2022 Topps 582 Montgomery Club – Set #2

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club have received set #2 of their 2022 membership.

The set consists of (20) cards. No Wander Franco rookie card in this one. In fact, no rookies at all. Rest assured one of these sets will have a rookie card of him. Members get to vote as to who they want to see in the final set of the year. I’m sure Wander Franco will receive enough votes to get a rookie card in there.

  • Aaron Judge #1
  • Juan Soto #2
  • Mookie Betts #3
  • Xander Bogaerts #4
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #5
  • Nolan Arenado #6
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. #7
  • Cody Bellinger #8
  • Bryce Harper #9
  • Jacob deGrom #10
  • Ken Griffey Jr. #11
  • Randy Johnson #12
  • Randy Arozarena #13
  • Joey Votto #14
  • Jazz Chisholm #15
  • Dave Winfield #16
  • Christian Yelich #17
  • Salvador Perez #18
  • Willie Mays #19
  • Nolan Ryan #20

Nice design. It reminds me of 1992 Topps Baseball.

According to Topps, 2021 Bowman Heritage Baseball has been delayed indefinitely. Club members were originally suppose to order it on 1/4/22. Then it was pushed back to 1/11/22. It never went on sale. Who knows if we’ll ever see it.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball was released on 2/16/22. Montgomery Club members were given the chance to purchase a box of 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition a day earlier. This was a complete surprise. I didn’t find out about it until nine hours after it was listed for sale. Luckily I was able to snag one for $350. At the time I purchased my box very little was known about it. All we knew was that the set consisted of (330) cards featuring the 1st Edition logo, and autographs were randomly inserted.

During the 2022 Topps Rip Party in Los Angeles some 1st Edition packs were floating around. It didn’t take long before the odds printed on the pack backs began to surface online. Doing some quick calculations it was determined only 7,400 1st Edition boxes have been produced. That’s not a lot. Boxes are also loaded with parallels too. You aren’t guaranteed an autograph in every box, but the autograph checklist is strong including Wander Franco. Autographs have parallels as well.

I’ve come to the conclusion whenever Topps offers a product that is a new variation of a popular brand, just buy it. Don’t even think about it. Upon finding out how limited it is boxes sold out quickly. The general public never even had an opportunity to buy it directly from Topps. Prices have soared on the secondary market.

A checklist has been posted on the Topps website for 2022 Topps UEFA Champions League 1st Edition. No word yet if this will be something Montgomery Club members will get first access to or not.

2021 Topps 582 Montgomery Club – Set #2

Set #2 of the 2021 Topps 582 Montgomery Club has arrived. This set consists of (20) cards. It has a good mix of Hall of Famers, current stars, and new 2021 rookies. I’m really happy to see Alec Bohm receive a card in this one.

  • Mookie Betts #1
  • Roberto Clemente #2
  • José Abreu #3
  • Nick Madrigal RC #4
  • Corey Seager #5
  • Javier Baez #6
  • Joey Bart RC #7
  • Randy Johnson #8
  • Bo Bichette #9
  • Aaron Judge #10
  • Cal Ripken Jr. #11
  • Bryce Harper #12
  • Ted Williams #13
  • Alec Bohm RC #14
  • Manny Machado #15
  • Max Scherzer #16
  • Giancarlo Stanton #17
  • Stan Musial #18
  • Willie Mays #19
  • Jo Adell RC #20

The online-exclusive products that club members get a first crack at have really taken off in popularity. Especially when it comes to the specific Sapphire Editions. It makes me wish I would have held on to some of them for a little bit longer. I’ve come to the conclusion that if it is prospect-based and/or a Sapphire Edition they’ve never made for a sport or entertainment property before picking it up is a must.

I enjoy flipping these boxes. From what I can see, the best strategy for flipping is to hold on to these boxes allowing the supply to dry up. Hopefully, within that waiting period one or some of the rookies in those boxes begin to perform well. A perfect example would be 2019/20 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition. A single box originally cost $80 from Topps. Now that the supply has dried up, and Erling Haaland’s career has taken off these boxes have skyrocketed to almost $2,000.

We don’t have a definite idea of what other products (outside of the normal ones) that are on the way to club members. Last year at this time there was a six month gap. I don’t believe we’ll have to wait that long again. That gap was most likely due to COVID-19. 2021 Bowman 1st Edition is on the way, but this has never been a product that club members get early access to order. Some vendors have already received their allocation. If Topps does decide to sell some boxes online they will most likely head straight to the general public. Direct public sales of a product with a high-demand like 2021 Bowman 1st Edition sellout quickly, and sometimes even crash the Topps website. Who knows?

Artist and jeweler Ben Baller recently confirmed that collectors will see another Topps Chrome product featuring his work.

I would expect this to be a club exclusive just like the 2020 set.

Another possibility could be a Sapphire Edition of the new 2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Edition. No Sapphire parallels are listed on that product’s details. Topps could be saving those for a club exclusive.

Star Wars, Mars Attacks, Bundesliga, MLS, UEFA Champions League, Formula 1, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Tennis, Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages, and the WWE are all non-baseball properties club members could see products for this year. Lots of potential fun products to look forward to. Topps certainly wouldn’t have a difficult time selling them.