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Preview: 2020 Topps Series 1 baseball trading cards

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2020 Topps Series 1 MLB Baseball Cards

What: 2020 Topps Series 1 baseball cards
Arrives: Feb. 5
Box basics:
One autograph or Relic per 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case); or one autograph and two Relics per 10-pack jumbo box (six boxes per case)
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The 2020 Topps Series 1 set arrives with a new look and a number of new inclusions as well as nods to the past that collectors just might remember.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

The Basics: There will be 25 golden tickets for a 2020 Topps collector experience "that will be talked about for decades" within the boxes of this one. .... The base set will consist of 350 cards -- a mix of veterans, rookies, team cards, league leaders and World Series highlights for starters. Each will have at least 12 parallels with rainbow foil, gold foil, Gold (/2,020), vintage stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Black (/69), Mother's Day Hot Pink (/50), Father's Day Blue (/50), Memorial Day Camo (/25), Clear (/10) and 1/1 Platinum as well as printing plates. Gold foil will be hobby and jumbo only as will be Black parallels, while Clears will only be found in hobby packs.

Among the inserts will be Decades' Best with unique looks for each decade from the 1950s to the 2010s with the best teams, hitters, pitchers and award-winners getting the nod. These will have Blue ("limited"), Black (/299), Gold (/50), Red (/10) and 1/1 Platinum parallels as well as autographs (/25 max). Those same parallels will be found for the Topps Choice inserts that will celebrate the favorite base designs of the past as voted on by collectors. The cards will show past and present players in those designs. Joining them will be Decade's Next -- top young stars or rookies -- for each team as well as Decade of Dominance die-cuts and a basic 1985 Topps insert set. They'll all have the same parallels except for the 1985s, which will have their own autograph set instead of parallels.

For autographs, there will be a number of sets to chase here, including Baseball Stars -- a set showcasing players from all eras of the game with Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum parallels. There also will be Baseball Stars Dual Autos (/5 max). Joining those will be World Series Champion Autos (/50 max) with Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum versions as well as Postseason Performance autos (/50) with the same parallels. There also will be a 1/1 cut auto set in this release. The 1985 autos will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the set that brought us the Topps debuts of Roger Clemens, Kirby Puckett and Mark McGwire and the set will include Black, Gold, Red and Platinum versions, too. The 1/1s will only be found in hobby or jumbo boxes.

For Relics, the lineup will be similar to the ink with a few twists. Starting things off will be 1985 Topps Relics with Black (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum parallels and that same parallel lineup will be applied to the Major League Material cards. There also will be World Series Champion Relics (/99) with Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum versions as well as Postseason Performance Relics with the same parallels. There also will be 1/1 In the Name Relics with nameplate letters from players' 2019 MLB All-Star Game workout jerseys. ... Autographed Relics will be found in four sets -- Topps Reverence, Major League Material, Postseason Performance and World Series Champions. Reverence will be the toughest pulls as the standard cards will be limited to only 10 copies with Red (/5) and 1/1 Platinum parallels, while MLMs will be capped at 50 copies with Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinums. Both postseason sets will be limited to 50 with Red and Platinum parallels, too.

There also will be two types of manufactured Relics in this one -- Jumbo Jersey Sleeve Patches and Global Game Medallions. These will be found in both hobby and jumbo and have a parallel rainbow that includes Black (/149), Gold (/50), Red (/10) and 1/1 Platinum cards as well as autographs (/10 max).

The Silver packs will be back for this release as well with one bonus pack inserted into every hobby box and two inserted into every jumbo box. These will include past and present players in a Chromed version of the 1985 Topps set with autographs and parallels also among the possibilities. Also back will be the Home Run Challenge (one per hobby or jumbo box; 1:10 packs at retail) predictor program as well as a Topps Now Derek Jeter Retrospective set (one in 18 packs) that will document the first half of the New York Yankees legend's career as he readies for a spot in Cooperstown next year. These cards will have an autographed parallel (/3) as well as a 1/1 Gold autograph version.

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