2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Parallels Guide and How to Spot Them

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If you’re sorting through your 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball cards, you might come across something different. It may look like a regular base card only with a different color border or some sort of addition on the front. Maybe it’s the stats on the back. No matter the case, chances are, you’ve got some sort of 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball parallel.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Parallels

Simply put, these parallels are rarer versions of base cards. They add a chase element for some or add something different to look at for others. Most of these parallels are based on color changes in the border area and background. Others, though take a couple of different roads that might not be as noticeable at first.

Here’s a visual breakdown of all the 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball parallels including insertion rates and, when applicable, print runs.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Parallels Guide

Base Card



2019 Topps 1 Ronald Acuna Reverse




150th Anniversary

Cards have a 150 Years foil stamp on the front.

Hobby – 1:6
Hobby Jumbo – 1:2
Retail – 1:8
Blaster – 1:8
Retail Fat Packs – 1:3
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:2


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball 150th Anniversary




Purple

2 per Meijer hanger pack.


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Purple Ronald Acuna Jr




Rainbow Foil

Cards are printed on a foil stock and have a shiny background.

Hobby – 1:10
Hobby Jumbo – 1:2
Retail – 1:10
Blaster – 1:10
Retail Fat Packs – 1:4
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:2





Yellow

Exclusive to Walgreens.
According to Topps, these should start showing up in April.





Gold

Print Run: /2019

Hobby – 1:5
Hobby Jumbo – 1:6
Retail – 1:7
Blaster – 1:13
Retail Fat Packs – 1:8
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:7





Advanced Stats

Print Run: /150

Fronts look the same but backs have different stats and the serial number. Not all cards have Advanced Stats versions. League Leader, World Series Highlights, team cards and multi-player subsets do not.

Hobby – 1:75
Hobby Jumbo – 1:84
Retail – 1:103
Blaster – 1:196
Retail Fat Packs – 1:125
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:97





Vintage Stock

Print Run: /99

Card fronts have the retro Topps ‘hook’ logo. Backs have a textured cardboard feel.

Hobby – 1:97
Hobby Jumbo – 1:108
Retail – 1:133
Blaster – 1:251
Retail Fat Packs – 1:161
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:125


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Vintage Ronald Acuna Jr




Independence Day

Print Run: /76

Hobby – 1:126
Hobby Jumbo – 1:140
Retail – 1:209
Blaster – 1:328
Retail Fat Packs – 1:210
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:162


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Independence Day Ronald Acuna Jr




Black

Print Run: /67

Cards are in hobby and hobby jumbo packs only.

Hobby – 1:122
Hobby Jumbo – 1:30


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Black Ronald Acuna Jr




Father’s Day Blue

Print Run: /50

Hobby – 1:191
Hobby Jumbo – 1:212
Retail – 1:262
Blaster – 1:497
Retail Fat Packs – 1:321
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:426


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Blue Ronald Acuna




Mother’s Day Pink

Print Run: /50

Hobby – 1:191
Hobby Jumbo – 1:212
Retail – 1:262
Blaster – 1:497
Retail Fat Packs – 1:321
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:426





Memorial Day Camo

Print Run: /25

Hobby – 1:381
Hobby Jumbo – 1:424
Retail – 1:523
Blaster – 1:994
Retail Fat Packs – 1:642
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:492





Clear

Print Run: /10

Cards are regular hobby-only and are printed on acetate and are see through.

Only 100 cards in Series 1 had Clear versions. These are listed on the main checklist.

Hobby – 1:1,223


2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Clear JD Martinez




Platinum

Print Run: 1/1

Hobby – 1:9,544
Hobby Jumbo – 1:10,847
Retail – 1:13,209
Blaster – 1:25,714
Retail Fat Packs – 1:14,417
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:13,602





Printing Plates

Each card has a Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow version.

Print Run: 1/1

Hobby – 1:2,369
Hobby Jumbo – 1:2,646
Retail – 1:3,222
Blaster – 1:6,234
Retail Fat Packs – 1:4,814
Retail Hanger Boxes – 1:3,139




 

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8 comments

  1. Strofan 2 February, 2019 at 02:38

    The advance stat line are going to be crazy difficult to spot (other than being center inserted). I just pulled a Jack Flaherty #321 (003/150). Like listed above, these are EXACT SAME card stock, feel, and image. NOTE: Besides the GOLD (some parallel are black) numbering to 150 on back the BOTTOM serial number ends in 15.
    Do all players have stat line parallel, or is the parallel limited to certain players (like clear hobby parallel)?
    If so, any chance for a checklist?

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 February, 2019 at 17:06

      @Strofan – I was able to confirm with Topps this morning that not every card has an Advanced Stat parallel, just the player cards. I’m going to go through the checklist and create a one for the Advanced Stat cards ASAP.

  2. Mike 10 April, 2019 at 10:51

    Question:

    When comparing ratios between Hobby and Jumbo is the number of packs for Jumbo considered a Jumbo pack? Where the hobby ratio is based on the 14 card pack?

    If so, it would appear that regular hobby boxes offer better odds for most of the parallel cards.

    I.E. Vintage stock
    Hobby 1 in every 97 so 1 every 4 hobby boxes
    Vs.
    Hobby Jumbo 1 in every 108 so 1 every 10.8 hobby Jumbo boxes.

    • Ryan Cracknell 11 April, 2019 at 10:22

      @Mike – It does seem that for parallels for Series 1, regular hobby was better than jumbo.

  3. Bradon Grasmick 30 April, 2019 at 01:41

    Are the Walgreens packs out? I have cause to be in my local Walgreens fairly often, so maybe I’m just not looking in the right place. All I can find are those MLB jumbo variety packs which tend to be next to Pokémon and other such things.

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 May, 2019 at 00:17

      @Bradon – It looks like some of the Yellows from Walgreens are starting to show up.

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