2017 Topps Baseball Update Series Box Break & Review

Here we go folks.  The final flagship set of the year comes in the form of 2017 Topps Update Series.  2017 was a great year for baseball.  I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better rookie class.  It will be fun to watch and see if they can all keep it going.  With the Astros winning their first World Series, baseball is officially over for the year.  My Phillies ended the season on a strong note.  I’m excited to see what their young talent can do combined with their new manager Gabe Kapler.  Soon enough pitchers and catchers will report to spring training, while 2018 Topps Series 1 hits the streets.

Update Series wraps up the 2017 flagship design along with other inserts such as Salute1987, and MLB Network.  As a Phillies fan, I’m always excited to see what new cards they have in a product.  Postseason Celebrations includes two Phillies cards each celebrating their World Series wins from 1980 and 2008.  These are cool!  I even have parallels to look for that include Blue #’ed/500, Red #’ed/250, Silver #’ed/50, Gold #’ed/10, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

The overall base set consists of (300) cards.  Boxes are packed with rookies and variations.  Base card CMP codes end in #5517 whereas SPs are #5557 and SSPs are #5904.  Both Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger have a lot of rookies in this set.  The Update Series is known for sneaking in rookies who got called-up later in the season.  Major League Baseball has a lot to do with who gets to be called a rookie now and who has to wait until next year to get the rookie title.  I’m sure there are lots of collectors wondering why certain players didn’t get the rookie card treatment in here.

I deeply appreciate the high-end relics and autographs that come out of the flagship brands.  Unless you get very lucky, it will be hard to get your money back.  That can be said about almost every product today.  The rookies and variations might seem like overkill, but it does add collecting value to the set.  Outside of the (1) guaranteed “hit”, you’ve got tons to look for.

Hobby boxes sell for $50-$60.  Jumbo ones go for a bit more mainly because they contain three times the “hits”.  This year’s rookie class has kept box prices fairly high.  You can’t blame Topps for including even more rookies of Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger in here.  Technically this is Bellinger’s first flagship rookie.  Those two are huge draws.  Update Series might be the perfect product to open if you found yourself priced out of other baseball products this season.

Bring on 2018!  I’m ready for that awesome pixelated design.  There is a lot of potential for some interesting looking cards using pixel graphics.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Charlie Blackmon 2017 All-Star Game Event-Worn Jersey

Short Prints

  • Aaron Judge
  • Ryne Sandberg
  • Joey Votto
  • Manny Machado
  • Ernie Banks
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Mitch Haniger
  • George Springer
  • Ted Williams


  • Sammy Solis Negative
  • Daniel Hudson Gold #’ed/2017
  • Trey Mancini Gold #’ed/2017
  • J.P. Howell Gold #’ed/2017
  • Franklin Barreto Gold #’ed/2017
  • Luis Torrens Foil
  • Boone Logan Foil
  • Run And Hit Foil
  • James Pazos Foil


  • Paul Severino MLB Network
  • Derek Jeter Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Mike Piazza Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Albert Pujols Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Chipper Jones Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Nomar Garciaparra Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Dylan Bundy 1987
  • Magneuris Sierra 1987
  • Jesse Winker 1987
  • Mitch Haniger 1987
  • Tim Anderson Salute
  • Lewis Brinson Salute
  • Jose Altuve Salute
  • Kyle Freeland Salute
  • Amir Garrett Salute
  • Roger Clemens Untouchables
  • Jake Arrieta Untouchables
  • Rick Porcello Untouchables
  • Clayton Kershaw Untouchables
  • Stewart Cliburn 1989 Rediscover Topps Silver Foil
  • Mariano Duncan 1987 Rediscover Topps Gold Foil
  • Chuck Crim 1988 Rediscover Topps Gold Foil
  • Pat Kelly 1991 Rediscover Topps Traded Bronze Foil
  • Mike Leake 2014 Rediscover Topps Bronze Foil
  • Mickey Brantley 1988 Rediscover Topps Bronze Foil

Other Notable Cards

  • Aaron Judge #99
  • Aaron Judge #166
  • (2) Aaron Judge #1
  • Cody Bellinger #300
  • Cody Bellinger #50
  • Cody Bellinger #38
  • Cody Bellinger #214

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