2020 Topps Gold Label Checklist & Review

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In cards, there are only so many ways you can differentiate, right? I mean, they are pieces of cardboard with pictures of players on them. 

It’s the same thing with any other product, really…how do you truly keep kids cereal interesting? Well, you add marshmallows, or you change the color of the packaging for Halloween. Or what about vacuums? You keep innovating and rolling out an advanced version as “new and improved!”

Anyway, the point is – for me at least – this is what makes cards great, and feeds the fact that each person is a different “collector,” and allows all of those in the hobby to experience something new or different, or to be intrigued enough to chase something they feel fits their collection. 

Now, some might prefer to have fewer releases, and that makes sense too, but that’s for another time. 

I bring all of this up now because we are on the heels of a release with the “gold label.” Just like a Bowman Platinum or a Topps Sapphire, the Gold Label is an adjective used here simply to differentiate, of course. But beyond that, and unlike many of the other cards released with other shiny descriptors, Gold Label truly does offer something different year in and year out. 

And that’s the chunky framed card. 

Meaning, you open Topps flagship, and you know you’re in for a traditional baseball card. And sure, Heritage might have its variations, Inception its pop of color, Finest its quality finish, and so on—but they are all traditional modern baseball cards at the end of the day. 

But something like Clearly Authentic with see through acetate, or even mini stained glass parallels you find in Allen & Ginter? Those are different. You can see this difference; you can feel this difference. 

And that’s what I love about Gold Label—framed autographs, which come one per box are in a “class” of their own. Holding these “bricks” in your hand make you feel like you’ve truly got something special.

Pair that up with it being an auto of your favorite player and you’ve really got something. Throw that brick in a huge one-touch and my, my, my…there isn’t much that beats that. 

Anyway, speaking of your favorite player, the Gold Label checklist typically isn’t huge—we are talking 100 players for 2020. And aside from the different “classes” of cards Gold Label is also known for (Class 1 makes up the base set, you’ll find one Class 2 in every pack, and then odds of a Class 3 being 1:2).  

Additional details below, but right now I’m seeing the lowest price on eBay (which could be pre-sale) for around $87:

2020 Topps Gold Label Release Date

2020 Topps Gold Label will release October 14, 2020. 

What’s in a Gold Label Hobby Box?

In each 2020 Gold Label hobby box, you can expect to find:

  • 7 packs per box
  • 5 cards per pack
  • 1 Gold Framed Autograph

How Much Does Hobby Box Cost?

Prices will certainly fluctuate, but here is what I’m seeing at this very moment (do note that some of these are pre-sales and might not ship immediately):

WHEREPRICESHIPPINGTOTALLINK
DA Card World$99.95VariesVariesBuy Here
Steel City Collectibles$99.95$15.43$115.38 + TaxBuy Here
Diamond Cards$98.94$7.95$106.89 + TaxBuy Here
eBay$87$0$87Buy Here

What’s the base set look like?

According to the sell sheet:

100-card checklist as mentioned above, with 3 different variations (Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3) of each and then 4 different parallels of each:

