.

It’s similar to what they’ve done in the past with Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg back when they were rookies.

Correcting a Couple of Errors

2018 Topps Series 2 has a couple of numbering errors. #364 and #565 were missed. Instead, both #365 and #564 have two different cards. That mistake has been fixed for the factory sets.

They have the Dodgers Combo card for #364 and the New York Mets team card at #565.

2018 Topps Baseball Factory Sets at a glance:

Cards per set:

  • Hobby – 702 plus 5 foil parallels
  • Retail – 702 plus 5 Rookie Variations
  • Target – 702 plus 5 Rookie Variations and 1 Chrome Rookie Cup insert
  • Walmart – 702 plus 5 Rookie Variations and 1 Chrome Rookie Variation
  • All-Star – 702 (all stamped) plus 5 All-Star insertsRelease date: July 6, 2018
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Ryan Cracknell

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4 comments

  1. Doc 7 February, 2018 at 16:57

    Seriously Topps? Stop with the parallels in factory sets. No one wants those. That isn’t what factory sets are for.

  2. phillies_joe 8 February, 2018 at 12:46

    Always look forward to buying a couple of boxes of the various set versions. I like the exclusive parallels as they usually off-set the cost if/when I open the box.

    • Ryan Cracknell 18 July, 2018 at 11:58

      @Dave — If prices are equal, whichever one you think has the coolest stuff.

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