It’s Back…and Topps Total(ly) Sucks

A few days ago the Topps twitter account teased Topps Total.

Topps Total was a product that was produced more than 10 years ago. It was a low-end product with a huge checklist that approached 1,000 cards.


As a team collector I absolutely loved Topps Total because it featured players from the Cubs roster that didn’t get many cards from the other releases. Think relievers and bench guys.

So, as a Cubs super collector I was excited to hear that Topps was bringing back Topps Total.

And then I wasn’t. Topps Total has a huge checklist and should be a low-end product. It’s a pretty bland design….and it features bench guys.

But Topps screwed this return big time. Topps has released the 900-card set as an online-only product, which is fine. What is not okay is how it’s being released. In 10-Card packs for…$10. That’s right, $1 per card. Ouch!

Not only that, there will be serial numbered cards inserted into packs, so it will take more packs than normal (even with perfect collation – and like that ever happens) to get the complete set.


Topps Total will also be a limited release in nine different waves of 100 cards.

I can’t think of a worse way to release a low-end product like this. Absolutely horrendous. I will certainly not be buying any of this direct from Topps, and will only seek out Cubs if I can buy them for $1 per card on the secondary market. This product gets a grade of F.

Wave 1 Checklist (Cubs in BOLD)

1. Mike Trout

2. Fernando Tatis Jr.

3. Odubel Herrera

4. Will Smith

5. Reyes Moronta

6. J.D. Davis

7. Greg Allen

8. Zack Wheeler

9. Patrick Corbin

10. Dan Straily

11. Matt Festa

12. Anthony Rizzo

13. Marco Gonzales

14. Adam Morgan

15. Daniel Stumpf

16. Clayton Kershaw

17. Trevor Rosenthal

18. Byron Buxton

19. David Robertson

20. Tyler Thornburg

21. JT Riddle

22. Steve Cishek

23. Ben Gamel

24. Matt Andriese

25. Trevor May

26. Justin Smoak

27. David Freese

28. Nick Margevicius

29. Melky Cabrera

30. Austin Barnes

31. Daniel Descalso

32. Tyler Glasnow

33. Hanser Alberto

34. Tyler Austin

35. Kyle Hendricks

36. Max Stassi

37. Adalberto Mondesi

38. Chris Stratton

39. Devon Travis

40. Jordan Zimmerman

41. Zack Cozart

42. Dereck Rodriguez

43. Niko Goodrum

44. Wandy Peralta

45. Wilmer Flores

46. Jake Petricka

47. Trevor Bauer

48. Chad Bettis

49. German Marquez

50. Michael Brantley

51. Jordan Hicks

52. Ender Inciarte

53. Chris Davis

54. Pablo Lopez

55. Josh Phegley

56. Martin Perez

57. James McCann

58. Yusmeiro Petit

59. Raimel Tapia

60. Caleb Joseph

61. Sonny Gray

62. Dominic Leone

63. Jose Peraza

64. Victor Robles

65. Aaron Nola

66. Clint Frazier

67. Mike Tauchman

68. Neil Walker

69. Jose De Leon

70. Stephen Piscotty

71. Isiah Kiner-Falefa

72. Mitch Moreland

73. Blake Parker

74. Alex Colome

75. Willy Adames

76. Francisco Mejia

77. Joey Gallo

78. Kenley Jansen

79. Jaime Barria

80. Aroldis Chapman

81. Arodys Vizcaino

82. Travis d’Arnaud

83. Alex Gordon

84. Chris Devenski

85. Adam Engel

86. Jay Bruce

87. Brad Boxberger

88. Charlie Culberson

89. Ronald Guzman

90. Jason Martin

91. Jameson Taillon

92. Josh Harrison

93. Manuel Margot

94. Trevor Williams

95. Tyler O’Neill

96. Jesus Aguilar

97. Danny Jansen

98. Steve Pearce

99. Max Moroff

100. Ronald Acuna Jr.

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