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Topps Living Baseball First 99 Stats

The ever-growing and never-ending Topps Living Baseball set has officially released 99 cards we have compiled some interesting stats for collectors.

In total, there were 716,442 cards printed. Every team is represented by at least one card with nine teams -- Dodgers (7), Yankees (6), Red Sox (6), Braves (5), Nationals (5), Phillies (5), Athletics (5), Mets (5), and Cubs (5) -- having five or more cards in the set.

The Tigers and the Diamondbacks are the only teams to have only one card issued with both of those cards being released during the first few weeks of the collection's release schedule.

The average card print run is 7,237 and only six teams -- Braves (15,800), Angels (15,184), Yankees (13,283), Nationals (11,010), and Pirates (7,430) -- have higher per-card averages than the set average.

There have been 28 rookie cards issued in the series with the Phillies and Cardinals tied for the most with three each. 11 teams do not have rookie cards in their checklist as of yet.

A full checklist and image gallery can be found by clicking on the tabs at the top of this article.

Top 5 Selling Teams

The top five selling teams all have at least one rookie card on their checklist. The Dodgers and Red Sox were boosted by veterans Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams to make this list. Both teams have an average per card rate below the set average and below several teams who rank below them in total sales.

1 - Yankees - 79,703
2 - Braves - 79,004
3 - Nationals - 55,054
4 - Dodgers - 46,320
5 - Red Sox - 38,682

Bottom 5 Selling Teams

Not surprisingly, the five worst selling teams in the set to this point all have average per card rates significantly lower than the set average. The Tigers and Diamondbacks have only one card in the set and only the Giants and Rays have rookie cards.

1 - Tigers - 3,639
2 - Diamondbacks - 4,221
3 - Giants - 9,448
4 - Rays - 9,503
5 - Rangers - 10,215

Top 5 Selling Cards

It won't come as a surprise to collectors that the top five selling cards in this set all belong to the biggest rookies in the game. What might surprise folks is that Ohtani does not appear in the top spot.

1 - Ronald Acuna Jr - 46,809
2 - Juan Soto - 28,572
3 - Gleyber Torres - 28,550
4 - Shohei Ohtani - 20,966
5 - Ozzie Albies - 14,036

Bottom 5 Selling Cards

Sales for the first 99 cards in this collection have been so good that the bottom five selling cards would still rank highly among any other on-demand collection.

1 - Nick Markakis - 2,678
2 - Ian Happ - 3,042
3 - Nicholas Castellanos - 3,639
4 - Joe Panik - 3,650
5 - Russell Martin - 3,953

First Player with Duplicate Card

One of the most anticipated trades of the 2018 season was that of Manny Machado. Machado, who began the season with the struggling Orioles, was traded to the Dodgers as they were in the thick of their division run.

The Living Set won't repeat players in the same uniform but Machado was the first to appear twice on the checklist -- once with the Orioles (37) and once with the Dodgers (88). Among the first 99 cards issued, Machado is the sole repeat player.

Card 100 of the Topps Living set is of Babe Ruth and will surely drive up Yankees numbers for the next 99 cards. Follow this hub and keep up to date with new additions and new stats as this set continues to grow.

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