The 1996 Topps baseball card set was the 75th edition of Topps’s annual baseball card release. Some key things to know about the 1996 Topps baseball cards include:

Set Details:

The 1996 Topps set included 792 total cards
The cards were released in wax packs, boxes, and factory sets
The design featured a classic Topps look with a photo on the front and stats/career highlights on the back
Rated rookie cards were included for prospects like Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, and Todd Helton

Top Rookie Cards:

#1 Derek Jeter, Yankees: One of the most iconic rookie cards ever. Jeter went on to a Hall of Fame career. PSA 10 examples sell for over $10,000.
#118 Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox: Garciaparra won AL Rookie of the Year and was an All-Star for years. PSA 10s around $1,000.
#131 Todd Helton, Rockies: Helton had a great 17-year career and is considered one of the best first basemen ever. PSA 10 around $500.


Other Notable Rated Rookies:

#140 Troy Glaus, Angels
#158 Jason Kendall, Pirates
#189 Paul Konerko, White Sox
#208 Ben Grieve, A’s
#249 Randy Wolf, Cubs

Top Veteran Cards:

#1 Ken Griffey Jr, Mariners: One of Griffey’s best cards in his Mariners uniform before going to Cincinnati. PSA 10 around $3,000.
#69 Cal Ripken Jr, Orioles: Ripken was still producing at an All-Star level for Baltimore. PSA 10 around $500.
#87 Mark McGwire, Athletics/Cardinals: McGwire’s first Topps card with St. Louis after being traded. PSA 10 around $300.
#121 Greg Maddux, Braves: Maddux continued his dominance in Atlanta. PSA 10 around $250.

Chase Cards:

#1 Ken Griffey Jr: As one of Griffey’s best Mariners cards, the #1 is the most sought after.
#69 Cal Ripken Jr: Ripken’s iconic number and status make this a popular vintage Ripken card.
#118 Nomar Garciaparra: Garciaparra’s rookie card is a must-have for Red Sox fans.
#121 Greg Maddux: Considered one of the most attractive vintage Maddux designs.


Topps Finest Refractors – Parallel refractors of star players, very short printed.
Topps Gold Label – Gold foil embossed parallel, /500 printed.
Topps Special Edition – Black and white photo parallel, /1000 printed.

Error Cards:

#87 Mark McGwire Error – Missing “Cardinals” under his name. Extremely rare.
#88 Andy Benes Error – Lists Benes as being traded from Angels when he was still on Padres.
#121 Greg Maddux Error – Lists Maddux as being with Cubs instead of Braves.


The 1996 Topps set remains a highly collectible vintage release. With rookies of future Hall of Famers like Jeter and solid veteran stars, it has staying power. Top rookie and star player PSA 10 gems can sell for thousands. For collectors, it provides a great snapshot of the MLB in 1996.

The 1996 Topps baseball card set was the 75th annual release from Topps and featured rookies and stars from that season. Key cards include standout rookies like Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra along with veterans Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., and Greg Maddux. The set also included several popular parallels and rare error cards. With iconic players and designs, 1996 Topps remains a popular and valuable vintage release for collectors decades later.

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