Hobby Box Break #9 – 2015 Topps Update

The final set for 2015 Topps Baseball has been released!

I picked up my box from THREE STARS SPORTSCARDS and cracked it open yesterday. Here’s what I got!

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Bryant gets the box cover. I’d have to say he lived up to the hype. Too bad the Cubs were swept by the Mets last night.

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First card. Miller had a great year. I had him on one of my fantasy teams. STATS.

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Rainbow foils for trade. The Pride and Perseverance insert set is an interesting take on players who have overcome certain difficulties to make it to the Show. A fellow blogger has made a callout for some of these.

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Buybacks are supposed to come about 1:18 packs. I received 7 in my 36 packs. I don’t mind having them in packs since it is pretty neat to get some older cards but 7!?

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Golds came in bunches as well. Almost every other pack had one. Odds are 1:3. Let me know if you’d like any of them in trade.

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Highlights of the Year inserts carry over from series 1 & 2. This set has grown on me and I’m now looking to complete it.

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A Black, too! Odds are 1:48 for this. I was able to watch the Blue Jays / Royals game last night. Both teams are incredible and I’ll be cheering for whichever one is able to make it to the World Series.

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Rarities. I like the look and player selection.

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I wish they would put the cards in order by Year. The numbering on these doesn’t make any sense.

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I doubt I could hit a ball 441 feet. Compared to the others it seems pretty short, though.

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Whatever Works inserts are an interesting idea. I think I’m going to try to complete all of the insert sets for this year’s update. I can feel another Hobby box in my future.

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Snow Camo variants come at 1:86. My box also had one of these!

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A photo variant. I’m not too impressed with this choice of photo.

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People seem to be paying way too much for Bryant cards. This one will probably end up on ebay to off set the purchase of another box.

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An Auto! I like these much more than a Relic. I don’t think Topps should include Minor League stats, though. This was a pretty good box since the Autos only drop 1:253 packs.

Here are my numbers –

299 of 400 base

39 Inserts

22 Variants

NO DOUBLES!

I really like this release and will be getting either another hobby box or maybe a Jumbo. Once that happens I’ll do an update post. Let me know what you are looking for and perhaps we can do a trade! Thanks for reading!

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Hobby Box Break #8 – Topps 2001 Series 2

I’ve been dreading writing this post. My box of 2001 Series 1 was in pretty good condition. My series 2 box – not so much.

ALL of the cards were stuck together! I’m a set collector for the most part and I’m not too concerned with top condition cards but I’m guessing at least half of the cards I opened have significant damage. I threw away about 20 that were just horrible. Here’s an example.

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Sigh. Here we go anyways.

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My box! Little did I know what awaited me.

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My first card. Most of the top cards are okay. Occasionally there was some damage to the back but I’m not too concerned with that as long as I can read all of the stats.

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The inserts seemed to turn out okay, though. There must have been a slightly different card stock or coating.

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I’ve decided to collect the Topps Combos inserts. Since I’m a fan of Diamond Kings painted cards always draw me in. I’m not sure if these are actually painted or just have a photoshopped filter on them. Either way I like them!

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What Could Have Been inserts.

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Before There Was Topps.

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Golds.

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I did get an Auto! Mr. Durbin had a 14 year career but was never really a dominant pitcher. STATS.

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Sadness. This is the card I really, reALLY, REALLY wanted! As you can see it didn’t make it into my hands safely. It’s just cardboard but it’s still disappointing.

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316 of 385 base

30 inserts

37 doubles

1 auto.

Hopefully this is the only time I experience a box break of damaged cards.

My wantlist is up Here.

Thanks for reading!

Dances With Trades #5 – 2015 Heritage inserts

I’ve had really good experiences trading with members of the facebook group TOPPS BASEBALL CARD COLLECTORS.

Stephen Jones helped me nearly complete the 2015 Heritage insert set Baseball Flashbacks.

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He collects Astros if you have any cool ones that need a new home.

Mr. Bob Andrews sent me some 2013 Heritage cards I forgot to scan. I sent him what I could for 2011 Heritage. He needs some more SPs from 2011 and 2012 Heritage if you have any of those.

I’d highly recommend joining the facebook group and getting involved with the community. Both of those gentlemen were a pleasure dealing with.

Hobby Box Break #7 – 2001 Topps Series 1

When I first returned to card collecting my main goals were collecting Donruss Diamond Kings and completing Topps Base sets from my birth year(1979) to the present. My research for the base sets led me to the LIFETIME TOPPS PROJECT. That blog has been a great resource, excellent trading partner, and inspired me to finish the base sets the way God intended – by breaking boxes!

I ordered my hobby box for 2001 series 1 thru Baseball Card Exchange.

Here’s what I got –

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Nomar, Piazza, and Big Mac on the box.

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Shiny Gold packs for Topps 50th anniversary.

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My first card. I was warned that the cards might stick together and they certainly did. I don’t think any were too damaged, though. I love the look of the set. Topps did a great job of making the cards appealing with large action photos and nicely done foil stamping.

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I didn’t receive any truly exciting inserts. Here’s Roger.

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Griffey and Chipper both had great careers.

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Cool! A player I collect!

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And two I don’t. The Golden inserts sure do look neat, though.

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Topps included reprints of a number of their past cards. I don’t think I’m going to collect them since I’d need the other 46 to complete the set.

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I love painted cards! i think I’ll try to acquire the rest of these.

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Only three gold variants. No one too exciting. This year’s set looks incredible with the foil, though.

My final numbers are thus.

337 of 405 base.

16 inserts

7 doubles.

Here’s a link to my wantlist if you can help me out

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I also have a box of series 2 to break open. Hopefully I can post the results in a day or two.

Thanks for reading!