2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Baseball collectors get three flagship products per year.  Series 1 comes in the winter.  Series 2 arrives during the summer.  And then Update Series wraps up things in the fall.  All three series receive massive amounts of attention from set collectors.  From a timing standpoint I like Series 2 because it comes out during the summer, which is my favorite season.  When talking about a flagship set that has a lot of up-to-date content, an All-Star Game presence, and players in their new uniforms, Update Series takes the cake.

2018 Topps Series 2 continues right where Series 1 left off.  The main base set ranges from card #351 to #700.  Its important to note that card #564 will be of either Joey Rickard or the New York Mets.  Card #365 is the same way.  You’ll find #365 of either Mallex Smith or the Dynamic Dodgers.  Its a numbering error.  Neither card is rarer than the other.  Because of this error, you won’t find card numbers 364 and 565.

Parallels of the base set include: Purple, Rainbow Foil, Gold #’ed/2018, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/67, Mother’s Day Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Powder Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, Clear #’ed/10, Platinum #’ed/1, Printing Plates #’ed/1, and Negative.

Over (100) photo variations can be pulled.  That’s a lot.  Luckily the CMP codes help out, and Topps printed them in bold.

  • Base – #359
  • SP Variations – #412
  • SSP Variations – #414
  • Late RC SP – #249 (Gleyber Torres & Ronald Acuna Jr.)

Inserts are plentiful.  Almost all have parallels and autographs.  I really enjoy how the 1983 Topps inserts came out this year.  I wouldn’t mind a special parallel of these to be given out during the National Sports Collectors Convention this year.  The Home Run Challenge cards have been fun.  From my Series 1 box I pulled a Trey Mancini Home Run Challenge card.  I picked my birthday, June 16th, for him to hit a home run.  That didn’t happen, but I’ve got another shot thanks to this box.

Hobby boxes have (1) hit, while jumbos contain (3).  Out of my Series 2 box I opened last summer, I pulled an Aaron Judge RC parallel #’ed/25 from the very last pack.  That goes down as one of the biggest pulls I’ve had from a flagship product.  This box was quite solid too.  It marks the first time I’ve pulled an SSP Variation.

Set collectors should have fun!

Here is what I pulled:


  • Luis Severino Major League Material Jersey Black #’ed/99

SP Variation

  • Kenta Maeda #484

SSP Variation

  • Yadier Molina #544


  • Miguel Sano 1983 Topps Gold #’ed/50
  • Mike Napoli Gold #’ed/2018
  • Hunter Strickland Gold #’ed/2018
  • Devon Travis Gold #’ed/2018
  • Drew Smyly Rainbow Foil
  • Jose Osuna Rainbow Foil
  • Gerardo Parra Rainbow Foil
  • Manny Margot Rainbow Foil


  • J.D. Martinez Home Run Challenge
  • Josh Donaldson Longball Legends
  • Cecil Fielder Longball Legends
  • Ted Williams Longball Legends
  • Willie Stargell Longball Legends
  • Roberto Clemente Longball Legends
  • Jake Lamb Longball Legends
  • Robinson Cano 1983 Topps
  • Rafael Devers 1983 Topps
  • Shohei Ohtani 1983 Topps
  • Jose Canseco 1983 Topps
  • Miguel Sano 1983 Topps
  • Pedro Martinez 1983 Topps
  • Dillon Peters 1983 Topps
  • Ozzie Smith 1983 Topps
  • Mike Trout 1983 Topps
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Instant Impact
  • Chipper Jones Instant Impact
  • Willie McCovey Instant Impact
  • Albert Pujols Instant Impact
  • Francisco Lindor Salute
  • Nicholas Castellanos Salute
  • Ryan Braun Salute
  • (2) Kevin Kiermaier Salute
  • Alex Bregman Salute
  • Yoan Moncada Salute
  • Tommy Pham Salute
  • Reggie Jackson Salute
  • Eric Thames Salute

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