Andrew Thiele has been one of the most consistent participants with Project 2020 in terms of quality and collector popularity. His designs are striking and worthy of canvases much larger than a baseball card can provide and his print runs regularly meet or exceed set averages. In fact, Thiele has been the first or second artist to break major print run milestones.

This guide will track all of Andrew Thiele’s releases and also provide sales rankings for each card released. Release ranks are simply where the card fell in order of print run at the time of the card’s release where final ranks are based on the completed set. Artist ranks are for the individual artists’ 20 cards. Clicking on a link within this guide will direct you to an affiliate retailer or to relevant eBay listings for that card.

Project 2020 #15 - Willie Mays

Print Run: 1,464
Release Rank: #6
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
Thiele’s first card in the series was his Willie Mays (#15) which sold 1,494 copies and ranked as the sixth best selling card to date. This was also the first Mays card to appear in the set.



Project 2020 #35 - Mike Trout

Print Run: 13,200
Release Rank: #1
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
This card was the second Mike Trout (#35) card included in the set and it sold 13,200 copies, becoming the first card in the set to break the 10,000 threshold. It would remain the best selling card of the set until the release of Ben Baller’s Trout card (#51).



Project 2020 #49 - Sandy Koufax

Print Run: 2,149
Release Rank: #19
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #2
Artist Final Rank: TBD
The 2,149 print run of Sandy Koufax (#49) may appear to be a disappointment following the success of the preceding Trout card but the ten cards released prior to Koufax averaged print runs of 2,123. It wasn’t until two cards later, as stated above, that this collection’s demand began to skyrocket.



Project 2020 #67 - Nolan Ryan

Print Run: 7,383
Release Rank: #7
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #2
Artist Final Rank: TBD
By the time of his Nolan Ryan (#67) release, Project 2020 cards were picking up traction and print runs were steadily increasing. That said, his Ryan card, with a print run of 7,383, was the seventh best seller to that point and fourth best seller not featuring Mike Trout.



Project 2020 #82 - Derek Jeter

Print Run: 20,974
Release Rank: #2
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
Derek Jeter (#82) was, to date, Thiele’s best selling card with a print run of 20,974. It was also the second best seller of the set upon release and the second to break the 20,000 print run threshold. At this point in the series, Andrew Thiele had three cards in the top 20 including the top Jeter and Nolan Ryan cards.



Project 2020 #97 - Mark McGwire

Print Run: 19,894
Release Rank: #15
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #2
Artist Final Rank: TBD
Between the release of his Jeter card (#82) and this McGwire card, Project 2020 exploded in a way nobody expected. Keith Shore sold 99,177 of his Griffey card and the average print run between Thiele cards had jumped up to 38,400 where the average between his two preceding cards was only 10,140. McGwire was the first card to sell below 20,000 cards since Ermsy’s Gibson (#84) but still sold enough to rank as the 15th best selling card to date and was Thiele’s second best selling card upon release.



Project 2020 #118 - Don Mattingly

Print Run: 8,469
Release Rank: #49
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #4
Artist Final Rank: TBD
When Thiele’s Mattingly card was released, sales for Project 2020 had begun to dip and secondary market value was experiencing a major market correction. Print runs were beginning to vary wildly following Keith Shore’s 99,000+ selling Griffey (#88) and this card would be Thiele’s first card to not claim the first or second artist ranking upon release.



Topps Project 2020 cards are available for 48 hours exclusively through the Topps website. Final print runs are determined by consumer demand within that 48 hour window.