Our Honest Review Of 2022 Topps Gallery

2022 Topps Gallery brings “the art of collecting” to hobbyists. These artwork-themed cards have evolved over the years, with this year’s offering providing some solid designs, tough pulls, and autograph offerings.

This is a solid lower-to-mid-level retail product that may be worth a break.

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2022 Topps Gallery release date was September 28, 2022.

The set was released in two formats (no 2022 Topps Mega Box this year).

Monster boxes contain 20 packs of five cards each. Monster boxes contain two autographs per box.

Blaster boxes contain seven packs of four cards each. There is no autograph guarantee, but Blaster boxes feature an exclusive parallel.

2022 Topps Gallery is predominantly a retail product, although they did appear on the Topps.com site for purchase (they have since sold out).

Monster boxes are selling for $100-120 each, with Blaster boxes selling for around $30.

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2022 Topps Gallery Blaster & Monster Boxes

The 2022 Topps Gallery base set consists of 200 cards. While unlike some previous years the cards feature photographs instead of artwork, elements of the card design are meant to suggest mattes and frames.

The checklist consists of a mix of major league veterans, former players, and rookies. Top 2022 rookies such as Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt Jr., Seiya Suzuki and Steven Kwan all appear in the set.

2022 Topps Gallery Base Set Design

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A dozen different parallels can be found in 2022 Topps Gallery.

These include:

  • Printer Proof (1:2 blaster)
  • Rainbow Foil (1:3 monster, 1:3 blaster)
  • Private Issue (1:20 monster)
  • Green (1:85 monster, 1:135 blaster)
  • Green Pattern (1:108 monster, 1:178 blaster)
  • Blue (1:142 monster, 1:177 blaster)
  • Blue Pattern (1:213 monster, 1:266 blaster)
  • Orange (1:425 monster, 1:532 blaster)
  • Orange Pattern (1:1,064 monster, 1:1,329 blaster)
  • Red (1:2,127 monster, 1:2,663 blaster)
  • Red Pattern (1:10,582 monster, 1:13,466 blaster)
  • Printing Plates (1:2,661 monster, 1:3,319 blaster)

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Printer Proofs and Rainbow Foil are not serial numbered, but all the other parallels are.

Tough Image Variation versions of select cards are available, although the full checklist is not known at this time. These are seeded 1:850 monster or 1:1,063 blaster packs.

2022 Topps Gallery Rainbow Foil Parallel

The 2022 Topps Gallery product offers a variety of insert sets, from the fairly mundane to the downright impossible to pull. Some mystery surrounds the hardest to pull of these inserts.

Masterstrokes

This 20-card set showcases some of the finest hitters in the game. These include stars from Babe Ruth right through Ronald Acuña Jr., but representatives from many generations in between.

Seeded 1:18 monster or 1:18 blaster packs.

Parallel versions include:

Green (1:425 monster, 1:532 blaster)
Blue (1:1,075 monster, 1:1,342 blaster)
Orange (1:4,253 monster, 1:5,325 blaster)
Red (1:101,118 monster, 1:140,045 blaster)

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2022 Topps Gallery Masterstrokes

Modern Artists

While Masterstrokes paints with a wide brush, Modern Artists focuses on current major league stars, both established and up-and-coming.

The set consists of 25 cards and is seeded 1:15 monster or 1:15 blaster packs.

Parallel versions include:

Green (1:340 monster, 1:426 blaster)
Blue (1:858 monster, 1:1,074 blaster)
Orange (1:3,396 monster, 1:4,244 blaster)
Red (1:82,733 monster, 1:107,727 blaster)

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2022 Topps Gallery Modern Artists

Next Wave

The Next Wave insert set focuses even more on young players who are starting to make their mark on the game. The 25-card set is seeded 1:15 monster and 1:15 blaster packs.

Parallel versions include:

Green (1:340 monster, 1:426 blaster)
Blue (1:858 monster, 1:1,074 blaster)
Orange (1:3,396 monster, 1:4,244 blaster)
Red (1:82,733 monster, 1:107,727 blaster)

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2022 Topps Gallery Next Wave

Designed to mimic the look of a framed oil portrait, with some of the game’s biggest names getting the art gallery treatment.

