2020 Baseball Cards Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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2020 baseball cards release dates and easy access to checklists, price guide info and other handy resources are all here on this one page. Think of it as a landing spot for all you collecting needs for the year.

Below, you’ll find a full 2020 baseball cards release dates and related set information.

Basically, it’s a hub for all you need in one convenient place for those collecting or even just curious about anything to do with 2020 baseball cards.

2020 Baseball Cards at a Glance

When it comes to MLB-licensed baseball cards, Topps continues to hold the exclusive license. That means that they’re the only company that can product cards of players in their major league uniforms and use MLB logos and trademarks.

But that doesn’t mean Topps is the only company making baseball cards.

Panini has a deal with the MLBPA so they make sets with major league players past and present. The big difference is that these cards aren’t affiliated with MLB so the logos and trademarks are not there. Panini does have exclusive deals with the vast majority of NCAA teams as well as USA Baseball.

Leaf and Onyx Authenticated are among the other companies making cards. These sets center primarily on prospects.

The first set of baseball cards for the year was 2020 Topps Archives Signature Series: Active Player Edition. However, all of these cards are ones from the past that have autographs added. For most, the 2020 baseball card season kicked off with the release of 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball on February 3, 2020. Dozens of new sets continued to come out throughout the calendar year.

Key Rookies

Thanks in large part to the deep rookie class that 2019 brought, there are several key players getting Rookie Cards from the outset of 2020. Yordan Alvarez, Bo Bichette and Gavin Lux are among those who have their first base RCs on 2020 baseball cards checklists. Luis Robert was a rare exception to the rule that players have to debut before their first base cards. His first Rookie Cards appeared in the early part of the baseball card season.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base Alvarez

2020 Baseball Cards Archives

The following is a list of 2020 baseball card sets and related info. They’re listed alphabetically.


2020 Bowman 1st Edition Baseball

Release Date: April 22, 2020

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2020 Bowman 1st Edition Jasson Dominguez


2020 Bowman Chrome Mega Baseball

Release Date: October, 2020

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2020 Bowman Chrome X Baseball

Release Date: November 22, 2020

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2020 Bowman Draft 1st Edition Baseball

Release Date: November 18, 2020

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2020 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition Baseball

Release Date: January 5, 2021

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2020 Bowman Sterling Baseball

Release Date: August 14, 2020

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2020 Bowman Transcendent Baseball

Release Date: August 26, 2020

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2020 Bowman’s Best Baseball

Release Date: December 23, 2020

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2020 Dreams Fulfilled Negro Leagues Legends Baseball

Release Date: June 22, 2020

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2020 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball

Release Date: January 6, 2021

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2020 Leaf Flash Baseball

Release Date: January, 2021

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2020 Leaf Hall of Fame Baseball Cut Signature Edition

Release Date: June 2, 2020

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2020 Leaf Lumber Kings Baseball

Release Date: March 13, 2020

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2020 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball

Release Date: January, 2021

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2020 Leaf Pete Rose: Charlie Hustle Edition

Release Date: September 25, 2020

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2020 Leaf Ultimate Draft Baseball

Release Date: November 20, 2020

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2020 Onyx Nimbus Baseball

Release Date: January, 2021

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2020 Onyx Vintage Extended Baseball

Release Date: October 14, 2020

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2020 Panini Absolute Baseball

Release Date: July 10, 2020

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2020 Panini Chronicles Baseball

Release Date: September 25, 2020

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2020 Panini Flawless Baseball

Release Date: December 4, 2020

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2020 Panini Flawless Baseball Ronald Acuna Jr.

2020 Panini National Treasures Baseball

Release Date: November 4, 2020

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2020 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Baseball

Release Date: December 4, 2020

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2020 Panini Stars and Stripes USA Baseball

Release Date: March 11, 2020

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2020 Parkside Negro Leagues Centennial Draft Class Baseball

Release Date: November, 2020

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2020 Stadium Club Chrome Baseball

Release Date: December 9, 2020

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2020 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

Release Date: September 16, 2020

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2020 Topps Allen & Ginter Chrome Baseball

Release Date: December 4, 2020

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2020 Topps Archives Signature Series: Active Player Edition Baseball

Release Date: January 29, 2020

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2020 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball: Retired Player Edition

Release Date: July 8, 2020

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2020 Topps Big League Baseball

Release Date: Hobby – June 19, 2020, Collector Box – June 24, 2020

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2020 Topps Big League Baseball Joey Votto


2020 Topps Chrome Black Baseball

Release Date: November 25, 2020

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2020 Topps Chrome Black Baseball Manny Machado Refractor

2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire Baseball

Release Date: September 30, 2020

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2020 Topps Chrome Update Series Baseball

Release Date: January 15, 2021

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2020 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball

Release Date: June 24, 2020

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2020 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball Justin Quinn Autograph

2020 Topps Definitive Collection Baseball

Release Date: April 24, 2020

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2020 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball

Release Date: June 10, 2020

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2020 Topps Dynasty Baseball

Release Date: November 4, 2020

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2020 Topps Five Star Baseball

Release Date: August 26, 2020

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2020 Topps Gallery Baseball

Release Date: October, 2020

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2020 Topps Gallery Baseball George Brett

