Getting Organized With The BCW 3,200 Card Bin

A tank. That’s exactly what comes to my mind when I see BCW’s 3,200 Card Bin. This thing is built to help organize and protect your collection.

Key Features:

  • Holds 3,200 loose trading cards
  • Rows are wide enough for toploaders, magnetics, and deck boxes
  • Stackable with built-in feet to prevent sliding
  • Includes (4) Card Bin Partitions (slots in the rows hold them in place)
  • Hinged lid features secure sliding locks
  • Made of durable, acid-free plastic
  • Exterior toploader slots allow you to mark the contents of each row

While opening boxes I always hold out top rookies and prospects. For the most part they’re base cards, but if those players live up to the hype I know exactly where to find them. Prior to this I used corrugated cardboard boxes. The BCW 3,200 Card Bin is far superior to what I was using.

Additional Card Bin Partitions can be purchased separately.

2020 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Art/Garbage Pail Kids/Pop-Culture fans

Garbage Pail Kids have quite the cult following. Fans of these cute, violent, vulgar, destructive, and flat out disgusting characters were very happy to hear that another Chrome set would be hitting the market.

The artwork used in 2020 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome comes from the Series 3 set which was originally released in 1986. (9) new pieces of art were created too. Precious Pete #AN4a and/or Gollum Gary #AN4b is one of the new pieces of artwork that I really enjoy. It shows him drooling over a box of Garbage Pail Kids Chrome. I love to see card products depicted on the actual cards themselves.

A complete base set consists of (100) cards – (50) “A” names and (50) “B” names. (50) select Garbage Pail Kids characters have C-Name Variations. C-Name Variations are difficult to pull, falling 1:101 packs. Parallels only apply to “A” and “B” names. The C-Name Variations do not have parallels. Parallels of “A” and “B” Garbage Pail Kids include – Refractor, Atomic (Blaster), Green #’ed/299, Green Wave #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Wave #’ed/250, Prism #’ed/199, X-Fractor #’ed/150, Black #’ed/99 (Hobby), Orange #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50 (Hobby), Red #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Outside of the parallels and C-Name Variations there are Artist Autographs that you can pull. These are limited to (25) copies. Artists include Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Smokin’ Joe, Tom Bunk, and Joe Simko.

Given that the C-Name Variations and Artist Autographs are difficult finds, when it comes down to it the refractors are going to be your main hits.

Garbage Pail Kids are pop-culture at it’s finest. They’re even better when they’re parodying something else.

Famed author R.L. Stine is currently writing a book series based on the Garbage Pail Kids. Book #1 Welcome to Smellville is out now. Book #2 Thrills And Chills will be coming out next. I reached out to R.L. Stine earlier this year to see if we’ll ever get a Garbage Pail Kids/Goosebumps crossover.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

C-Name Variation:

  • Melting Mel #101c

Parallels:

  • Liberty Libby #113b Black Refractor #’ed/99
  • Precious Pete #AN4a X-Fractor #’ed/150
  • Rod Wad #84b Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Creamed Keith #97b Green Refractor #’ed/299
  • Les Vegas #117b Green Wave Refractor #’ed/299
  • Revved Upton #AN3b Refractor
  • Apple Cory #121a Refractor
  • Purchased Percy #AN6b Refractor
  • Berserk Kirk #116b Refractor
  • Juicy Jessica #105a Refractor
  • Beaky Becky #99a Refractor
  • Basking Robin #101b Refractor
  • Target Margaret #111a Refractor

2020 Topps WWE Finest Wrestling Hobby Box Break & Review x 2!

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Refractor Nuts

2020 Topps WWE Finest is every wrestling fan’s dream! It is the stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun! Woo! Woo! Woo!

If you enjoyed the refractor-filled goodness of 2020 Topps Chrome WWE, you should have a lot of fun with 2020 Topps WWE Finest. This is the first time the WWE has received the Finest treatment. Each master box comes with (2) mini-boxes. Inside each mini-box you’ll find (6) packs, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph. That’s a total of (12) packs, (4) parallels, and (2) autographs per master box.

The base set consists of (100) cards covering both the Men’s Division and Women’s Division for WWE and NXT stars. Parallels include – Refractor, X-Fractor (Blasters), Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Orange Refractor #’ed/50, Black Refractor #’ed/25, Gold Refractor #’ed/10, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Cards #101-#125 are part of the Extended Base set (Short Prints). People like The Big Show, Kane, John Cena, The Rock, Bret “Hit Man” Heart, Goldberg, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin have cards in here. Even Gronk got a card! Parallels of the SPs include Gold #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Both Finest and Chrome are a refractor lovers paradise. The main difference between the two are how the photos are displayed. Chrome goes full bleed and leaves the background intact. Finest crops out the background and swaps in a shiny patterned backdrop.

