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

2019 Topps Holiday Baseball Mega Box Break & Review

Hey look!  My local Walmart finally got some 2019 Topps Holiday Baseball Mega Boxes.  Walmart exclusive!  I’ve been wanting to try a box.  The Walmart here doesn’t have the best card section like some others do.  In store, a box should cost around $20.

The 2019 Topps Holiday Baseball Mega Box set consists of (200) cards.  Parallels include Metallic (1:2 packs), and Gold Metallic #’ed 1/1 (1:7,045 packs).

New for 2019 are the Base Short Print Variations.  Its hard to believe that none of the past Holiday boxes have had these.  There are three types that you can pull.  Each can be identified by the CMP code on the back.

  • SP (1:7) – #063
  • Rare (1:20) – #064
  • Super Rare (1:161) – #065

Given that this is a holiday-themed set, all Base Short Print Variations have some type of holiday element added to them in addition to the holly berry border.  Candy cane bats, Christmas socks, and Santa Claus hiding out in the background are all great examples of what you can find.  My Base Short Print Variation was found upside down in the pack.

Housed inside each box are (10) packs.  Among those packs there should be (1) relic, autograph, or autograph relic.  My favorite hits are the Holiday Faux Relics.  These cards feature fictional relics from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Frosty The Snowman, and even the Workshop Elves.  Cards like this always make interesting conversation pieces.  I know a lot of people like to make fun of them.  But imagine pulling one of these cards out around Christmas time.  It would create a memory that would last a lifetime.  Every holiday season you could bring it back out to display while remembering where you were, and who was around you when it happened.

Isn’t creating memories a core part of collecting?

If I would’ve pulled the Pete Alonso Gold Metallic #’ed 1/1 I could’ve gotten the entire Alonso rainbow from one box.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Nomar Mazara

Base Short Print Variation

  • Shohei Ohtani SP

Parallels

  • Pete Alonso RC Metallic
  • Kolton Wong Metallic
  • Pedro Avila RC Metallic
  • Jake Arrieta Metallic
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Metallic

Notable Rookies

  • Pete Alonso RC
  • Yusei Kikuchi RC
  • Keston Hiura RC
  • Nick Senzel RC
  • Michael Chavis RC
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. RC
  • Cavan Biggio RC
  • Carter Kieboom RC

2019 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Jumbo Box Break & Review

The third and final major prospecting pillar of 2019 has arrived.  It all began with Bowman, then came Bowman Chrome, and now Bowman Draft.  I believe Bowman Draft receives the most attention as it has the first prospect cards for newly drafted 2019 players.  Collectors, flippers, and investors all want to get their hands on them.

2019 Bowman Draft’s base set consists of (200) cards.  Parallel cards that you can pull include Sky Blue #’ed/499, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25 (Jumbo), Red #’ed/5, Black #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Every single card in the main base set has a Chrome counterpart.  Parallels of the Chrome cards include Refractor, Sky Blue (Jumbo), Purple #’ed/250, Sparkles, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25 (Jumbo), Red #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(14) Chrome cards have photo variations – Adley Rutschman, Alek Manoah, Josh Jung, Hunter Bishop, Riley Greene, Shea Langeliers, CJ Abrams, Victor Victor Mesa, Wander Franco, Andrew Vaughn, Joey Bart, J.J. Bleday, Nick Lodolo, and Seth Beer.  The CMP code for these variations ends in #763.  With the exception of Hunter Bishop and Alek Manoah, variations have autographed versions #’ed/99.

Coming (3) to a Jumbo box and (5) to a Super Jumbo box, autographs of newly drafted prospects are #1 on breaker’s radar.  Autograph types include Chrome Draft Pick Autographs, 1989 Bowman 30th Anniversary Autographs, Class of 2019 Autographs, Draft Night Autographs, Draft Pick Breakdown Autographs, Franchise Futures Dual Autographs, Under Armour Game Autographs, and Chrome Top of the Class Box Toppers Autographs.

