2022 Topps Gallery Baseball Monster Box Break & Review – MONSTER HIT!

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Art Fans

Talk about a Monster Box containing a monster hit. I believe everyone reading this would agree. This dude Julio Rodriguez keeps popping up in all of my boxes. The odds of pulling one Orange parallel autograph is 1:302 packs, and two came from this box.

The base set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Printer Proof (4 per Blaster), Rainbow Foil, Private Issue #’ed/250, Green #’ed/125, Green Pattern #’ed/99, Blue #’ed/75, Blue Pattern #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Pattern #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, Red Pattern #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Variations (although difficult to pull) offer another chase element. (10) cards have variations which use an artistic filter on the player’s base card. Spencer Torkelson’s variation not only uses the artistic filter, but the photo is different as well. When flipping through your cards you could easily overlook them. That’s why I always check the CMP codes.

  • Base – #688
  • Variation – #715

Each Monster Box is suppose to have (2) autographs.

Autographs include Gallery Autographs (Rookies, Retired Greats, Veterans, Young Stars), Masterstrokes Autographs, Modern Artists Autographs, Next Wave Autographs, and Portrait Gallery Autographs.

Inserts include Gallery of Heroes, Masterstrokes, Modern Artists, Next Wave, Portrait Gallery, Sketch Cards, and Works of Art Rookie Cards.

The Works of Art Rookie Cards caused some discussion when this product was first released. These surprise inserts feature famous pieces of art with the rookie card logo on them. One of them being of the Mona Lisa. A lot of collectors wondered why the Mona Lisa received the rookie card logo when it has been seen on other trading cards long before now. One of those other cards dates back to 100 years ago. Even Topps has used the Mona Lisa in other sets.

Topps either didn’t remember that the Mona Lisa has other cards prior to this release. Or they knew about them and figured that placing the rookie card logo on this card would create a buzz and get people talking. Which it ultimately did.

Topps Gallery can be found at Walmart in Monster Box and Blaster form. Topps did sell Monster Boxes on their site, but have sold out.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Julio Rodriguez RC Orange Auto #’ed/25
  • Griffin Jax RC Orange Auto #’ed/25

Parallels:

  • Shane Bieber Blue Pattern #’ed/50
  • Ian Anderson Blue #’ed/75
  • Kyle Tucker Private Issue #’ed/250
  • Tyler Gilbert RC Rainbow Foil
  • Connor Wong RC Rainbow Foil
  • Roansy Contreras RC Rainbow Foil
  • Cedric Mullins Rainbow Foil
  • Mitch Haniger Rainbow Foil
  • Austin Meadows Rainbow Foil
  • Matt Vierling RC Rainbow Foil

Inserts:

  • Bryce Harper Modern Artists
  • Joe Ryan RC Next Wave
  • Willie Mays Masterstrokes
  • Freddie Freeman Portrait Gallery
  • Joey Votto Portrait Gallery

Notable Rookies:

  • Julio Rodriguez RC #35
  • Bryson Stott RC #25
  • Hunter Greene RC #170
  • Jarren Duran RC #49
  • CJ Abrams RC #160
  • Seiya Suzuki RC #137
  • Wander Franco RC #55

2022 Topps Archives Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Nostalgic Fan

Opening a box of Archives is like hopping in the Delorean from Back to the Future. Its a true blast from the past experience.

The base set consists of (300) cards. Designs from 1963, 1978, and 1987 Topps Baseball sets are used. Yes. The 1987 design makes yet another appearance. I’m betting that if you stacked every baseball card on top of each other that features the 1987 Topps Baseball design it would reach to Mars and back.

Parallels to the base set include Rainbow Foil #’ed/150, Green #’ed/125, Silver #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Red Hot Foil #’ed/50, Blue Foil #’ed/25 (Hobby), Orange Hot Foil #’ed/15 (Hobby), and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1.

Card #301-315 utilize the 1955 Topps Scoop design. 1:6 packs.

Card #316-330 utilize the 1961 Topps MVP design. 1:6 packs.

Card #331-355 utilize the 2005 Topps Draft Picks design. 1:24 packs.

Card #356-380 utilize the 1992 Topps Major League Debut design. 1:6 packs.

Variations remain a top element to chase. There are two types of variations to look for this year – Image and Design. I find it much easier to use the CMP code to identify them.

  • Base – #253/271
  • Image Variation – #280
  • Design Variation – #281

The Design Variations have Silver Foil #’ed/99, Red Hot Foil #’ed/50, and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1 parallels as well.

