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1993 Select is a 405-card, single-series, set produced by Pinnacle Brands. Seeking a niche in the premium, mid-price market, Select was marketed as a set that wasn't quite as "premium" as Pinnacle, and was quite as "base" as Score. '93 Select was released in December 1992 and was buttressed by an extravagant marketing campaign that included a series of TV commercials that aired during ESPN's coverage of the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft.
1993 Select is notable for Pinnacle debuted its trademark Dufex printing technology on all the insert cards.
Subset cards include Draft Picks and Rookies, both sprinkled throughout the latter part of the set. Rookie Cards in this set include Derek Jeter, Jason Kendall and Shannon Stewart -- the Jeter being perhaps, his least desirable RC.
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2016 Bowman Chrome -- the 20th edition of this product -- is a 100-card set supplemented by a 100-card Prospects insert set, scheduled for release September 7th. Each 12-pack Hobby box will yield two autographs.
2016 BowChro seeing the return of "Vending Boxes." Unlike the Vending Boxes of old, these are not designed to restock baseball card vending machines, and are closer to 1992 Bowman "cartons." Each 80-card Vending Box will yield three autographs.
2016 Topps Archives Signature Series All-Star Edition was released exclusively to Hobby outlets August 30th, 2016. As with the previous year's product, each box contains one encased autographed buyback card which is stamped as coming from this product and serial-numbered.
Rather than the plastic "slabs" Topps had used in the past (in brands like Topps Tribute and eTopps), each card is encased in an off-the-shelf BCW Mini Snap magnetic holder with a sticker sealing it shut. Since One Touch holders can only fit standard-sized (2 1/2" X 3 1/2") cards, all pre-1957 Topps cards (which measure 2 5/8" X 3 3/4") used in this product are encased in top-loaders.
As the subtitle of the product's name suggests, each player was at one point in their career an All-Star. New for 2016 are multi-player autographs and autographed game-used Relic cards.
There appears to be a significant number deceased players -- some dead for over a decade. It is unclear how Topps acquired these cards (i.e. whether these players signed for Topps before their death, or if these autographs were purchased by Topps from third-parties).
2016 Bowman Platinum is a 100-card set, supplemented by a 110-card Top Prospects set, scheduled for release August 24th. Bowman Platinum is returning after a one year hiatus and will be available exclusively at Walmart stores.
2016 Bowman Platinum is the first product to be released to a specific retailer since 1994 Sportflics Rookie/Traded.
2016 Topps Bunt is a 200-card "physical" card set based on, and with many ties to, the popular Topps Bunt digital card game.
2016 Panini Immaculate is a 138-card set released August 17th. Each base card is serial-numbered to 99 copies. Each six-card box will contain five autographs/game-used cards.
2016 Topps The Mint was released August 10th, 2016 -- a week earlier than previously announced. Each box will yield five serial-numbered on-card autographs with a limited checklist. On a box-per-box basis, this is the most expensive trading card product Topps has produced to date.
The Mint will feature the first fully-licensed autograph of Vin Scully.
2016 Topps Strata was released August 10th, 2016. As with the the previous year's set, All cards are autographs and/or game-used Relics, with each two-card box yielding one of each. Every other box with have the Relic replaced with an Autographed Relic.
Each Relic will have an MLB-issued authentication sticker affixed with a unique serial number. When entered into the MLB Authentication website, the serial number will allow collectors to verify the "game used" authenticity of their Strata card.
2016 Topps Chrome is a 200-card set scheduled for release August 3rd, 2016. As usual, each Hobby box will yield two autographs and the usual slew of Refractor parallels are included.
2016 Topps Allen & Ginter's is a 351-card set, released the week of July 22nd. As usual, each 24-pack Hobby box will include three of the following: Autographs, Relics, Rip Cards, or A&G Originals. After a year in which all 350 base cards were printed in equal quantities, the last 51 cards are back to being short-prints.
2016 Donruss Optic is a 175-card parallel brand scheduled for release July 20th. Each card is printed on what Panini calls "Optichrome" cardstock, and the whole product can be see as their rendition of Topps Chrome. The base set is a rehash of the 2016 Donruss base set with 30 short-printed Diamond Kings, 35 Rated Rookies (20 of which did not appear in Donruss Baseball) and ten Autographed Rated Rookies.
Each 20-pack Hobby box will yield two autographs.
2016 Topps Tribute was released exclusively to Hobby outlets July 16th. Each six-pack Hobby box will contain one serial-numbered parallel, three Relics, and three autographs.
In an effort to avoid the previous year's smeared autograph debacle, Tribute will be printed on "Chromax" (i.e. Finest-style chrome) stock.
2016 Bowman Inception is scheduled for release the week of July 6th, 2016. Again, as is standard for this brand, there is no "base" set in the traditional sense and all cards are autographed. New for 2016, is the inclusion of a limited number of veteran players.
Each five card pack contains four (on-card) autographs and an autographed (sticker) relic card.
2016 Stadium Club is a 300-card set to be released July 1st. Each 16-pack Hobby box is expected to yield two autographs.
2016 Panini Flawless is a 103-card, jewel-encrusted, set released in June 24th. Each 10-card box (which is actually a Halliburton-style case) will contain two base cards serial-numbered to 20 copies or less, six autographs, and two memorabilia cards.
2016 Topps Series Two is a 350-card set that was released June 18th. The product will feature, for the first time in a non-Allen & Ginter's product, Rip Cards.
2016 Topps Tier One was released June 8th. Each box will yield one Relic and two autographs.
As with previous iterations of this product, there is no "base set" in the conventional sense.
2016 Topps Archives is a 310-card set, released June 1st. As has been this brand's trademark, one third of the base set is done in the style of the 1953 Topps set, one third as 1979 Topps, and the final third 1991 Topps.
For the second consecutive year, Archives was solicited as a 300 card base set without short-prints, only for Topps to deliver a final product with ten SPed base cards -- 20 fewer SPs than the previous year's set.
Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield two autographs.
2016 Topps Pro Debut is a 200-card Minor League set released May 25th, 2016. Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield two Relics and two autographs.
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 Topps.com 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
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.
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