2022 Topps Finest: Is This Long-Delayed Release Worth The Wait?

A Full 2022 Topps Finest Checklist

Topps Finest is a high chrome, highly stylized set with lots of parallels, flash inserts, and autographs. The release was delayed more than six months but is now ready to hit shelves.

What exactly will collectors find in 2022 Topps Finest? Let’s explore!

2022 Topps Finest release format and release date

The 2022 Topps Finest release date is set for January 18, 2023 (subject to change). The original release date was way back in June, so this one has been a wait for fans of the product.

Hobby packs contain 5 cards each. There are 12 packs per hobby box, which is split into two mini boxes. There are 8 mini boxes per case.

Each mini-box contains one autograph, meaning there are two autographs per hobby box. Hobby boxes are pre-selling for around $220 to $250.

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2022 Topps Finest base set, short prints, and variations

The 2002 Topps Finest offers a 100-card base set. With a smaller checklist, you can expect a focus on stars and well-known players, plus some of the bigger-name rookies.

The design features a lot of chromium and some loud background designs. Finest fans will likely enjoy the design, although it may not be every vintage collector’s cup of tea.

Cards 101-125 are Extended Series Short Prints. These offer a more difficult pull than the base cards, although exact seeding odds aren’t currently available. Parallels include Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

Adding another search element to select rookies is the Finest Rookies Design Variations. Seeded 1:24 packs, as the name suggests these offer a different image than the base version of the card. Parallels include Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors.

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Oneil Cruz 2022 Topps Finest

2022 Topps Finest Baseball parallels

As with prior years, 2022 Topps Finest brings the parallels, with great varieties. Calling these a rainbow is an understatement. It’s like two rainbows combined, plus some.

Parallels include:

Refractors – 1:3 packs

Sky Blue Refractors – /300

Purple Refractors – /250

Blue/Aqua Vapor Refractors – /250

Aqua Refractors – /199

Aqua Shimmer Refractors – /175

Blue Refractors – /150

Green Speckle Refractors – /125

Green Refractors – /99

Lava Green Refractors – /99

Rose Gold Refractors – /75

Gold Refractors – /50

Rose Gold Mini Diamond Refractors – /50

Orange Refractors – /25

Red/Black Vapor Refractors – /10

Red Refractors – /5

Purple/Pink Vapor Refractors – /3

Superfractors – 1/1

Fernando Tatis 2022 Topps Finest

2022 Topps Finest Baseball inserts

The 2022 Topps Finest product includes three insert sets. These up the design and the chrome a bit, making them quite striking.

Each insert set has parallel versions that include Gold Refractor (/50), Red Refractor (/5) and Superfractor (1/1).

Aura of Excellence are seeded 1:6 packs and feature a funky sound wave-inspired design. The checklist features a mix of current stars, rookies, and retired icons.

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Aaron Judge 2022 Topps Finest Aura

1994 Topps Finest Cornerstones pay homage to the original Cornerstones insert set from the 1994-95 Finest Basketball. Seeded 1:4 packs, this checklist features current players.

Mookie Betts 2022 Topps Finest

Finest Career Die-Cut Career Years are a tough pull at 1:48 packs. These feature a standout season for one of the greats of the game.

Topps Finest 2022 autographs

Autographs are a big part of the 2022 Topps Finest offering, bringing some ink to the chrome.

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Finest Autographs share the base set design

Parallels include:

Blue Refractors – /150

Green Refractors – /99

Green Wave Refractors – /99

Gold Refractors – /50

Orange Refractors – /25

Orange Wave Refractors – /25

Red Refractors – /5

Red Wave Refractors – /5

Superfractors – 1/1

Wander Franco 2022 Topps Finest auto

Finest Rookies Design Variation Autographs share the design and alternate images of the Finest Rookies Design Variations.

Parallels include:

Blue Refractors – /150

Green Refractors – /99

Green Wave Refractors – /99

Gold Refractors – /50

Orange Refractors – /25

Orange Wave Refractors – /25

Red Refractors – /5

Red Wave Refractors – /5

Superfractors – 1/1

Finest Moments Autographs feature a career highlight or milestone for the featured player. Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) parallels are also available.

Aura of Excellence Autographs are autographed versions of the Aura of Excellence insert. The quantities of each card vary. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

1994 Topps Finest Cornerstones Autographs bring ink to the 1994 Topps Finest Cornerstone insert. The quantities of each card vary. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

Finest Career Die-Cut Career Years Autographs are again autographed versions of the Die Cut Career Years insert set. These are tough pulls, limited to only 10 copies each.

