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Hobby Talk / 2014 Topps Chrome Jumbo Hobby Box break
« Last post by dpatera on September 14, 2014, 08:30:08 AM »
This is a new pack out this year for Topps Chrome.  I'm not sure the price point makes it very effective compared to the standard hobby box, though.  It consists of 12 packs of 13 cards.  The parallels seem harder to come by, but there are five autographs per jumbo box. 

136 Base (61.8% of set)
4 Refractors
2 XFractors
1 Blue Refractor
1 Black Refractor
1 Gold Refractor
4 1989 Topps Chrome
1 Topps Shelf
1 Chrome Connection
1 Autograph Rookie Ethan Martin
1 Autograph Rookie Kevin Siegrist
1 Autograph Rookie Jimmy Nelson
1 Autograph Rookie Refractor Oscar Taveras
1 Topps of the Class Autograph Chris Owings

Hobby Talk / 2014 Topps Finest Master Box break
« Last post by dpatera on August 30, 2014, 10:17:54 PM »
Again, this release features 2 inner boxes containing six packs of five cards.  There are more inserts and parallels this year, but the guaranteed hits are not as big, with just two autographs per master box.  Also, while the parallels are advertised as colored refractors, the colors are not very apparent, so you'll need to pay attention to the serial numbering. 

42 different base (plus one duplicate)
5 base refractors
1 X-fractor
2 green refractors /199
1 blue refractor /125
3 1994 Finest style
1 Topps Sterling Bryce Harper
1 Topps Sterling Red Refractor Paul Goldschmidt
1 die-cut Finest Warriors Nick Castellanos
1 Rookie Autographs Matt Davidson
1 Rookie Autographs Taijuan Walker

Hobby Talk / 2014 Donruss Series 2 Hobby Box
« Last post by dpatera on August 26, 2014, 11:55:18 PM »
This release extends the first series released this spring.  It felt like that first series was a bit of a trial before they really jumped in, and this series really builds on it.  Elite cards join the insert lineup, along with many more parallels for these inserts.  More importantly, I think the signatures are much more attractive in series two than the orange ones we previously had. 

Series 2 is a smaller release than one, containing 155 cards, 55 of which are short print Diamond Kings and Rated Rookies.

134 Base Cards (including full 100 base card set)
6 Diamond Kings SP (20%)
3 Rated Rookies SP (12%)
2 Gold Press Proof parallels
2 Silver Press Proof parallels
2 Career Stat Line parallels
1 Season Stat Line parallel

1 Bat Kings Ryan Howard
1 Jersey Kings Derrick Robinson
1 Face 2 Face Paul Goldschmidt / Hyun-Jin Ryu
1 Elite Series Mike Trout
2 Elite Dominators (Max Scherzer)
24 Elite Base cards (24%)
1 Elite Gold Status Die-Cut
1 Elite Red Status Die-Cut
1 Elite Turn of the Century
4 The Rookies (including Jose Abreu)
1 The Rookies Career Stat Line parallel Masahiro Tanaka
3 The Elite Series

1 Elite Signatures Turn of the Century Taijuan Walker
1 Elite Signatures Turn of the Century Matt Davidson

Hobby Talk / 2014 Bowman Platinum Hobby Box Break
« Last post by dpatera on August 25, 2014, 12:42:55 AM »
Once again, this release has a 20 pack box of 5 cards per pack, featuring two autographs and one autograph relic.

23 Base cards (out of a 100 card set)
50 Prospect inserts
4 Top Prospect inserts
2 Cutting Edge Stars
2 Blue Sapphire base parallels
4 Gold base parallels
1 Ruby base parallel
1 Chrome prospect
1 X-Fractor prospect
1 Green prospect refractor (Alen Hanson #/399)
1 Blue prospect refractor (Raul Mondesi #/199)
1 Toolsy Die-Cut
1 1989 Bowman is Back Tanaka

1 Autograph Prospects Cory Vaughn
1 Green Autograph Prospects Zach Borenstein /399
1 Autograph Relic Gold Refractor Stefen Romero /50

Hobby Talk / 2014 Allen & Ginter Hobby Box Break
« Last post by dpatera on July 12, 2014, 06:36:26 PM »
It's another familiar release from Topps.  The box has the standard 24 packs of 8 cards, with quite a variety of inserts.  The base set has 300 cards, with an additional 50 SP cards inserted at 1 in every 2 packs.  The box is advertised as containing three hits.

This box contained:

126 Base cards (42% of the set)
12 SPs (24%)
12 Base mini parallels
4 Base mini A&G parallels
2 Base black mini parallels

(full size)
12 Pastime's Pastimes
4 Air Supremacy
3 Natural Wonder
2 World's Capitals
2 Fields of Yore
1 Festivals and Fairs

1 Athletic Endeavors
1 Into the Unknown
1 Larger Than Life
1 Outlaws, Bandits, all around Ne'er Do Wells
1 World's Deadliest Predators
1 Where Nature Ends

1 Full Sized Relic Adrian Beltre
1 Full Sized Relic B Ryan Braun
1 Autographs Chuck Todd

Hobby Talk / 2014 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Hobby Box Break
« Last post by dpatera on June 26, 2014, 03:00:51 AM »
There aren't really any surprises in series 2.  As always, this set is a continuation of the series 1 release.  There are rumors that the production has been cut, though, and that might explain the easier odds for some of the parallels.   There are also four types of SPs, which seems a little excessive.  You have sparkles, future star parallels, cards with sabermetric stats on the back, and one featuring Snoopy.