Each hobby box is suppose to contain (2) on-card autographs.

Autographs include Fan Favorites Autographs, 1953 Fan Favorites Autographs Premium, 1961 Topps MVP Autographs, 1988 Topps Big Foil Autographs (Retail), 1988 Topps Big Minis Autographs, 1992 Topps MLB Debut Autographs, 1993 Topps All-Stars Dual Autographs, 2005 Topps Draft Picks Autographs, Topps Postcards Autographs, and Topps Originals Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1988 Topps Big Foil (Blaster/Retail), 1988 Topps Big Minis, Topps Postcards, and Oversized Topps Postcards Box Toppers (Hobby).

If you’re looking for today’s hot rookies and stars, Archives has it. If you’re looking for Hall of Famers, retired stars, and specific baseball individuals who don’t traditionally have a lot of cards, Archives also has it.

My box had a little of everything. Bonus autograph, parallel #’ed/15, Design Variation, and (3) different Julio Rodriguez RCs.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Corey Patterson 1972 Topps Fan Favorites Auto Purple #’ed/150
  • Alyssa Nakken 1972 Topps Fan Favorites Auto
  • Al Bumbry 1960 Topps Fan Favorites Auto

Parallels:

  • Reid Detmers RC Orange Hot Foil #’ed/15
  • Xander Bogaerts Silver #’ed/99

1963 Background Replacement Design Variation:

  • Reggie Jackson #34

2005 Topps Draft Picks:

  • Julio Rodriguez RC #342

1992 Topps Major League Debut:

  • Wander Franco RC #356
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #370
  • Julio Rodriguez RC #375
  • Aaron Judge #368

1961 Topps MVP:

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #322
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #329
  • Trey Mancini #324
  • Robbie Ray #319

1955 Topps Scoop:

  • Jorge Soler #315
  • Chris Taylor #314
  • Randy Arozarena #312
  • Shohei Ohtani #305

Inserts:

  • Jose Ramirez Topps Postcards #PC-11
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Topps Postcards #PC-2
  • Nolan Arenado Topps Postcards #PC-6
  • Aaron Judge Oversized Topps Postcards Box Topper #OPC-15

Notable Rookies:

  • Seiya Suzuki RC #92
  • Julio Rodriguez RC #115
  • Spencer Torkelson RC #131
  • Wander Franco RC #300
  • Oneil Cruz RC #211
  • Jeremy Peña RC #280

2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Edition Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Rookie/Autograph

What’s this? Another version of Topps Chrome Baseball? Heck yeah! I’ll open anything that’s shiny.

2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Edition Baseball is a new Mega Box format for the Chrome brand. First showing up at the MLB Flagship Store in New York City, and then on the Topps website.

Every box comes with (7) packs – (5) regular 2022 Topps Chrome Baseball packs, and (2) exclusive Logofractor packs.

The cards found in the exclusive Logofractor packs have the MLB logo printed on them. The main base set consists of (110) cards. Parallels include Purple #’ed/250, Pink #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Rose Gold #’ed 1/1.

You can keep your eyes open for (10) variations which I like to split into two groups:

  • Jarren Duran #4
  • Shane Baz #8
  • Oneil Cruz #22
  • Brandon Marsh #25
  • Wander Franco #80

The players on the list above have base counterparts.

  • Julio Rodriguez #111
  • Bobby Witt Jr. #112
  • Hunter Greene #113
  • CJ Abrams #114
  • Spencer Torkelson #115

Variations #111-115 on the above list do not have a base counterpart.

If any of this is making your head spin just check the CMP code on the back. Base end in #815, and all variations end in #835.

Autographs include Base Image Variation Autographs, Chrome Autographs, and Future Stars Autographs.

Inserts include Club Plaques, and Future Stars.

The two Logofractor packs are the key to this product. You can pull quite a bit of color from just those two packs.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Logofractor become a standard parallel. In this hobby when something takes off in popularity we tend to see it brought back many times over.

We all know Topps is thinking about other types of refractors collectors would go crazy for. Teamfractors? Leaguefractors? Hot Dog Fractors? The list of possibilities is endless.

