Here we are again, and after going through major rookie hype last year with Wander and Julio Rodriguez, it’s nice to take a breath and look at all 2023 Topps Series 1 has to offer! Of course, there is an incredibly-stacked RC checklist, with chasers like Orioles Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson, along with Miguel Vargas, Riley Greene, and others…so, let’s jump right in.
Here are the most valuable 2023 Topps Series 1 cards to look out for so far. And, as always, a couple of things to note. One, prices are typically never higher than they are around the release date. So, this isn’t intended to be a price guide, but rather a gallery of names and types of cards to look out for. Second, I never like to include 1/1s, superfractors, or superstar autos here because let’s face it, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know.
Mirror Gold Image Variations
New for 2023, mirror gold image variations are starting to surface, and while I don’t know the exact odds, these look tough (as any SSP should be)! So, any one of your major stars along with key rookies in a mirror-gold image variation is going to bring in heavy value, especially during these early days of release. So far we have seen big names like Acuna sell for $300, and lesser names like Kevin Gausman selling for $50.
Adley Rutschman Anything
The biggest name of the 2023 rookie card class is Adley, by far, so his cards are going to stand out as one of the most valuable. (That said, if it were me, put aside all rookies, and penny sleeve them if you can! You just never know who might come up and do something special or even breakout in Spring Training, causing their values to rocket.)
Anyway, we are already seeing big prices for Adley, with notable sales including:
- Gold /2023 $150
- Silver Pack Orange /25
- Black /72 $325.99
Gunnar Henderson, Michael Harris & Miguel Vargas
Now, all that said about Adley, this rookie class is stacked, and it’s so fun to see Topps not holding anyone back for future relases, really. So far we have seen a number of big sales from the rest of the non-Adley rookie class, including:
- $600 Gunnar Henderson Black 1988 Auto /199
- $675 Michael Harris II Black 1988 Auto /199
- $200-$300 Miguel Vargas Golden Mirror Image Variation
Julio Rodriguez Heavy Lumber Insert
And let’s not forget perhaps the most popular of them all even as we move into his sophmore campaign, Julio Rodriguez. While his golden mirror image variation and autos are sure to bring in some good value, don’t skip over the fact that this Heavy Lumber insert is an SSP, and selling quite well, with recent completed sales of around $225. Not to mention that