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Set of the Month

1997 Pinnacle Inside is a 150-card set that is probably best remember for the way it was packaged, than for the actual cards. Each 10-card "pack" was distributed inside one of 24 different collectible player soup cans. In order to open the "pack," collectors needed to use a can opener. Pinnacle-branded can openers were distributed to hobby dealers as part of a display kit which also included a Ryan Klesko card and sign.

Previous Sets of the Month

2009 O-Pee-Chee - 1997 Studio - 2000 Pacific Invincible - 2003 Victory - 1994 Upper Deck The American Epic - 2003 Topps 205 - 1992 Topps - 1999 UD Choice - 2003 Fleer Avant - 1999 Topps Traded - 1992 Leaf - 1973 O-Pee-Chee - 1977 Kellogg's - 1994 Church's Hometown Stars - 1990 Score McDonald's - 1998 Topps TEK - 1982 Topps

Just released

2016 Finest is a 110-card set released May 18th. Each Hobby Master box will yield two autographs.

On April 22nd, Topps announced drastic changes in 2016 Finest's distribution. Those Hobby dealers who pre-ordered Finest directly from Topps would have their orders honored. (Finest was solicited to Hobby dealers from November 25th, 2015 to January 13th, 2016 at a direct price of around $600 for an eight-box case.) However, reportedly due to low pre-sales, Topps would not make Finest available to Hobby distributors or to online retailers and instead would sell it directly on the website for $99.99 a box or $799.89 for an eight-box case.

2016 Bowman is a 150-card set supplemented by a 150-card Prospects "insert" set that was released April 27th. Each Hobby box will contain at least one autograph and each Jumbo box three.

2016 Topps Museum Collection is a 100-card set released April 13th. Each pack will contain either an autograph or a relic. Each four-pack box will yield the following

  • A Canvas Collection insert
  • A Jumbo Relic
  • A Quad Relic
  • An Autograph
  • An Autographed Relic

2016 Diamond Kings is a 185-card set released by Panini April 6th. Each 12-pack Hobby box will yield two Framed parallels and two autographs/game-used cards.

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen is a 350-card set released April 6th, 2016. As with previous year's versions of the product, the last 50 cards in the base set are short-printed. Each pack will contain one mini-sized parallel and each 24-pack Hobby box is expected to yield two autographs and two Relic cards. Each Hobby box will come packed with a special 10-card box containing exclusive mini-sized variation cards.

2016 Topps Legacies (offically "2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball") is a 50-card set to be released March 30th. Each four-card box will contain one Vault Metal base card, one insert serial-numbered to 99 copies or less, and two autographs.

2016 Topps Opening Day is a 200-card set, scheduled for release March 16th. As with previous iterations of this product, the base set reprints 125 cards from 2016 Topps Series One and 75 from Series Two. Each pack contains an insert.

2016 Donruss is a 195-card set released March 2nd. The base set includes 30 short-printed Diamond Kings and 15 SPed Rated Rookies. Each pack contains one card from a 50-card insert done in the style of the 1982 Donruss set.

Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield five parallels, 22 inserts, 24 1982 inserts, and three autographs and/or game used cards.

The product is notable for featuring the first "game-used" cards (and we use that term very loosely) of The San Diego Chicken.

2016 Topps Heritage is a 500-card set that was released March 3rd. This year's set, the sixteenth, is based on the 1967 Topps set.

2016 Topps Industry Summit cards were released during the 2016 Industry Summit that took place in Hawaii from February 21-25, 2016.

2016 Topps Series One is a 350-card set released February 3rd. For the first time, the set features a borderless design.

2015 National Treasures was released by Panini the week of January 8th, 2016, and was the final product of the 2015 baseball year. Each card is either autographed and/or features a piece of game-used memorabilia.

2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition is a 196-card prospect and draft pick laden set released December 31st, 2015. Every 20-pack Hobby box will contain four parallels, five inserts, a minimum of six autographs (although most boxes will yield more) and one USA Baseball jersey card.

