The Dream Of The 90s Is Alive With 2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks

Topps Finest Flashback is back in 2022, offering a homage to the mid-90s Finest design. But what hits can be found in the product?

Let’s explore the inserts, refractors, and autograph hits you can chase in 2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks!

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2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks release format

The 2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks was released on August 25, 2022.

Each 2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks hobby boxes contain 18 packs. Each pack contains 5 cards.

The set was released exclusively on the Topps website at $199.99, first to 582 Montgomery on August 22nd, then the remaining boxes to the public on August 25th.

Hobby Boxes have been selling for between $250-350 since their release, with recent sales in the $250-275 range.

2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Hobby Box

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2022 Topps Finest Flashback base set & design

The 2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks base set contains 200 cards. The set is a mix of current veteran stars as well as rookies. The rookies include top players Julio Rodriguez, Spencer Torkelson and Bobby Witt Jr.

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Much like Topps Heritage borrows its designs from vintage Topps sets, Finest Flashback borrows from earlier Topps Finest releases. The 2022 Topps Finest Flashback set is based on the 1995 Topps Finest design, following the path of the 2021 set that was based on the 1994 design, and the 2020 set based on the 1993 initial Topps Finest release.

2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Base Set Design

There are 20 additional short prints in the “base set”, numbered 201-220. All the short prints feature retired stars of the past. These include a few old-timers like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Jackie Robinson, plus a lot of the biggest stars of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Short prints are seeded at roughly one per box.

2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Short Print Ted Williams

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2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks refractors

Refractors have long been a defining and popular part of the Finest offering. These shiny cards have unique look that has become quite well known throughout the hobby.

The standard Refractor is seeded roughly one per box (1:18 packs). Adding to the chase is a rainbow of rarer Refractor cards, including 1/1 Superfractors.

  • Refractors
  • Gold Refractors – /50 (1:25 packs)
  • Prism Refractors – /35 (1:37 packs)
  • Black Refractors – /25 (1:52 packs)
  • Rose Gold Refractors – /15 (1:86 packs)
  • Refractor Protector – /10 (1:129 packs)
  • Red Refractors – /5 (1:257 packs)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:1,285 packs)

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2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Ke’Bryan Hayes Refractor

The Refractor Protector pays homage to the 1995 Topps Finest “film” that appeared over the top of cards in packs to protect from surface scratches. The idea was you could remove the protective film, or not.
While the 2022 cards do not have a removable film, they are printed with the “peel off” instructions from the original 1995 Topps Finest cards.

2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Protector Refractor

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2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks inserts

There are two insert sets in the 2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks set. While the stated odds are 1:2 packs. Early reports are that they are harder to find than those stated odds.

Refractor versions of both insert sets are also available.

Flame Throwers

This 15-card set highlights some of the greatest pitchers out there, with a checklist that mixes current stars with icons of yesteryear. Ranging from Satchel Paige to Gerrit Cole and Shohei Ohtani.

2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Flame Throwers Nolan Ryan Refractor 

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Power Kings

Also featuring 15 cards, this set features some of the great sluggers in the game, with a checklist that again spans eras. With icons like Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, and modern stars like Shohei Ohtani and Pete Alonso, this set has something for everyone who loves hitting.

2022 Topps Finest Flashback Power Kings Mike Trout Refractor

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Topps Finest Flashback 2022 Autographs

The 2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks set features a number of autograph offerings, all of which are rather tough pulls.

1995 Finest Autographs

With 34 cards seeded 1:336 packs, these cards feature the design of the 1995 Topps Finest, with on-card autographs and an interesting mix of all-time greats, current veteran stars, and top rookies and young stars.

A rainbow of parallels promises even tougher pulls:

  • Aqua Refractors: 1:434 packs
  • Gold Refractors:  1:579 packs
  • Orange Refractors: 1:870 packs
  • Red Refractors: 1:1,669 packs
  • Superfractors: 1:8,461 packs
2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Christian Yelich Gold Auto Refractor

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Flame Throwers Autographs

Four of the retired icons from the Flame Throwers insert set get the autograph treatment.

Seeded at a tough 1:8,461 packs, these are a tough pull. But if you’re looking for an autograph of a top hurler, check out this checklist: Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson.

Parallel versions include:

  • Red Refractors: 1:16,358 packs
  • Superfractors: 1:81,792 packs
2022 Finest Flashbacks Pedro Martinez Flame Throwers Red Refractor Autograph

Power Kings Autographs

Similar to the Flame Throwers, four of the Power Kings inserts come in autographed form. These come seeded the same 1:8,461 packs as the Flame Throwers, making them a tough pull.

The checklist here features Bryce Harper, Bo Jackson, Mark McGwire, and Pete Alonso.

Parallel versions include:

  • Red Refractors: 1:16,358 packs
  • Superfractors: 1:81,792 packs

Buyback Autographs

The Buyback Autographs set are made up of 13 former superstars. The checklist includes Hall of Famers like Wade Boggs, Derek Jeter, and Chipper Jones. Collectors will also find fan favorites who are not Hall of Famers, such as Don Mattingly, Will Clark, and Juan Gonzalez.

The Buyback Autographs are a very tough pull, with a seed rate of 1:49,907 packs.

The final word on Topps Finest Flashbacks 2022

The 2022 Topps Finest Flashback product offers a glossy, refractor-filled homage to the mid-90s. Add in some hard-to-pull on-card autographs, and you’ve got an exciting offering.

A box, or even a pack, certainly isn’t cheap, but if you want a dose of glossy fun and a chance at really great a hit, this product is worth a shot.

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Mike D

Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. He has long been fascinated by the Baseball Hall of Fame, and of course cards of Hall of Famers, present and future.


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