Baseball Living Set #297

The checklist for Topps Baseball Living Set has finally reached the 300 mark and as we did for the first two centennials (Living Set first 100, Living Set first 200), it is time to take a look at the sales stats for the set thus far.

The total print run for the first 300 cards has now reached 1,423,717 total cards. Print runs have increased at a much slower pace thanks to Topps shifting from a three card weekly release to only two cards a week.

Card #297 (Luis Robert, RC) was the best selling card since #200 with a print run of 8,539 which ranks 25th on the overall list.

The average print run per card is 4,745 cards. The total of rookie cards increased from 54 to 83 and only two teams represented on this checklist are without rookie cards; the Expos, obviously, and the Texas Rangers. The Braves and Padres are tied for most rookie cards with six cards each.

The Angels have an average print run of 8,282 which ranks first among all the teams. The Braves previously held this record with an average run of 11,209 but they have dropped to third on the list with a new average print run of 7,633.

Top 5 Selling Teams
Sales for cards 201-300 only changed the top 5 selling teams by one team. The Phillies fell off the list (now ranked 6th) and were replaced by the Dodgers who have a lower per-card average but have sold 1,987 more cards overall.
1-200
1 – Yankees (114,978)
2 – Braves (89,671)
3 – Nationals (70,410)
4 – Angels (62,012)
5 – Phillies (56,841)
1-300
1 – Yankees (131,367)
2 – Braves (106,864)
3 – Nationals (77,172)
4 – Angels (66,258)
5 – Dodgers (63,090)
Bottom 5 Selling Teams
Three teams fell off the bottom five for this round but all of the previous bottom five teams remained in the bottom 10 with the Giants making the biggest leap to #9.
1-200
1 – Royals (17,488)
2 – Diamondbacks (17,630)
3 – Marlins (18,591)
4 – Giants (19,614)
5 – Twins (21,007)
1-300
1 – Expos (5,598)
2 – Brewers (23,719)
3 – Diamondbacks (24,363)
4 – Rangers (27,334)
5 – Royals (27,453)
Top 5 Selling Cards
With total sales skewing down in general, the top five most sold cards are exactly the same as they were for our previous update. Only six of the cards released between 201-300 are in the top 100 sellers.
1-200
1 – Ronald Acuna Jr.(46,809)
2 – Juan Soto (28,572)
3 – Gleyber Torres (28,550)
4 – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27,749)
5 – Mike Trout (22,017)
1-300
1 – Ronald Acuna Jr. (46,809)
2 – Juan Soto (28,572)
3 – Gleyber Torres (28,550)
4 – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27,749)
5 – Mike Trout (22,017)
Bottom 5 Selling Cards
Unlike the Top 5 list, which went unchanged over the course of 100 releases, the Bottom 5 is completely new. In fact, 61 of the 100 cards released since our last update sold less than than the previous worst seller.
1-200
1 – Wade Davis (2,605)
2 – Howie Kendrick (2,633)
3 – Nick Markakis (2,678)
4 – Shin-Soo Choo (2,737)
5 – Justin Turner (2,762)
1-300
1 – Kenley Jansen (1,729)
2 – Lucas Giolito (1,751)
3 – David Fletcher (1,920)
4 – Mike Minor (1,961)
5 – Kirby Yates (1,967)