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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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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This mid year release is pretty standard from Topps. Once again, the base set is 350 cards, up from 330 in most recent years. The box has the same basic configuration as series one. There are ten packs of fifty cards each. Each box also advertises one autograph and two relic cards. Some of these relics are manufactured, but they seem to be very well done. This set marks the first regular series release for the much anticipated Kris Bryant.
This box contained:
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They’ve changed up the Bowman release a little bit this year, splitting it in to two series. It remains to be seen what Series 2 will bring us. Series 1 has a little bit smaller base set (150 cards) but increased the size of the prospect sets included (also 150).
A Jumbo box advertises 12 packs of 32 cards each, including 3 autograph cards per box.
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The first break of the new year is always an exciting time. It’s a nice reminder that baseball is just around the corner, along with the summer.
This is a pretty standard release from #topps. The Jumbo Hobby box contains 10 packs of 50 cards with 1 Autograph and 2 relics included. The biggest thing that stands out to me is there are a lot fewer insert cards in this release than we’ve seen in recently years. There is plenty of variety, but more base.
478 Base Cards (Complete 350 card set)
5 Code Cards
5 Rainbow Foil Base Parallels
4 Gold Base Parallels
1 Black Base Parallel
1 2015 Topps Martin Prado SP
1 1973 Topps John Strohmayer Buyback
1 1979 Topps Taylor Duncan Buyback
5 Baseball History Cards
5 Free Agent 40
5 First Pitch
2 Gallery of Greats
5 Inspired Play
1 Career High Autograph Shelby Miller
1 Career High Relics Hanley Ramirez
1 MLB Silhoutted Logo Pin David Wright
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