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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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.
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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
1 Patch Card BB-8
1 Sketch Card W Silverman
2 Trading Card App Code Cards
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After a few years of releasing a limited edition Heritage High Number box set, Topps returns to a pack out version of the release. Unlike recent years, this set picks up numbering the cards right where the first release stops, with 200 base cards 501-700 and 25 SPs 701-725. The set is also very heavy in new rookies for players not featured in the early year release.
Each box contains 24 packs of 9 cards, while advertising one autograph or relic card per box. You end up just short of the base set out of a single box.
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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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Topps changed up this release a little bit this year. In recent year, the hobby boxes have featured a single autograph, but this year, we’re seeing two autographs. The trade off does seem to be a bit at the expense of various parallels, though. It’s a nice release if you follow prospects, but it’s not really for you if you’re looking for many current big leaguers. Yes, the base set does feature regular players, but that is not really the bread and butter of the release.
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