Pulling a SuperFractor is always atop the mind’s of collectors. Its incredibly difficult to do, but exciting when it happens. The SuperFractors found in 2020 Topps WWE Finest are a bit toned-down. What I’m trying to say is that the pattern doesn’t overtake the card and become the main focus. Very nice looking!

Autographs include Finest Autographs, Decade’s Finest Debuts Autographs, Decade’s Finest Returns Autographs, Decade’s Finest Superstars Autographs, and Finest Tag Teams Autographs.

Inserts include Decade’s Finest Debuts, Decade’s Finest Returns, Decade’s Finest Superstars, Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin, and Finest Tag Teams.

I really like how the Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin cards came out. They’re in the shape of a skull.

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club have been offered some interesting non-baseball products to purchase so far for the 2021 membership – Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Sapphire Edition, 2019/20 UEFA Champions League Chrome Sapphire Edition. I wouldn’t put it past Topps to see them come up with a WWE Chrome Sapphire Edition or something along that line. Just something to think about.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled from (2) master boxes:

Autos:

  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Sasha Banks
  • AJ Styles Decade’s Finest Debut
  • The Miz/John Morrison Finest Tag Teams

Parallels:

  • Rezar Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Lacey Evans Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • (2) Roman Reigns Refractor
  • (2) Cameron Grimes RC Refractor
  • (2) Damian Priest RC Refractor
  • (2) Akam Refractor

Inserts:

  • Zamboni Mayhem Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin
  • Booker T Finest Returns
  • Goldberg Finest Returns
  • The Rock Finest Returns
  • Samoa Joe Decade’s Finest Debut
  • AJ Styles Decade’s Finest Debut
  • Daniel Bryan Decade’s Finest Superstars
  • Kofi Kingston Decade’s Finest Superstars
  • Erik/Ivar Finest Tag Teams
  • Kyle O’Reilly/Bobby Fish Finest Tag Teams
  • Billie Kay/Peyton Royce Finest Tag Teams
  • The Miz/John Morrison Finest Tag Teams

2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Refractor Nuts

2020 has been a crazy year for sports cards. We’ve seen some incredible pulls, and big $$$ sales. With a ton of prospects making their debut this year, get ready for a slew of new rookie cards coming in 2021. Personally, I’m looking forward to rookie cards of Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm.

It has been twenty years since Stadium Club Chrome was a standalone product. In May of 2000 collectors received their first taste of what Chrome-styled Stadium Club cards would look like. Over the last few years collectors have enjoyed the Stadium Club Chrome inserts found within the main Stadium Club set.

2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome consists of (400) cards. That is (100) more cards compared to the standard Stadium Club product. Parallels include – Refractor, X-fractor (Blaster), Wave Refractor (1:113 packs), Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25 (Hobby), Red Refractor #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Autographs, Beam Team Autographs, and Lone Star Signatures.

Inserts include Beam Team, Emperors of the Zone, and Power Zone.

Photography has always been the driving force with this brand. On-card autographs on chrome stock with various refractors to chase takes it to a whole new level. Very eye appealing especially when the photo Topps used has a brightly colored background.

This product’s return has been highly anticipated ever since it was first announced. It appeals to a variety of collectors. Even if you don’t pull a life altering hit you’re guaranteed to find some attractive cards you can add to your collection.

2020 certainly is the year for Chrome. Everything seems to be getting a Chrome edition. It won’t be long until we see Stadium Club Chrome Sapphire Edition.

When in doubt, Chrome it out.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Mike Brosseau RC

Parallels:

  • Derek Jeter Wave Refractor
  • Manny Machado Refractor
  • Shun Yamaguchi RC Refractor
  • Ozzie Smith Refractor
  • Kolten Wong Refractor
  • Travis Demeritte RC Refractor
  • Brandon Woodruff Refractor
  • Hunter Renfroe Refractor

Inserts:

  • Luis Severino Emperors of the Zone
  • Chipper Jones Power Zone
  • Gavin Lux RC Beam Team
  • Justin Verlander Beam Team
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Beam Team
  • Luis Robert RC Beam Team

Notable Rookies:

  • Yordan Alvarez RC #69
  • Nico Hoerner RC #253

(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

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 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

2020 Topps Heritage Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/On-card autograph aficionados

In the words of Darth Vader – “You don’t know the power of the dark side.”  We all knew this day was coming.  It was only a matter of time until the 1971 Topps Baseball design came around to be used for Heritage.  I love this design.  Its one of my favorite vintage sets.  With those dark black borders it makes it one of the most condition sensitive sets of all time.  Key cards from the original set include Hall of Famers such as Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Reggie Jackson, Brooks Robinson, Thurman Munson, Roberto Clemente, and Johnny Bench to name a few.  Guys like Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Ted Simmons, and Bert Blyleven all have their rookies in the ’71 Topps Baseball set.

