2020 Topps Big League Baseball Goes Retro, Adds Action Figures


2020 Topps Big League Baseball is undergoing some fairly major changes for the line’s third year. From a price point, it’s still one of the season’s cheaper and more accessible sets. But once you get into the cards, there’s a retro vibe to them. It’s not like Heritage or Archives where old designs are being reused. Rather, it’s the influence of the 1980s and ’90s that can be found.

In addition to regular hobby boxes, Topps is adding hobby collector boxes. These have fewer packs but come with an exclusive MLB action figure from Super7.

2020 Topps Big League Baseball Overview

2020 Big League clocks in with a 300-card base set. It’s all veterans and rookies.

Parallels come in a few levels starting with Orange, which are one per pack. Others include Rainbow Foil (/100), Black and White (/50) and Red Foil (1/1).

Inserts emphasize “fun,” similar to what you’ll find in Opening Day. Instead of an overarching theme of hanging out at the ballpark like Opening Day, Big League inserts go with big, bold designs.

For examples, Defensive Wizards (1:4 packs) cast some of the game’s slickest gloves against a backdrop that would have fit in with the early days of Metal Universe.

The bat flip gets its own set of cards with Flipping Out (1:4 packs). Other inserts include Roll Call (1:4 packs) and Ballpark Oddities.

Star Caricature Reproductions return with cartoonish takes on stars done by Rich Molinelli. The one-of-a-kind original artwork is also available in packs.

Autographs are not a guaranteed hit in 2020 Topps Big League Baseball. That said, they do exist and come in a few different forms.

Big League Autographs and rookie-centric Opening Act Autographs lead the way on the signature front. These both have Orange Border (/99) and Red Foil (1/1) parallels.

2020 Topps Big League Baseball Opening Act Autographs

Defensive Wizards, Flipping Out and Roll Call cards also have autograph versions, which are numbered to 25.

Super7 Action Figures

Hobby collector boxes have fewer packs than regular hobby (hobby collector = 5, hobby = 18). However, collector boxes also have an exclusive Supersports MLB figure from Super7.

These have different paint applications versus those that might be available separately.

The 2020 Topps Big League Super7 figures come on card packaging that’s heavily influenced by the “hockey stick” stripes of 1982 Topps Baseball.

Variation card backs are inserted 1:5 hobby collector boxes. These have an action image as opposed to the posed shot found on the more common figures.

2020 Topps Big League Baseball Super7 Variation Figure

2020 Topps Big League Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 10, Hobby Collector – 10
Packs per box: Hobby – 18, Hobby Collector – 5
Boxes per case: Hobby – 20, Hobby Collector – 16
Set size: 300 cards
Release date: May 13, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Defensive Wizards – 4
  • Flipping Out – 4
  • Roll Call – 4
  • Star Caricature Reproductions – 4
  • Orange Parallels – 18

What to expect in a hobby collector box:

  • Super7 ReAction Figures – 1
  • Defensive Wizards – 1
  • Flipping Out – 1
  • Roll Call – 1
  • Star Caricature Reproductions – 1
  • Orange Parallels – 5

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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  1. David Johnson 14 January, 2020 at 18:42

    I have enjoyed Topps Big League since it came out in 2018, as it’s low cost and the inserts are usually more about fun than anything else. What is MSRP on the different boxes? I may ask my LCS to get some of the boxes with action figures if they aren’t too pricey.

  2. david 14 January, 2020 at 23:53

    These cards look MUCH BETTER than their flagship 2020 set. Topps has their products mixed up this year

  3. fred 16 January, 2020 at 09:09

    Wait, I’m confused. Is this just an oversize box topper card made to look like a cardboard hangtag with an action figure, or is there an actual action figure? Also, bummer on the shrinking set size. By 2022 it’ll be another 100 card premium set with 20 different color variations.

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