We are about one month into MLB The Show 23 and so far the game has been a lot of fun. The new content structure of having 99 OVR cards at the beginning of the year has made playing with early cards more enjoyable. Now, we are getting tons of new cards with a new program, more Topps Now, and the first roster update of the year.
The Charisma Series has been an early favorite in MLB The Show 23. These cards have been extremely powerful rewards in the first Team Affinity program. Now, this series of cards is getting a program of its own with the new Charisma Series Program.
This new program features 10 new Charisma Series cards that you can earn for free through gameplay. These new free cards are:
- Rays RF Brett Phillips (90 OVR)
- Dodgers RP Joe Kelly (91 OVR)
- Tigers RP Andrew Chafin (92 OVR)
- Guardians 1B Josh Naylor (93 OVR)
- Pirates 3B Josh Harrison (94 OVR)
- Mets DH Daniel Vogelbach (95 OVR)
- Pirates SS Oneil Cruz (95 OVR)
- Braves 2B Ozzie Albies (96 OVR)
- Rangers 2B Marcus Semien (97 OVR)
- Mariners SP Luis Castillo (97 OVR)
Along with these cards are eight Dynamic Duos packs and some The Show packs. Players can earn all of the content in this new program by completing moments, missions, and beating the program Showdown.
April Topps Now
The next batch of Topps Now cards have been added to the April Topps Now Program. This week we get nine new cards based on players who had some of the best performances in all of baseball. These nine new cards are:
- Braves SS Vaughn Grissom (90 OVR)
- Pirates 2B Ji-Hwan Bae (90 OVR)
- Tigers 3B Nick Maton (91 OVR)
- Rays CP Braden Bristo (92 OVR)
- Phillies 3B Alec Bohm (93 OVR)
- Yankees RF Franchy Cordero (93 OVR)
- Braves C Sean Murphy (94 OVR)
- Rangers SP Andrew Heaney (95 OVR)
- Padres 2B Jake Cronenworth (95 OVR)
These cards can be earned by completing the Topps Now Week 3 moments and missions.
The first Live Series roster update was released today. This happens every three weeks and updates the ratings of the Live Series cards based on the player’s real life performance.
This week, there were 8 players who surpassed the 85 OVR thresh mark to receive the Diamond player recognition. The new Diamond players are:
- Mets 1B Pete Alonso (+2 86 OVR)
- Mariners SP Luis Castillo (+4 86 OVR)
- Padres CP Josh Hader (+2 86 OVR)
- Orioles C Adley Rutschman (+3 86 OVR)
- Blue Jays 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+2 86 OVR)
- Dodgers C Will Smith (+2 86 OVR)
- Diamondbacks SP Zac Gallen (+2 85 OVR)
- Orioles CP Felix Bautista (+2 85 OVR)
There were a few other notable changes. Yankees SP Gerrit Cole jumped up three points to a 90 OVR. Blue Jays 3B Matt Chapman rocketed up 5 points to a 84 OVR. Angels SP Shohei Ohtani jumped up one point, as he now sits alone as the best rated Live Series player at a 96 OVR.
Three new packs arrived in The Show Shop today. The first is the Home Run Derby Pack 1. This pack features players that competed in previous Home Run Derbys. This pack contains the a base and rare round. The players in this pack are:
- Rays 3B Evan Longoria (97 OVR)
- Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (97 OVR)
- Brewers LF Ryan Braun (97 OVR)
- Mariners DH Edgar Martinez (97 OVR)
- Dodgers 1B Cody Bellinger (97 OVR)
- Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez (99 OVR)
- Angels RF Vladimir Guerrero (99 OVR)
- Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (99 OVR)
The ninth set of Dynamic Duos packs was released today. The new Dynamic Duo is Angels CF Torri Hunter and Giants CP Brian Wilson. Both of these cards are Charisma Series 99 OVR cards.
The biggest new pack is the second Chase Pack. Chase Packs can be found in regular The Show packs, and are also a topper for the 50 The Show pack bundle. This new Chase Pack features Charisma Series 99 OVR Fernando Tatis Jr. This coincides with Tatis being added back into MLB The Show 23 after returning from his suspension for PED use.