2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Checklist, How to Play, Winners List, Print Runs

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The 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge is the latest evolution of the company’s code cards. Like past programs, when a collector finds one of the special cards, it prompts them to hop online and enter the code that’s on the back of the card (you need to scratch it to reveal it).

But rather than simply unlocking a buyback card or prognosticating for a chance at a million dollars, this time it’s asking collectors to call their shot.

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Mike Trout

And if you call it right, you get exclusive cards. Just for playing, you could win other prizes including the grand prize–a trip to the 2019 Home Run Derby in Cleveland, Ohio.

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge: How to Play

If you pull a Home Run Challenge insert, the first thing you need to decide is whether you’re going to actually use it. Usually Topps code cards are not very exciting as traditional cards. They often look like generic redemption.

These are different. 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge cards look like solid inserts. The front doesn’t even look like a contest card.

Once you scratch the card to reveal the card, it loses some of it’s collectible appeal as it’s no long pack-fresh. Also, potential buyers or trader may being looking to play and once the code is scratched, one would likely assume it’s been used.

But if you don’t scratch it, you can’t win.

Decisions, decisions.

You’ve decided to scratch. Now go to the Home Run Challenge page and enter that code into the box. If you’re asked to fill out registration info, you’ll need to do that, too.

Now the real work begins. You need to get out your crystal ball, dig deep in the analytic stats and pick a date the player on your card will hit a home run. Guessing might work, too. You have to pick the day before at the latest.

Simply put, if they hit a homer on the date selected, you win. If they don’t, you don’t win. It doesn’t matter if they went 1-4 with a single, didn’t play because they were benched or the game never happened due to rain or swarms of bees. They must hit the home run on the date selected. Those are the rules.

Then you wait until the date arrives. If they don’t hit a home run, you’ve still got your original card, albeit a scratched one. If they do crush one over the fence, you win a special parallel version of the card not available in packs. A new parallel is being created for each month of the promotion. Prize cards also come serial numbered (quantities listed below as they’re released).


2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Edwin Encarnacion



You can only enter and select a date once.

Monthly and Grand Prize Draws

All valid 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge entries, winners or not, are put in a monthly draw for other prizes. Each month from April to September has one winner that gets an autographed baseball, bat or replica jersey of an active player.

For the monthly draws, entries do not carry over from one to the next. So if you played in May, you’re in for the May draw and that’s it.

However, all entries throughout the season are up for the grand prize for a trip to the 2019 Home Run Derby in Cleveland. This includes air, hotel and a pair of tickets to the event.

Where to Find 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Cards

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge cards have three waves. The first is in 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball. 2018 Topps Series 2 and 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball followed up with more. All content cards are the same in all three products.

Contest cards are available in both hobby and retail packs except for the ones found at dollar stores. They land approximately 1:36 packs.

Of course, there’s also the secondary market. You might be able to find singles of specific players at your local card shop and online on places like the Beckett Marketplace and on eBay.

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Checklist

HRC-AD Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds
HRC-AE Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
HRC-AJ Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
HRC-AM Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
HRC-AO Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
HRC-AR Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
HRC-BD Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
HRC-BH Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
HRC-CB Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
HRC-CD Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays
HRC-CL Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
HRC-EE Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians
HRC-ET Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers
HRC-FF Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
HRC-GA Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
HRC-GP George Springer, Houston Astros
HRC-GS Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
HRC-JA Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
HRC-JB Jay Bruce, Cleveland Indians
HRC-JC Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
HRC-JG Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
HRC-JL Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
HRC-JM J.D. Martinez, Arizona Diamondbacks
HRC-JS Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
HRC-JU Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels
HRC-JV Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
HRC-KB Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
HRC-KD Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics
HRC-LM Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays
HRC-MA Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
HRC-MC Michael Conforto, New York Mets
HRC-MD Matt Davidson, Chicago White Sox
HRC-MM Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
HRC-MN Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers
HRC-MO Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins
HRC-MR Mark Reynolds, Colorado Rockies
HRC-MS Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
HRC-MT Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
HRC-NA Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
HRC-NC Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
HRC-PG Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
HRC-RO Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
HRC-RZ Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
HRC-SC Scott Schebler, Cincinnati Reds
HRC-SS Steven Souza, Tampa Bay Rays
HRC-TM Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles
HRC-TS Travis Shaw, Milwaukee Brewers
HRC-WC Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
HRC-WM Wil Myers, San Diego Padres
HRC-YA Yonder Alonso, Seattle Mariners

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Winners List and Print Runs

Here’s how many prize cards there are for each month. All redeemed winning cards come serial numbered to the amount shown. Also noted is the color of the parallel for each month.

These lists will be updated as winning cards are sent out and print runs are released.

April

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge April Winners

Please note, these cover games played from the start of the season at the end of March and all of April.