The 20-card set is seeded 1:18 monster or 1:18 blaster packs.

Parallel versions include:

Green (1:425 monster, 1:532 blaster)
Blue (1:1,075 monster, 1:1,342 blaster)
Orange (1:4,253 monster, 1:5,325 blaster)
Red (1:101,118 monster, 1:140,045 blaster)

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2022 Topps Gallery Portrait Gallery

The Gallery of Heroes cards are a tough pull at 1:425 monster and 1:532 blaster packs. The 25-card checklist is an impressive blend of the biggest names in the game today (Trout, Harper, Judge), top rookies (Franco, Torkelson, Witt), and MLB legends (Griffey, Jeter, Chipper Jones).

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2022 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes

Sketch Cards

Guest artists bring their own flair to this set. The exact checklist and list of artists are not yet known, but these are an incredibly difficult pull at 1:7,106 monster or 1:8,864 blaster packs.

2022 Topps Gallery Sketch Cards

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Works of Art Rookies Cards

The exact checklist isn’t known here, although the theme appears to be “famous paintings with RC logos” on them, and word that both the “Mona Lisa” and “Starry Night” are part of the set.

Seeded at 1:4,253 monster, 1:5,325 blaster packs, it may take a while for the full checklist to be discovered.

2022 Topps Gallery Works of Art Rookies Cards

The most plentiful autograph offering in Topps Gallery 2022, this set consists of 175 cards split across four subsets.

Parallel versions include Green #/99 (1:124), Blue #/50 (1:165), Orange #/25 (1:302), and Red 1/1 (1:6,834).

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Rookies Autographs

Consisting of 88 cards, this is the largest subset and as the name implies, focuses on players in their first season. While the checklist does include some top rookies, the sheer depth of the checklist ensures that not all pulls will have fans excited. Some of these guys will be stars, but some of these cards will be in the bargain bin in a few years.

2022 Topps Gallery Rookie Autographs

Retired Greats

Much more concise of a checklist at 16 cards, this lot brings the goods. Only three of these players aren’t in the Hall of Fame, and two of them aren’t yet eligible but will be enshrined when they are (Buster Posey, Ichiro). The outlier is Mark McGwire, who if not for PED involvement would have been in the Hall long ago.

Veterans Autographs

This 55-card set features an interesting mix of players, from the Sure Thing Hall of Famers (Cabrera, Pujols, Trout), those on the Hall of Fame Path (Votto, Goldschmidt, Machado), and many others who range from regular contributors to stars.

2022 Topps Gallery Veterans Autograph

Young Stars Autographs

No longer rookies but not quite veterans, these 16 players off the best of youth and experience. The checklist contains big names like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr, plus some deeper cuts.

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2022 Topps Gallery Young Stars Autograph

While Gallery Autographs make up the majority of the autographs offered in the 2022 Topps Gallery product, there are a number of harder-to-pull autographs that are worth chasing.

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Masterstrokes Autographs

17 cards from the Masterstrokes insert set get autographs. These serial numbered cards are tough to pull at 1:3,685 monster or 1:17,506 blaster packs.

2022 Topps Gallery Masterstrokes Autograph

Modern Artists Autographs

23 cards from the Modern Artists insert set get autograph variations. Serial numbered, and seeded at 1:2,059 monster or 1:10,857 blaster packs.

2022 Topps Gallery Modern Artists Autograph

Next Wave Autographs

24 cards from the Next Wave insert set get serial numbered autographs. These are another tough pull at 1:2,107 monster or 1:11,294 blaster packs.

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2022 Topps Gallery Next Wave Autograph

The Portrait Gallery insert also gets the autograph treatment. 19 cards here get serial numbered, autographed, and seeded at a staggering 1:3,044 monster or 1:14,438 blaster packs.

2022 Topps Gallery Portrait Gallery Autograph

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The 2022 Topps Gallery product is a solid successor to prior Topps Gallery offerings, which have evolved over time but always kept the “cards as art” theme as its north star.

This version of the set offers a lot to chase, including some really impressive hits that have nearly impossible pull rates. For the lucky collectors that pull those, 2022 Topps Gallery will be a true work of art.

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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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