2020 Topps Brooklyn Collection Baseball Box Break

I passed on Brooklyn Collection last year, but I decided to pull the trigger on a box this time around.

Very nice looking cards. Each box comes with (7) cards – (3) base, (2) parallels, and (2) on-card autographs. Its a good mixture of rookies, current stars, and Hall of Famers. Of all the players on the checklist, Mike Schmidt stands out the most. He hasn’t had a new Topps autographed card for a long time.

Brooklyn Collection is an online-exclusive product only available to Topps 582 Montgomery Club members.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Kris Bryant #’ed/25
  • Steve Carlton Purple Parallel #’ed/10

Parallels:

  • Bo Bichette RC Blue #’ed/40
  • Derek Jeter Black #’ed/75

Base:

  • Jose Altuve #46
  • Francisco Lindor #24
  • Babe Ruth #31

2020 Onyx/Futera Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball Pack Break

Look what I was able to get my hands on. This is a pack of the new 2020 Onyx/Futera Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball. It continues to blow my mind seeing two card manufacturers come together and work on a single product.

This high-end release comes with (4) packs per display box. Housed inside each pack are (6) cards. Every pack contains an autograph, relic, or autograph/relic.

The base set consists of only (50) cards. There are (3) types of Heritage parallels that you can pull – Bronze #’ed/15, Silver #’ed/11, and Gold #’ed/6.

Every hit is limited to (10) copies or less. Autographs are all on-card. No stickers.

Futera’s metal-framed cards have always been my favorite. A lot more detail and attention goes into them compared to other metal-framed cards found in competitor’s products. Very ornate.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Luis Rodriguez Phenoms 24ct Gold-Plated Framed Auto #’ed/8

This card was signed on April 16, 2020 in the Dominican Republic.

Parallel:

  • Robert Puason Silver Heritage #’ed/11

Base:

  • Leonel Valera #43
  • Nolan Ryan #49
  • Ichiro Suzuki #50
  • Cristian Santana #38

2020 Topps Rip Baseball Box Break

These online-exclusive products from Topps are really fun to open. As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I never pass them up.

2020 Topps Rip Baseball arrives with (1) pack per box. Each pack contains (4) Rip Cards. Inside each Rip Card is an exclusive mini base card, exclusive mini image variation base card, or exclusive mini autograph card.

Deciding to tear open that Rip Card is a big decision. Unless it is someone like Mike Trout, if the card is #’ed/99 I’d rip it.

Here is what I pulled:

Rip Cards:

  • Mike Trout Purple Parallel #’ed/25
  • Juan Gonzalez Black Parallel #’ed/50
  • Larry Doby Base #’ed/99
  • A.J. Puk RC Base #’ed/99

I decided to rip the A.J. Puk and Larry Doby cards. Inside I discovered the following:

  • Robin Yount Mini Image Variation #18
  • Barry Larkin Mini Image Variation #5

I consider myself fairly lucky for pulling the Juan Gonzalez Black Parallel #’ed/50, and extremely lucky for finding the Mike Trout Purple Parallel #’ed/25. I won’t be ripping those any time soon. I’m not going to push my luck.

2020 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball Box Break

Allen & Ginter X. Sounds like a secret government organization that specializes in tracking the hot dog eating habits of panda bears. But its not. Instead, Allen & Ginter X is the online-exclusive, black background, parallel version of the regular Allen & Ginter product.

Honestly, I bought this box as a Topps 582 Montgomery Club member just to flip. I had it up for sale for a couple of weeks and never received a single reasonable offer. So I took it as a sign from the card gods to rip it.

I’m very satisfied with what I got. Quite solid.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Courtney Hansen Silver Frame Gold Ink Mini #’ed/5

Parallel:

  • Keston Hiura Red Mini #’ed/5

Short Prints:

  • Gary Sheffield #331
  • Bob Feller #330
  • Trevor Hoffman #321
  • Juan Gonzalez #315
  • Sparky Anderson #346
  • Ryan Howard #329
  • Phil Rizzuto #308
  • Andruw Jones #318
  • Jack Morris #343
  • Dwight Gooden Mini #314

Notable Rookie:

  • Luis Robert #256

(2) 2020 Onyx Vintage Extended Edition Baseball Box Break & Review

Here we go! Round #3 of the 2020 Onyx Vintage baseball card line.

