Unboxed: Topps 206 Series 2 Box

Topps has shipped out their Second Series of the Topps 206 reboot. The 1st Series was sent out in early July, and we just received our Second Series boxes. Series Two featured a much smaller print run than the 1st Series did. Series 1 had a print run of 74,997 while the Second Series had a print run of 33,914 boxes.

Each box has 10 cards, 8 base cards and 2 Piedmont Back parallels. Some packs will contain only 7 base cards and an additional parallel or autograph. Each box costs $14.99. Here’s a list of the potential parallels and their odds as stated on Topps.com.

Series 2 Parallels:

• Piedmont Back (2 per pack)
• Sweet Caporal Back (1:3 packs)
• Sovereign Back (1:6 packs)
• Polar Bear Back (1:18 packs)
Series 2 Exclusive: Black Plate Omission Back parallel (1:30 packs)
• Cycle Back (foil stamped # to 25)
• American Beauty Back (foil stamped # to 10)
• Ty Cobb (foil stamped # to 1)
• Autographs (Randomly Inserted)

Here’s what we found in our two boxes:

Box 1:

Mike Soroka Sovereign Back, Stan Musial Piedmont Back, Sandy Koufax Piedmont Back, Anthony Rendon, Ozzie Smith, Honus Wagner, Chris Archer, Trea Turner, Ken Griffey Jr., Didi Gregorius.

Box 2:

Al Kaline Piedmont Back, Brusdar Graterol Rookie Piedmont Back, Zac Gallen Rookie, Jesús Luzardo Rookie, Brandon Belt, José Abreu, Shane Bieber, Aaron Judge, José Berríos, Max Muncy.

Grade: C-

We have big issues with Series 2. First, there is no visible difference in the boxes of Series 1 and Series 2. This is a huge issue if one becomes more popular than the other. Hopefully with the subsequent series they will differentiate the boxes.

Also, we got lucky and pulled the Sovereign Back of Mike Soroka. However, when you look at the back it clearly says “1st Series” on the back. Check out this picture of the back.

Despite the issues with differentiating the first two series and the possible error on the back of the parallel we pulled, the player selection on the 2nd Series led to a much more fun break. The legend cards just look awesome, especially the Sandy Koufax we pulled. The rookies also are very strong. We think this Series also benefits from the general lowering of expectations collectors had after receiving Series 1.

We’re excited for Series 3, which appears to be almost entirely prospect driven. It’s on sale on Topps website for the next 5 days. It will be interesting to see what the print run for that series is.

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