2018 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Box Break & Review

Love it or hate it.  Triple Threads has been a staple in the hobby for the last twelve years.  You’ve got to admire that type of lasting power.  Just think about how many other products have come and gone within that time.  Its a lot.

I’m a fan of Triple Threads.  Always will be.  The first time I opened a pack was way back in 2007.  This is when the packs came in that crazy triangle shape.  It was during my first trip to the National Sports Collectors Convention.  That year it was held at what has become my favorite location, the I-X Center in Cleveland.  While browsing the show floor, I came across Dave & Adam’s Card World.  They were selling Triple Threads by the pack, and I decided to take a shot.  Taking it over to the food court, I opened it while devouring a hot dog.  To my surprise, waiting inside that pack was a Dwight Gooden/Tom Seaver/Roger Clemens Triple Auto Relic #’ed 1/1.  Talk about a tremendous hit that made my first National even more memorable.  I know that I’ve told this story before, but its something that I like to do while busting my annual Triple Threads box.

Triple Threads has and always will be about the hits.  There is a nice looking base set to put together.  It consists of (100) cards, and has the following parallels: Amethyst #’ed/299, Emerald #’ed/259, Amber #’ed/199, Gold #’ed/99, Onyx #’ed/50, Sapphire #’ed/25, Ruby #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  All veterans and retired stars.

Like I said before, Triple Threads is 100% hit driven.  Its always been a high-end, hobby-exclusive product.  We’ll never see a retail version.  Each box comes with (2) mini-boxes.  Inside each mini-box you should find (1) autograph and (1) relic card.  Plus (2) parallels.  A master-box should cost around $200.

Rookies, veterans, and retired stars/Hall of Famers highlight the hits.  There is an endless amount of autographs, jerseys, patches, cut signatures, and booklets that you can get.  Its the beating heart of Triple Threads.  The fact is, if you enjoyed this brand for the last twelve years you’re most likely going to have fun with it again in 2018.

The windows housing many of the relics spell out interesting (at times funny) tidbits about that specific player.  I’d like to see some specially made Triple Threads cards for the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Relic windows could easily be made to spell out “NSCC”.  I could see these as high-end giveaways at the Topps booth or what collectors receive during the Q&A session.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relics

  • Justin Bour Triple Threads Autograph Single Jumbo Relic #’ed/99
  • Tom Glavine Triple Threads Autograph Relic Gold #’ed/9

Relics

  • Wil Myers Triple Threads Single Jumbo Relic Silver #’ed/27
  • Aroldis Chapman/Gary Sanchez/Masahiro Tanaka Triple Threads Relic Combo Emerald #’ed/18

Parallels

  • Don Mattingly Gold #’ed/99
  • Evan Longoria Amethyst #’ed/299
  • Adrian Beltre Emerald #’ed/259
  • Albert Pujols Emerald #’ed/259

Base

  • (2) Noah Syndergaard
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Johnny Bench
  • Ryne Sandberg
  • Byron Buxton

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