Parallel Color: Silver




HRC-AD Adam Duvall – /9
HRC-AE Anthony Rendon – /6
HRC-AJ Aaron Judge – /20
HRC-AM Andrew McCutchen – /7
HRC-AO Adam Jones – /15
HRC-AR Anthony Rizzo – /9
HRC-BD Brian Dozier – /23
HRC-BH Bryce Harper – /35
HRC-CB Cody Bellinger – /9
HRC-CD Corey Dickerson – /8
HRC-CL Charlie Blackmon – /22
HRC-EE Edwin Encarnacion – /18
HRC-ET Eric Thames – /25
HRC-FF Freddie Freeman – /21
HRC-GA Gary Sanchez – /18
HRC-GP George Springer – /34
HRC-GS Giancarlo Stanton – /17
HRC-JA Jose Abreu – /15
HRC-JB Jay Bruce – /2
HRC-JC Jonathan Schoop – /3
HRC-JG Joey Gallo – /28
HRC-JL Jake Lamb – 0
HRC-JM J.D. Martinez – /14
HRC-JS Justin Smoak – /7
HRC-JU Justin Upton – /24
HRC-JV Joey Votto – /7
HRC-KB Kris Bryant – /14
HRC-KD Khris Davis – /20
HRC-LM Logan Morrison – /11
HRC-MA Manny Machado – /22
HRC-MC Michael Conforto – 1/1
HRC-MD Matt Davidson – /14
HRC-MM Mike Moustakas – /30
HRC-MN Mike Napoli – 0
HRC-MO Marcell Ozuna – /6
HRC-MR Mark Reynolds – 0
HRC-MS Miguel Sano – /18
HRC-MT Mike Trout – /45
HRC-NA Nolan Arenado – /17
HRC-NC Nelson Cruz – /19
HRC-PG Paul Goldschmidt – /10
HRC-RO Rougned Odor – 0
HRC-RZ Ryan Zimmerman – /8
HRC-SC Scott Schebler – /7
HRC-SS Steven Souza – 0
HRC-TM Trey Mancini – /5
HRC-TS Travis Shaw – /18
HRC-WC Willson Contreras – 0
HRC-WM Wil Myers – /7
HRC-YA Yonder Alonso – /27

May

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge May Winners

Parallel Color: Pink




HRC-AD Adam Duvall – /14
HRC-AE Anthony Rendon – /17
HRC-AJ Aaron Judge – /37
HRC-AM Andrew McCutchen – 0
HRC-AO Adam Jones – /14
HRC-AR Anthony Rizzo – /32
HRC-BD Brian Dozier – /11
HRC-BH Bryce Harper – /27
HRC-CB Cody Bellinger – /11
HRC-CD Corey Dickerson – /2
HRC-CL Charlie Blackmon – /8
HRC-EE Edwin Encarnacion – /15
HRC-ET Eric Thames – 0
HRC-FF Freddie Freeman – /15
HRC-GA Gary Sanchez – /11
HRC-GP George Springer – /8
HRC-GS Giancarlo Stanton – /13
HRC-JA Jose Abreu – /6
HRC-JB Jay Bruce – 0
HRC-JC Jonathan Schoop – /14
HRC-JG Joey Gallo – /10
HRC-JL Jake Lamb – 0
HRC-JM J.D. Martinez – /31
HRC-JS Justin Smoak – /8
HRC-JU Justin Upton – /31
HRC-JV Joey Votto – /3
HRC-KB Kris Bryant – /14
HRC-KD Khris Davis – /22
HRC-LM Logan Morrison – /8
HRC-MA Manny Machado – /21
HRC-MC Michael Conforto – /14
HRC-MD Matt Davidson – /3
HRC-MM Mike Moustakas – /11
HRC-MN Mike Napoli – 0
HRC-MO Marcell Ozuna – /2
HRC-MR Mark Reynolds – /5
HRC-MS Miguel Sano – /4
HRC-MT Mike Trout – /28
HRC-NA Nolan Arenado – /21
HRC-NC Nelson Cruz – /9
HRC-PG Paul Goldschmidt – /9
HRC-RO Rougned Odor – 0
HRC-RZ Ryan Zimmerman – 1/1
HRC-SC Scott Schebler – /2
HRC-SS Steven Souza – 0
HRC-TM Trey Mancini – /22
HRC-TS Travis Shaw – /22
HRC-WC Willson Contreras – /11
HRC-WM Wil Myers – 0
HRC-YA Yonder Alonso – /5

