2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review

The 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball – 1st Edition – was released exclusively through the Montgomery Club on February 15, 2022. So what is it, and how does it differ from the main flagship release? We have answers in our complete 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review.

History Of Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition

The idea of a 1st Edition release is to allow fans an opportunity to get the cards before anyone else does. However, there are a few differences between the releases. Ultimately, these are the same cards with a 1st Edition logo slapped on them.

This is not the first time Topps has released the 1st Edition of Series 1. However, they do it quite rarely. The last time was in 2014. Last year Topps released two Bowman products in a 1st Edition version.

Topps has occasionally released a Series 1 1st Edition before. Look for them on eBay.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review Of The Specs

The boxes cost $350, and Topps promises to ship them within 7-10 days of purchase.

Here are the full specs:

  • 24 packs per box
  • 10 cards per pack
  • Total of 240 cards per box
  • Boxes can be purchased off the secondary market for $700.

Boxes were made available through the Montgomery Club on February 15. After the Montgomery Club members are finished gobbling these boxes up, Topps will make the remainder available to the rest of us if any are left, of course.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review Of The Advantages

The main advantage of this release is the combination of familiarity with scarcity. Baseball collectors love Series 1 and see it as the bedrock of their collections. Unfortunately, it is an overprinted product, and base cards are incredibly plentiful. Therefore, a version of the card with the “1st” logo stamped on it will hopefully stand out from the crowd.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review Of The Disadvantages

The main disadvantage is that Topps did not bother changing the checklist or adding any exclusive cards. To me, that is inexcusable. If you charge three times as much for a release, there should probably be more uniqueness than merely a “1st” logo and a few new parallels.

Generally, these are the same cards with a 1st Edition logo.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review Of The Checklist

As I mentioned, the checklist is the same as for the main 2022 Topps Series 1 release. That means it has a 330 base card set, mixing veterans and rookies.

The most crucial element in just about every release is the rookie class. So, how good is the one feature in 2022 Topps Series 1? We have run pieces profiling the potential of both the hitters and the pitchers among the rookie cards in Series 1. But, the bottomline is pretty straightforward. Aside from the undeniable exception of Wander Franco, the class of rookies is not that impressive.

Exclusive Parallels

There isn’t much that is different about this release. However, there are a few unique parallels in the release. Here is a complete list:

Additional parallels include:

  • Gold – (1:2 packs)
  • Green – (1:3 packs)
  • Orange – (1:8 packs)
  • Red – (1:11 packs)
  • Black – (1:22 packs)
  • Hot Pink – (1:55 packs)
  • Light Blue – (1:108 packs)
  • Platinum – (1:538 packs)

The Base Checklist

Here is the full base checklist:

