2017 Topps Opening Day Hobby Box Break

The Opening Day set gives a nice alternative set with a much more modest price tag. It’s an attainable set, with a lot of fun inserts included. The 200 card base set features a handful of players from each team, including some who did not appear in series one, in their new uniforms. You see some old favorite inserts such as Superstar Celebrations, Opening Day Stars, and Mascot cards. There are also autographs and relics, but they are very rare, and not guaranteed in a box as with most other releases.

The box promises 36 packs of 7 cards each. Despite enough cards, there were a lot of duplicates in my box, so I’m pretty far from a set, still, which is unusual for this release.

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2017 Donruss Hobby Box Break

It’s always nice to see an alternative to the monopoly on baseball cards from Topps. For the last few years, Panini has been releasing an alternative set, even if it is not MLB licensed. They’ve done a good job of downplaying the fact that team names can not be used.

The set features 195 cards, including 30 SP Diamond Kings and 15 SP Rated Rookies, along with a slew of parallels, and inserts with parallels. The set contains mainly current stars along side older former players. A few favorite insert sets return again this year, with The Elite Series, Dominators, The Rookies, The Prospects, and many more. We also see a retor variation set, paying tribute to players on the 1983 Donruss design.

The box gives you pretty good value, with low count parallels, while advertising three autograph or memorabilia cards per box on average. This box even came in slightly above average.

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2017 Topps Heritage Hobby Box Break

The long time favorite Topps Heritage set is back for another release. This time around, there are some significant changes, though, and I’m not sure they’re all for the better. This year, it parallels the 1968 Topps set, and includes some tributes to errors from that set. Returning are the some of the standard insert sets, including baseball flashbacks, news flashbacks, as well as relics and autographs. These all appear to be much rarer than in past years. Does that mean they will hold more value? Or just be harder to complete a set?

Perhaps the most significant change this year is to the base set SPs. For the past many years, the base set was 1-425, with the SPs being 426-500. This year, the SPs have expanded to 401-500. They still fall one in every three packs. With 100 SPs, though, this means a full case of cards would not have enough SPs, with perfect collation, to complete the set. Is that an improvement?

While there seem to be fewer overall inserts, there are a lot more buybacks. This set features the same line of “Rediscover Topps” buybacks as Series 1, with many included per box.

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