A hobby box will yield (24) packs with (9) cards per pack.  Each box comes with (1) relic or (1) autograph.  A box topper should also be awaiting you on top of the packs.

2020 Topps Heritage consists of a whopping (500) cards.  The last (100) #401-#500 are SPs.  Parallels include Flip Stock (Hobby) #’ed/5, and White #’ed/50 (Hobby).  Traditionally, Black Border cards are #’ed/50 but given the base set already has a black border Topps needed to switch that parallel to another color.  (350) cards have French Text parallels.  (132) cards have Mini parallels #’ed/100.  (100) have Chrome parallels which can be broken down into Purple Hot Box (Hobby/Blaster), Refractor #’ed/571, White #’ed/71, Gold #’ed/5 (Hobby), and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

Photo variations play a major role in many Topps products.  For some reason I always get the feeling that the ones found in Heritage command more demand.  Its amazing to see the amount of money a collector is willing to pay for a variation compared to an autograph of that same player from the exact product.  I heavily advise checking for them.  You can use the CMP code or as it is the case with Heritage many variation types are printed right on the back.

  • Base – #13
  • Base SP – #27
  • French Text – #40
  • Error – #44
  • Missing Signature – #45
  • Throwback – #46
  • Action Image – #47
  • Silver Team Name – #48
  • Nickname – #49

Autographs include Real One Autographs, Real One Dual Autographs, Real One Triple Autographs, Senators Final Season Autographs, and Cut Signatures.

Autograph Relics include Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics, Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics, and Flashbacks Autograph Relics.

Relics include Clubhouse Collection Relics, Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics, Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics, Clubhouse Collection Quad Relics, 1971 Mint Relics, and 1971 U.S. Postage Stamp Relics.

Inserts include 20 Giants Seasons, 20 Giants Seasons Buybacks, 1971 Bazooka Numbered Test Minis, 1971 Topps Play Baseball Scratch-Off, 1971 Topps Baseball Tattoos (Retail), Baseball Flashbacks, New Age Performers, News Flashbacks, Then and Now, and 2020 MLB Sticker Collection Previews.

Box Toppers include 1971 Topps Greatest Moments, 1971 Topps Super Baseball, 1971 Topps Super Baseball Autographs, and 1971 Topps Originals.

My favorite cards remain the Real One Autographs.  Combining on-card autographs with a treasure trove of classic Topps designs is a winner in my book.

Heritage has a lot of depth to it.  There are tons of really rare hits that you could pull, but that shouldn’t be the #1 reason for busting a box.  A Clubhouse Collection Relic is most likely going to be your hit.  You might have to open a few boxes to even find an autograph.  Take your time in opening it.  Know what to look for, and don’t rush.  This is one of the most nostalgic sets of the year.  Enjoy the card collecting experience.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Daniel Vogelbach Clubhouse Collection Relic

Chrome

  • Carlos Santana Chrome Refractor #’ed/571

Variation

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Action Image #437

SPs

  • DJ Lemahieu #415
  • Alex Verdugo #459
  • Michael Brantley #425
  • Elvis Andrus #401
  • Daniel Vogelbach #461
  • Kyle Schwarber #409
  • Hunter Dozier #487
  • J.D. Martinez #423

Inserts

  • Willie Stargell/Pete Alonso Then & Now
  • Max Fried New Age Performers
  • Bo Bichette RC New Age Performers
  • 20 Giants Seasons – Willie Mays #17
  • 20 Giants Seasons – Willie Mays #20
  • D.B. Cooper Disappears After Hijacking – News Flashbacks ’71
  • Tom’s As Terrific As Ever vs. Pirates – Baseball Flashbacks ’71
  • Carew Embarks on Epic Tear to Hit .300 – Baseball Flashbacks ’71

Box Topper

  • Jim Palmer – 1971 Topps Greatest Moments

Notable Rookies

  • Bo Bichette/Anthony Kay #52
  • Dustin May/Gavix Lux #188
  • Brendan McKay/Mike Brosseau #161
  • Austin Nola/Kyle Lewis/Justin Dunn #391