Quick, fun break. All of the action in this box (like most) was located in the Logofractor packs.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

(5) 2022 Topps Chrome Baseball Packs:

  • All Base Cards

(2) 2022 Topps Chrome Baseball Logofractor Packs:

Auto:

  • Bryan De La Cruz RC Green Refractor Auto #’ed/99

Parallels:

  • Pete Alonso Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Jake Burger RC Future Stars Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Reid Detmers RC Pink Refractor #’ed/199

Insert:

  • Oneil Cruz RC Future Stars

Base:

  • Trevor Rogers #3
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. #100
  • Bryan Reynolds #72
  • Francisco Lindor #107
  • Max Kepler #103

2022 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Rookie

Hey! Where are the Extended Base Short Prints? Anyone else not finding them? I think something funky is going on here… hahaha!

Topps Chrome Baseball is one of the most anticipated products collectors look forward to each year. The better the rookie class, the more popular the set is. Rookies such as Bobby Witt Jr. #221, Julio Rodriguez #222, Spencer Torkelson #223, Hunter Greene #224, and CJ Abrams #225 were suppose to have Extended Base Short Prints included within the product. Although they made it into the Hobby Lite boxes which were sold directly on the Topps website, and the Sonic and Logofractor Editions, Hobby and Hobby Jumbo boxes DO NOT have them. Mass hysteria swept through the hobby. I don’t blame people for being angry as this was a main selling point.

To make up for this miscommunication/quality control issue Topps is providing (1) 4-card silver pack for each Hobby and Hobby Jumbo box purchased from Topps.com, hobby shops or breakers which purchased their product directly from Topps. Randomly inserted within these packs you will find the missing Extended Base Rookie Short Prints. I’ll refer you to the Chrome Silver Pack Program details Topps has on their site.

The main base set consists of (220) cards. Parallels include Refractor, X-Fractor (10 per Monster), Sepia (2 per Blaster), Pink (2 per Blaster), Prism, Negative, Magenta #’ed/399, Magenta Speckle #’ed/350, Purple Speckle #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Aqua #’ed/199, Aqua Lava #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Wave #’ed/99, Blue Wave #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Wave #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Wave #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Wave #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Photo variations continue to be a big chase element. Using the CMP codes is the easiest way to identify them.

  • Base – #967
  • Variation SP – #017
  • Variation SSP – #023

Autographs include Chrome Rookie Autographs, Dual Rookie Autographs, Chrome Veteran Autographs, 1987 Topps Baseball Autographs, Future Stars Autographs, Heart of the City Autographs, and Pinstriped Autographs.

Relics are not a huge part of the Topps Chrome brand, but you can pull them in the form of Topps Chrome Authentics Autograph Relics, and Topps Chrome Authentics Relics.

Inserts include 1987 Topps Baseball, Future Stars, Heart of the City, New Classics, and Pinstriped/Club Plaques.

Overall, this was a fairly standard Hobby box. I do wish that Topps/Fanatics would clear up these quality control issues. I sure hope the 2022 582 Montgomery Club Factory Set isn’t missing those same rookies.

I was hoping to pull a Bryce Harper Heart of the City insert showing the skyline of Philadelphia. One showed up in the first pack.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Matt Vierling RC
  • Whit Merrifield

Parallels:

  • Luis Gil RC Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/75
  • Kyle Tucker Prism Refractor
  • Andrew McCutchen Prism Refractor
  • Byron Buxton Prism Refractor
  • John Means Prism Refractor
  • Jose Altuve Refractor
  • Trea Turner Refractor
  • Cody Bellinger Refractor
  • (2) Ketel Marte Refractor
  • Jake Meyers RC Refractor
  • Josh Donaldson Refractor
  • Paul Goldschmidt Refractor

Inserts:

  • Luis Garcia Future Stars
  • George Springer Pinstriped/Club Plaques
  • Bryce Harper Heart of the City
  • Juan Soto Heart of the City
  • Randy Arozarena New Classics
  • Eloy Jimenez New Classics
  • George Springer 1987 Topps Baseball
  • Gavin Sheets RC 1987 Topps Baseball
  • Pete Alonso 1987 Topps Baseball
  • Miguel Cabrera 1987 Topps Baseball

2-Card Phillies Pickup

Upon returning home from attending a mall card show, I began to rearrange a few items on my shelf. When finished, I realized I had two empty spots which needed to be filled.

What did I find to fill those spots?

First on my list was to reacquire a card I left go many years ago. Its a Scott Rolen 1997 Leaf #174. I originally picked this card up in 1997 while visiting my first card shop, The Penalty Shot. Although it says “Rookie” on it, we all know Rolen’s true rookie cards arrived two years earlier in 1995 Bowman and 1995 Bowman’s Best.