Mike Trout 2022 Topps FInest

Finest Originals Buyback Autographs are buyback copies of original Topps Finest cards signed by the featured players. Finest Mystery Redemption are limited to 99 copies each, and we won’t know who the player signing the autograph will be until Topps announces it.

2022 Topps Finest Baseball value

2022 Topps Finest hobby boxes are pre-selling for around $220 to 250. How does that compare to the going rate for prior years?

Based on these rates, it appears that Topps Finest may not be the best “buy and hold” candidate. If you’re going to buy one of these boxes, it’s best to open it, hope for a big hit, and if you don’t get one, just revel in all the chromium goodness.

Final thoughts on 2022 Topps Finest Baseball

There’s a lot to like in 2022 Topps Finest. Was it worth the wait? While there are some interesting parallels, inserts, and autographs, the high price tag does make the long-term buy-and-hold value questionable.

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2022 Topps Finest Checklist

1 Fernando Tatis Jr.
2 Wander Franco (RC)
3 Vidal Brujan RC
4 Shane Baz RC
5 Josh Lowe RC
6 Matt Manning RC
7 Jake Burger RC
8 Gavin Sheets RC
9 Jeremy Pena RC
10 Jarren Duran RC
11 Brandon Marsh RC
12 George Kirby RC
13 Bryson Stott RC
14 Jose Siri RC
15 Jose Miranda RC
16 Oneil Cruz RC
17 Roansy Contreras RC
18 Seth Beer RC
19 Joe Ryan RC
20 Ryan Vilade RC
21 Edward Cabrera RC
22 MacKenzie Gore RC
23 Julio Rodriguez (RC)
24 Bryan De La Cruz RC
25 Josiah Gray RC
26 Reid Detmers RC
27 Mike Trout
28 Shohei Ohtani
29 Ketel Marte
30 Steven Kwan RC
31 Ronald Acuña Jr.
32 Ozzie Albies
33 Nick Allen RC
34 Freddie Freeman
35 Cedric Mullins
36 Ryan Mountcastle
37 Xander Bogaerts
38 Rafael Devers
39 CJ Abrams RC
40 Willson Contreras
41 Seiya Suzuki RC
42 Luis Robert
43 Alek Thomas RC
44 Jose Abreu
45 Kevin Smith RC
46 Joey Votto
47 Jonathan India
48 Jose Ramirez
49 Shane Bieber
50 Trevor Story
51 Charlie Blackmon
52 Miguel Cabrera
53 Javier Baez
54 Jose Altuve
55 Carlos Correa
56 Yordan Alvarez
57 MJ Melendez RC
58 Salvador Perez
59 Mookie Betts
60 Nick Lodolo RC
61 Clayton Kershaw
62 Bobby Witt Jr. (RC)
63 Trea Turner
64 Jazz Chisholm Jr.
65 Trevor Rogers
66 Christian Yelich
67 Corbin Burnes
68 Byron Buxton
69 Hunter Greene RC
70 Jacob deGrom
71 Max Scherzer
72 Pete Alonso
73 Francisco Lindor
74 Aaron Judge
75 Gerrit Cole
76 Giancarlo Stanton
77 Matt Olson
78 Matt Chapman
79 Bryce Harper
80 Andrew McCutchen
81 Ke’Bryan Hayes
82 Heliot Ramos RC
83 Manny Machado
84 Spencer Torkelson (RC)
85 Brandon Crawford
86 Kris Bryant
87 Royce Lewis RC
88 Robbie Ray
89 Nolan Arenado
90 Yadier Molina
91 Paul Goldschmidt
92 Randy Arozarena
93 Elehuris Montero RC
94 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
95 Bo Bichette
96 George Springer
97 Corey Seager
98 Marcus Semien
99 Juan Soto
100 Stephen Strasburg

101 Austin Riley
102 J.D. Martinez
103 Tim Anderson
104 Nick Castellanos
105 Yoan Moncada
106 Casey Mize
107 Alex Bregman
108 Willy Adames
109 Starling Marte
110 DJ LeMahieu
111 J.T. Realmuto
112 Jake Cronenworth
113 Brandon Belt
114 Albert Pujols
115 Dylan Carlson
116 Austin Meadows
117 Kevin Gausman
118 Adolis Garcia
119 Justin Turner
120 Justin Verlander
121 Yu Darvish
122 Tyler O’Neill
123 Franmil Reyes
124 Max Muncy
125 Gleyber Torres

