It took a while for me to calm down. That base design is probably one of the best looking ones all decade (I'll have to wait until I see them to decide if they're better than 2004 or 2005).
Anyway, the following information was taken from one of the message boards I frequent:
Product Code: 09TOB1
Configuration: 12 boxes*/36 packs**/10 cards
*Each box contains 1 Autograph or Relic card!
**Each pack contains 9 Topps Baseball cards plus 1 Ticket to Topps Town card!
HTA Jumbo Boxes:
Product Code: 09TOBJ1
Configuration: 6 boxes*/10 packs**/50 cards
* Each box contains 1 Autograph and 2 Relic cards!
** Each pack contains 46 Topps Baseball cards Plus 1 Legends of the Game card, 1 Turkey Red Continuity card, 1 Ring of Honor card and 1 Ticket to ToppsTown.com card!
Releases Wednesday February 4th, 2009
Own the Game with 2009 Topps Baseball Series 1, leading the category for 58 years with: outstanding player selection, complete career statistics, classic photography and time-honored designs!
NEW! 2009 Topps Baseball introduces Legends of the Game commemorating 25 of the greatest players of all time, including Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig. With autographs, cut signatures, patch cards, and relics, these rare and matchless cards are ONLY available through Topps!
- 1 Autograph or Relic Per Hobby Box!
- 1 Autograph & 2 Relics Per HTA Box!
- 1 Numbered* Legends of the Game Nickname Letter Patch in EVERY HTA Jumbo Box!
- NEW! Legends of the Game with Cut Signatures!
- World Champion Autographed Relics!
- Turkey Red Inserts! (2005-2006 design, if you've seen the slide show)
- Original Artist Sketch Cards!
- American Legends Cut Signatures!
- Ticket to Toppstown.com!
So what this means is that as predicted, the CMG exclusives will be a big theme for 2009 Topps. The Turkey Red cards are a going to be used as inserts through all three series (1, 2, and U & H).
No word on a preliminary checklist, although you already know how that goes...