Second is a Bryce Harper 2022 Topps 3D #250. I’ve been wanting to add a 3D card to my collection for awhile. If Topps is looking to innovate, I wouldn’t mind seeing them attempt to make a Chrome 3D card.

2022 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/High-End Risk Takers

Museum Collection has and most likely will always be about the hits. Yes. There is a base set that consists of (100) cards. Parallels include Copper, Sapphire #’ed/150, Amethyst #’ed/99, Ruby #’ed/50, and Emerald #’ed 1/1. Bobby Witt Jr., Spencer Torkelson, and Julio Rodriguez all have rookie cards in here.

Found inside each master hobby box are (4) mini-boxes. Each mini-box contains (1) hit, (1)autograph parallel, and a few base cards. You are SUPPOSE to find (1) on-card autograph, (1) autographed relic, (1) relic, and (1) quad relic card per box. As you can see I did not find any autographs or quad relic. The patches I pulled are decent, especially that Brewers card, but with a price tag of almost $400/box its a hard pill to swallow when zero autographs are found. I watched Luft Brothers Trading open a box of Museum Collection, and the Cal Ripken Jr. autograph they pulled is missing the signature. The quality control could have been a bit better here.

Outside of my main hits I was satisfied with the rookies and parallels I pulled. We’ve seen Wander Franco cards cool down, but its still good to find one of his rookies. Not only did I find base rookies of George Kirby and Alek Thomas, but this box also had the Ruby parallels of each too.

Like a lot of high-end products it might be more affordable for some collectors to purchase singles of their favorite players on the secondary market. I’d suggest group breaking with your specific player and/or team, but with all of the scandals surrounding that part of the hobby right now I wouldn’t even get near a group breaker. With the downturn in sports card prices, shrinking profit margins, and more direct sales to customers it doesn’t surprise me that group breakers are resorting to shady practices in an attempt to survive.

Overall it was a fun break. But it would have been nice to find a few autographs.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relics:

  • Christian Yelich/Corbin Burnes Dual Meaningful Material Copper Patch #’ed/35
  • Logan Webb Meaningful Material Relic #’ed/50
  • J.D. Martinez Meaningful Material Copper Patch #’ed/35
  • Cody Bellinger Meaningful Material Gold Patch #’ed/25

Parallels:

  • George Kirby RC Ruby #’ed/50
  • Alex Thomas RC Ruby #’ed/50
  • Aaron Judge Copper #48
  • Justin Verlander Copper #74

Insert:

  • Pete Alonso Canvas Collection Reprints #CCR-10

Base:

  • Bryson Stott RC #25
  • Wander Franco RC #59
  • Alek Thomas RC #62
  • Jarren Duran RC #43
  • Brandon Marsh RC #10
  • George Kirby RC #23
  • Randy Johnson #81
  • Carl Yastrzemski #45
  • Frank Thomas #22
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #85
  • Greg Maddux #30

Pin Pickups From The 2022 Little League World Series

Williamsport, PA and the surrounding areas are buzzing right now. Little League players from all over the world are currently playing in the 2022 Little League World Series. Collectible lapel pins are everywhere.

At one point in time I would head over to the Little League complex to visit the corporate booths to obtain pins for my collection. I haven’t done that since 2018. Little League has really made those free pins strictly for kids.

The Topps Truck made a visit to Little League this year. I don’t believe they had any pins made to distribute. That’s a missed opportunity in my book.

Around town many businesses have pins. That’s where my focus has been for the last few years. From Dairy Queen to Long John Silver’s I was able to round up about (30) new pins for my collection.

Dugout 75th Anniversary pin found at the Chamber of Commerce
Bullfrog Brewery
Genetti Hotel
Dolly’s Diner
Taber Museum
The Clothier
Taco Bell
Ozone Toys and Collectibles
Long John Silver’s
Lycoming Candy
KFC
Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships

2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Edition Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Nostalgia Fan

Collectors have been waiting a long time to get their hands on 2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Edition. After numerous delays it has finally arrived.

Legendary hobby innovator Sy Berger designed the original 1952 Topps set at his kitchen table. I don’t believe anyone knew the historical significance of this moment. Those cards set the tone of the hobby for the next seven decades. Its difficult to comprehend that cases of the High Number series were disposed of in the ocean because they didn’t sell well.

