The collation is good, as there was no duplication. I pulled 309 of the 350 cards in the base set. The design remains the same as Series One. The one criticism I have (and it might be a quirk in the box I opened) is that there were several horizontally designed cards that were miscut. There was a white gap at the top, and on the back there was a white line there, too. While that was common during the 1960s and ’70s, a collector hardly sees miscuts any more.
There are parallels in the set, and I pulled four rainbows from the hobby box I sampled. I also pulled a hobby box exclusive black parallel of Andrew Toles, numbered to 66. Gold parallels are numbered to 2017; other parallels include Vintage Stock (numbered to 99), Mother’s Day Hot Pink (50), Father’s Day Powder Blue (50), Memorial Day (25), hobby exclusive Clear (10) and Negative, and 1/1 Platinum and Printing Plates.
MLB Network inserts also return for Series Two. There are 10 cards in the subset, and the card I pulled was of Brian Kenny. Topps Salute is a 100-card subset that returns with players grouped into four categories: Curtain Call, Legends, Spring Training and Throwback Jerseys. I pulled nine of these cards, plus a red parallel of Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin, numbered to 25.
Baseball Rookies & All-Stars is another 100-card subset and features players in the wood-grain design of the 1987 Topps set. I pulled nine from the hobby box I opened.
Finally, buybacks return with “Rediscover Topps” cards sprinkled throughout the hobby box. I pulled six of these cards, which are stamped in various colors in foil to signify their rarity. Bronze is the most common stamp, followed by silver, gold, blue and red.
As in previous years, Topps simply follows the formula that is used in Series One, introducing players who didn't make it in the first run and throwing in a few new insert sets. It's an effective strategy, and for the traditionalists who wait for Topps' flagship set every year, that consistency is a comforting thing.