The chance to vote for Topps Card No. 1 is back, giving baseball fans a chance to pick their favorite player to headline 2018 Topps Baseball. Card No. 1 is special to baseball card collectors as previous top spots have featured fan favorites, stars, and some of the best Major League Baseball players.

    Voting will take place through Friday, October 6, 4 p.m. ET. Collectors and fans can choose from a list of 14 featured players or have the opportunity to write-in their own candidate.

    The winner will be announced a couple of weeks before the release of 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1, which comes out on Jan. 31, 2018.

    Topps is also giving away prizes (see list of prizes below), randomly choosing entries from those who voted. Winners will be selected randomly and contacted via email.

    Topps has given fans the opportunity to vote for Card No. 1 for the last two years with Mike Trout and Kris Bryant winning the vote, respectively.

    Make sure to vote for the player who you think should be Card No. 1 in 2018. Baseball fans are encouraged to vote and promote the contest on social media to help get their favorite player featured on Card. No. 1, using the hashtag #ToppsCardNo1.

    List of Prizes

    • 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball hobby box
    • 2017 Bowman Chrome hobby box
    • 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hobby box
    • 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic hobby box
    • 2017 Topps Baseball Factory Set
    • 2017 Topps Baseball Hobby Continuity Program - Marcus Stroman autograph /25
    • 2017 Bowman Platinum - Braxton Garrett 1/1
    • 2017 Topps Museum Collection - Alex Gordon dual relic autograph /199
    • 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic - Ty Blach autograph
    • 2017 Topps Tribute - David Ortiz relic /199

     

     

    TYPES OF COLLECTIONS

    Starting a trading card collection may feel like a large task. Who to collect? Where do I get cards? How can I find them all?

    But a sports card collection is one of the simplest hobbies to start and enjoy, especially because it can be anything you want. Collecting cards is a fun pastime that can be shared with family and friends.

    There are dozens of types of trading card collectors. The most common are set collectors, team collectors and player collectors. Yet, collectors often make up their own way of organizing cards that can range from collecting one of every player born in their hometown or picking up a card of every guy who hit a home run on their birthday. The ways to collect are endless.

    Types Of Collecting

    Set Collecting
    Are you the type of person that has to have everything?

    Then, set collecting is probably the way to go. With the number of different trading card sets put out over the years, the most common – and probably easiest way – to get back into the hobby is to start with Topps' flagship baseball card set.

    Topps has put out a set of baseball cards since 1952 featuring rookie cards of Ernie Banks, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter and thousands of others.

    Set collecting gives you a glimpse into the past and a reminder of every season.

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    Team Collecting
    Maybe having a card of your team’s rival isn’t appealing. Then, look into being a team collector where you collect cards of players from just your favorite team. This gets you the rookie cards of all your favorite players and the types of cards you can get are limitless - from base cards to inserts and autographs to relics.

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    Player Collecting
    If you’re the type that loves specific players, and you have their jerseys, figurines, and are looking for a way to enhance your collection, it seems like player collecting is for you.

    Some players have thousands of cards, making the chase challenging and fun. Others may just have a few dozen, but there is a great sense of accomplishment when you are able to track down that final card or pick up a rare one that has slipped through your fingers time and time again.

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    Collect Anything
    Some collectors have very personal reasons to own the cards they do. One collector has picked up all pink-bordered parallel cards to honor family members fighting breast cancer. Another collector has chased a specific number in a print run because it’s their birthday.

    The key thing to remember is that there is no wrong way to collect. You decide what way to collect is right for you!

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    Types Of Cards

    Base cards – The most common card found in a product release. These cards usually have a number on the back indicating their place on a checklist. These are usually the easiest cards to find in packs.

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    Parallels – Variations of a card, usually using a different color scheme such as a different color border or different use of foil. A set like 2015 Topps baseball has a number of base parallels including Gold-, Pink-, and Black-bordered cards.

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    Inserts – Insert cards are not part of the regular numbering system and are randomly inserted into packs. They usually have a unique design separate from the base set, so they are distinguishable immediately.

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    Relics – These cards include pieces of player-worn or player-used memorabilia. The relic pieces can include jerseys, bats, gloves, and more.

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    Autographs – Autograph cards are a favorite of collectors because they feature an actual signature (sometimes more than one) of a player.

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    Autograph Relics – Combining autographs and relics into one card that often makes a beautiful chase-worthy card.

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    Oddball – Oddballs aren't as prevalent as they used to be, however, there is still a strong market for collectors. These cards were available through food products and retail outlets. In Topps’ history, it released a number of different types of products that collectors have pursued such as pins, tattoos, felts, coins, Magic Photos and more.

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