The Topps Project 2020 release is generating considerable buzz and conversation among collectors and Fucci is at the center of many debates. While collectors will argue over the quality of each of these cards — art being subjective as it is — the debate around Fucci’s releases is more focused on the actual inspiration itself.
The idea behind Project 2020 is that 20 different artists would be given the same stack of 20 iconic Topps cards and tasked with recreating those cards in their known styles. Fucci achieved this with his first release — Cal Ripken Jr. card number 5 — having turned in a design that highlights his style while maintaining the cornerstone touches that make the source material identifiable. His second card — Ted Williams number 34 — took a sharp turn away from the source material and instead seems to be a stylized recreation of 1959 Fleer, 1976 Topps Sporting News or 1989 Swell Baseball Greats.
Then came The Trout. Trout’s 2011 Topps Update rookie card is iconic, hence its inclusion in this set, but Fucci again deviated from the intent of this collection and turned in a card that could be inspired by 2012 Bowman Sterling rookie autograph or 2012 Topps “Future Stars” which used the same image. The point is, it wasn’t the iconic card that collectors were looking for.
When called out on social media about the card, a somewhat heated exchange resulted in “then don’t buy it” from the artist. While the quality of art is subjective, expectations are not and collectors who have picked up the other Trout cards are expecting another interpretation of the same card so the frustration is understandable.
Fucci’s followup to the Trout card was his Sandy Koufax (#76) card which, again, seems to be inspired by the source material in name only. Although it sold nearly 10,000 fewer cards than #63, it ranks as Fucci’s second most popular card and was the 15th best seller at time of release.
For his fifth release, Frank Thomas (#96), Fucci broke his Trout record with a print run of 22,911 cards. At the time of release it ranked as the 13th best selling card of the series and the best selling Frank Thomas card to date. This release was also a return to the set’s intentions as he created a card that was a clear representation of the source material.
This guide will track all of the releases for Project 2020 and keep track of print runs, eBay sales, and card inspirations. Clicking a link within this page may direct you to an affiliate retailer or to relevant eBay listings for that card. All sale prices listed on this guide are based on eBay listings. Items without available final prices (best offer accepted) are listed at the lowest possible price and followed by a +. Totals are updated when a new card by this artist is released into the set.
Guide Updated: May 31, 2020
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.