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2017 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Hobby Box Break

If you liked series one, series two brings you more of the same, in some cases much more. We get a continuation of series one, with numbers 351-700. The usual assortment of parallels are back, but we also get a bit of a throwback for the SP variations. Instead of just image variations, we also see the return of old time player variations.

Many of the insert sets are continued in this series, including 1987 Topps, First Pitch, MLB Network, and Salute. The First Pitch set is at least a reasonable size. I can’t really say the same about the 1987 and Salute sets. They are each 100 cards, after 100 cards from series one, as well. At ten per box, those sets would take almost two cases to pull, which seems a bit extreme to me.

During the initial release, hobby stores also offered two additional 1987 Topps Chrome packs for each sealed box purchase.

This box contained my first 1/1 autograph, which was rather surprising to me. It contained:

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2017 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 2 Hobby Box Break

The second release for the latest Star Wars installment, Rogue One, carries on with a similar feel to the first series, but once again is not merely a continuation. The only piece that is a clear sequel to the previous release is the Darth Vader set. The main set, and any returning insert subsets, start over with their numbering at 1. The base set has difference in the design, but it took me a while to realize it, just like from the The Force Awakens sets.

The box advertises 24 packs, with 8 cards per pack, and 2 hits per box. The hits once again vary from manufactured relics to Sketch cards to cast autographs.

This box contained:

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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.

This box contained:
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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.

This box contained:

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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.

This box contained:

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