1 Shohei Ohtani
2 Craig Kimbrel
3 Huascar Ynoa
4 Travis d’Arnaud
5 Rougned Odor
6 Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Future Stars
7 Bobby Dalbec – Future Stars
8 Xander Bogaerts
9 Elieser Hernandez
10 Archie Bradley
11 Jesus Luzardo
12 Gavin Sheets RC
13 Freddy Peralta
14 Amed Rosario
15 Jose Iglesias
16 Tommy Pham
17 Gregory Soto
18 Emmanuel Rivera RC
19 Brian Anderson
20 Jake Cousins RC
21 Shane Bieber
22 Bryan De La Cruz RC
23 Gio Urshela
24 Trevor Rogers – Rookie Cup
25 Vidal Brujan RC
26 Devin Williams
27 Mike Trout
28 Cesar Hernandez
29 Jose Berrios
30 Kyle Muller RC
31 Matt Manning RC
32 Taylor Rogers
33 Danny Jansen
34 Adam Wainwright
35 Gerrit Cole
36 Jorge Alfaro
37 Michael Conforto
38 Mason Thompson RC
39 Andrew Miller
40 David Price
41 Clayton Kershaw
42 Mitch Moreland
43 Josiah Gray RC
44 Didi Gregorius
45 Sonny Gray
46 Raimel Tapia
47 Alex Reyes
48 Vladimir Guerrero Jr./ Salvador Perez / Shohei Ohtani – LL: AL Home Runs
49 Brett Gardner
50 Mookie Betts
51 Zack Greinke
52 Greg Holland
53 Hanser Alberto
54 Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
55 Robbie Grossman
56 Ke’Bryan Hayes – Future Stars
57 Kyle Gibson
58 Lars Nootbaar RC
59 Trea Turner / Juan Soto / Bryce Harper – LL: NL Batting Average
60 Mike Moustakas
61 Jakson Reetz RC
62 Luke Williams RC
63 Christian Vazquez
64 Tim Anderson
65 Austin Hedges
66 Connor Wong RC
67 Freddy Galvis
68 Alex Bregman
69 Corey Kluber
70 Ryan Weathers
71 Ernie Clement RC
72 Pedro Severino
73 Johnny Cueto
74 Merrill Kelly
75 Christian Walker
76 Nicky Lopez
77 Josh Naylor
78 Aaron Ashby RC
79 Trey Mancini
80 Mitch Haniger
81 Jesse Winker
82 Charlie Morton
83 Will Smith
84 Jose Abreu
85 Rodolfo Castro RC
86 Kris Bryant
87 Nolan Arenado
88 Travis Shaw
89 Jorge Mateo
90 Enrique Hernandez
91 Kyle Seager
92 Avisail Garcia
93 Isiah Kiner-Falefa
94 Cedric Mullins
95 Chad Pinder
96 Cincinnati Reds – Team Card
97 Curtis Terry RC
98 Francisco Lindor – Combo Card
99 Aaron Judge
100 Fernando Tatis Jr.
101 Clint Frazier
102 Ian Kennedy
103 Mike Yastrzemksi
104 Nelson Cruz
105 Julio Urias / Adam Wainwright / Walker Buehler – LL: NL Wins
106 Pavin Smith
107 Luis Robert
108 Zach Pop RC
109 Toronto Blue Jays – Team Card
110 Yordan Alvarez – Combo Card
111 Tony Santillan RC
112 Marco Gonzales
113 Brock Holt
114 Tony Kemp
115 Austin Riley
116 Alcides Escobar
117 Brandon Crawford
118 Alex Wells RC
119 Gleyber Torres – Combo Card
120 Andrew Vaughn – Future Stars
121 New York Yankees – Team Card
122 Shohei Ohtani – Combo Card
123 Miguel Sano
124 San Diego Padres – Team Card
125 Fernando Tatis Jr. – Combo Card
126 Bo Bichette
127 Zack Wheeler / Max Scherzer / Corbin Burnes – LL: NL Strikeouts
128 Matthew Boyd
129 Max Fried
130 Tyler Gilbert RC
131 Luis Gil RC
132 Ryan McMahon
133 Zac Lowther RC
134 Tylor Megill RC
135 Chas McCormick RC
136 Houston Astros – Team Card
137 Anthony DeSclafani
138 Robbie Ray / Gerrit Cole / Dylan Cease – LL: AL Strikeouts
139 Omar Narvaez
140 Ivan Castillo RC
141 Yermin Mercedes
142 Aroldis Chapman
143 Ian Happ
144 Arizona Diamondbacks – Team Card
145 Joey Wendle
146 Fernando Tatis Jr. / Adam Duvall / Pete Alonso – LL: NL Home Runs
147 Willson Contreras
148 Zack Short RC
149 Matt Olson
150 Juan Soto
151 Kwang-Hyun Kim
152 Austin Meadows
153 Eddie Rosario
154 Jared Walsh
155 Mike Minor
156 Logan Gilbert – Future Stars
157 Bruce Zimmermann
158 Riley Adams RC
159 Angels – Team Card
160 Anthony Bender RC
161 Jon Gray
162 Spencer Howard
163 Stuart Fairchild RC
164 Atlanta Braves – Team Card
165 Yuli Gurriel/ Michael Brantley / Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – LL: AL Batting Average
166 Patrick Mazeika RC
167 Daniel Bard
168 Kyle Hendricks
169 Kyle Freeland
170 Kevin Pillar
171 Kurt Suzuki
172 Nick Solak
173 Raisel Iglesias
174 Hunter Renfroe
175 Tyler Stephenson – Rookie Cup
176 Matt Chapman
177 Carson Kelly
178 Jean Segura
179 Zach Eflin
180 J.T. Realmuto
181 Adam Duvall / Austin Riley / Ozzie Albies – LL: NL RBI
182 J.D. Martinez
183 Ji-Man Choi
184 Hoy Park RC
185 Justin Dunn
186 Jake Burger RC
187 Jarren Duran RC
188 Ha-Seong Kim
189 Michael Pineda
190 Emmanuel Clase – Rookie Cup
191 Willi Castro
192 Eduardo Rodriguez
193 Dom Nunez
194 Miguel Cabrera
195 Drew Smyly
196 Randy Arozarena – Rookie Cup
197 Alex Kirilloff – Future Stars
198 Jake Rogers
199 Michael Brantley
200 Ronald Acuña Jr.
201 Reid Detmers RC
202 Salvador Perez/ Jose Abreu / Teoscar Hernandez – LL: AL RBI
203 Wade Miley
204 Corbin Burnes / Max Scherzer/ Walker Buehler – LL: NL ERA
205 Yadier Molina
206 Kyle Lewis
207 Eduardo Escobar
208 Jorge Soler
209 Buster Posey
210 Oakland Athletics – Team Card
211 Cristian Javier
212 Martin Perez
213 Jon Lester
214 Jake Arrieta
215 Wander Franco (RC)
216 Kyle Schwarber
217 Eli Morgan RC
218 Washington Nationals – Team Card
219 Salvador Perez
220 Gerardo Parra
221 Max Kepler
222 Colorado Rockies – Team Card
223 Mike Brosseau
224 Martin Maldonado
225 Harrison Bader
226 Josh Donaldson
227 Zach Thompson RC
228 Spencer Turnbull
229 Xander Bogaerts – Combo Card
230 Jonah Heim
231 Ronnie Dawson RC
232 Brendan Rodgers
233 Cristian Pache – Future Stars
234 Garrett Hampson
235 Jarred Kelenic – Future Stars
236 Freddie Freeman
237 Albert Pujols
238 Chris Taylor – Combo Card
239 Garrett Crochet
240 Corbin Burnes
241 Tommy La Stella
242 Anthony Rizzo
243 Brandon Marsh RC
244 Shane McClanahan – Future Stars
245 Whit Merrifield
246 Mauricio Dubon
247 St. Louis Cardinals – Team Card
248 Alek Manoah – Future Stars
249 Zack Wheeler
250 Bryce Harper
251 Mitch Keller
252 Victor Reyes
253 John Means
254 Chris Archer
255 Chicago White Sox – Team Card
256 James McCann
257 Justin Turner
258 Andre Jackson RC
259 Marcus Stroman
260 Trevor Story
261 Framber Valdez
262 Tom Murphy
263 Trey Amburgey RC
264 Jackson Kowar RC
265 Keston Hiura
266 Joe Musgrove
267 Edwin Diaz
268 Liam Hendriks
269 Jose Ramirez
270 Gerritt Cole/ Chris Flexen/ Steven Matz – LL: AL Wins
271 Patrick Wisdom – Rookie Cup
272 Eric Hosmer
273 Luke Weaver
274 Tampa Bay Rays – Team Card
275 Ketel Marte
276 Steven Matz
277 Cal Raleigh RC
278 Jose Altuve
279 Adam Duvall
280 John Gant
281 Sean Manaea
282 Carlos Rodon
283 Robbie Ray/Lance McCullers Jr./Gerrit Cole – LL: AL ERA
284 Yasmani Grandal
285 Ben Gamel
286 Jacob Stallings
287 Andrew Heaney
288 Christian Yelich
289 Nate Pearson
290 Joey Votto
291 Lucas Giolito
292 Kyle Higashioka
293 Mike Foltynewicz
294 Yan Gomes
295 Jake Meyers RC
296 Ryan Zimmerman
297 Hyun-Jin Ryu
298 Drew Ellis RC
299 Julio Urias
300 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
301 Corey Seager
302 Tyler Glasnow
303 Matt Barnes
304 Adam Frazier
305 Starling Marte
306 Andrelton Simmons
307 Steven Brault
308 Sammy Long RC
309 Yu Darvish
310 Max Scherzer
311 Chris Flexen
312 Taijuan Walker
313 Brady Singer
314 Eugenio Suarez
315 Pete Alonso
316 Matt Vierling RC
317 Colin Moran
318 Josh Reddick
319 Kyle Tucker
320 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Combo Card
321 Bryce Harper – Combo Card
322 Joey Gallo
323 Jason Heyward
324 Mike Zunino
325 Max Kranick RC
326 Miami Marlins – Team Card
327 Ty France
328 Keegan Akin
329 Wander Franco – Combo Card
330 Jacob deGrom
The Wander Franco is the big pull in all Series 1 products. Look for them on eBay.