Finest Autographs

FA-AA Aaron Ashby
FA-AB Alex Bregman
FA-AD Andre Jackson
FA-AJ Aaron Judge
FA-AJO Andruw Jones
FA-AL Alejo Lopez
FA-AM Austin Meadows
FA-AR Aramis Ramirez
FA-BD Bryan De La Cruz
FA-BM Brandon Marsh
FA-BP Buster Posey
FA-BW Bobby Witt Jr.
FA-CA CJ Abrams
FA-CH Chas McCormick
FA-CM Cedric Mullins
FA-CR Cal Raleigh
FA-CW Connor Wong
FA-CWE Colton Welker
FA-DE Drew Ellis
FA-EJ Eloy Jimenez
FA-EL Eli Morgan
FA-GE George Springer
FA-GS Gavin Sheets
FA-HG Hunter Greene
FA-HP Hoy Park
FA-I Ichiro
FA-IC Ivan Castillo
FA-JA Jose Altuve
FA-JAB Jose Abreu
FA-JB Jake Burger
FA-JCA Joe Carter
FA-JD Jarren Duran
FA-JE Jake Meyers
FA-JG Josiah Gray
FA-JI Jonathan India
FA-JK Jackson Kowar
FA-JL Josh Lowe
FA-JM J.D. Martinez
FA-JR Jose Ramirez
FA-JRO Julio Rodriguez
FA-JS Juan Soto
FA-JV Joey Votto
FA-JW Jared Walsh
FA-JWI Jesse Winker
FA-KM Ketel Marte
FA-KS Kyle Seager
FA-LU Luis Gil
FA-LW Luke Williams
FA-MC Miguel Cabrera
FA-MD Marcos Diplan
FA-MG MacKenzie Gore
FA-MM Max Muncy
FA-MMA Matt Manning
FA-MMU Mark Mulder
FA-MO Matt Olson
FA-MR Mariano Rivera
FA-MS Marcus Semien
FA-MT Mike Trout
FA-MV Matt Vierling
FA-OC Oneil Cruz
FA-OL Otto Lopez
FA-PA Pete Alonso
FA-PG Paul Goldschmidt
FA-RA Ronald Acuña Jr.
FA-RAD Riley Adams
FA-RDA Ronnie Dawson
FA-RE Reid Detmers
FA-RL Royce Lewis
FA-SO Shohei Ohtani
FA-ST Spencer Torkelson
FA-SW Spenser Watkins
FA-TA Tim Anderson
FA-TAC Trey Amburgey
FA-TM Tylor Megill
FA-TO Tony Santillan
FA-TS Ted Simmons
FA-TY Tyler Gilbert
FA-VB Vidal Brujan
FA-VG Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
FA-WF Wander Franco
FA-WM Whit Merrifield
FA-ZS Zack Short

Finest Rookie Design Variations 

FRDA-CR Cal Raleigh
FRDA-JB Jake Burger
FRDA-JK Jackson Kowar
FRDA-LG Luis Gil
FRDA-MM Matt Manning
FRDA-OC Oneil Cruz
FRDA-SB Shane Baz
FRDA-TA Trey Amburgey
FRDA-VB Vidal Brujan
FRDA-WF Wander Franco

Aura of Excellence Autographs

AEA-AB Adrian Beltre
AEA-BM Brandon Marsh
AEA-CH Christian Yelich
AEA-CY Carl Yastrzemski
AEA-DP Dustin Pedroia
AEA-EM Eddie Murray
AEA-GS George Springer
AEA-IR Ivan Rodriguez
AEA-JR Jose Ramirez
AEA-JS Juan Soto
AEA-OS Ozzie Smith
AEA-PA Pete Alonso
AEA-PM Paul Molitor
AEA-SC Steve Carlton
AEA-VG Vladimir Guerrero
AEA-WB Walker Buehler
AEA-WF Wander Franco

1994 Finest Cornerstones Autographs

94C-AM Austin Meadows
94C-BB Byron Buxton
94C-EJ Eloy Jimenez
94C-GS George Springer
94C-JA Jose Altuve
94C-JR Jose Ramirez
94C-JV Joey Votto
94C-MC Miguel Cabrera
94C-MO Matt Olson
94C-PA Pete Alonso
94C-RD Rafael Devers
94C-TA Tim Anderson
94C-VG Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
94C-WB Walker Buehler
94C-WM Whit Merrifield
94C-YA Yordan Alvarez