Inserts include 1989 Bowman 30th Anniversary, Draft Pick Breakdown, Draft Progression Trios, Franchise Futures, and Chrome Top of the Class Box Toppers.

When it comes to products like Bowman Draft, you’ll find people spending thousands of dollars for a card picturing a player who is years away from making their MLB debut.  Others will attempt to convince you which players you should put you’re money into.  Don’t let any of this intimidate you.  Open what you want to open.  Collect what you want to collect.  Prospecting can be fun, but make sure you’re doing it within your own budget.  Do your own research.  Think for yourself.  Don’t worry about what others are doing.  Most importantly… have fun!

As a Phillies fan, I always hold out prospects from the Phillies.  I also hold out any cards of players who have photo variations too.  Players who have photo variations tend to be the ones in which people think have the most potential.  That’s my personal strategy.  Lots of future potential.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Davis Wendzel Chrome Draft Pick Purple Refractor Auto #’ed/250
  • Ryan Zeferjahn Chrome Draft Pick Auto
  • Tyler Baum Chrome Draft Pick Auto

Parallels

  • Matt Mercer Green #’ed/99
  • Anthony Seigler Purple #’ed/250
  • Ethan Small Sky Blue #’ed/499
  • Ronny Mauricio Chrome Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Cristian Javier Chrome Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Eric Yang Chrome Sky Blue Refractor
  • Jack Kochanowicz Chrome Refractor
  • Nick Quintana Chrome Refractor
  • Tyler Callihan Chrome Refractor
  • Tony Locey Chrome Refractor
  • Erik Rivera Chrome Refractor
  • Anthony Prato Chrome Refractor
  • Cal Mitchell Chrome Refractor
  • Ronny Mauricio Chrome Refractor
  • Spencer Brickhouse Chrome Refractor
  • Tyler Fitzgerald Chrome Refractor
  • Joey Bart Chrome Refractor
  • Jared Triolo Chrome Refractor
  • Royce Lewis Chrome Refractor
  • Julio Rodriguez Chrome Refractor
  • Brice Turang Chrome Refractor
  • Jake Agnos Chrome Refractor
  • Tim Tebow Chrome Refractor
  • Josh Smith Chrome Refractor
  • Logan Wyatt Chrome Refractor
  • Andrew Schultz Chrome Refractor
  • Conner Capel Chrome Refractor
  • J.J. Bleday Chrome Refractor
  • Hudson Head Chrome Refractor

Inserts

  • CJ Abrams 1989 Bowman 30th Anniversary
  • Hunter Bishop Draft Pick Breakdown
  • CJ Abrams Draft Pick Breakdown
  • MacKenzie Gore/Ryan Weathers/CJ Abrams Draft Progression
  • Cal Mitchell/Travis Swaggerty/Quinn Priester Draft Progression
  • Heliot Ramos/Joey Bart/Hunter Bishop Draft Progression
  • Pavin Smith/Jake McCarthy/Corbin Carroll Draft Progression
  • Kody Hoese/Michael Busch Franchise Futures
  • Blake Walston/Brennan Malone Franchise Futures
  • Quinn Priester/Sammy Siani Franchise Futures
  • Adley Rutschman/Gunnar Henderson Franchise Futures

2019 Topps High Tek Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Topps Tek made it’s debut to the world in 1998.  The various background patterns gave collectors what seemed like an endless amount of cards to collect.  Some of these patterns are much more difficult to obtain than others.  I’m sure there are collectors still attempting to finish their sets they started over twenty years ago.

I’m so happy that this brand got an overhaul compared to it’s recently revived predecessors.  Over the past few years trying to follow which patterns and parallels go with each player got a bit confusing.

What’s changed?  A lot.  Instead of getting (1) pack with (40) cards and (2) autographs, we now get (3) mini-boxes containing (6) cards and (1) autograph per mini-box.  Less cards, but more autographs.

Only (3) patterns highlight the base set.  There is a different pattern for rookies, current stars, and retired players.  Each have the same parallels.  In my opinion, this makes things so much easier.