CARD #PLAYERTEAMRC
1Mike TroutLos Angeles Angels
2Albert PujolsLos Angeles Angels
3Shohei OhtaniLos Angeles Angels
4Anthony RendonLos Angeles Angels
5Ketel MarteArizona Diamondbacks
6Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves
7Ozzie AlbiesAtlanta Braves
8Ronald Acuña Jr.Atlanta Braves
9Chipper JonesAtlanta Braves
10Cal Ripken Jr.Baltimore Orioles
11Mookie BettsLos Angeles Dodgers
12Chris SaleBoston Red Sox
13Rafael DeversBoston Red Sox
14J.D. MartinezBoston Red Sox
15Xander BogaertsBoston Red Sox
16Jackie RobinsonBrooklyn Dodgers
17Nico HoernerChicago CubsRC
18Kris BryantChicago Cubs
19Anthony RizzoChicago Cubs
20Javier BaezChicago Cubs
21Robel GarciaChicago CubsRC
22Willson ContrerasChicago Cubs
23Frank ThomasChicago White Sox
24Eloy JimenezChicago White Sox
25Tim AndersonChicago White Sox
26Yoan MoncadaChicago White Sox
27Joey VottoCincinnati Reds
28Nick CastellanosCincinnati Reds
29Max KeplerMinnesota Twins
30Sonny GrayCincinnati Reds
31Aristides AquinoCincinnati RedsRC
32Francisco LindorCleveland Indians
33Shane BieberCleveland Indians
34Mike ClevingerCleveland Indians
35Carlos SantanaCleveland Indians
36Nolan ArenadoColorado Rockies
37Charlie BlackmonColorado Rockies
38Trevor StoryColorado Rockies
39Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers
40Justin VerlanderHouston Astros
41Carlos CorreaHouston Astros
42Jose AltuveHouston Astros
43George SpringerHouston Astros
44Alex BregmanHouston Astros
45Yordan AlvarezHouston AstrosRC
46Whit MerrifieldKansas City Royals
47Jorge SolerKansas City Royals
48Clayton KershawLos Angeles Dodgers
49Cody BellingerLos Angeles Dodgers
50Walker BuehlerLos Angeles Dodgers
51Gavin LuxLos Angeles DodgersRC
52Christian YelichMilwaukee Brewers
53Keston HiuraMilwaukee Brewers
54Robin YountMilwaukee Brewers
55Noah SyndergaardNew York Mets
56Jacob deGromNew York Mets
57Robinson CanoNew York Mets
58Pete AlonsoNew York Mets
59Darryl StrawberryNew York Mets
60Giancarlo StantonNew York Yankees
61Masahiro TanakaNew York Yankees
62Aaron JudgeNew York Yankees
63Gleyber TorresNew York Yankees
64Don MattinglyNew York Yankees
65Mariano RiveraNew York Yankees
66Gerrit ColeNew York Yankees
67A.J. PukOakland AthleticsRC
68Jesus LuzardoOakland AthleticsRC
69Matt ChapmanOakland Athletics
70Rickey HendersonOakland Athletics
71Mark McGwireOakland Athletics
72Rhys HoskinsPhiladelphia Phillies
73Andrew McCutchenPhiladelphia Phillies
74J.T. RealmutoPhiladelphia Phillies
75Bryce HarperPhiladelphia Phillies
76Mike SchmidtPhiladelphia Phillies
77Zac GallenArizona DiamondbacksRC
78Josh BellPittsburgh Pirates
79Luis RobertChicago White SoxRC
80Manny MachadoSan Diego Padres
81Tony GwynnSan Diego Padres
82Fernando Tatis Jr.San Diego Padres
83Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants
84Willie MaysSan Francisco Giants
85IchiroSeatlle Mariners
86Ken Griffey Jr.Seattle Mariners
87Kyle LewisSeattle MarinersRC
88Paul GoldschmidtSt. Louis Cardinals
89Yadier MolinaSt. Louis Cardinals
90Yoshi TsutsugoTampa Bay Rays
91Brendan McKayTampa Bay RaysRC
92Blake SnellTampa Bay Rays
93Nolan RyanTexas Rangers
94Joey GalloTexas Rangers
95Bo BichetteToronto Blue JaysRC
96Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue Jays
97Max ScherzerWashington Nationals
98Trea TurnerWashington Nationals
99Stephen StrasburgWashington Nationals
100Juan SotoWashington Nationals

Base Version

  • Class 1
  • Class 2 – 1 per pack
  • Class 3 – 1:2 packs

Black Parallel

  • Class 1 – 1:2 packs
  • Class 2 – 1:6 packs
  • Class 3 – 1:20 packs

Blue Parallel

  • Class 1 – #’d to 150
  • Class 2 – #’d to 99
  • Class 3 – #’d to 50

Red Parallel

  • Class 1 – #’d to 75
  • Class 2 – #’d to 50
  • Class 3 – #’d to 25

Gold Parallel

  • Class 1 – #’d 1 of 1
  • Class 2 – #’d 1 of 1
  • Class 3 – #’d 1 of 1

Potential hits?

