Product Highlight: 1982 Chicago Cubs Red Lobster

Thought you had this set but can’t find it? Then you’re a lost claws. Get it? That’s a lobster joke.

On August 20, 1982 baseball fans attending the Chicago Cubs game received a promotional set of cards. The Chicago Cubs and local Red Lobster restaurants came together to make this set possible.

About 15,000 sets were produced. The cards are numbered in order of the player’s jersey number, and contain a facsimile autograph.

Ryne Sandberg’s card is the most desirable. Most collectors see Sandberg’s cards made by Topps, Fleer, and Donruss in 1983 as his true rookies. The Sandberg card included within this set predates all of them. Its his first card to feature him in a Cubs uniform. His other cards prior to 1983 have him in a minor league uniform.

28-card Checklist:

  • Doug Bird
  • Larry Bowa
  • Bill Buckner
  • Bill Campbell
  • Jody Davis
  • Leon Durham
  • Lee Elia – Manager
  • Steve Henderson
  • Willie Hernandez
  • Fergie Jenkins
  • Jay Johnstone
  • Junior Kennedy
  • Ken Kravec
  • Randy Martz
  • Bob Molinaro
  • Jerry Morales
  • Keith Moreland
  • Dickie Noles
  • Mike Proly
  • Al Ripley
  • Ryne Sandberg
  • Lee Smith
  • Scot Thompson
  • Dick Tidrow
  • Bump Wills
  • Gary Woods
  • John Vukovich / Gordy MacKenzie / Billy Williams / Billy Connors / Tom Harmon – Coaches
  • Team Picture

2022 Topps Baseball Factory Set Hobby (Red Box) Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set (obviously)

If you collected enough Topps Baseball Factory Sets and stacked them up I bet you could play an awesome game of Jenga. Nowadays the Topps Baseball Factory Sets arrive in more colors than M&M’s.

The Hobby version of the 2022 Topps Baseball Factory Set consists of (660) cards. That’s (330) cards from Series 1, and (330) cards from Series 2.

Set collectors obviously like the convenience of receiving Series 1 and Series 2 all in one box. Spencer Torkelson, Bobby Witt Jr., and Julio Rodriguez come as bonus cards. These three cards come as secondary options of cards #658, #659, and #660. You won’t see them on the checklist which is printed on the outside of the box. So it might come as a surprise to some people. Each Factory Set format should contain these bonus cards.

Parallels add a bit of a mystery element to the Factory Sets. The Hobby version will come with (5) Foilboard parallels #’ed/390.

There are at least (7) different Factory Set formats you can buy. Each has the same (660) card set. Exclusive cards vary from set to set.

  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby Factory Box (Red Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Retail Factory Box (Blue Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Walmart Retail Factory Box (Turquoise Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Target Retail Factory Box (Purple Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Target Retail Factory Box (Green Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set All-Star Game Factory Box
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set 582 Montgomery Club Factory Box

Topps has Hobby Factory Sets available on their website. The Retail (Blue Box) is pictured but shows Foilboard parallels (Hobby exclusive). Under the “Specs” it mentions Hobby as well.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Trey Amburgey RC #263 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Ryan Mountcastle #579 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Casey Mize #431 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Otto Lopez RC #422 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Clint Frazier #101 Foilboard #’ed/390

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