Hobby Box Break #13 – 2003 Topps Series 2

On to the second series!


I never noticed the circled “H” on hobby boxes until a seller from Ebay pointed it out to me a few weeks back.


You can sort of see some of the speckling from the stickiness of the cards. This box was much better than the last series’ but it was still a problem. I’m glad Topps changed the process in later years.

2003 s2 bb as

These are the Red Backs opposed to the series 1 Blue backs. Ichiro is a keeper for me but the others are available.

2003 s2 bb as01

Shiny. (Any Firefly fans reading this?) Only getting two in an entire hobby box does not motivate me to attempt to complete the insert set. I’ll probably be checking LIFETIME TOPPS PROJECT‘s wantlist and see if he needs them. Or I recently traded with CARDS MY MOTHER DIDN’T THROW OUT.┬áHe’s a Diamondbacks collector.

2003 s2 golds

More Golds! But no one I collect. It’s too bad because the design of this year’s set is so appealing to me! It’d would have been nice to pull a Pujols (HA! Say that outloud.) or an Ichiro.

2003 s2 hp

The backs of these cards show the Active Career Leaders in the category listed on the right side of the front. If not for the Juicers, Griffey would have probably topped each list. He’s listed as 5th on each.

2003 s2 rb

I really like this set. I think I will post my needs on wantlists.


337 of 354 base

18 inserts

5 doubles

Another box with no “hit”.

No worries. It’s just cardboard.

Here’s my wantlist for the set. Thanks for reading!

Hobby Box Break #12 – 2003 Topps Series 1

Time to start a new set via a fresh box! Unfortunately, 2003 series 1 boxes still suffer from the curse of sticky cards. It wasn’t as bad as the 2001 cards but it still irked me.


Here’s my first card.


I wasn’t following baseball too closely back when this set came out so this is an unknown to me. Sorry about the glare!

LIFETIME TOPPS PROJECT does a great job of writing up the info for each year’s set. You can find the 2003 one here.

Here are the inserts I pulled.

2003 s1 rb

I love the Record Breakers because they included team records as well as league ones!

2003 s1 otg

Shiny but none of the players interest me. It is funny to see a pre-long-locks Damon!

2003 s1 bb hm

These are the Blue backs! Pujols is a player I collect but the others could be yours!

2003 s1 golds

Not too many Golds in this box. I pulled two Braves but one of them seems to have put the wrong uniform on.

2003 s1 bb hm01

You can see the bulk of Pudge next to the unjuiced Jeter. I don’t think I’ll be collecting these, either.

Final Tally –

339 of 366 base

16 inserts

6 doubles

There was no “hit” in this box but getting a near complete set and being able to enjoy opening the box for under $30 is well worth it my eyes.

Here’s my wantlist if you can help me complete the set!

Thanks for reading!