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2018 Topps Heritage Hobby Box Break

The 2018 Topps Heritage release pays tribute to the 1969 Topps set.  After a year of Judge cards, I was slightly concerned we would just see everything over produced to meet the increased demand, but we find that Topps allocated this release a little bit.  Couple that with the inclusion of a hot new pre-rookie SP in Ohtani, and you have a pretty hot product.  Will the value hold up?

It’s pretty striking to me the apparent odds of nearly everything this release.  While Heritage autographs are never really the focus,

they’re even rarer this year.  Is that a sign of really increased production?  I guess time will tell.  Are speculators just driving the prices again?   Don’t get me wrong.  It is still a nice release, but the added speculators will end up making an already expensive set to collect that much more costly.  It will definitely make it more difficult to get value out of a box, especially if you miss out on Ohtani.

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2018 Topps Series 1 Jumbo Hobby Box Break

The release of 2018 Topps series 1 heralds the first signs of spring and the coming of spring training.  After a long cold off season, it’s the first sign of return of baseball.  I’m not a big fan of the recent designs, and this year doesn’t do much to change that opinion.  Again, the design, with no borders, doesn’t really feel like a flagship Topps set to me, and I can only see a tongue sticking out by the logo now.

It’s not a bad set by any means, it just doesn’t feel right to me.   Perhaps one of the biggest surprises to me, is the lack of buybacks in the product.  They have become a staple over the last few years, and almost seem to stick out in their absence.

Once again, there are a large number of SP and SSPs mixed in.  The odds for a lot of the numbered inserts seems much tougher than normal, pointing to a large increase in production.  That’s been a concern as the hobby begins recovering from Judgemania last year.

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1991 Topps Rack Pack Box Break


We have a throwback break today, in 1991 Topps.  This was the 40th anniversary release for Topps.  It was a simpler time for collecting, as there are no hits or inserts to speak of in the box, but there is a very remote chance at a buyback card from any of the previous releases, before they used to stamp each buyback card.  Topps inserted one of each card ever produced or a redemption for it, if the card was too valuable or large to fit in the pack.  The buybacks were very rare as this is one of the most over produced sets of all times.

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2017 Topps Chrome Update Mega Box Break

This is a pretty straight forward, and relatively small release. It contains an additional 100 chrome cards as an update to the original release. The numbering does not continue off the first release, however. The lone insert set features reprints of All Toops Rookie Cards for some of the biggest names in the game. Both the main and insert set offer autographed versions, as well.

Is it worth it? Well, I’d say that depends on if you’re a chrome fan. If not, it’s probably an easy skip.

The Mega Box offers 7 packs of four cards each.

This box contained:

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2017 Topps Fire Blaster Box Break

This is a release I wasn’t very sure about going in. I’m generally not a big fan of the gimmicky releases like this. After opening a box, I still don’t think it’s quite for me, but the online pictures don’t really do the cards justice. They do look a lot better in hand than in any pictures I’ve seen. The parallels leave something to be desired, though, as they don’t seem to match up to their names very well.

The fact that these are Target exclusives also doesn’t really appeal to me, but they seem to be easier to find than many Walmart exclusives are.

The blaster box advertises 46 cards inside (7 packs + 1 Gold Minted pack). There are no guaranteed hits.

This box contained:

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