First look: 2015 Topps Update baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s back, and it’s bigger than ever.

Topps unleashed the first look at 2015 Topps Update on Thursday and one big detail that jumps out at one is this — the base set will consist of 400 cards, which is the largest checklist for the release in years.

Packed with veterans players on new teams and the newest rookies, Update will arrive on Oct. 21 with 36 packs per hobby box.

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The base set also will revisit the MLB All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby in a lineup that has seven types of parallels per card — Gold (/2,015), Snow Camo (/99), Black (/64), Pink (/50), Rainbow and 1/1 Platinum and printing plates.

The insert card lineup will include a continuation of the previous series’ inclusions and some new ones. Among them will be Highlight of the Year, Rookie Sensations, Rarities, Whatever Works, Tape Measure Blasts and stamped buybacks two per box.

All-Star Relics will get a good ride here with 60 players appearing on All-Star Stitches cards — those will have Gold (/50) and 1/1 Platinum parallels — along with autographed versions limited to 25 copies. There also will be jumbo patch and jumbo patch autos each limited to only six copies, while there will be dual and triple Relics, too. Those will be limited to 25.

The autograph lineup will include signed versions of Career High, Highlight of the Year, Rookie Sensations, Rarities, Whatever Works, Tape Measure blasts and Strata cut autos. All but the Career High and Strata autographs will be limited to only 25 copies. The Strata cards will be 1/1s, while the Career cards will not be numbered.

Jumbo and ManuRelics will be found one per jumbo box and only one time in standard hobby cases. New will be Etched in History cards where achievements are refined on metal creations. These will have Gold (/50) and Platinum (/10) parallels as well as signed versions limited to only 10 copies. Also back will be Birth Year Coin and Stamp cards as well as Career High Jumbo Relics (/25) and 1/1 Own the Name letter Relics found only in hobby and jumbo boxes.

Last but not least, there will be Bunt chase cards good for coins on the company’s virtual collecting app as well as Bunt Player Cards that have codes for Bunt bonuses that are limited to only 25 copies.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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6 comments

  1. Jason 21 May, 2015 at 20:23

    Does anybody else dislike the photography effect used on the cards this year, or am I all alone on that one?

  2. Paul Angilly 22 May, 2015 at 10:28

    Jason – you’re not alone. I don’t necessarily hate it, but I’d rather see just clean photography, rather than whatever they’re doing to the pics now.

    Not sure about 400 cards in an “update” set either. I’d rather see 400-500 cards in each of the first two series and maybe a 200-card update. Or just call it Series 3. I’m not sure we really need cards for each individual player in the All-Star HR Derby, either (like I’m assuming they’ll do again this year).

    All that said, the Topps set has been nice this year and I’m looking forward to adding the update to my collection. I’d love to see them release it as a factory set, though.

  3. phillies_joe 26 May, 2015 at 11:30

    I think the set size increase is warrented because of all the late trades and signings of players included in S1 plus the influx of rookies who didn’t make the S2 print cut-off. I usually love update and really am enjoying topps flagship this year. Can’t wait…..there are going to be some awesome RC to hopefully pull.

  4. Hutch 16 August, 2015 at 16:55

    What kind of effect is that on the cards? I’ve seen a trend in that with peoples photos in social media and wondered what it was.

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