The base set consists of a massive (700) cards. Subjects include rookies, current stars, and Hall of Famers. Parallels include Refractor, Prism (Mega Box exclusive), Black & White Mini-Diamonds (Lite Box exclusive), X-Fractor, Aqua Wave, Blue Mini-Diamonds #’ed/199, Red Atomic #’ed/100, Green/Yellow 70th #’ed/99, Rose Gold Mini-Diamonds #’ed/75, Platinum 70th Mini-Diamonds #’ed/70, Gold/Rose Gold 70th Wave #’ed/50, Orange/Yellow 70th #’ed/25, Black/Gold 70th #’ed/10, Black/Red 70th Mini-Diamonds #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1. Even more parallels were planned, but due to supply chain issues Topps decided to cut back.

You are guaranteed (1) autograph per hobby box. Parallels include Refractor #’ed/199, Aqua #’ed/150, Blue Prism #’ed/99, 70th Platinum Wave #’ed/70, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Pink #’ed/15, Black #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Lucky box breakers will find the Mickey Mantle Topps 1952 Recreate insert. These fall 1:11,416 packs. Since Topps obtained the rights to use Mickey Mantle’s image again they haven’t shoved him down our throats. That might be part of the deal with his estate. Last year we saw the 2021 Topps X Mickey Mantle Collection. Perhaps 2022 Mickey Mantle will receive the Sapphire treatment.

One issue that I noticed is the centering. Some of the cards are drastically off center.

This is a fun product to open. Very simple. Iconic design with lots of colored parallels.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Dean Kremer RC Blue Prism Auto #’ed/99

Parallels:

  • Tom Seaver Red Atomic Refractor #’ed/100
  • Sterling Sharp RC Rose Gold Mini-Diamonds #’ed/75
  • Mike Clevinger X-Fractor
  • Jose Canseco Aqua Wave Refractor
  • Don Mattingly Refractor
  • Willie Calhoun Refractor
  • Alex Verdugo Refractor
  • Edwin Diaz Refractor
  • Shane Greene Refractor
  • Roberto Clemente Refractor

2022 Bowman Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Rookie/Prospect

Who’s going to be the next Mike Trout, Ken Griffey, Jr., or Hank Aaron? Nobody really knows for sure. But there are lots of people who will try to convince you they do. Don’t fall for it. Those people are most likely hyping-up players they bought.

2022 Bowman is the first of the major three prospecting pillars. Bowman Chrome and Bowman Draft being the other two.

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club were given the opportunity to purchase a hobby box of 2022 Bowman. They were also offered Bowman 1st Edition, and Bowman Sapphire as well.

(100) cards are in the Base Paper set. This is where you will find the veterans and rookies. Parallels include Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Pattern #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Pattern #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Pattern #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(150) cards make up the Paper Prospects. Parallels include Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Pattern #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Pattern #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Pattern #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Each of those (150) prospects has a Chrome counterpart. Parallels include Base Refractor #’ed/499, Lava #’ed/399, Speckle #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple RayWave #’ed/250, Fuchsia #’ed/199, Fuchsia Lava #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Shimmer #’ed/150, Aqua #’ed/125, Aqua Shimmer #’ed/125, Green #’ed/99, Green Mini-Diamond #’ed/99, Green Shimmer #’ed/99, Yellow Mini-Diamond #’ed/75, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Shimmer #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Shimmer #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Lava #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(20) prospects have Chrome Prospector’s Special Die-Cut Variations #’ed/49.

Autographs include Chrome Prospect Autographs, Chrome Rookie Autographs, Paper Prospect Autographs, Dual Bowman Prospects Autographs, 2022 Bowman Ultimate Autograph Book, 2022 Bowman Invicta Autographs, Bowman in 3-D! Autographs, Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Autographs, Rookie of the Year Favorites Autographs, Virtuosic Vibrations Autographs, Under Armour All-American Game Autographs, and Bowman Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 2022 Bowman Invicta, Bowman in 3-D!, Bowman Scouts’ Top 100, Hi-Fi Futures, Rookie of the Year Favorites, and Virtuosic Vibrations.

