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2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 1 Special Edition Hobby Box Break

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.

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2015 Topps Update Jumbo Hobby Box Break

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.

 

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2015 Topps Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens Hobby Box Break

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

11 Stickers

1 Patch Card BB-8

1 Sketch Card W Silverman

2 Trading Card App Code Cards

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2015 Topps Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens Retail Box Break

Topps joins in the Star Wars fun this fall with its own Journey to The Force Awakens card release.  The base set is printed on Heritage stock and resembles the original Star Wars release design from the 1970s.  The set features all six current movies, with a special focus on the upcoming release.  There are also plenty of parallels and inserts to keep you occupied.

The retail box contains 24 packs of six cards each.  The base set is only 110 cards, but it’s going to take a while, as each back of six cards only features two regular base cards.   Also included in this box were six promo cards for the Star Wars trading card app from Topps.  Each card had a code redeemable for one 15 card Boba Fett Pack, so the box also included a total of 90 virtual trading cards, as well.

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2015 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Hobby Box Break

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.

 

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