According to the sell sheet:

Gold Framed Autographs

CARD #PLAYERTEAM
GLA-AAAristides AquinoCincinnati Reds
GLA-AALAdbert AlzolayChicago Cubs
GLA-AHAaron HicksNew York Yankees
GLA-AJAaron JudgeNew York Yankees
GLA-AKAnthony KayToronto Blue Jays
GLA-ATAbraham ToroHouston Astros
GLA-BABryan AbreuHouston Astros
GLA-BBBo BichetteToronto Blue Jays
GLA-BBRBobby BradleyCleveland Indians
GLA-BHBryce HarperPhiladelphia Phillies
GLA-BMBrendan McKayTampa Bay Rays
GLA-CRCal Ripken Jr.Baltimore Orioles
GLA-CYChristian YelichMilwaukee Brewers
GLA-DCDylan CeaseChicago White Sox
GLA-DJDerek JeterNew York Yankees
GLA-DMDale MurphyAtlanta Braves
GLA-DMADustin MayLos Angeles Dodgers
GLA-DMTDon MattinglyNew York Yankees
GLA-DSDarryl StrawberryNew York Mets
GLA-DWDavid WrightNew York Mets
GLA-EJEloy JimenezChicago White Sox
GLA-EMEdgar MartinezSeattle Mariners
GLA-ESEugenio SuarezCincinnati Reds
GLA-GLGavin LuxLos Angeles Dodgers
GLA-HHHunter HarveyBaltimore Orioles
GLA-JCJose CansecoOakland Athletics
GLA-JDAJaylin DavisSan Francisco Giants
GLA-JDUJustin DunnSeattle Mariners
GLA-JFEJunior FernandezSt. Louis Cardinals
GLA-JRJake RogersDetroit Tigers
GLA-JREJ.T. RealmutoPhiladelphia Phillies
GLA-JSJuan SotoWashington Nationals
GLA-JUJose UrquidyHouston Astros
GLA-JYMiamiMarlins
GLA-KHKeston HiuraMilwaukee Brewers
GLA-KKKwang-Hyun KimSt. Louis Cardinals
GLA-KMKetel MarteArizona Diamondbacks
GLA-LRLuis RobertChicago White Sox
GLA-LWLogan WebbSan Francisco Giants
GLA-MBMichael BrosseauTampa Bay Rays
GLA-MDMauricio DubonSan Francisco Giants
GLA-MKMax KeplerMinnesota Twins
GLA-MKIMike KingNew York Yankees
GLA-MMMark McGwireOakland Athletics
GLA-MTMike TroutLos Angeles Angels
GLA-MTHMatt ThaissLos Angeles Angels
GLA-NHNico HoernerChicago Cubs
GLA-NSNick SolakTexas Rangers
GLA-PAPete AlonsoNew York Mets
GLA-PCPatrick CorbinWashington Nationals
GLA-PGPaul GoldschmidtSt. Louis Cardinals
GLA-RARonald Acuña Jr.Atlanta Braves
GLA-RARRandy ArozarenaTampa Bay Rays
GLA-RDRafael DeversBoston Red Sox
GLA-RGRobel GarciaChicago Cubs
GLA-RHRhys HoskinsPhiladelphia Phillies
GLA-RHORyan HowardPhiladelphia Phillies
GLA-RRARangel RaveloSt. Louis Cardinals
GLA-SAShogo AkiyamaCincinnati Reds
GLA-SMSean MurphyOakland Athletics
GLA-SOShohei OhtaniLos Angeles Angels
GLA-TLTim LincecumSan Francisco Giants
GLA-VGVladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue Jays
GLA-WCAWilli CastroDetroit Tigers
GLA-WCLWill ClarkSan Francisco Giants

Golden Greats Framed Autograph Jumbo Relics
Marked as “NEW!” these will feature jumbo pieces of game-used memorabilia with on-card autos, and of course, framed.