2020 Topps Gold Label Baseball

Release Date: October 14, 2020

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2020 Topps Gold Label Baseball Class 1 Kyle Lewis RC






2020 Topps Inception Baseball

Release Date: March 20, 2020

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2020 Topps Inception Baseball Jumbo Patch Autograph Austin Riley

2020 Topps Luminaries Baseball

Release Date: August 5, 2020

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2020 Topps MLB NYC Baseball

Release Date: October 19, 2020

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2020 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

Release Date: April 1, 2020

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2020 Topps MLB Stickers Mike Trout

2020 Topps Museum Collection Baseball

Release Date: July 29, 2020

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2020 Topps National Baseball Card Day

Release Date: August 8, 2020

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2020 Topps National Baseball Card Day Ryan Braun

2020 Topps of the Class Baseball

Release Date: October, 2020

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2020 Topps Sterling Baseball

Release Date: July 22, 2020

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2020 Topps Tier One Baseball

Release Date: June 5, 2020

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2020 Topps Tier One Baseball Tier One Autographs Reggie Jackson

2020 Topps Transcendent Baseball

Release Date: December 29, 2020

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2020 Topps Transcendent Captain’s Collection Baseball

Release Date: September 16, 2020

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2020 Topps Transcendent Hall of Fame Baseball

Release Date: April 24, 2020

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2020 Topps Tribute Baseball

Release Date: April 10, 2020

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2020 Topps Tribute Baseball Rookies Fred Lewis

2020 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

Release Date: September 30, 2020

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2020 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Gavin Lux RC


2020 Topps UK Baseball

Release Date: November 6, 2020

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Online Sets

2020 Baseball Card Online-Exclusive Sets

The following is a list of 2020 baseball card sets that are online exclusives.

Topps Project 2020

Release Date: March 25, 2020

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2020 Bowman Sapphire Baseball

Release Date: June 24, 2020

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2020 Topps 206 Baseball

Release Date: May 14, 2020

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2020 Topps Advent Baseball

Release Date: December 1, 2020

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2020 Allen & Ginter X Baseball

Release Date: October 15, 2020

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2020 Topps Attax Baseball

Release Date: July 21, 2020

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2020 Topps Brooklyn Collection Baseball

Release Date: May 14, 2020

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2020 Topps Chrome Ben Baller Baseball

Release Date: August, 2020

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2020 Topps Finest Fashbacks Baseball

Release Date: July 13, 2020

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2020 Topps Game Within the Game Baseball

Release Date: January 31, 2020

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2020 Topps On-Demand Baseball


2020 Topps Now Baseball

Release Date: July 24, 2020

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2020 Topps Rip Baseball

Release Date: October 28, 2020

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2020 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball

Release Date: January 2, 2020

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2019 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball 2 Juan Soto

2020 Topps Total Baseball

Release Date: March 13

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2020 Topps Total Baseball Nico Hoerner

2020 Topps x Ben Baller Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions

Release Date: October 29, 2020

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2020 Topps x Ben Baller Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions Mookie Betts

2020 Topps x Derek Jeter

Release Date: December 9, 2020

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2020 Topps x Efdot Iconic Stadium Series

Release Date: November 27, 2020

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2020 Topps X Efdot Iconic Stadium Series 1 Yankee Stadium

2020 Topps x Pete Alonso

Release Date: August 25, 2020

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2020 Topps x Pete Alonso Base

2020 Topps x Steve Aoki

Release Date: November 12, 2020

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2020 Topps x Super 70s Sports Baseball

Release Date: October 21, 2020

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Ryan Cracknell

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18 comments

  1. Tobias 27 May, 2020 at 14:22

    if ther is no baseball season, what will happen to topps update 2020? or bowman draft

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 July, 2020 at 12:27

      @CHARLES – As things are announced they’re added. Nothing on these yet. Retail sets don’t get the six-month announcement window hobby products normally do.

  2. Charlie Adams 2 August, 2020 at 07:21

    Do u know release dates on TOPPS FIRE, TOPPS GALLERY, TOPPS ALLEN& Ginter X?

    Thank U

    Charlie Adams

  3. Mark W Hoskins 17 August, 2020 at 19:09

    How will they get pictures of guys for the Bowman Draft set this year? Will it be pictures of guys from where their alternate training site is?

  4. sam 22 August, 2020 at 16:19

    Ryan,

    As far as best and highest resale value which baseball cards are most popular topps, panini, donruss bowman?

    • Ryan Cracknell 23 August, 2020 at 23:05

      @sam – As far as popularity goes, the main Topps line has the history in baseball. But there are lots of variables from product to product and year to year.

  5. paul hertel 16 November, 2020 at 16:34

    ryan-any word of a 2020 topps chrome update series or mega box release?i look everyday on beckett’s upcoming bb releases and don’t see any listing of it.

    • Ryan Cracknell 17 November, 2020 at 11:13

      @paul – Nothing has been announced as of now. That said, there’s usually no advance notice on retail exclusives. Given the fact that they’re not really using this year’s debuts until 2021, not sure what there is to “update,” though.

  6. Paul S Sawyer 7 March, 2021 at 15:20

    Ryan,
    Have you ever seen a 2020 Topps Holiday Mike Trout # HW123 last 3 are 465 so it says it’s a base card but it has a huge white bubble on the front of the card like it would be a quote?
    Thank you

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