2020 Topps Sterling Baseball Brings Back High-End Brand for First Time Since 2010


2020 Topps Sterling Baseball brings back a long-dormant line. And it’s a high-end one at that, which focuses on autograph memorabilia cards and premium relics.

Although Bowman Sterling returned in 2019, the last time Topps Sterling appeared was in 2010 (or as some may say, before Mike Trout).

Each hobby box comes with a pair of mini boxes. One is guaranteed to have an autograph relic. The other is either a second signature memorabilia card or a premium “unique” relic as the card maker is dubbing them. These unique relics are ultra-premium pieces like bat knobs and nameplate letter patches.

2020 Topps Sterling Baseball Sterling Swings Autograph Relic

2020 Topps Sterling Baseball Themes

Besides being one of Topps’ earlier hits-based baseball brands, the line was also known for taking on themes. That returns for 2020 with the mini box format. These highlight additional precision for the cards within and potential pulls.

Among the themes are: MVP Award Winners, Topps Rookie Cup Recipients, World Series Champions, Yankees Greats, and more.

The hit in each mini box goes with the theme, which is on the packaging.

Autograph Relics

Autograph relics in 2020 Topps Sterling Baseball come with on-card signatures.

Sterling Seasons, Sterling Strikes and Sterling Swings all have base versions with two pieces of game-used gear and numbering to 25 copies. Parallels for each not only add color and smaller print runs but additional swatches. These include Blue (/10) with three relics, Red (/5) with four and Silver (1/1) with five.

Sterling Sets Dual and Triple Autograph Relics (/10 or less)) feature multiple players. Despite this, signatures are still on-card. Parallels come in Red (/5 or less) and Silver (1/1).

Those looking for oversized swatches will find them in Sterling Splendor Jumbo Patch Autographs (/5). Red (/3) and Silver (1/1) are, again, the parallels.

2020 Topps Sterling Sterling Splendor Jumbo Patch Autographs

Unique Relics

According to Topps, unique relics are two per eight-box case – or 1:4 hobby master boxes. No matter the theme or insert, these cards are all one-of ones.

Card types include bat knobs, bat knob autograph, bat nameplates, bat nameplate autographs, jersey letter patches, Legendary Relics, and cut signatures.

2020 Topps Sterling Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 1
Packs per box: 2
Boxes per case: 8
Set size: TBA
Release date: April 1, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographed Relics or Relic Cards – 2

The full 2020 Topps Sterling Baseball checklist and team set lists will be added as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set comes out.


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 comment

  1. Brandon Grasmick 30 December, 2019 at 00:38

    I’m looking forward to this one. My great-uncle Johnny Hopp was a cut signature card in the 2009 release of Topps Sterling, and I still haven’t found one. It’s for sure an interesting label!

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