Hobby Box Break # 14 – 2016 Topps series 1


It’s the 65th anniversary of Topps Baseball cards and this is my hobby box.


Country Breakfast? Is that his nickname? I really enjoyed the design of the 2015 series. This year’s seems hit and miss. Last night I read Night Owl Cards’ review. A lot of what he said rings true for me. Looking at Mr. Butler above I’m really annoyed that you can’t see the full A’s logo. This could have been some 9 year old’s first pack of baseball cards and he only gets 3/4 of a logo!


Berger’s Best inserts reprint one card from each of the 65 base sets released. I pulled 9, as you can see. I like these but I am a little annoyed that they used the same player multiple times. The checklists says Mike Trout and Cal Ripken, Jr each have a few cards. It’d have been nice to have 65 different players.


First Pitch inserts are back. I’ll be collecting these as well as the Berger’s Best.


Pressed into service is a Position player called upon to pitch theme. I like it especially since it has Ichiro’s pitching performance from last year.


Perspectives is the final insert set I’ll be collecting from Series 1. I really like the photography and it helps that they left the Base design elements completely off.


100 years of Wrigley Field is a fine set but I have no interest in collecting it. I do enjoy watching Cubs games on TV though. I think they do the best job broadcasting in all of baseball.


WHAT!?! Is this a “Tron” cross promotion? How did this design get through the approval process? I guess we all have different tastes and these are not for me.


These are alright. My son is old enough for Garbage Pail kids and he might get a kick out of these someday, too.


The Golds. I’m not really into these, either.


Strangely, I do like the Rainbow foils. I might attempt to collect the set as such. If you have any Rainbow foils you don’t want, send them my way, please!


I pulled this Black. 52/65. I’ll check with Remember the Astrodome and see if he’d like it.


I pulled a clear acetate! I’ll be checking with Remember the Astrodome on this one, too.


Design of the relic isn’t bad but I’m still not much of a fan of the jersey swatches. This is up for trade, too.


Yep. You’re jealous. I pulled the 1987 buyback. Black stamp means common so there are probably a LOT more 87’s out there being pulled.

Final Tally

310 of 350 base

48 inserts

0 doubles

I’m sure I’ll eventually pick up another hobby box but my indifference to most of the set has pushed me towards looking  at some of the other sets from the past, such as Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter, to fulfill my addiction until 2016 Heritage comes out next month. I don’t think I’ll be pursuing 2016 Topps Series 1 as vigorously as I did 2015.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you’re willing to trade!

PS – I almost forgot! I do have a few 2016 BUNT codes that I won’t use. Let me know if you’d like them!

10 thoughts on “Hobby Box Break # 14 – 2016 Topps series 1

    • Do you really collect the buybacks? I think I have a bunch I could send your way from past years. I keep one for each year, similar to the Berger’s Best inserts, and keep them in a binder. I think my cutoff is going to be 1979 though so the 87 is all yours!


      • I don’t have a want list, since the list of what I collect is pretty short (and generally expensive):
        – Vintage Koufax and Hank Greenberg
        – Mark McGwire autos and patches
        – A’s autos and patches, especially Zito and Donaldson (no Canseco please!)
        – Red Sox patches
        – Various other cool cards

        That said, I’m always open to trading something you collect for something of equal value – as long as there’s a market for it, I’m ok getting you what you want and flipping stuff to someone else.

        Email me at joshbob ///at]]] g,,mail and I’ll look at what’s on your want list.



      • Good news!

        I just found two promotional sample Diamond Kings cards from 2002 Donruss, both marked “SAMPLE” on the back. One is a Sammy Sosa, and the other is a Andre Dawson – the latter of which has silver foil, so it may be something special.

        Let me know if you’re interested!

        – JSB

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