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2017 Topps Series 1 Jumbo Box Break

There may be snow on the ground, but the first release of the upcoming baseball season is a sure sign that spring is approaching. The set follows the well known pattern by this point, with a 350 card base set.

Once again, Topps brings back the First Pitch insert set featuring various celebrities, along with the rest of the usual parallels. The parallels seem a lot more rare now, which may not bode well for over producing the set. This year, there is a tribute to the 1987 Topps set, with a large insert set, as well as associated autograph cards. As a special add on, Topps ran a promo for hobby box purchases from hobby stores to include additional special packs, featuring chrome 1987 cards and various parallels.

The box advertises 10 packs with 50 cards each, including 1 autograph and 2 relics per box.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1 Hobby Box Break

A new Star Wars movie release means a new Topps Star Wars trading card release. These cards are being released along side the new movie, featuring scenes and characters from Rogue One. It’s an interesting card design, and also offers a standard assortment of parallel versions, along with some well known insert sets.

The set features 90 base cards, although 19 was left off the checklist. The hobby box advertises 24 packs of 8 cards, with two hits per box. Looking at the checklist, there is a limited assortment of autographs, and quite a few manufactured relics.

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2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution Blaster Box Break

This is a unique release at least in recent years. In honor of the Divas Revolution of the last year and a half, Topps has released a set featuring the current Women Superstars, NXT stars, as well as headliners of the past. It’s a small set with 43 cards and various inserts and parallels. It does seem to be missing one current superstar who sort of began the Women’s Revolution, in Paige. She seems to be on shaky standing with the company, but is still appearing regularly in Total Divas.

That aside, it’s a fun little set. It’s a retail exclusive available only at Walmart, and seems to slowly trickle out, depending on the area. The box contains a single pack, and advertises 51 cards, including one autograph or relic per box.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader Hobby Box Break

This is a new type of release this year. Over the past few years, Topps has really taken a hold of the digital trading card market. Thousands of people are spending real cash to purchase cards that exist only in a virtual realm. You can buy virtual packs and boxes to chase limited edition insert cards, as well as an assortment of base cards.

On the heels of a physical release for their Bunt cards this summer, Topps follows that up with a physical release for the Star Wars Card Trader app. It feel almost like it’s backward to me, though. Many of the cards come with a code allowing you to unlock the digital copy. I think I might prefer a way to get a physical copy of the ones previously only available in digital, though. Some of the inserts, along with the color parallels have these codes on them. I’m not sure I could see spending a lot of time putting in these codes for each card, however.

The cards themselves feel like rather cheap quality. I guess that should be expected with a lowered price tag. There are some digital hits possibly, but the box does not guarantee them. The box does advertise 24 packs of 6 cards, and a 100 card base set.

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2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Hobby Box Break

This is a new release for Topps WWE. While it is labeled Topps WWE Then Now Forever, it is essentially a second series of the flagship release. It continues after the base set numbering with 101-200, as well as a few of the insert sets that began in other WWE releases during the year. The exception to that is the NXT Prospects set, numbering beginning at 1 again, and the various autographs and relics which are not numbered to begin with. The set features many of the same stars as the original release, but it has a mix of new superstars recently called up and others who were not in the company in time for the original release.

This box advertises 24 packs with 7 cards in each pack, including two hits. With the various parallels and inserts, you might get very close to a set, but not necessarily the whole way there.

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