The 2019 Topps High Tek base set consists of (112) cards.  Parallels that you can pull include White (1 per pack), Blue (1 per pack), Green #’ed/150, Purple #’ed/99, Pink #’ed/75, Black #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Gold #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include High Tek Autographs, CelebraTEK Autographs, Future TEK Autographs, PortraiTEK Autographs, ReflecTEK Autographs, and TEK Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include CelebraTEK, Future TEK, PortraiTEK, and ReflecTEK.

I’m a sucker when it comes to on-card acetate autographs.  Not only is the 2019 format easier to follow, but for the same price as previous years you get an additional autograph.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Lance McCullers Jr. High Tek Red Auto #’ed/10
  • Brad Keller RC High Tek Purple Auto #’ed/99
  • Elvis Luciano RC High Tek Auto

Parallels

  • Mookie Betts Black #’ed/50
  • Miguel Cabrera Purple #’ed/99
  • Jacob deGrom Green #’ed/150
  • Jose Ramirez Blue
  • Jose Ramirez White
  • Touki Toussaint RC White

Base

  • Jose Ramirez #16
  • Anthony Rizzo #71
  • Justin Verlander #24
  • Paul Goldschmidt #108
  • Andrew Benintendi #6
  • Nolan Arenado #77
  • Derek Jeter #38
  • Christin Stewart RC #19
  • Javier Baez #72

2019 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

I’ve been a fan of Triple Threads since the days when they came packaged in those funky triangle boxes.  Remember those?  Every year while opening up my box of Triple Threads I’m reminded of my first experience with this product.  Its a story I tell with my box break and review each year.  I’ll continue to do it as long as this brand sticks around.

I opened my first pack of Triple Threads while attending the 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.  This was my first National.  I purchased it from Dave & Adam’s Card World.  Taking that pack over to the food court and opening it up unveiled a Roger Clemens/Tom Seaver/Doc Gooden Triple Auto/Relic #’ed 1/1.  This is a memory that will stick in my head forever.  Isn’t capturing classic moments on cardboard while creating lifetime memories what collecting is all about?

The Triple Threads brand has been driven by relics and autographs since it’s birth in 2006.  2019 Topps Triple Threads continues that tradition.  Despite relics and autographs being the main focus, there is a base set to collect.  The latest Triple Threads set consists of (100) cards.  Parallels include Amethyst #’ed/299, Emerald #’ed/259, Amber #’ed/199, Gold #’ed/99, Citrine #’ed/75, Onyx #’ed/50, Sapphire #’ed/25, Ruby #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Rookies & Future Phenoms Autograph Relics, Rookie Autographs, Autograph Single Jumbo Relics, Triple Threads Autograph Relics, Triple Threads Autograph Relic Combo, 150 Years of Baseball Triple Autograph Relics, Pieces of the Game Autograph Relics, Jumbo Plus Autograph Relic Books, Letter Plus Autograph Relic Books, Windows into Greatness Autograph Relic Books, Deca Autograph Relic Books, Deca Autographed Relic Combo Books, Cut Above Cut Signatures, and Dual Cut Above Autograph Books.

Relics include Triple Threads Relics, Triple Threads Relics Combos, Triple Threads Single Jumbo Relics, 150 Years of Baseball Triple Relics, Pieces of the Game Relics, Windows into Greatness Relic Books, All-Star Patches, All-Star Jumbo ASG Patch Books, All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Team Patch Books, All-Star Laundry Tag Books, All-Star Majestic Logo Patches, Bat Nameplate Books, Bat Knob Books, Jumbo Plus Relic Books, Letter Plus Relic Books, Jumbo Letter/Number/Logo Books, Jumbo Patch Combo Books, and Deca Relic Combo Books.

Each master box of 2019 Topps Triple Threads comes with (2) mini-boxes.  Inside each mini-box you’ll find (2) hits.  A master box will cost a little over $200.

My box of Triple Threads really delivered some nice looking cards.  If a master box is too much of a risk for you, picking up singles on the secondary market might be you’re best option.  Remember, this hobby should be about having fun.  Open what you want to open.  Collect what you want to collect.  Don’t worry about what other people are pouring their money into.

