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2004 Upper Deck Play Ball is a 233-card set. The first 183 cards were issued in the Play Ball product in April, 2004. The set consists of two serial-numbered subsets: Rookie Portfolio (Cards #133-#162) and Classic Combos (#163-#183). Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield four serial-numbered cards, one die-cut card, eight parallels, two game-used memorabilia cards, and one autograph.
The last 50 cards in the set (cards #184-#233) are known as the Update Series and were distributed exclusively as a factory set inside Hobby boxes of 2004 Upper Deck Series Two. Each Series Two Hobby box came with an unmarked and shrink-wrapped Update Set box from one of four possible 2004 Upper Deck early-season products: Vintage, Play Ball, Reflections and SP Game Used Patch. Collectors had to break the shrink wrap to figure out which set they received. The odds of finding the Play Ball Update set were 1:4/sets.
The 1:6 Blue inserts utilize alternate player images than the base cards and numbered parallels. The "Red" die-cut parallel, numbered to /175, actually features Gray/Silver frames.
Previous Sets of the Month1998 Stadium Club - 2012 Topps Heritage - 1983 Topps Traded - 1990 K-Mart - 1993 Finest - 1999 SP Signature Edition - 2002 Topps Archives - 1987 Donruss The Rookies - 2002 Topps American Pie - 1994 Flair - 2004 SPx - 1998 Topps Stars - 2003 Flair - 2012 Topps Heritage - 2000 Black Diamond Rookie Edition - 2004 Skybox LE - 2005 Topps Pristine Legends
2022 Topps Tier One was released July 27th. As usual, all cards are either autographs or relics and there is no base set in the traditional sense. Each three-card box will contain two autographs and a relic.
2022 Topps Pristine is a 300-card set released July 13th. This is the first Pristine set since 2005, and like the Pristine products of the mid-2000s, each 10-card pack has three mini packs. One mini pack will contain seven base cards/Refractors, the second will have either two inserts or an Autographed Relic, while the third will yield an encased card.
2022 Topps Definitive Collection was released July 6th. An all "hit" product, each eight-card box will yield six on-card autographs and two Relics.
2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary is a 700-card set, released June 29th, 2022 -- nine months late. All cards are on chrome stock and are done in the style of the 1952 Topps set.
Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield one autograph and seven Refractors.
Each 12-pack Hobby box will yield three Prizm parallels, five inserts, two autographs, and two game-used cards.
2022 Absolute is a 162-card set released by Panini June 10th.
Each ten-card Hobby pack will yield one memorabilia card and an autograph.
2022 Topps Gypsy Queen is a 320-card set released May 18th. Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield two autographs.
2022 Diamond Kings was released by Panini May 11th. The base set is 200 cards with the last 100 short-printed. Each 12-pack Hobby box will yield 12 inserts, three parallels, one game-used memorabilia card, and an autograph.
2022 Topps Sterling was released May 18th. Each two-card box contains two autographed game-used cards serial-numbered to 25 copies or less with every fourth box yielding a one-of-one.
We estimate that 470 cases were produced, a slight decrease from the previous year's product.
2022 Topps Tribute was released May 11th. As usual, each three-card pack will include either an autograph or a Relic with half of packs yielding a Relic and half either an autograph or an autographed Relic. Two of the Relics in each Hobby box will be multi-swatch.
2022 Bowman is a 100-card set, supplemented by a 150-card Prospects set, released May 4th. Each Hobby box will yield one autograph and 18 inserts. Hobby Jumbo boxes will contain three autographs and 12 inserts.
2022 Donruss is a 280-card set released by Panini America on April 29th. Each Hobby box will yield two autographs and a game-used card.
2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks is a 220-card set scheduled for release April 22nd, 2022. The product was delayed from it's original street date of October 2021 due to COVID-19 production issues.
Each eight card pack will yield one Silver Prizm, one insert, and one autograph.
2021 Topps Big League is a 300-card set released April 20th, 2022 -- ten months behind schedule. Like the the previous year's product, it is targeted toward young collectors.
2022 Topps Inception is a 100-card set released exclusively to Hobby outlets on March 30th. Each seven-card box will contain four base cards, two parallels, and an autograph.
2022 Topps Heritage is a 725-card set released in two series. The first 500 cards were released as part of the Heritage Series on March 11th. In keeping with the brand's aesthetic, the design is based on the 1973 Topps set. Each Hobby box will, as usual, yield a relic, an autograph or an autographed relic.
2022 Topps Opening Day was released March 9th. As usual, the base set is a rehash of 220 cards from the Topps flagship. Each pack will yield one insert -- which are original to the product.
2022 Topps is a 660-card set released in two equal series of 330 cards. Series One was issued the week of February 9th. As usual, each 24-pack Hobby box will yield either an autograph or a Relic card while Hobby-exclusive jumbo boxes will yield an autograph, a game-used Relic, and a manufactured "relic."
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