The absence of baseball and the closure of printing factories has left collectors clamoring for new baseball cards to collect, trade, and flip on eBay but nobody could have predicted the success of Project 2020 when the series premiered with a Ben Baller recreation of Ichiro’s 2001 Topps card.

Since the product’s launch, sales have been steady and sometimes staggering. Not only does Baller have the distinction of creating the first card on the checklist, he has created the first juggernaut card of the set with #51, Mike Trout. The Trout card was the first of the series to sell more than 30,000 copies and only the second to sell more than 10,000 (the first was also a Trout card).

You can find a complete checklist for the set on our Project 2020 page but this guide will focus solely on Ben Baller created cards. Clicking a link within this page may direct you to an affiliate retailer or to relevant eBay listings for that card.

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.

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Project 2020 #1 - Ichiro

Print Run: 1,334
Release Rank: #1
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
The entire 400 card checklist began with this card by Baller. For the first few weeks of Project 2020, the 1,334 print run of this card appeared to be fairly average but in the months since the series began, the card has become one of the lowest print runs of the entire checklist.



Project 2020 #23 - Frank Thomas

Print Run: 2,836
Release Rank: #2
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
Baller’s second card replaced Ichiro as his best seller and sold enough copies to become the second best seller of the set to date. His previous card had dropped from first place to 15th by the time of this card’s release.



Project 2020 #51 - Mike Trout

Print Run: 34,950
Release Rank: #1
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
This was the card that changed the trajectory of Project 2020. It was the second card to break the 10,000 print run threshold (Andrew Thiele’s Trout was the first), and the first to break 20,000 and 30,000. It was, obviously, Baller’s best seller to date having sold over eight times his previous cards combined!



Project 2020 #71 - Rickey Henderson

Print Run: 15,741
Release Rank: #3
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #2
Artist Final Rank: TBD
Baller’s fourth release, Rickey Henderson (#71), became the third highest selling card of the series at the time of release, the highest non-Trout card, and the third to sell over 15,000 units. At this point of the series, Ben Baller cards accounted for nearly 20% of the print run despite only making up 5% of the cards offered to date.



Project 2020 #86 - Dwight Gooden

Print Run: 25,928
Release Rank: #3
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #2
Artist Final Rank: TBD
At this point in the series, print runs are regularly exceeding 5,000 cards. In fact, over 1/3 of the set’s cards had print runs over 5,000 and the ten cards that preceded #86 averaged over 14,500 card print runs. Baller’s Gooden card was the highest ranking non-Trout release and was the artists’ third entry into the top 10 overall.



Project 2020 #109 - Cal Ripken Jr

Print Run: 36,466
Release Rank: #8
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
Print runs had skyrocketed after Keith Shore’s Griffey (#88) card sold nearly 100,000 copies and Baller’s Ripken would rank at 8th upon release despite being his best selling card. At this point, Baller has dropped to only two cards in the top 10 with his Trout card barely staying on the list.



Project 2020 #132 - Derek Jeter

Print Run: 64,088
Release Rank: #4
Final Rank: TBD
Artist Release Rank: #1
Artist Final Rank: TBD
By the time of this Jeter card (#132), the bubble had burst and print runs were returning to Earth. The 15 cards preceding this release had print runs averaging just over 8,000, a far cry from the 30,600 averages following Shore’s Griffey card. This card, however, came with a chance to win a 1/1 diamond chain designed by the artist. The chance at this prize was enough to boost sales and rank this Jeter as the 4th best selling card to date. Baller had now designed four of the top 15 cards (no other artist appears in the top 15 more than once) and was responsible for 12% of the total series print run with only 5% of the set’s designs.



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.


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