Category Archives: Hobby Box

2017 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Hobby Box Break

This release again servers essentially as a second series for the flagship WWE release from earlier in the year. It is a 100 card set continuing after the earlier release as 101-200. We also get to see a familiar insert set in Finishers and Signature Moves, which we just saw in the recent Women’s Division release.

There is one minor complaint I have about the release, and now I wonder if it may not be more common that I had originally thought and I just never noticed. The cover art for the hobby box/packs features John Cena, Finn Balor, and Alexa Bliss. They’re all very high profile names for the WWE, so they make a lot of sense, right? Well, they would, if they were included in the set. None of these have base cards in this release. Yes, Cena and Balor are both included in the common Finishers and Signature Moves insert set, but Alexa Bliss isn’t in that one, either. She is only featured in Kiss Cards, which are 1 in every 913 packs, and roster update cards, which are Walmart exclusives. It just strikes me as odd to put someone on the cover, who is very unlikely to be included in the box.

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2017 Topps Star Wars Journey to The Last Jedi Hobby Box Break

This early fall set leading up to the December Star Wars release has become an annual event.   It also ends up following a familiar format.  The release features cards of all the Stars Wars movies and cartoons, as well as a few preview pics from The Last Jedi.  Once again, the design from the original vintage Star Wars series is used.  It’s starting to feel a bit overused at this point.  It seems multiple years using the same design is going to start getting confusing as years go by.

You also see familiar parallels and insert sets included in this release.  Aside from a handful of cards, it doesn’t really feel that new.  A box advertises 24 packs with 8 cards per pack, including two hits per box.

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2017 Topps Heritage High Number Hobby Box Break

While acting as an update set for the primary Heritage release, Heritage High Numbers picks up right where the initial release lets off. For the most part, this release continues sets and inserts featured in the February release, with cards 501-725 (701-725 are SPs), as well as more Real One Autographs and Clubhouse Collection Relics. There are also insert sets we’ve seen in previous years, like Award Winners and Rookie Performers.

We also see many of the same parallels, with blue, chrome, and minis. The base set variations are also in the same style, with Action Images, Color Swap logos, traded and throwback cards. If you like the regular Heritage set, this one is for you.

A box advertises 24 packs with 9 cards per pack, including one Real One Autograph or relic card per box.

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2017 Topps WWE Heritage Hobby Box Break

It’s nice to have a little break from the Aaron Judge hysteria. The year, Topps Heritage WWE gets to a fan favorite (and much reused) design, in the 1987 Topps Baseball wood borders. It brings back various design features from that release, such as Future Stars and trophy cards, as well.

Mixed in with this is a collection of SummerSlam moments from over the years and SummerSlam All Stars.

A box advertises 24 packs of 9 cards each, includign two hits per box. One of those hits is guaranteed to be an autograph.

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2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Box Break

July means release time for Allen & Ginter. It’s always a fun set which, while clearly a baseball set, also offers a little bit of a change of pace with various off beat inclusions. It includes anything from insert sets focusing on Revolutionary Battles or World’s Dude to regular relics and autographs.

The release is bolstered by Aaron Judge, as are most of the 2017 releases. There is also a mix of sports writers and various other stars, such as Floyd Mayweather and William Shatner. Hot boxes make their first appearances in Allen & Ginter with an entire box filled with Foil Base parallels instead of standard base cards.

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