If you’ve enjoyed Triple Threads in the past like I have, I believe you’ll have fun with it’s 2019 incarnation.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relics

  • Lou Brock/Tim Raines/Rickey Henderson 150 Years of Baseball Triple Auto Relic #’ed/9
  • Zack Wheeler Auto Single Jumbo Relic Gold #’ed/25

Relics

  • Eric Hosmer Triple Threads Relics Gold #’ed/9
  • George Springer Triple Threads Single Jumbo Relic #’ed/36

Parallels

  • Bryce Harper Amber #’ed/199
  • Jacob deGrom Emerald #’ed/259
  • Trey Mancini Emerald #’ed/259
  • Trey Mancini Amethyst #’ed/299

Base

  • Cody Bellinger #17
  • Kris Bryant #26
  • Shohei Ohtani #87
  • Nolan Arenado #80
  • Trey Mancini #44
  • Jackie Robinson #50

2019 Topps Update Series Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Of the three flagship sets, I believe Topps Update Series is the biggest one collectors look forward to the most.  It features players in their new uniforms if they were recently traded, and newly called-up rookies.  I’m not one to think of modern-day sports cards as investments, but have you seen the price of last year’s Update Series?  With rookies of Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña Jr. those boxes have skyrocketed.  A sealed hobby box now goes for over $200, while jumbos have topped $300.  As I said, today’s cards shouldn’t be thought of as investments, but price increases can happen.  Just because 2018 Update Series has gone up in price doesn’t mean 2019 Update Series will.  Collect what you like, and don’t worry about the money.

2019 Topps Update Series consists of (300) cards.  Parallels include Purple (Meijer), 150th Anniversary (1:6 packs), Rainbow Foil (1:10 packs), Gold #’ed/2,019, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/67 (Hobby/Jumbo), Mother’s Day 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) subjects have Clear (Hobby) parallels #’ed/10.

You can’t have a Topps flagship set without a few photo variations.  There are a bunch to look for.  Luckily they tend to be located near the center of the pack.  I tend to use the CMP codes:

  • Base – #010
  • SP Variation – #055
  • SSP Variation – #057

Autographs include 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs, Legacy of Baseball Autographs, 150 Years of Professional Baseball Autographs, Bryce Harper Highlights Autographs (Walmart only), Est. 1869 Autographs, Iconic Card Reprints Autographs, Shohei Ohtani Highlights Autographs (Target only), The Family Business Autographs, and Cut Signatures.

Autograph Relics include All-Star Stitches Autographs, All-Star Stitches Jumbo Patch Autographs, All-Star Stitches Dual Autographs, Topps Reverence Autograph Patch (Hobby/Jumbo), 150th Anniversary Manufactured Medallion Autographs (Hobby/Jumbo only), and 150th Anniversary Manufactured Patch Autographs (Relic Blaster only).

Relics include All-Star Stitches Relics, All-Star Stitches Jumbo Patch, All-Star Stitches Dual Relics, All-Star Stitches Triple Relics, Major League Material, Own The Name Nameplate Letter Relics (Hobby/Jumbo), 150th Anniversary Manufactured Medallion Relics (Hobby/Jumbo), and 150th Anniversary Manufactured Patch Relics.

Inserts include 150 Years of Professional Baseball, 1984 Topps Baseball, Bryce Harper Highlights (Walmart only), Est. 1869, Iconic Card Reprints, Perennial All-Stars (Retail only), Shohei Ohtani Highlights (Target only), The Family Business, All-Time Great Redemptions, and 1984 Oversized Box Loaders (Hobby/Jumbo).

One of the best things Topps did was insert the Silver Packs inside the actual box.  In the past these were meant to be handed out at hobby shops and online retailers.  Hobby boxes come with one, and jumbos are packed with two.  Having them packed inside the box guarantees that you’ll receive them.

