Franco Mania in 2022 Topps Series 1

Card Ladder
Feb 22, 20223 min read

With the baseball market heating up and spring approaching, it is the Topps Series 1 time of the year. The headlining rookie is Wander Franco, who had a sensational 2021 season. This blog will be giving you the rundown on all you need to know about Wander Franco's first official true flagship rookie card

Card number #215 in 2022 Topps Series 1 is the flagship Wander Franco rookie, this card comes in a plethora of parallels:

  • Gold Foil - 1:2 packs (Jumbo)
  • Royal Blue - 1:10 packs (Retail)
  • Rainbow Foil - 1:10 packs
  • Gold - #/2,022
  • Green Foilboard - #/499
  • Advanced Stats - #/300
  • Orange Foilboard - #/299
  • Red Foilboard - #/199
  • Vintage Stock - #/99
  • Independence Day - #/76
  • Black - #/71 (Hobby/Jumbo)
  • Mother’s Day Hot Pink - #/50
  • Father’s Day Powder Blue - #/50
  • Memorial Day Camo - #/25
  • Platinum - 1/1
  • Printing Plates - 1/1

While the #215 base can be found for around $10 on eBay while the pop 1 PSA 10 sold for a silly $2,075. With a mass amount of this product made, expect the base raw to stay around the $5-15 range for the time being. As far as graded copies of this card go, I think it is safe to say we have a Mac Jones Donruss PSA 10 situation on our hands.

In under 1 month, the Mac Jones 2021 Donruss PSA 10 went from over $3,000 to $250. These are very similar cards for one and even the argument can be made that the Jones Donruss is more rare (subjective). Now with PSA having a readily available $40 submission level for group submitters and $50 for the average joe, expect to see thousands of these in slabs by the end of Q3.

Short Prints (SP and SSP)

While many have pointed out and rightfully so that the print run of 2022 Series 1 are absurd. The short print and the super short print always have and will continue to offer a nice alternative to the standard flagship base.

The chart above are the per pack odds of pulling a short print and or parallel. With the standard 24 pack per box configuration with 12 boxes a case, that adds up to a total of 288 packs per case. Needless to say now more than ever the odds are against you across the board. To simply put it, in 2019 golds were 4 per box/48 per case on average while in 2022 you are looking at an average of a gold just about every other box.