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/New Rookie Card Hunters

A new baseball season is upon us.  The trucks are being unloaded.  The bubble gum is ready to be chewed.  The players are arriving.  Spring Training gives teams the opportunity to stretch their legs, and showcase some of their young talent.  Who’s going to be the surprise stars?  Which prospects will get the call to the big leagues?  Who’s going to the World Series?  These are all questions which will be answered in the coming months.  One thing is for sure.  Topps will be there to cover it all.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball kicked-off with a Million Card Rip Party at AT&T Stadium.  Some of the best and well respected group/box breakers in the hobby gathered together for a massive Rip Party.  The party went late into the night until one million cards had been opened.

2019 National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso arrived to open the first pack.  Topps even had specially made Pete Alonso autograph cards for the event’s participants.  These feature the 2020 Topps flagship design, are serial numbered to (100) copies, and have the Topps Million Card Rip Party logo in the upper-right corner.

Throughout this historic event Topps interviewed Pete Alonso and various other breakers.  When you’re opening that many boxes some awesome cards are bound to be pulled.  Chris Justice of Cards Infinity pulled an insane Mike Trout/Ken Griffey, Jr. Baseball Stars Dual Autograph #’ed/5.

A lot of collectors have been eagerly awaiting this latest Topps flagship set.  Aristides Aquino, Gavin Lux, Bo Bichette, and Yordan Alvarez are just some of the players who have their first RC logo cards in here.  Yordan Alvarez has both the RC logo and Gold Cup logo on his base rookie.  That’s something you don’t see often.

Inside a hobby box such as this you’ll find (24) packs with (14) cards per pack.  The second you open the box you’ll be greeted with a special Silver Pack.  Housed inside that pack are 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome cards.  If you’re lucky you might pull a parallel or autograph.

The base set consists of (350) cards.  Parallels include: Yellow (Walgreens), Purple (Meijer), Rainbow (1:10), Gold Foil (1:2 Jumbo), Gold #’ed/2020, Advanced Stat #’ed/300, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/69 (Hobby/Jumbo), Mother’s Day Hot Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  (100) cards have Clear parallels #’ed/10.

It wouldn’t be a flagship set without photo variations.  There are tons to look for.  Over (100) to be exact.  I’ve always found checking the CMP codes to be the most efficient way in identifying them.

  • Base – #269
  • SP – #284
  • SSP – #285

Technically considered a parallel compared to a photo variation, the CMP code for the Advanced Stat cards end in #283 and are #’ed/300.

Many of the photos used for the base set are quite fun.  Some look as if they’ed be used in Stadium Club.

The hobby box format comes with (1) autograph or relic.  Jumbos guarantee (2) relics and (1) autograph.

I’m happy to see Turkey Red make a comeback as retail exclusive inserts.  You can even find Chrome Turkey Red cards.  Mixing the artistic filter with chrome technology was a wise choice.

Another new thing I like are the Rookie Card Retrospective RC Logo Medallion Manufactured Relics.  Little RC logo medallions are embedded into classic Topps rookie card reprints.  They just look really cool.

Topps knows that collectors enjoy special experiences.  Lucky collectors can pull certificates for the “Celebration of the Decades” event.  According to Topps, “Winners will be invited to an exclusive experiential event that will be talked about for decades!”

The 2020 baseball card collecting season has begun!

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Rhys Hoskins 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Relic

1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack

  • Jesus Luzardo RC
  • Dustin May RC
  • Kris Bryant
  • Whit Merrifield

Parallels

  • Randy Johnson Topps Choice Black #’ed/299
  • Yuli Gurriel Advanced Stat #’ed/300
  • Anthony Rendon Gold #’ed/2020
  • Randy Arozarena RC Gold #’ed/2020
  • Big Air, Big Hair Rainbow
  • Danny Hultz RC Rainbow
  • Tyler White Rainbow

Inserts

  • Pete Alonso Home Run Challenge
  • Justin Verlander 2019 Topps Now Review
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Topps Choice
  • Austin Riley Decade’s Next
  • Orlando Cepeda Decades’ Best
  • Max Scherzer Decades’ Best
  • Stan Musial Decades’ Best
  • Houston Astros Decades’ Best
  • Rod Carew 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Wade Boggs 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Trevor Bauer 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Alex Young RC 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Mookie Betts 1985 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary

Notable Rookies

  • Aristides Aquino RC #20
  • Yordan Alvarez RC #276
  • Gavin Lux RC #292
  • Bo Bichette RC #78