A single hobby box will come with (1) hit.  That hit will most likely be a relic.  As you’ll see that wasn’t the case for me.  There are tons of high-end hits to pull, but Update Series has really become about the rookies.

Its time to say goodbye to the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship design.  2020 Topps Baseball Series 1 will be here before you know it.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Carter Kieboom 1984 Topps RC Red Parallel Auto #’ed/25

Silver Pack

  • Brendan Rodgers 1984 Topps RC Blue #’ed/150
  • Griffin Canning 1984 Topps RC
  • Rafael Devers 1984 Topps
  • Gary Sanchez 1984 Topps

Parallels

  • Matt Chapman ASG Independence Day #’ed/76
  • Miguel Cabrera 1984 Topps 150th Anniversary #’ed/150
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Home Run Derby Rainbow Foil
  • Josh Donaldson Rainbow Foil
  • Shane Green ASG Gold #’ed/2019
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu ASG Gold #’ed/2019
  • Josh Naylor RC Gold #’ed/2019
  • Ian Kinsler 150th Anniversary
  • Kyle Bird RC 150th Anniversary
  • Josh Harrison 150th Anniversary
  • Walker Buehler ASG 150th Anniversary

Inserts

  • Ken Griffey, Jr. Iconic Card Reprints
  • Cecil Fielder The Family Business
  • Javier Baez 150 Years of Professional Baseball
  • Jackie Robinson 150 Years of Professional Baseball
  • Bert Blyleven 150 Years of Professional Baseball
  • Willie Mays 150 Years of Professional Baseball
  • Corbin Martin 1984 Topps
  • Nelson Cruz 1984 Topps
  • Adam Jones 1984 Topps
  • Willie Mays 1984 Topps
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1984 Topps
  • Paul Goldschmidt 1984 Topps

2019 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Within the last couple of weeks Topps has released two products which are configured similarly.  The first being 2019 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Player Edition and 2019 Topps Clearly Authentic.  If I were you, I’d spend the extra $10 on a box of Clearly Authentic.  After seeing the card I pulled from my box, and watching other breaks online, Clearly Authentic has been quite solid across the board.

At $56 per box its quite the gamble for just one card.  Then again, if all you’re doing this for is the money you’re not in this hobby for the right reason.  Its meant to be fun, not an investment tool.

Housed inside every box is (1) encased on-card autograph acetate card.  The product has a mix of current players, retired stars, and Hall of Famers.  All on classic card designs with an acetate twist.

Clearly Authentic Autographs (2019 Topps flagship design) – Green #’ed/99 (1:4), Black #’ed/75 (1:16), Red #’ed/50 (1:21), Blue #’ed/25 (1:39), Purple #’ed/10 (1:97), Orange #’ed/5 (1:193), and Gold #’ed 1/1 (1:1,024).

Clearly Authentic 1952 Reimagining Autographs – Sepia #’ed 1/1 (1:999).

Clearly Authentic 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs – Green #’ed/99 (1:28), Black #’ed/75 (1:32), Red #’ed/50 (1:46), Blue #’ed/25 (1:91), Purple #’ed/10 (1:222), Orange #’ed/5 (1:444), and Gold #’ed 1/1 (1:2,219).

Clearly Authentic 150 Years of Professional Baseball Autographs – Green #’ed/99 (1:52), Black #’ed/75 (1:42), Red #’ed/50 (1:63), Blue #’ed/25 (1:129), Purple #’ed/10 (1:339), Orange #’ed/5 (1:655), and Gold #’ed 1/1 (1:3,993).

Clearly Authentic T206 Autographs – Blue #’ed/25 (1:63), Purple #’ed/10 (1:101), Orange #’ed/5 (1:203), and Gold #’ed 1/1 (1:1,051).

I’ve had a lot of luck with this product.  Pulls from this product in the past include autographs of Don Mattingly and Jose Altuve.  This year certainly didn’t disappoint.

Its a quick-thrill with tons of rarities to find.  The Clearly Authentic brand is quickly becoming a popular release collectors look forward to.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Clearly Authentic Auto Black Parallel #’ed/75