First we had Onyx Vintage. Second came Onyx Vintage Premium. Now we’re on to Onyx Vintage Extended Edition.

2020 Onyx Vintage Extended Edition is setup much like previous versions. Each box comes with (4) cards, (2) of which will be autographed. All autographs are signed on-card.

Browsing over the checklist you can clearly see this product mainly focuses on rookies and prospects. Of all the players on the checklist, Pete Alonso has the most MLB experience. Luis Robert, Cristian Pache, and Spencer Howard are a few other names that stick out to me who made their MLB debut this year.

Additional key signers include Spencer Torkelson and Austin Martin who were the #1 and #2 picks in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Onyx was even able to get two highly anticipated international prospects to sign cards as well – Felnin Celesten and Roderick Arias. Arias can’t sign with an MLB team until 2021, and Celesten has to wait until 2022. These are early autographs of two guys who we should be hearing a lot more about in the future.

At the base level are the Blue Ink autographs #’ed/275. Other parallels include Green Ink #’ed/50, Red Ink #’ed/25, Purple Ink #’ed/10 (sold exclusively online), and Black Ink #’ed/5. Full name/inscription autographs can also be found and vary in numbering.

Onyx makes a nice product. Retro style, on-card autographs, not a lot of base cards, and quite affordable. Box prices have been through the roof this year. 2020 Onyx Vintage Extended Edition’s price is just under $40/box. Very reasonable.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Riley Greene Blue Ink #’ed/275
  • Jorge Ona Blue Ink #’ed/275
  • Ronny Mauricio Blue Ink #’ed/275
  • Seuly Matias Blue Ink #’ed/275

Base:

  • Carmen Mlodzinski
  • Yusniel Diaz
  • Carlos Colmenarez
  • Omar Estevez

(3) 2020 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball Box Break

One of the best benefits of being a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club is having the ability to pre-order certain online-exclusive products. This past week 2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire Baseball popped-up for pre-order and I missed out on it. Topps usually sends out an e-mail 24 hours ahead of the sale, but this time it only went out 4 hours prior. By the time I saw the e-mail the pre-order window had closed. Flipping these exclusive products on the secondary market is really fun. At $300/box 2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire Baseball to me was a bit expensive. As of right now, boxes are currently selling for $425 on the secondary market. That’s a flip, but nothing big after the fees. Its possible prices could go up. But I’m not that upset that I missed out.

As I mentioned before, flipping these products is what I usually do. But I decided to go the other route when it came to 2020 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball. With the ability to buy three boxes at $25/box I chose to rip them open. Selling them sealed wouldn’t have been a major flip anyway.

Take a look at what I pulled. This was a cheap fun rip with a lot of on-card autograph goodness.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Ed Kranepool
  • Matt Beaty
  • Yordan Alvarez RC

Parallels:

  • Kyle Lewis RC Black & White
  • Hunter Harvey RC Black & White
  • Shohei Ohtani Black & White
  • Willie Mays Walkoff Wires Color Image #’ed/25

Inserts:

  • Jose Canseco Walkoff Wires
  • Bo Bichette RC Walkoff Wires

Notable Base:

  • (2) Dustin May RC
  • Luis Robert RC
  • Bryce Harper
  • (2) Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Bo Bichette RC
  • Mike Trout
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Gavin Lux RC

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

2020 has been a weird and crazy year.  And its not even over yet.  Opening a pack of baseball cards might seem like a normal thing, but I believe everyone could use a little normal right now.

During this pandemic we’ve seen interest in sports cards reach an all-time high.  Mike Trout’s 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Auto Superfractor #’ed 1/1 recently sold for $4 million.  With headlines and widespread media coverage such as that other people will want to try and get in on the action too.  This will cause prices to rise.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option in this era of expensive products, 2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball might be just right for you.  With (36) packs per box, and (7) cards per pack, that pack busting itch can surely get scratched.  It is possible to find big hits, but nothing is guaranteed in each box.  This is why the box price is significantly lower compared to other products.

