This is a bit of a different release from Topps for the opening of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. They are offering two different configurations for Hobby Boxes this time, which seems to have caused some confusion in the market place. The first is a traditional box containing 24 packs of 8 cards, with a chance at various hits including autographs and relics. The second one (featured here) is the special edition with 24 packs of 6 cards each, with no hits.
It seems a little bit different to not have the chance at autographs, but with the usual long odds of getting any desirable ones, this seems like a decent alternative. It is targeted more to the set collector, while still including inserts as well as parallel cards.
This is the first series of movie cards and seems to cover approximately the first third to first half of the film. Given the recent release, if you are avoiding spoilers, you may not want to look at the cards yet, although I don’t think this first set is very filled with spoilers you would not have gleaned from the trailers before the release.
The set contains 100 cards, along with various subsets featuring Behind the Scenes shots, Movie Scenes, Locations, among other details.
This Box contained:
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This is a second break for this product, as the hobby and retail releases look significantly different. It seems a bit different from a regular release in that the hobby packs seem stacked much more toward set makers than the retail. The box contains 24 packs of 8 cards, while advertising two of those eight as inserts. Each box also comes with two hits, which apparently includes the patch cards from the retail blasters.
This box contained:
90 Different Base
24 Base Slime Green Parallel
12 Base Black Parallel
6 Base Silver Parallel
4 Base Pink Parallel
2 Base Purple Parallel
1 Base Rainbow Foil Parallel
1 Base Silver Ice Parallel
6 Behind The Scenes
7 Concept Art
3 Cloth Stickers
9 Character Foil Stickers (6 different)
6 Power of the First Order
6 Heroes of the Resistance
1 Patch Card BB-8
1 Sketch Card W Silverman
2 Trading Card App Code Cards
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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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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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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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