Astros ’23 Topps Series 1 Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Richard Nebe Jr. on being the lucky winner of the Jose Altuve 2023 Topps Series 1 Major League Material Relic. Once Richard Nebe Jr. sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP. Thanks.

Astros ’23 Topps Series 1 Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jose Altuve 2023 Topps Series 1 Major League Material Relic. Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, March 10, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

The base set consists of (330) total cards. Parallels include Gold Foil (1:2 Jumbo), Rainbow Foil (1:10 Hobby), Royal Blue (1:10 Retail), Gold #’ed/2023, Green Foil #’ed/499, Advanced Stats #’ed/300, Orange Foil #’ed/299, Red Foil #’ed/199, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/72, Mother’s Day Hot Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Powder Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1. (100) cards from the base set also have a Clear parallel #’ed/10.

For 2023 Topps really changed the way photo variations are done. Every card in the (330) base set has (1) Gold Mirror Variation. Topps made it very easy to identify them too. The Topps logo on the front of the Gold Mirror Variation is printed in gold foil. Turning the card over you’ll see “SSP” printed in gold foil as well. You can use the CMP code which is #585 for the Gold Mirror Variations compared to the base #565, but it really isn’t necessary this year. In the past Topps would pick perhaps (100) players from the base set and issue multiple photo variations for each. Some more difficult to pull than others. Topps has said that the (1) Gold Mirror Variation for each base card will also apply to Series 2 and Update.

Gold Mirror Variation odds:

  • Hobby – 1:454 packs
  • Jumbo – 1:46 packs
  • Hanger – 1:203 packs
  • Blaster – 1:1,360 packs

I’m a fan of the 2023 flagship design. All of the main upgrades are in the nameplate. Collectors get to enjoy a head shot of the player with the team logo in the background. We will see this design used for Series 2, Update, Chrome, etc… I think it will look really cool on Chrome stock.

The 2023 design also makes it easy to read the player’s name. You’ed think being able to read the name easily would be a common feature from year to year, but that isn’t always the case. The 2021 design used smaller font for the name.

A hobby box will come with (1) relic or autograph, and (1) Silver Pack box topper.

A jumbo box will come with (1) autograph, (2) relics, and (2) Silver Pack box toppers.

Popular rookie cards include Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, Michael Harris II, Vaughn Grissom, Brett Baty, Nolan Gorman, and Riley Greene.

A lot of these first rookies and Gold Mirror Variations will come down in price. As the year progresses many more baseball products will be released giving collectors more options. Waiting to buy that new base rookie or Gold Mirror Variation traditionally should save you some money.

Be sure to check the backs of your 1988 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary inserts. The Real One Heritage Stock #’ed/88 parallel wasn’t printed on Heritage card stock like they were suppose to be, but do contain the serial number. Without looking at the back you could easily mistake this parallel for a base insert.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Jose Altuve Major League Material


  • Luis Robert 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary Black #’ed/299
  • Vinnie Pasquantino RC Gold #’ed/2023
  • Yordan Alvarez Rainbow Foil
  • Caleb Kilian RC Rainbow Foil


  • Sandy Alcantara All Aces
  • Mike Trout Home Run Challenge
  • Shane Bieber/Triston McKenzie One-Two Punch
  • Adley Rutschman 2022 Greatest Hits
  • Manny Machado 2022 Greatest Hits
  • Mookie Betts Welcome to the Club
  • Willie Mays Welcome to the Club
  • Jackie Robinson 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Javier Baez 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Shohei Ohtani 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Luis Robert 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Seiya Suzuki 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Salvador Perez 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack
  • Don Mattingly 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack
  • Buster Posey 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack
  • Javier Baez 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack

2023 Topps 582 Montgomery Club Details

Topps seems to be cutting back some of the benefits of their 582 Montgomery Club. The new details of the club for 2023 were announced this week.

The cost to renew your current membership is $149.99. For new members it will be $199.99.

Current members can renew their membership starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on 12/5/22 to 11:00 a.m. ET 12/7/22.

New memberships open up at 3:00 p.m. ET on 12/7/22 to 3:00 p.m. ET 12/9/22.

With the reduced price comes a reduced amount of sets. Members will receive (1) 582 Montgomery Club Factory Set (Fall 2023), and (1) 20-card set (Spring 2023).

Members will have early access to order the following list of products before the general public:

  • 2023 Bowman Chrome Sapphire
  • 2023 Topps Chrome Sapphire
  • 2023 Topps Chrome Star Wars Sapphire
  • 2023 Topps Chrome Bundesliga Sapphire
  • 2023 Topps Finest Flashbacks Baseball
  • 2023 Topps Chrome Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire

Products available for early access in this year’s membership will be limited to the products listed above.

Members are bound to the (1) membership/household rule; Topps reserves the right to cut off your membership at any point if you’re suspected to be exceeding the (1) membership per household limit and have not explicitly received permission in writing from Topps to do so.

Topps reserves the right to alter pricing and/or products at its sole discretion.

I plan to keep my membership. Last year to renew it cost $299.99, and $599.99 for new members. It would be cool to see that (1) 20-card set be some type of members-only Sapphire product. Throw in some managers and mascots.

Based on the way it sounds the products on the early access to order list is rock solid.

People who had more than (1) membership per household have already begun to get cut off from their membership.

Topps at least plans to keep this club around for another year. Beyond that who knows what will happen.

The Topps 582 Montgomery Club was never meant for people to flip sealed boxes on the secondary market. That was a side effect of Topps not knowing what to price certain products at, and crazy economic conditions. Topps has gotten smarter when it comes to pricing these online-exclusive products. And the economic conditions have changed drastically since 2020/2021.

2023 Topps Baseball Flagship Design Unveiled

Topps has pulled back the curtain to show collectors what the 2023 Topps Baseball flagship design will be.

This design will be used on a variety of products such as Series 1, Series 2, Update, Chrome, and a whole lot more.