2019 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Since it’s introduction to the hobby in 1993, Topps Finest has been a true fan favorite.  This is the brand that kicked-off the refractor, which has become such an important part of the hobby today.  Even now, those refractors from 1993 command major dollars on the secondary market.  Looking for a sealed box of 1993 Topps Finest?  Be prepared to spend up to $700 for one.

Topps Finest is a chrome-brand.  Although the word “chrome” isn’t in the name, that’s exactly what it is.  Its not something you think about when you have Topps Chrome and the entire Bowman family to pick from.

A master box of 2019 Topps Finest consists of (2) mini-boxes.  Inside each mini-box there are (6) packs, and (1) autograph.  That’s (2) autographs per master box.

The main base set is made up of (101) cards.  Parallels include Refractor, Purple Refractor #’ed/250, Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.  Rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is on card #101.  His base rookie does not have any of the normal parallels.

If you’re going through your packs and pulling out cards with card numbers higher than #101, that’s because Topps included an Extended Base set.  Cards containing numbers 101-125 fall into this category.  Its important to note that there are two card number 101s.  First you have #101 of Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. from the main set.  Secondly, you have #101 of the Extended Base set of Yusei Kikuchi.  The Extended Base set can be thought of as short prints.  At first glance they look just like a base card, but the card stock they’re printed on is a bit thicker.  Just like the numbered parallels and autographs.  Parallels for the Extended Base set include Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

On-card autographs is where the real action is at.  Finest Autographs, Finest Blue Chips Autographs, Finest Careers Die-Cut Autographs, Finest Firsts Autographs, Finest Origins Autographs, Prized Performers Autographs, and Finest Originals Buyback Autographs are all of the different autographs that you can get.

Non-autographed inserts include Finest Blue Chips, Finest Careers Die-Cut, Finest Firsts, and Prized Performers.

Lots of 90s nostalgia with these inserts, and a couple of very solid autographs came from my box.  Simplified design with a lot of color.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Luke Voit
  • Jesus Aguilar Gold Refractor #’ed/50

Extended Base

  • Starling Marte #116

Parallels

  • Yadier Molina Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Walker Buehler Refractor
  • Michael Kopech Refractor
  • Trevor Story Refractor
  • Jose Berrios Refractor

Inserts

  • Jake Bauers Finest Firsts
  • George Springer Prized Performers
  • Joey Votto Prized Performers
  • Brandon Nimmo Blue Chips
  • Scott Kingery Blue Chips
  • Josh Hader Blue Chips
  • Shohei Ohtani Blue Chips

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