Below are the top 5 cards from the 2016 Topps Baseball Card set that collectors should look to target. We have also added some extra baseball memorabilia items from 2016.
The 2016 Topps baseball set has received renewed interest among collectors. With many specialty and parallel cards in the set commanding significant prices for modern baseball cards.
Base cards in this set feature an action photo of the player on the front. With the player’s name and position listed in white font on a colored banner at the bottom, with the team’s name directly below the colored banner.
The team logo is displayed on a diagonal frame at the bottom corner of the card, sometimes on the right corner and other times on the left corner.
The rear of the card lists the player’s stats and bio information, along with a brief player summary highlighting accomplishments from the previous season.
5. 2016 Topps Chrome First Pitch (George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush) Card #FPC-19
Estimated PSA 10 Price – $50
Estimated PSA 9 Price – $20
Although it’s not nearly as valuable as the other cards on this list. The 2016 Topps First Pitch #FPC-19 is still a tremendous card to add to a collection.
While the First Pitch series in the 2016 Topps set features many famous individuals. None match former President George H. W. Bush. Who threw out the first pitch before game 3 of the 2015 ALDS between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros.
Pictured alongside his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush. The former president didn’t let his age or health prevent him from opening the pregame festivities.
Despite the fact that he was confined to a wheelchair and was wearing a neck brace due to a fall earlier that year. Bush still made the first pitch to acting catcher Jed Lowrie.
4. 2016 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Purple Refractor Corey Seager Card #RA-CS
Estimated PSA 10 Price – $800
Estimated PSA 9 Price – $150
Though often overlooked among the hierarchy of MLB stars. Corey Seager has been one of the top offensive shortstops since 2016.
If he can stay healthy, which has been his biggest obstacle in the big leagues so far. He should continue to put up impressive offensive numbers in the offensive-friendly ballpark in Texas, his new team starting in 2022.
The 2016 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Purple Refractor card featuring Seager is a limited-edition card with just 250 versions printed in total.
It contains the same basic design features as the rest of the 2016 Topps base set but displays a beautiful purple refractor background on the card’s front.
Seager’s signature is centered about two-thirds of the way down the front of the card, directly above the colored banner containing his name and position.
3. 2016 Topps Chrome Rookie Sapphire Trea Turner Card #103
Estimated PSA 10 Price – $750
Estimated PSA 9 Price – $165
The 2016 Topps Chrome Sapphire version of the #103 Trea Turner card implements the same design as the base version. Including the same close-up photo of Turner during an at-bat.
The photo perfectly captures Turner’s intense facial expression. Characteristic of MLB players when facing live pitching during a game. However, it adds a striking shiny, blue-crystal design to the top right and bottom left of the card’s front.
This card will undoubtedly increase in value since Turner is putting up offensive numbers at the shortstop position that will probably get him into the hall of fame.
At this point in his career, Turner is the 2nd best offensive shortstop in MLB behind only Fernando Tatis Jr.
2. 2016 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Purple Refractor Trea Turner Card #RA-TTU
Estimated PSA 10 Price – $800
Estimated PSA 9 Price – $200
While the 2016 MLB rookie class features an impressive selection of shortstops. Trea Turner is probably the best of all of them.
Sporting a career .302 batting average, an incredible accomplishment for a shortstop. Turner has already led the NL in several yearly offensive categories.
The 2016 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Purple Refractor card featuring Turner is a limited-edition card with only 250 versions printed in total.
It contains the same design as the Seager version of this card. With the purple refractor background and signature on the card’s front.
1. 2016 Topps Chrome Sapphire Mike Trout Card #1
Estimated PSA 10 Price – $2000
Estimated PSA 9 Price – $600
It simply wouldn’t be right to compile a list of the top 2016 Topps baseball cards without including at least one Mike Trout card.
After the success of the 2015 Topps #1 card featuring Derek Jeter in his final season. Topps opted to utilize Mike Trout, the sport’s best player, in its flagship card for 2016.
The 2016 Topps Chrome Sapphire version of the card is the same as the Trea Turner version mentioned earlier on this list.
With the shiny, blue-crystal design at the top right and bottom left of the card’s front.
2016 Baseball Memorabilia
2016 was also a great year for baseball memorabilia. Centered around the Chicago Cubs championship run.
Many great items are currently available for sale on sportsmemorabilia.com. Perfect for a wide range of collectors and budgets.
Several autographed baseballs featuring the 2016 Chicago Cubs are available for purchase, including one with 23 different player signatures retailing for $2,399.99.
A 2016 World Series commemorative baseball signed by Anthony Rizzo can be purchased for $199.99.
While another signed by Wilson Contreras retails for $159.99.
A great option for Mets fans would be a 2016 Hall of Fame commemorative baseball autographed by Mike Piazza, available for $199.99.
Mike Trout’s game-used #164 home run baseball retails for $17,507.99, an option more suitable for high-end collectors.
A 2016 Hall of Fame induction bat, containing the signatures of inductees Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, as well as other legends including Sandy Koufax, Ricky Henderson, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Cal Ripken Jr, is available for $4,269.59.