428 Base cards (including all 330 different base cards in the set)
11 Red Hot Foil parallels
12 Gold parallels
1 Black parallel

2 Buyback cards.  One from 1969 and one from 1975
1 Future Star SP (Gerrit Cole)
1 Sabermetrics SP  (Evan LongoriA)
4 Power Players
5 Mini 1989 Die-Cut cards
10 The Future is Now
2 Future Stars that Never Were
1 Future Stars that Never Were Gold Tony Gwynn
5 Saberstars cards

1 Trajectory Jumbo Relic Tom Glavine
1 Trajectory Relic Manny Machado
1 Trajectory Autograph Fernando Valenzuela

Hobby Talk / 2014 Topps Archives Hobby Box Break
« Last post by dpatera on May 31, 2014, 08:07:34 PM »
The new Topps Archives set release follows the same formula as recent years, featuring 50 cards each in the designs of 1973, 1980, 1986, and 1989 Topps.   Cards 201-250 are short prints (one in every four packs) featuring an assortment of cards in those same styles. 

Once again, there are a number of insert sets featured from various years.   I think my favorite insert set this year, is a bit unique.  For the 25th anniversary of the movie, Archives includes a 4 card Major League movie insert set, in the style of 1989 Topps.  In addition to those, there are five possibly autographs from the movie, as well.  It's too bad the set is so small, but I do get a kick out of it. 

In this box:

165 Base Cards (82.5% of 200 card base set)
6 SP (12% out of 50)
3 Gold Rainbow Parallels
1 Silver Rainbow Parallel
5 Deckle Edge Minis
6 1987 All Star inserts (featuring various years)
1 1971-72 Hockey style
1 Firebrand
2 Fan Favorites Autographs (Rob Dibble and Eric Davis)

Hobby Talk / 2014 Bowman Jumbo Hobby Box Break
« Last post by dpatera on May 03, 2014, 03:56:57 AM »
This looks like another standard Bowman release.  The Jumbo box contains 12 packs with 32 cards, and a mix of standard base cards, a prospect insert set, a chrome parallel of that prospect set, and an assortment of parallels for all of those.  It's one of the first places to get cards of hot rookies like Tanaka and Jose Abreu, as well as young prospects like Mark Appel and Kris Bryant. 

The jumbo boxes also promise three autographs to go along with the various other inserts.

This box contained (all different)

199 base cards (90.4% of the 220 card set)
96 prospect cards (87.2% of the 110 card set)
66 Chrome Prospect cards (60% of the 110 card set)
1 Bowman Blue base parallel
1 Bowman Yellow base parallel
1 Bowman Prospects Orange parallel
2 Bowman Silver Ice parallels
1 Bowman Hometown parallel
2 Bowman Prospect Hometown parallels
2 1989 Bowman is Back inserts
3 Bowman Top 100 Prospect inserts
6 Bowman Chrome Mini cards
1 Bowman Chrome Autograph Prospect #BCAP-CP Cesar Puello
1 Bowman Chrome Autograph Prospect #BCAP-MF Maikel Franco
1 Bowman Chrome Autograph Prospect Black Refractor #BCAP-SMB

Hobby Talk / 2014 Donruss Hobby Box Break
« Last post by dpatera on March 29, 2014, 04:14:55 AM »
I was pretty skeptical of this release going in.  I remember all too well the mess that was 2010 Upper Deck, when they tried releasing an unlicensed set.  This set, as well as that one, was licensed with the players association, but not with Major League Baseball.  Topps currently has an exclusive license with Major League Baseball, so they are the only company able to include team names and logos in their sets.  In this release, the teams are referred to only by their city name, and on many cards, the logos have been airbrushed off the images. 

The base set consists of 200 cards, and once again features old friends such as Diamond Kings and Rated Rookies, each of which are short printed.  Among the many insert sets are "The Rookies" with a design reminiscent of the 1988 release, and Team MVPs similar to the 1989 design.

The box contains 24 packs of 8 cards each.  It is advertised to include two autographs and one game gear card per box.

170 Base (and 15 Duplicates) for 85% of the set.
2 Gold Press Proof parallels
1 Silver Press Proof parallel
2 Career Stat Line parallel
2 Breakout Hitters
2 Breakout Pitchers
2 Hall Worthy
1 No-No
3 Power Plus
1 Team MVP
2 The Rookies
1 5x7 Diamond King Box Topper
1 Elite Dominator
1 The Elite Series
2 Game Gear Relic Cards
2 Donruss Signatures

Hobby Talk / 2014 Topps Opening Day Box
« Last post by dpatera on March 29, 2014, 03:24:23 AM »
I've grown to appreciate this release over the years.  It's a fun, inexpensive release, including many unique insert sets like mascots or cards showing thee festivities between innings at the stadiums.  In exchange for a much cheaper product, you're also going to get fewer hits.  There are possibly relics and autographs, but there is no guarantee per box, as with most other releases.  The box contains 36 packs of 7 cards.

In this box:

200 Base (of 220, 90.9%)
12 Blue Parallel
7 Breaking Out
7 Mascots
8 Stars
7 Celebrations
7 Fired Up
1 Between Innings
1 Relic

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