- Card Design:
It is hard to believe in a year with so much hobby hype that this year’s version of Topps Update may be one of the most “hypeless” releases of the year. That is due to the fact that the limited season and lack at all of a minor league season led this year’s version of Update to not have the hot callups of the year or the next generation of ballplayers. The design is the same as flagship so there is nothing new there.
- Checklist Review
Even though there were the aforementioned limits this year, the checklist still hits its normal mark of 300 cards. Besides the normal list of players who were traded during the season and have cards in their new uniforms as well as those that made their debut this season, there are some other special cards within the base set. Look for Rookie Debuts, Combos, cards commemorating the Home Run Derby, All-Stars and Active Leaders for those leading all active players in individual stat categories. Update still has a list of 26 rookies with the RC Rookie Card designation led by Randy Arozarena.
Topps Update is usually one of the top five collectable releases of the year. I am afraid that is not the case this year due to the lack of up and comers that is usually the trademark of Update. Most of the folks in social media who show what they are buying or chasing are grabbing Update only because it is the only release they can find. The fringe collectors are not joining it this year while those who always add the Update set to their flagship set will still chase it no matter what.
- Favorite Parallel/Insert Set
Update may have lacked the supply of rookies it traditionally has but the Parallels are still here not matter what cards they represent. Look for the following for your rainbow pursuit: Gold Foil, Rainbow Foil, Royal Blue, Gold (numbered to 2020), Vintage (numbered to 99), Independence Day (numbered to 76), Black (numbered to 69), Powder Blue for Father’s Day (numbered to 50), Hot Pink for Mother’s Day (numbered to 50), Camo for Memorial Day (numbered to 25), Clear (numbered to 10), Platinum (numbered 1 of 1) and Printing Plates (numbered 1 of 1). Just like the flagship releases from earlier in the year, Update has a long list of Insert sets: Decades Best (80-card set with Parallels), 1985 Topps (50-card set with Parallels), Topps Baseball Boxloader Patches (50-card set), Topps Baseball Coin Cards (50-card set with Parallels), Turkey Red (50-card set with Parallels), Turkey Red Chrome (50-card set with Parallels), Prospects (30-card set with Parallels), A Numbers Game (25-card set with Parallels), Ronald Acuna Highlights (20-card set), 20 Years of the Captain (20-card set with Parallels), 20 Years of the Captain Commemorative Patches (20-card set with Parallels) and Jeter’s Final Season Commemorative Patches (10-card set with Parallels),
Autos are prevalent in Update because most of them are extensions of the Insert sets including: 1985 Topps (49-card set with Parallels), Baseball Stars Autos (43-card set with Parallels), Decades Best Autos (39-card set), Topps Baseball Coin Cards Autos (38-card set), Prospects Autos (20-card set), Ronald Acuna Highlights Autos (20-card set), 20 Years of the Captain Autos (20-card set all numbered 1 of 1), A Numbers Game Autos (15-card set), Baseball Stars Dual Autos (12-card set), and Cut Signatures (10-card set). Six sets of Relics are also there to chase in Update like All-Star Stitches Jumbo Patch (85-card set with Parallels), Own the Name Relics (80-card set numbered 1 of 1), All-Star Stitches (80-card set with Parallels), Major League Materials (39-card set with Parallels), All-Star Stitches Dual (9-card set) and All-Star Stitches Triple (6-card set). There are also combinations of Autos and Relics that include the following sets: Major League Materials Autos (35-card set with Parallels), All-Star Stitches Autos (28-card set with Parallels), Reverence Patch Autos (21-card set with Parallels), 20 Years of the Captain Commemorative Patch Autos (20-card set all numbered 1 of 1), All-Star Stitches Jumbo Patch Autos (19-card set with Parallels), All-Star Dual Stitches Autos (10-card set with Parallels) and Jeter’s Final Season Commemorative Patch Autos (9-card set).
With this being the most unique year any of us can remember, Topps Update has its most unique release ever in that many of the traditional elements of it are missing like key call-up rookies or players that changed teams during the grind of the regular season. Still, the growth of this year puts collectors or chasers getting into Update due to availability or keeping the annual collection alive.
Overall Score 3.99/5.0