2023 Topps Series 2 is slated for release on June 7, 2023, and 2023 Topps Chrome has yet to be formally scheduled (though is typically released in the Fall). Before then, Topps Heritage comes out May 31, 2023, as does Topps Tribute, with Inception following soon after in June 2023 as well.
So, a lot to look forward to in the coming months for card collectors—and even more so for fans like me who root for a team that is historically bad (and probably moving to Las Vegas).
Anyway, let’s take a quick look and preview the next big baseball card releases from Topps. Be sure to check back as we turn the calendar and fuzzy details come more into focus.
2023 Topps Heritage (Release Date 5/31/23)
If you didn’t know already, Heritage is a set geared toward set collectors (and those wanting to toe the line between vintage and modern). So, expect a large checklist (500 cards in 2023) and not a lot of hits. That said, the included hits are generally among my favorites, and autos are always on-card. (There’s only one hit per hobby box.)
Depending on how you look at things, you’ll either love the design or might be sick of it already given the 1974 Topps look and feel was just featured in 2022 Topps Archives.
In case you were curious about what the 2023 Topps Heritage design was going to be. pic.twitter.com/ucIwLWcbto— Ryan Cracknell (@tradercracks) April 20, 2023
It’s not all bore and snore, though—Heritage is also a great set for short prints (SPs) and SSPs – some of which are pretty difficult to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for – and Chrome versions with refractors and parallels.
And back to autos, perhaps my favorite part about Heritage each and every year is their dual auto checklist, featuring classic pairs like Ohtani and Trout in year’s past.
2023 Topps Series 2 (Release Date 6/7/2023)
While Series 2 doesn’t usually get nearly as much shine as the many cool and valuable cards of Topps Series 1, if I know collectors, there will still be plenty to chase.
First look at 2023 Topps Series 2 boxes pic.twitter.com/UoDnBspnWn— Card Purchaser (@CardPurchaser) May 3, 2023
This is also a good time to share a little reminder, which might provide a nice tip (perhaps only if you’re in California). But the two years I’ve pre-ordered Topps Series 1 from Blowout Cards, I’ve received it a day before the official release date. Thus, I was able to rip and sell at a premium because I was one of the first to market.
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This begs the question, are there any rookies that would make doing so worth it, like the many top rookies found in Series 1? Corbin Carroll is the biggest name to come to mind (Carroll had autographed cards in Series 1, but not a flagship base RC. Anthony Volpe is another one; James Outman, perhaps?
From recent developments, it does look like we will get rookie cards of Anthony Volpe, Jordan Walker,
Outstanding: @Fanatics, in partnership with @MLBPA & @mlb, will add a DEBUT patch to every rookie's jersey.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 30, 2023
If that rookie makes his debut that patch will be removed and put, in entirety, on a 1/1 @topps card. pic.twitter.com/cYctQh0noB
Perhaps the biggest draw, though, is the much-talked about 1/1 “Debut Patch” that was announced at the beginning of the baseball season. To recap, every player making their Major League Debut this year will wear a special “MLB Debut” patch, after which, will be removed and put into a limited 1/1 card. While I can’t find confirmation of these being included in Series 2, it’s something to think about.
2023 Topps Chrome (Release TBD)
Sorry, no news on 2023 Topps Chrome just yet. One thing to remember, though, is that 2022 Topps Chrome was released in September of 2022, so we are still a few months away from even hearing more about it.