CARD #PLAYERTEAM
GLR-APAndy PettitteNew York Yankees
GLR-CFCarlton FiskBoston Red Sox
GLR-CJChipper JonesAtlanta Braves
GLR-DEDennis EckersleyOakland Athletics
GLR-EMEdgar MartinezSeattle Mariners
GLR-FTFrank ThomasChicago White Sox
GLR-HAHank AaronAtlanta Braves
GLR-IIchiroSeattle Mariners
GLR-JBJohnny BenchCincinnati Reds
GLR-JBAJeff BagwellHouston Astros
GLR-KGJKen Griffey Jr.Seattle Mariners
GLR-MRMariano RiveraNew York Yankees
GLR-MSMike SchmidtPhiladelphia Phillies
GLR-OSOzzie SmithSt. Louis Cardinals
GLR-RCRod CarewCalifornia Angels
GLR-RJReggie JacksonOakland Athletics
GLR-RSRyne SandbergChicago Cubs
GLR-RYRobin YountMilwaukee Brewers
GLR-SCSteve CarltonPhiladelphia Phillies
GLR-VGVladimir GuerreroMontréal Expos
GLR-WBWade BoggsBoston Red Sox
GLR-WCWill ClarkSan Francisco Giants

MLB® Legends Relic Cards

CARD #PLAYERTEAM
GPR-BBBo BichetteToronto Blue Jays
GPR-BMBrendan McKayTampa Bay Rays
GPR-DMDustin MayLos Angeles Dodgers
GPR-FTFernando Tatis Jr.San Diego Padres
GPR-GLGavin LuxLos Angeles Dodgers
GPR-JLJesus LuzardoOakland Athletics
GPR-JSJuan SotoWashington Nationals
GPR-LRLuis RobertChicago White Sox
GPR-NHNico HoernerChicago Cubs
GPR-PAPete AlonsoNew York Mets
GPR-RARonald Acuña Jr.Atlanta Braves
GPR-SAShogo AkiyamaCincinnati Reds
GPR-SOShohei OhtaniLos Angeles Angels
GPR-VGVladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue Jays
GPR-YAYordan AlvarezHouston Astros
GPR-YTYoshi TsutsugoTampa Bay Rays
SPR-AAAristides AquinoCincinnati Reds

Gold Prospect Relic Cards

CARD #PLAYERTEAM
MLR-AKAl KalineDetroit Tigers
MLR-BFBob FellerCleveland Indians
MLR-BLBarry LarkinCincinnati Reds
MLR-BRBrooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
MLR-CJChipper JonesAtlanta Braves
MLR-CRCal Ripken Jr.Baltimore Orioles
MLR-CYCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox
MLR-DMDon MattinglyNew York Yankees
MLR-EMEddie MathewsMilwaukee Braves
MLR-EMUEddie MurrayBaltimore Orioles
MLR-FRFrank RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
MLR-FTFrank ThomasChicago White Sox
MLR-GBGeorge BrettKansas City Royals
MLR-HAHank AaronAtlanta Braves
MLR-IIchiroSeattle Mariners
MLR-JBJohnny BenchCincinnati Reds
MLR-JMJoe MorganCincinnati Reds
MLR-JSJohn SmoltzAtlanta Braves
MLR-KGKen Griffey Jr.Seattle Mariners
MLR-MMMark McGwireOakland Athletics
MLR-MRMariano RiveraNew York Yankees
MLR-MSMike SchmidtPhiladelphia Phillies
MLR-NGNomar GarciaparraBoston Red Sox
MLR-NRNolan RyanHouston Astros
MLR-OSOzzie SmithSt. Louis Cardinals
MLR-PMPedro MartinezBoston Red Sox
MLR-RCRoberto ClementePittsburgh Pirates
MLR-RCARod CarewCalifornia Angels
MLR-RCLRoger ClemensBoston Red Sox
MLR-RHRickey HendersonOakland Athletics
MLR-RJReggie JacksonOakland Athletics
MLR-RJORandy JohnsonSeattle Mariners
MLR-RSRyne SandbergChicago Cubs
MLR-RYRobin YountMilwaukee Brewers
MLR-TGTony GwynnSan Diego Padres
MLR-TGLTom GlavineAtlanta Braves
MLR-TWTed WilliamsBoston Red Sox
MLR-WBWade BoggsBoston Red Sox
MLR-WMWillie McCoveySan Francisco Giants
MLR-WMAWillie MaysSan Francisco Giants