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2015 Topps Update Jumbo Hobby Box Break

The Topps Update set is an old favorite from this time of year.   You expect to see a lot of mid season rookies and players who are traded.  It has a pretty good selection, but some major names, like Schwarber, are curiously missing.  I suppose it is just an effort to keep some rookies in series one next winter.

Another major change you find this year is the expansion of the base set to 400 cards, after many years at 330.  Even series 1 and series 2 were only 350 cards each this year.  One thing that really stands out to me this year, involves the stamped buyback cards in the packs.  I like the idea, but it seems like they should really up their game a bit.  I realize some of these are are 55+ years old, but I’d still hope they would at least not have rips through the cards and other serious damage.  It’s fun to pull an old card, but it loses quite a bit when it looks like it was pulled out of a garbage pile.

 

The box has the standard configuration for jumbos featuring ten packs of 50 cards each.

 

This box contained:

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2015 Topps Heritage High Number Hobby Box Break

After a few years of releasing a limited edition Heritage High Number box set, Topps returns to a pack out version of the release.  Unlike recent years, this set picks up numbering the cards right where the first release stops, with 200 base cards 501-700 and 25 SPs 701-725.  The set is also very heavy in new rookies for players not featured in the early year release.

 

Each box contains 24 packs of 9 cards, while advertising one autograph or relic card per box. You end up just short of the base set out of a single box.

This box contains:

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2015 Bowman Chrome Hobby Box Break

Topps changed up this release a little bit this year.  In recent year, the hobby boxes have featured a single autograph, but this year, we’re seeing two autographs.  The trade off does seem to be a bit at the expense of various parallels, though.  It’s a nice release if you follow prospects, but it’s not really for you if you’re looking for many current big leaguers.  Yes, the base set does feature regular players, but that is not really the bread and butter of the release.

This box contains:

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2015 Topps Chrome Jumbo Hobby Box Break

Even though it’s a familiar release, they’ve added a little wrinkle this year, in order to include some of the hottest rookies who came up during the year. There is a 200 card base set, but an additional five cards numbered 201-205 are included as short prints.

Otherwise, the release is very much like the ones in recent years we’ve come to expect. The box advertises twelve packs of thirteen cards, with five autographs per box.

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2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Box Break

The 2015 release represents the tenth year of Topps’ Allen & Ginter offering, and they plan to celebrate it.  Aside from the normal assortment of baseball players, other sport stars, and pop culture figures, buyback cards from the previous nine years are featured, as well.  It does seem a little bit odd to pull a one year old buyback card, paying tribute to the history of the set, which itself is paying tribute to the history of the vintage set.

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