The main base set mimics that of the 2020 flagship set design.  (200) cards make up the base set.  White Sox star rookie Luis Robert has a very difficult short print to pull.  It looks just like the base set but falls 1:360 packs or roughly 1:10 boxes.

Base set parallels include Red Foil (Target), Purple Foil (Meijer), Blue Foil (2,020 copies), Opening Day Black Foil #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  The Luis Robert short print does NOT have any parallels.

Photo variations are rather difficult to find, but do exist.  I find the best way to identify them is by checking the CMP code found on the card backs.

  • Base – #579
  • Photo Variation – #601
  • Canada Variation – #591 (exclusive cards found only in Canadian blister packs)

(15) subjects have autographs on these variations.

Autographs include Opening Day Autographs, Ballpark Profile Autographs, Diamond Relic Autographs, Mascot Autographs, Mascot Autograph Relics, and Walk This Way Autographs.

Relics include Opening Day Relics, Diamond Relics, Major League Mementos Relics, Mascot Relics, and Mascot Commemorative Patch Relics.

Inserts include Dugout Peeks, Mascots, Opening Day, Spring Has Sprung, Team Traditions and Celebrations, The Lighter Side of Baseball, Walk This Way, and 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview.

No autographs or relics for me in this box.  Then again, this product doesn’t guarantee any per box either.  The rarest card I pulled would be the Nolan Arenado Walk This Way insert which falls 1:369 packs.

As a Phillies fan its neat to see Phillies Public Address Announcer Dan Baker receive his first baseball card found in the Ballpark Profile Autographs set.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Gerrit Cole Blue Foil #21
  • Luis Castillo Blue Foil #125
  • Eric Hosmer Blue Foil #83

Inserts:

  • Nolan Arenado – Walk This Way
  • Seattle Mariners – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • New York Yankees  – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • Boston Red Sox – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • Mookie Betts – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Javier Baez – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Juan Soto – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Bo Bichette  – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Ted Williams – Spring Has Sprung
  • Rafael Devers – Spring Has Sprung
  • Ken Griffey Jr. – Spring Has Sprung
  • Mark McGwire – Spring Has Sprung
  • Bernie Brewer – Mascots
  • Blooper – Mascots
  • Mariner Moose – Mascots
  • Rangers Captain – Mascots
  • Billy The Marlin – Mascots
  • Mrs. Met – Mascots
  • Slider – Mascots
  • Cincinnati Reds – Opening Day
  • Kansas City Royals – Opening Day
  • San Diego Padres – Opening Day
  • (2) Seattle Mariners – Opening Day
  • (2) Tampa Bay Rays – Opening Day
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Opening Day
  • Miami Marlins  – Opening Day
  • (2) Texas Rangers – Opening Day
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Opening Day
  • Minnesota Twins – Opening Day
  • New York Yankees – Opening Day
  • Toronto Blue Jays – Opening Day
  • Oakland Athletics – Opening Day
  • Philadelphia Phillies – Opening Day
  • Washington Nationals – Opening Day

2020 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Box Break

Topps National Baseball Card Day took place on Saturday, August 8.  I’ve been wanting to visit my local card shop Sports Zone Toys & Comics for awhile, and saw this as a good opportunity.  Just for walking in the door I received a Pete Alonso promo card.

I dove right into the high-end stuff and decided to bust a box of 2020 Topps Museum Collection Baseball.  A master box comes with (4) packs, each containing a hit.  Products configured like this have always appealed to me.  I don’t need a lot of base cards.

It was a solid box in my opinion.  A purchase of $10 or more got me a promo pack of 2020 Topps National Baseball Card Day cards.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Sean Murphy Archival Autographs #’ed/299
  • Kyle Hendricks Archival Autographs #’ed/299

Auto/Relics

  • Marcell Ozuna Single Player Signature Swatches Triple Relic Auto #’ed/299
  • Aaron Nola Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Auto #’ed/15

Parallels

  • Javier Baez Ruby #’ed/50
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Amethyst #’ed/99
  • Manny Machado Copper
  • Nolan Arenado Copper

Base

  • Bo Bichette
  • Ted Williams
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Miguel Cabrera
  • Trea Turner
  • Mark McGwire
  • Anthony Rendon
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Trevor Story
  • Clayton Kershaw
  • Shohei Ohtani

2020 Topps National Baseball Card Day Pack

  • Bryce Harper
  • Yusei Kikuchi
  • Buster Posey
  • Manny Machado
  • Josh Bell
  • Pete Alonso

2020 Onyx Vintage Premium Baseball Box Break & Review

What’s this?  Another baseball card product from Onyx?  You bet!

