This fourth series has dropped a little but in print run from the third. That isn’t really a surprise, as the third series featured a lot of top prospects from the minor leagues. This series seems to have a lot of stars, but only a print run of 21,350 packs. This is the lowest print run for this release in 2020.
Each wave has a special feature paying tribute to the original T206 from the early 1900s. That often shows up as a more limited card back, but this time, we see a background variation. These are difficult to recognize without having a number of cards together, but luckily they are numbered out of 25, so they are identifiable. Wave four has many of the same parallels as the other releases. Each pack advertises ten cards, two of which are Piedmont backs. The other back variations are mixed in at various odds.
It really doesn’t feel like a Topps Total release unless there are some checklist problems. Wave 8 is no exception to this rule. There is no #737 and two #740, but it seems a bit more complicated than that. One of the #740s has an autograph card numbered #739-A, so it looks like there are a few problems here.
With a print run of 3458, this wave is down just slightly from wave 7. It’s the same configuration as the rest of the release. We see red, black, and gold parallels, along with one retired star and a handful of autographs. Each pack is advertised to contain 10 cards, but packs with a parallel or insert have those as additional cards.
This set faced a big delay due to the pandemic shut downs. Normally, this set would be released in July, but this year it finally hit stores in mid September. The great card rush is still going on, but it remains to be seen how that will affect this release. While this is a heavy hit product, with three per hobby box, there is a mix of baseball players past and present, and many other pop culture subjects. It’s not a set for everyone.
It can have wide spread appeal, because you can find some subjects that would normally not get cardboard treatment. That same feature can turn off baseball purists, though. It doesn’t get the same sort of attention as other releases, despite the large number of hits, because you primarily see a lot of lower end relics. The biggest current rookie prize is Luis Robert, and he has autographs in this product, but it doesn’t seem to be driving the treasure hunters like in other products.
The base set contains 300 cards, with an additional 50 short prints running 301-350. There are a few regular parallels, with most of the parallels in mini card form. We see a few baseball related inserts sets, but then also some random inserts such as “Where Monsters Live” and “Citadels & Strongholds”. Overall, it’s a fun set as a throwback to a late 1800s set.
A box contains 24 packs of 8 cards, and advertises 3 hits per box.
Series three of the Topps 206 release changes things up a little bit. In an homage to the original T206 cards, which included some minor league players, Topps includes a number of up and coming prospects in their set. This waves has a lower print run than the previous two, which isn’t really a surprise given the checklist. While there are some top prospects, there are also many who are not as familiar at this point. Maybe they will eventually make a name for themselves, but right now, they’re not really driving the print run.
At 28,225 packs, the print run is smaller. The still represents a lot of each card, however. It does make it a bit easier to find limited parallels. Each box contains a single pack of ten cards, which includes two Piedmont back parallels.
Wave 7 hits for Topps Total as the year’s release begins to wind down. Production is up slightly for this release with 3495 packs. That still represents a fairly small print run, so the cards are able to hold their value a little bit.
The standard configuration remains for this release. Each pack contains ten base cards. The odds of any inserts is not explicitly mentioned, but you could figure it out by looking at the release size. There are once again three parallels available – red, black, and gold. There are also a handful of autographs and a possible retired veteran card. For packs containing a parallel or insert, these cards are in addition to the ten base cards.