Finest Career Die-Cut Autographs

CYA-BH Bryce Harper
CYA-CY Carl Yastrzemski
CYA-CYL Christian Yelich
CYA-DG Dwight Gooden
CYA-GM Greg Maddux
CYA-JM Joe Mauer
CYA-JO Jose Abreu
CYA-MC Miguel Cabrera
CYA-MM Mark McGwire
CYA-MT Mike Trout
CYA-PM Pedro Martinez
CYA-RJ Randy Johnson

Finest Moments Autographs

FMA-AJ Andruw Jones
FMA-BL Barry Larkin
FMA-BM Bill Mazeroski
FMA-CF Carlton Fisk
FMA-DJ Derek Jeter
FMA-DO David Ortiz
FMA-DP Dustin Pedroia
FMA-ED Edgar Martinez
FMA-EM Eddie Murray
FMA-FF Freddie Freeman
FMA-FJ Fergie Jenkins
FMA-GG Goose Gossage
FMA-HM Hideki Matsui
FMA-JC Joe Carter
FMA-JM John Means
FMA-JS Juan Soto
FMA-LS Lee Smith
FMA-MB Mark Buehrle
FMA-MC Miguel Cabrera
FMA-MM Max Muncy
FMA-MR Mariano Rivera
FMA-MS Mike Schmidt
FMA-OS Ozzie Smith
FMA-PA Pete Alonso
FMA-PM Paul Molitor
FMA-RA Randy Arozarena
FMA-TH Torii Hunter

Finest Originals Buyback Autographs

Barry Zito
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Delgado
Dustin Pedroia
Greg Maddux
Jorge Posada
Mariano Rivera
Mark McGwire
Randy Johnson
Tom Glavine

Aura of Excellence

AE-AB Adrian Beltre
AE-AD Andre Dawson
AE-AJ Aaron Judge
AE-BM Brandon Marsh
AE-CY Carl Yastrzemski
AE-DP Dustin Pedroia
AE-EM Eddie Murray
AE-IR Ivan Rodriguez
AE-JD Jarren Duran
AE-JMA Joe Mauer
AE-JR Jose Ramirez
AE-JS Juan Soto
AE-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
AE-OC Oneil Cruz
AE-OS Ozzie Smith
AE-PA Pete Alonso
AE-SC Steve Carlton
AE-VG Vladimir Guerrero
AE-WB Walker Buehler
AE-WF Wander Franco

Finest Career Die-Cuts

FCY-BH Bryce Harper
FCY-CY Carl Yastrzemski
FCY-DG Dwight Gooden
FCY-HA Hank Aaron
FCY-JR Jackie Robinson
FCY-MM Mark McGwire
FCY-MT Mike Trout
FCY-RM Roger Maris
FCY-SP Salvador Perez
FCY-TW Ted Williams

Finest Rookie Design Variations

FRD-BM Brandon Marsh
FRD-BS Bryson Stott
FRD-BW Bobby Witt Jr.
FRD-CA CJ Abrams
FRD-GS Gavin Sheets
FRD-HG Hunter Greene
FRD-JB Jake Burger
FRD-JD Jarren Duran
FRD-JG Josiah Gray
FRD-JK Jackson Kowar
FRD-JR Julio Rodriguez
FRD-LG Luis Gil
FRD-MM Matt Manning
FRD-NL Nick Lodolo
FRD-OC Oneil Cruz
FRD-SB Shane Baz
FRD-SS Seiya Suzuki
FRD-ST Spencer Torkelson
FRD-VB Vidal Brujan
FRD-WF Wander Franco

1994 Finest Cornerstones

94FC-AM Austin Meadows
94FC-BB Byron Buxton
94FC-BC Brandon Crawford
94FC-EJ Eloy Jimenez
94FC-FF Freddie Freeman
94FC-GS George Springer
94FC-JA Jose Altuve
94FC-JD Jacob deGrom
94FC-JH Josh Hader
94FC-JM J.D. Martinez
94FC-JR Jose Ramirez
94FC-JS Juan Soto
94FC-JV Joey Votto
94FC-MB Mookie Betts
94FC-MC Miguel Cabrera
94FC-MO Matt Olson
94FC-NA Nolan Arenado
94FC-PA Pete Alonso
94FC-RD Rafael Devers
94FC-SO Shohei Ohtani
94FC-SP Salvador Perez
94FC-TA Tim Anderson
94FC-VG Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
94FC-WB Walker Buehler
94FC-YA Yordan Alvarez

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