2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review Of Value

Topps has released a 1st Edition version of Series 1 before. However, the 2014 set was released in a very low (we don’t know exactly) print run. As a result, the cards are seldom available to buy, and when they are, they are worth quite a bit. However, all indications are that the new release is a larger print. So, a comparison between the two releases will probably be misleading.

So, we cannot directly compare and contrast the value of the cards for Series 1 1st Edition releases. At least not yet. But as you probably remember, they did release a Bowman 1st product last year. So, that provides us with an excellent opportunity to see how much value that little “1st logo” really provides.

Singles

Here are some comparisons:

Card Bowman Bowman 1st Edition
2021 Draft Henry Davis Blue /150 $86.50 $56
2021 Adley Rutschman Yellow /75 $50 $30
2021 Draft Will Bednar Orange /25 $56 $24.50
2021 Chrome Blaze Jordan Atomic Auto /100 $899 $325

The results are surprising and, honestly, kind of shocking. The regular Bowman cards sell for about twice as much in many cases. It seems that the 1st Edition logo is a turn-off to collectors. At least those who buy singles.

Considering that sellers love to display that cards are 1st Edition in their eBay listings, it appears that most people are not aware of this issue. But you should be aware before you buy.

Blaze Jordan autos are worth more in the regular Bowman products. Look for his autos on eBay.

Wax

So, if 1st edition singles are not a good investment, what about unopened boxes? When 1st edition boxes are first released, they go for much higher prices. But how does the price hold up?

Brand Bowman Bowman 1st Edition
2021 Draft $555 $700
2021 Chrome $318 $500

Wax does a lot better. No question about it. But once you consider the higher initial release price, you are not making more money than you would be buying a regular box.

Bottomline Of The 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball 1st Edition Review

If you like the 1st Edition stamp on your cards, this set is for you. However, I don’t see the point of buying this set in terms of value and investment, especially if you plan to rip the product. The Bowman comparisons show that cards lose a significant amount of value by having 1st Edition logos on them. So let the Montogomery Club members gobble up the boxes. I don’t see why we need them. The regular Series 1 boxes seem like a much better deal.

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim is a former history and political science professor at UCLA. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary. Shai also worked as a diplomat and journalist on three continents.


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