First Buzz: 2018 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

What: 2018 Topps Series 2 baseball cards
Arrives: June 13
Box basics: One autograph or Relic per 36-pack box (12 boxes per case); One autograph and two Relics per 10-pack jumbo box (six boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The second series of the newest edition of the Topps baseball brand — the flagship brand for the hobby — will arrive with a wave of energy and full-bleed feel that further breaks from the traditional feel for the brand that’s been around for 67 consecutive seasons.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

The Basics: The basic set will consist of 350 cards with each card having 12 parallels — Gold (/2,018), Rainbow foil, Vintage (/99), Independence Day (/76), Black (/67), Mother’s Day Pink (/50), Father’s Day Powder Blue (/50), Memorial Day Camo (/25), Clear (/10), Negative, Platinum (1/1) and printing plates. … Topps Salute inserts will take on a few subjects once again — Legends, Throwback Uniforms, Rookies, Notable At-bats and Fieldwork — with each having Blue, Black (/299), Gold (/50), Red (/10) and 1/1 Platinum parallels. Also on the insert front will be Instant Impact Superstar Sensations with the same parallel rainbow along with Longball Legends and a 1983 Topps insert set. Each also will ave the same rainbow and volume for parallels.

On the autographed Relic side, there are Topps Reverence Autograph Patches with Gold (/5) and 1/1 Platinum versions, while Major League Materials will have Red (/25) and Platinum parallels. Longball Legends and Instant Impact auto Relics also will be paralleled the same ways (/25, /1). For autographs only, the Topps Salute cards will be found with ink as will 1983 All-Stars and Rookies. These, too, will have Red and Platinum versions. The 1983 autos will have more versions — Black (/99), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum — atop the regular versions. There also will be 1/1 sketch cards in this release.

The Relic-only lineup will include Instant Impact Relics and Longball Legends as well as 1/1 Own the Name Relics — all numbered with Red and Platinum versions save for the Name cards. There also will be Major League Material Relics most-commonly found with Black (/99), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum cards. The others will have Reds and Platinums. Manufactured Relics will include Team MVP Medallions with Gold (/50), Red (/10) 1/1 Platinum and autographs (/10) and the same lineup will be found for MLB All-Star Logo Patch cards.

Update: Silver packs also will be back — one per hobby box, two per jumbo. These cards will carts a 1983 Topps design and have foilboard stock. There also will be autographs and parallels to be found, too. … On the retail front there will be Legends in the Making inserts for 30 players with Blue, Black, Gold (/50), Red (/10), Platinum (1/1) and autographs (/10 max). In blaster boxes there will be Future Stars inserts (50 cards) each with auto parallels (/10 max) as well as Independence Day flag patches with Gold (/99), Blue (/50), Red (/25), Platinum (1/1) and auto versions (/10 max). … As for retail pack formats there will be 36-card grocery packs, 10-pack blaster boxes, 72-card hanger packs, 36-card jumbo packs, gravity boxes with 36 12-card packs and 24-pack display boxes.

Update (Feb. 7): The annual factory set will arrive on July 4 and based on the box, you can expect to find Shohei Ohtani cards in Series 2. Each set will include a pack of five serial-numbered parallel cards atop of the 700 cards in both series.

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