2015 Panini USA Baseball is an 80-card boxed set released December 23rd, 2015. The set includes the 2015 USA 14U, 15U, 17U, 18U and Collegiate National Teams -- including 16 players who were drafted in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Each set also includes three Crown Royale inserts, two game-used memorabilia cards, and seven autographs.

2015 Topps Strata is scheduled for release the week of December 23rd, 2015. Similar to Tier One and Supreme, there is no "base set." All cards are autographs and/or game-used Relics, with each two-card box yielding one of each.

2015 Bowman's Best is a 100-card set supplemented with a 50-card Top Prospects insert, scheduled for release exclusively to Hobby outlets December 23rd. This marks the return of Bowman's Best after a eight year hiatus.

Much like how the original Bowman's Best was conceived as a hybrid of the Bowman and Finest brands, 2015 Bowman's Best can be seen as a hybrid of 2015 Bowman and 2015 Finest. Each Hobby box will contain two Finest-style six-pack mini-boxes, with each mini-box yielding two autographs.

2015 Topps Dynasty was released December 16th, 2015. As with the previous year's product, each card is a either a one-of-one cut signature, or an autographed patch card serial-numbered to ten copies or less.

A total of 1559 one-card Hobby boxes were produced.

2015 Topps Archives Signature Series was released during the second week of December 2015. Each box contains one encased buyback autographed Topps card.

2015 Bowman Draft is a 200-card set scheduled for release December 9th. For the second consecutive year Bowman Draft will not feature any current active Major League players. As there are not even a token number of actual Major League players in the base set (Bowman Draft is not licensed by the MLBPA), none of the cards fit the traditional definition of a "Rookie Card" and none bear the MLB-approved RC "icon."

For the first time since this product's inception as "Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects" in 2000, only players who were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft will be included -- in other words, all draft picks and no "prospects."

Each Hobby box will yield one autograph, with Jumbo boxes having three autos and Super Jumbos five. Exclusive parallels were inserted into packs distributed to the Asian-Pacific market.

31 of the 35 players selected in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft have signed autographs for 2015 Bowman Draft including first overall pick Dansby Swanson. This marks the first time since 2004 that the number one overall pick in the draft has an autograph in that year's Bowman Draft/Draft Picks & Prospects.

2015 Panini Contenders is a 99-card set, released November 11th, 2015. As with all other Panini products, it is not licensed by Major League Baseball, and as such, none of the cards are considered "true" rookies. However, the set is licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Corporation (CLC) and USA Baseball and features players, primarily, in their college uniforms.

Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield six autographs with every third box yielding a seventh autograph. Every 12-box case will contain two autographs of Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager and Yoan Moncada.

2015 Topps Chrome Update is a 50-card set released exclusively to Target stores starting the first week of November. Each $14.99 "Mega" box contains five packs of 2015 Topps Update and two packs of four 2015 Topps Chrome Update cards. Unlike last year, this set is skip-numbered using the same sequential numbers from the Topps Update set.

Interestingly, each card (base, parallel, insert, and game used) has a "Speckled" Refractor sheen.

2015 Topps Heritage '51 is a 104-card boxed set released October 28th. As the name implies, the set is based on the design of the 1951 Topps set, which was skipped over in favor of the more famous 1952 set when the Heritage brand was established in 2001. Not counting the "update" style Heritage High Numbers sets of 2012-14, this is the first Heritage set released in this form. Each boxed set will include the full 104-card base set, 21 parallels, and an autograph.

2015 Topps Update was released October 21st. At 400 cards, it will be the largest "Traded" set since 2002 Fleer Tradition Update. Each 36-pack Hobby box will continue to yield either an autograph or a Relic card while Hobby-exclusive Jumbo boxes will come with an autograph, a Relic, and a manufactured "Relic."

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