2018 Topps Baseball Parallels Gallery and Guide

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The 2018 Topps Baseball parallel rainbow is one that incorporates color, patterns and even holidays. As has been the case for several years, every base card has several versions to chase, often when you’re a team or player collector.

Most years, these come through in the borders. But for the third consecutive year, the flagship set has taken a full-bleed approach. That means some of the parallels have to get a little more creative.

For many of the color-based 2018 Topps Baseball parallels, this is done with the addition of a subtle burst pattern cast in the card’s background behind the player. Waves flow up in both directions, creating a space where the color stands out a little more. That pattern is also a parallel tip-off in case the color change is too subtle.

Whether you’re looking to identify a specific parallel or want to know what you have to chase to build the rainbow, here’s a full list and gallery.

2018 Topps Baseball Parallels Gallery

Please note this list is based on 2018 Topps Series 1. It will likely expand with the addition of special cards found in things like factory sets and other special releases. New parallels are also possible for Series 2.


Base





Black

Serial Number: /67
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Clear

Serial Number: /10
Pack Types: hobby (regular hobby only, not hobby jumbo)
Notes: Partial parallel set of 100 cards. The checklist has a full list.

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Father’s Day Powder Blue

Serial Number: /50

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Gold

Serial Number: /2018

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Independence Day

Serial Number: /76

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Memorial Day Camo

Serial Number: /25

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Mother’s Day Hot Pink

Serial Number: /50

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Negative Black and White

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Platinum

Serial Number: 1/1

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Printing Plates Black

Serial Number: 1/1

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Printing Plates Cyan

Serial Number: 1/1

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Printing Plates Magenta

Serial Number: 1/1

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Printing Plates Yellow

Serial Number: 1/1

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Purple

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Rainbow Foil

Serial Number: n/a
Notes: cards have a foil front that reflects a rainbow under bright light

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Transcendent Party

Serial Number: 1/1
Exclusive: special Transcendent Party packs
Notes: numbered on the front, foil Transcendent logo

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Vintage Stock

Serial Number: /99
Notes: has different card stock, retro Topps “hook” logo on front

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Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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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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2 comments

  1. John S. 6 February, 2018 at 13:02

    Another reason why I prefer Topps Opening Day over this. You don’t have to worry about a jillion different parallels.

  2. JC Ryan 25 August, 2018 at 19:33

    This article was incredibly helpful for someone getting back into the hobby. Still had to look at a clear card on Ebay to figure it out.

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