The set was distributed in 15 card wax packs, 48 card rack packs and two different factory sets. This was the first year a factory set was available to hobby dealers.
1986 Topps is a 792 card base set. It includes a special Pete Rose Tribute subset, plus the usual Record Breakers, Turn Back the Clock, All-Stars, and Team Leaders subsets. The manager cards feature team checklists on their card backs.
There are two uncorrected errors in the set. #51 Bobby Wine is printed as #57. #141 Chuck Cottier is printed as #147.
The key rookies in this set are the Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, Cecil Fielder, and Mickey Tettleton rookie cards.
Tiffany Parallel Set
Distributed only in factory set form, the Tiffany set parallels the entire 792 card set. Six sets came per case. The cards have extra gloss and a brighter back than the standard issue cards. It is believed that 5000 sets were printed.
Inserted 1 per rack pack, this 22 card set features the starting lineups from the 1985 All-Star game. Also the manager for each team and a team photo card for each team is included in the set.
- Glossy Send-Ins Checklist and Gallery
This 60-card set was part of a special send-in program. Ten cards would be sent to a collector in exchange for $1 and six "Special Offer" cards that were inserted 1 per wax pack.
Wax Box Cards
- Wax Box Cards Checklist and Gallery
- 1986 Topps Traded
- 1986 Topps Stickers
- 1986 Topps Mini Leaders
- 1986 Topps Tattoos
- 1986 Topps Gallery of Champions
- 1986 Topps 3-D
- 1986 Topps Super