Earlier this year collectors received a glance of 2020 Onyx Vintage Premium Baseball in the form of short-printed inserts found in 2020 Onyx Vintage Baseball.  Now the high-end inserts have a set all to their own.

This product is setup similarly to 2020 Onyx Vintage Baseball.  A box of the Premium version comes with (3) cards.  One of which will be signed on-card.  Production of the Premium set is much lower, coming in at around (100) cases.  The cards are of higher quality too as they’re printed on thicker stock.

Looking at the checklist you’ll notice its relatively small.  The base set consists of (34) cards, while the autograph checklist stands at (31) cards.  Subjects range from top minor league prospects, 2020 MLB rookies, and Hall of Famers.  Even popular prospects such as Carlos Colmenarez and Cristian Hernandez have autographs in here.

Every year there comes a new batch of “must have” prospects.  The real big one for 2020 is Jasson Dominguez who is in the Yankees organization.  I’m happy to say that 2020 Onyx Vintage Premium has autographs of him via redemption.  According to Onyx, they have them in hand and are ready to ship upon being redeemed.

The on-card autographs really look nice.  Various ink colors indicate rarity – Blue #’ed/90 or less, Green #’ed/20 or less, Red #’ed/10 or less, and Black #’ed 1/1.  Its also possible to find full-name and nickname inscriptions as well.

Fun rip!

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Luis Patino Green Ink Auto #’ed/20

Base

  • Ronny Mauricio
  • Alexander Canario

(2) 2020 Onyx Vintage Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Onyx Vintage Baseball makes it’s return for a second year in a row.  The 2020 version packs even a bigger punch compared to the 2019 set.  Upon viewing the checklist you’ll notice the main focus is on rookies and prospects.  But current stars, retired players, and even Hall of Famers can be found.

Packaged inside each hobby box is (1) pack.  That (1) pack contains (4) cards – (2) on-card autographs and (2) base.  Very quick and to the point.

The base set consists of (32) cards – Wander Franco, Gleyber Torres, Nolan Ryan, etc…

Autographs come in a variety of parallels – Base Blue Ink #’ed/200, Green Ink #’ed/50, Red Ink #’ed/25, and Black Ink #’ed/5.  I think its important to note that these cards don’t have the actual serial numbers stamped on them.  Please be aware of the signature’s ink color before selling, trading, or buying.

Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Johnson, and Nolan Ryan are each Blue Ink Autograph Short Prints.

Ornate-looking prospect and rookie autographs offer a more difficult pull.  Blue Ink versions of these are #’ed/30.  Parallels include Green Ink #’ed/15, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed 1/1.

(24) boxes come in a case.  As an interesting case-hit, one of those boxes will contain a redemption for a graded rookie card from the past.  So far I’ve seen rookies pulled of Randy Johnson, Kirby Puckett, Tony Gwynn, and Bert Blyleven.

Only about $50 per box.

A high-end version called Onyx Premium Vintage is scheduled to release this summer.  Thicker card stock.  More on-card autographs.  New signers.

In 2019 Onyx teamed-up with Futera to bring collectors Onyx/Futera Unique Prospects & Legends.  Collaborations like this don’t happen very often in the hobby today.  2020 sees Onyx working with Super Break.  Inside Super Break’s 2020 Deluxe Edition Baseball there are special Onyx Vintage autograph parallels.  Wander Franco, Gleyber Torres, and Ronald Acuña Jr. are the autograph subjects.  Each has a version #’ed/10, #’ed/5, and a 1/1.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Mason Martin Green Ink #’ed/50
  • Ronny Mauricio Blue Ink #’ed/200
  • Jean Casanova Blue Ink #’ed/200

Case Hit

  • 1989 Upper Deck BGS Graded Randy Johnson Rookie Redemption

Base

  • Ichiro Suzuki
  • Ronny Mauricio
  • Gavin Lux
  • Alek Manoah