First Buzz: 2019 Topps Series 1 baseball cards (updated)

What: 2019 Topps Series 1 baseball cards
Arrives: Jan. 30
Box basics:
 One autograph or Relic per 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case); or one autograph and two Relics per 10-pack jumbo box (six boxes per case)
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What's buzz-worthy: The first series of Topps' flagship 2019 set arrives with a new look and a number of new inclusions as well as some new approaches for hits not seen in recent years.

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

The Basics: The base set will consist of 350 cards -- a mix of veterans, rookies, stadium cards, league leaders, World Series highlights and team cards as well as some players noted as Future Stars. Each will have at least 10 parallels with rainbow foil, 150th Anniversary foil stamp, Gold (/2,019), vintage stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Mother's Day Pink (/50), Father's Day Blue (/50), Memorial Day Camo (/25) and 1/1 Platinum as well as printing plates. ... On the insert front, there will be three 150 Years of Professional Baseball sets -- Greatest Players, Greatest Moments and Greatest Seasons. Each of these will have 150th Anniversary parallels (/150) as well as Red (/10) and 1/1 Platinum. Some will have autographed versions limited to no more tham 25 copies.

Other inserts in this one will include Evolution Of -- a set showing the changes in team logos, uniforms, stadiums and equipment -- as well as Greatness Returns and Revolution of the Game. The first two sets will have the 150th, Red and Platinum versions, while Revolution will have autographs limited to no more than 199 as well as those parallels. Also in play here will be Iconic Card Reprints with 150th parallels as well as autos (/25), while 1984 Topps gets a nod for 2019 with rookies, veterans and retired players on those cards that will have a 35th anniversary logo. The 1984s also will have 150th, Red and Platinum parallels. ... New for 2019 will be Cactus League Legends looking at "elite" players from the past and present for each team based in Arizona. These will be retail display box and gravity exclusive cards that will have 150s, Reds, Platinums and ink (/10 max). The same parallels will apply for the Grapefruit League Greats cards -- but they'll only be found in blaster boxes.

As for hits, there will be Major League Material Autographs for stars from the past and present with those limited to just 50 copies with Red (/25 max) and 1/1 Platinum versions. There also will be World Series Champion auto Relics (/50) with the same parallels as well as Postseason Performance Auto Relics also with parallels. There also will be Legacy of Baseball Autos with "players across all eras of pro ball" with 150th (/150), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum versions. There also will be dual-auto cards for this set limited to just five copies apiece. Also in play for Series 1 will be World Series Champion Autographs (/50 max) with Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinums as well as Postseason Performance autos. Rounding the autos out? A selection of 1/1 cut autos and 1984 Topps autos that will have 150th parallels and Gold versions (/50 max).

On the Relic side, there are a number of things that will be found in retail and hobby. There are Major League Material Relics with 150th, Gold (/50) and Red (/25) parallels, as well as 1984 Relics (same parallels), World Series Champion Relics (/99) with Red and Platinums, Postseason Performance Relics (same as Series on volume and parallels) and In the Name 1/1 nameplate Relics from All-Star Game workout jerseys. Historic Homes Relics that will mark the return of stadium seat pieces (and maybe more) from around MLB. Blaster boxes will be the home for 150th Anniversary Commemorative patch cards for 50 notable players from throughout MLB history with 150th, Gold (/50), Red (/25) Platinum (1/1) and Autograph (/10) versions.

Among the formats for retail will be blaster boxes, hanger packs, jumbo packs, display boxes, grocery packs and gravity boxes.

Update: Additional hobby details added. Hobby-only parallels will include Black (/67) for all cards and Clear versions of 100 cards limited to 10 copies apiece. ... Also hobby-only this year will be sketch cards. ... For the hits, a hobby-only inclusion will be Topps Reverence Auto Patch cards (/10) that will have Red (/5) and 1/1 Platinum versions. ... Hobby will also be the home for Red 1984 autos (/25 max) as well as 1/1 Platinum 1984 auto cards. There also will be 1/1 Major League Materials and 1984 Relic Platinum parallels. ... Commemorative Relics in this one will include Retro Hat Logo Patches with 150th parallels as well as Gold (/50), Red (/25) and 1/1 Platinum versions as well as autos (/10). Joining them will be 150th Anniversary commemorative medallions with the same rainbow of parallels. ... The silver promo pack program will return once again with 1984 cards inside them -- with parallels and autographs possible -- with one pack per hobby box purchase or two for every jumbo box bought via participating dealers.

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