Early-Surfacing Big Guns of 2019 Topps Series 1 – Beckett Pricing Insider


It’s back. With Spring Training just a few weeks away, 2019 Topps Series 1 is finally here.

This year, the flagship product is largely centered on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of professional baseball. There’s also a section dedicated to the 35th anniversary of 1984 Topps.

As always, there is a lot going on with Series 1 and Beckett is your resource if you need a checklist or a guide to all of the variations.

While it hasn’t even been out a week yet, there have still been some big sales. Here are a few of sales that caught my eye.

2019 Topps Legacy of Baseball Dual Autographs #LBDAHM Hank Aaron/Mike Trout 

Coming from set with a strong checklist that includes other combos like Shohei Ohtani with Ichiro, these dual autographs are limited to just 5 copies or less. This Hank Aaron/Mike Trout card sold for $875. The biggest thing to me is that this is actually a live card and not a redemption, as both Trout and Aaron are normally known to have their autographs packed as redemptions. Looking into some of the other insert sets, it appears that all of Trout’s autographs are live in 2019 Topps Series 1. The fact that most are  on stickers probably explains a lot of it.

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Legacy of Baseball Dual Autograph Mike Trout Hank Aaron

2019 Topps ’84 Topps Silver Pack Chrome Autographs Red Refractors #T84A17 Shohei Ohtani

While this one didn’t technically come out of a Series 1 pack, these exclusives reserved for hobby buyers can clearly still demand some value. Numbered to 5, this Ohtani Red Refractor went for $650. These cards are a part of the 2019 Topps Baseball Silver Pack program. They come in special bonus packs that are available only from participating dealers. People who buy a hobby box get one pack while hobby jumbo boxes receive two.

2019 Topps Silver Packs Chrome Red Refractor Autographs Shohei Ohtani

2019 Topps Greatest Cards Redemptions – 1956 Topps #30 Jackie Robinson

These redemptions are new this year, at least under this theme, so it will be interesting to see how these play out. The Greatest Cards Redemptions is a set where originals of some of the greatest cards in Topps history are sent out. The first 50 are in Series 1 and collectors can expect the remaining 100 to be spread across Series 2. While it’s unknown how many of each redemption are out there, the odds are pretty tough at 1:68,768 hobby packs or 1:179,991 blaster packs, so there’s likely not more than a few copies of each. This redemption sold for $500.


Sam Zimmer

A University of Oregon grad and Oklahoma native, Sam is a diehard baseball fan who has been lucky enough to attend games at 25 current MLB stadiums, all alongside his dad. He collects mainly baseball cards but also dabbles in SGA bobbleheads and poker chips from various casinos. His collections revolve around the San Francisco Giants, the New York Giants, his Oregon Ducks and any of his fellow Oklahomans. You can reach him by email and on Twitter.

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  1. JDonovan 3 February, 2019 at 18:13

    It’s gonna be bad for that collector when that Jackie Robinson ends up being in a condition that you could probably buy right now on the secondary market for $100-$150.

  2. MICHAEL J WESOLOWSKI 25 March, 2019 at 04:12

    Hello, my name is mike,I’m not really a collector,every now and then I’ll pick up a few packs of cards.this mike trout card has me stumped.have looked at thousands of trouts cards and can not locate this one at all.2014 game worn jersey the jersey part is round,also says memorabilia.card #on back reads mrt-mt,on the front reads 71/99.want to sell but have no idea of value,if any.please rest my mind thank you

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