Collect what you enjoy. I like the Buyback autographs in here. Its nice to see Scott Rolen getting some new cards made.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Mason Albright Bowman Chrome Prospect Orange Refractor Auto #’ed/25

Parallels:

  • Fran Alduey Bowman Chrome Prospect Atomic Refractor
  • Corbin Carroll Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Atomic Refractor #’ed/150
  • Ronnier Quintero Bowman Paper Prospect Purple Pattern #’ed/199
  • Freddie Freeman Bowman Paper Purple #’ed/250
  • Zayed Salinas Bowman Chrome Prospect Purple RayWave #’ed/250

Inserts:

  • Cristian Hernandez 2022 Bowman Invicta
  • Benny Montgomery Bowman In 3-D!
  • Blaze Jordan Bowman In 3-D!
  • Sal Frelick Virtuosic Vibrations
  • Austin Hendrick Virtuosic Vibrations
  • Wilman Diaz Virtuosic Vibrations
  • Marcelo Mayer Hi-Fi Futures
  • Henry Davis Hi-Fi Futures
  • Spencer Torkelson Hi-Fi Futures
  • Jasson Dominguez Hi-Fi Futures
  • Oneil Cruz Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Reid Detmers Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Rodolfo Castro Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Emerson Hancock Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Hunter Greene Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Nolan Jones Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Michael Harris Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Marco Luciano Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Henry Davis Bowman Scouts’ Top 100

2022 Topps Tribute Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/High-End Risk Takers

Its been awhile since I’ve opened a box of Topps Tribute Baseball. The last time I did was in 2016 and pulled a Mike Trout Auto #’ed/50 right before attending the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.

That wasn’t the only time I struck gold with the Tribute brand. When I was in college I busted a pack of 2004 Topps Tribute Baseball HOF Cut Signature Edition, and hit the Willie Mays Cut Auto #’ed 1/1. It was an older signature of Willie Mays too, not just something he recently signed for that product.

Veterans and legends make up the 90-card base set for 2022 Tribute. Parallels include Green #’ed/99, Purple #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.

(10) Short Print Rookies fall 1:18 packs. These would be cards #91-100, and have the same parallels as the main base set. Just more difficult to pull.

Every hobby-exclusive box comes with (6) packs. Each pack contains an autograph or relic. On average you should find (3) autographs, and (3) relics per box.

Autographs include Tribute Autographs, Iconic Perspectives Autographs, League Inauguration Autographs, Solid Gold Greats Autographs, Tribute Career Achievement Award Continuity Autographs, Tribute Career Achievement Award Continuity Dual Autographs, Tribute to MVPs Autographs, Tribute to World Series MVPs Autographs, and Tribute Tandems Autograph Book Cards.

Autograph/Relics include Autograph Patches, Milestone Relics Black Jumbo Autograph, Prime Patch Autograph Relics, and Tribute Stadium Signatures.

Relics include Dual Relics, Dual Relics 2, Milestone Relics, Stamp of Approval Relics, and Tribute Triple Relics.

Inserts come in the form of Tribute to 1953 Topps Framed Card Box Toppers. 1:489 boxes contains one of these jumbo inserts. Each framed insert houses an original card from the 1953 Topps Baseball set, and is serial numbered 1/1.

The Stamp of Approval Relics come with an MLB authentication sticker. You can lookup the code to see when and where that relic was used. We’ve seen this used with certain products over the years. Some products have clear plastic over the relic window which prevents the sticker from getting lost if it were to come loose. I noticed with 2022 Tribute this isn’t the case. That plastic would also make it more difficult for scammers to remove the sticker, and place it on a fake patch card of their own. The last thing we need in the hobby is a bunch of scammers with their hands on functioning MLB authentication stickers. You’re just asking for problems. All relic cards which utilize the MLB authentication stickers should have clear plastic covering the relic window.

From a price standpoint Tribute might not be for everyone. It has and probably always will be a high-end product. Buying singles on the secondary market might be the better choice for some people.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Max Kepler Auto #’ed/199
  • Trey Amburgey Auto #’ed/199
  • Marcus Stroman Auto Blue #’ed/150

Relics:

  • Rhys Hoskins Stamp of Approval Relic Green #’ed/99
  • Dustin Pedroia Dual Relic Green #’ed/99
  • Rafael Devers Tribute Triple Relic #’ed/199
According to the MLB authentication sticker this jersey was worn by Rhys Hoskins on 7/24/20. Marlins at Phillies.

Parallel:

  • Randy Johnson Red #’ed/10

Short Print Rookie:

  • Wander Franco #95

Base:

  • Aaron Judge #53
  • Rafael Devers #14
  • Vladimir Guerrero #88
  • Andy Pettitte #23
  • Rod Carew #46
  • Giancarlo Stanton #7
  • Max Muncy #81
  • Jose Berrios #25
  • Freddie Freeman #30
  • Manny Ramirez #50
  • Mariano Rivera #32