June

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge June Winners

Parallel Color: Blue




HRC-AD Adam Duvall – /7
HRC-AE Anthony Rendon – /23
HRC-AJ Aaron Judge – /26
HRC-AM Andrew McCutchen – /20
HRC-AO Adam Jones – /3
HRC-AR Anthony Rizzo – /22
HRC-BD Brian Dozier – /11
HRC-BH Bryce Harper – /17
HRC-CB Cody Bellinger – /30
HRC-CD Corey Dickerson – 0
HRC-CL Charlie Blackmon – /15
HRC-EE Edwin Encarnacion – /14
HRC-ET Eric Thames – /26
HRC-FF Freddie Freeman – /18
HRC-GA Gary Sanchez – /7
HRC-GP George Springer – /20
HRC-GS Giancarlo Stanton – /33
HRC-JA Jose Abreu – /12
HRC-JB Jay Bruce – 1/1
HRC-JC Jonathan Schoop – /14
HRC-JG Joey Gallo – /15
HRC-JL Jake Lamb – /22
HRC-JM J.D. Martinez – /31
HRC-JS Justin Smoak – /14
HRC-JU Justin Upton – /26
HRC-JV Joey Votto – /13
HRC-KB Kris Bryant – /3
HRC-KD Khris Davis – /11
HRC-LM Logan Morrison – /13
HRC-MA Manny Machado – /24
HRC-MC Michael Conforto – /14
HRC-MD Matt Davidson – /14
HRC-MM Mike Moustakas – /25
HRC-MN Mike Napoli – 0
HRC-MO Marcell Ozuna – /23
HRC-MR Mark Reynolds – /4
HRC-MS Miguel Sano – 0
HRC-MT Mike Trout – /25
HRC-NA Nolan Arenado – /51
HRC-NC Nelson Cruz – /27
HRC-PG Paul Goldschmidt – /39
HRC-RO Rougned Odor – /22
HRC-RZ Ryan Zimmerman – 0
HRC-SC Scott Schebler – /13
HRC-SS Steven Souza – 0
HRC-TM Trey Mancini – /13
HRC-TS Travis Shaw – /4
HRC-WC Willson Contreras – /10
HRC-WM Wil Myers – /7
HRC-YA Yonder Alonso – /9

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17 comments

  1. Chuck Kemp 9 February, 2018 at 15:12

    If a player hits a home run for a game that started on say, April 9th, but he hits the home run just past midnight, which is technically April 10th, would it still count if you selected April 9th? In addition, if you selected April 10th, would that count?

  2. Damien Menalda 29 March, 2018 at 18:30

    I just purchased my first ever hobby box of Topps Series 1.

    In it is a Giancarlo Stanton HR challenge card.

    I enter the comp and I’m thinking opening day is as good as any…

    First at bat he nails it!

    Happy days.

  3. Michael ditmer 3 April, 2018 at 20:26

    I had smoak that hit two home runs against the yanks making me a winner. Do I get two cards back since he hit two dingers?

    • Ryan Cracknell 9 April, 2018 at 12:06

      @Michael — Don’t think so. Pretty sure it’s address in Topps’ official rules document.

    • Ryan Cracknell 22 April, 2018 at 16:51

      @J – It’ll likely be a bit of time yet. There’s probably something in the fine print of the rules suggesting at least a couple of months.

  4. David Johnson 20 June, 2018 at 12:02

    Wow, those print runs are going to make these cards interesting to watch. If they keep the same picture for each month and simply change the background color I wonder how much it will effect the value by the end of the season.

  5. Randy J. 20 June, 2018 at 14:03

    Goldy was a winner for me on May 23! I pulled a Matt Davidson out of Series 2, but haven’t scratched it yet. Question … does the serial numbering reflect how many correct entries were submitted for that player on that day?

    • Ryan Cracknell 20 June, 2018 at 17:38

      @Randy — The serial numbers encompass the month. Each month will get a different serial number based on how many people won for that player in that timeframe.

  6. Chris 20 June, 2018 at 21:26

    Just won with George Springer today (June 20). One for six so far. Two other players on tap next week. Three losers already.

  7. Brent Edwards 2 July, 2018 at 13:58

    Got a Rougned Odor HRC card, at the time he was hitting .130+/-, so I picked our 10th Anniversary 6/20 for his HR date….low and behold he did it! Thanks Rougned for knocking one outta the park!
    I also suspect I might be getting a 1/1 parallel!

  8. JARETT WRIGHT 10 July, 2018 at 10:13

    I had the Brian Dozier on 5-23 vs the tigers when his ball was hit over the fence but got stuck on top of the wall. it was called a HR but later ruled a double. on my topps page it says “In process” still think topps will give it to me anyway ? lol

  9. Bud 12 July, 2018 at 16:03

    Any updates on May and June numbers? I got emails from Topps today saying they are processing my June winners but it doesn’t mention anything about print runs.

  10. Tony 2 August, 2018 at 08:24

    Pulled a Willson Contreras out of a box and I figured I’d pick a game that was nationally televised… so I chose 8/1 at Pittsburgh since it was on MLB network. Sure enough he hit one just over the left field fence in the 8th inning. Gonna be a long wait for the card since I chose the 1st of the month, but I’m excited nonetheless.
    I really like the contest by Topps, good and fun way to get fans interested in out of market teams and players, and a great prize with these low serial parallels. I hope they continue this contest in the years to come.

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