What’s Inside A SportsCards.com Mystery Box?

SportsCards.com sells a variety of monthly subscription boxes, has an eBay Store, and their database allows you to see completed eBay auction listings long after they’re not visible directly on eBay anymore.  I received this box as a gift.

What was in this Mystery Box?

  • (1) pack of 2019 Leaf Draft Football
  • Fred Lynn 1976 Topps #50
  • Ty Cobb – A Word From – Sample Card
  • Marquese Chriss 2016-17 Donruss Newly Crowned Relic
  • Buck Leonard 1978 Grand Slam #36 BGS Authentic Auto

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2019 Topps Luminaries Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

How could I possibly forget the day when Luminaries arrived on the scene.  It was during the fall of 2017.  Upon opening my box I found a redemption card waiting for me.  That redemption card was for a Frank Thomas Autographed Letter Patch Book #’ed 1/1.  One of the best pulls of my life.  I immediately redeemed it, and within a matter of weeks it arrived.

In 2018 Luminaries moved to a summer release.  From that box I pulled a Ozzie Smith Autograph #’ed/15.

Sticking to a late summer release, Luminaries makes it’s return for 2019.  This product is for the real gamblers out there.  Packaged inside each box is (1) card.  That card is guaranteed to be an autograph or autograph/relic numbered to (15) or less.

As of this writing a box will cost $220.

Hits come in a variety of forms – Hit Kings Autographs, Home Run Kings Autographs, Masters of the Mound Autographs, Lighting the Way Dual Autographs, Hit Kings Autograph Relics, Hit Kings Autograph Patches, Home Run Kings Autograph Relics, Home Run Kings Autograph Patches, Masters of the Mound Autograph Relics, Masters of the Mound Autograph Patches, Lighting the Way Dual Autograph Relics, Hit Kings Autograph Patch Dual Book, Hit Kings Ultra Book, Hit Kings Ultimate Book, Home Run Kings Autograph Patch Dual Book, Home Run Kings Autograph Patch Triple Book, Home Run Kings Ultra Book, Home Run Kings Ultimate Book, Masters of the Mound Autograph Patch Dual Book, Masters of the Mound Ultra Book, The Greatest Book, Letters Autograph Book, Cut Signatures, Cut Signature Relics, Cut Signature Bat Knob Book, and Lighting the Way Autograph/Cut Signature Book.

Its quite the gamble for $220.  Then again, if all you’re doing is opening these boxes for the money you’re not in this hobby for the right reasons.  If the box price is too high and you’re a player collector picking up singles on the secondary market might be your best way to go.  Quick-thrill.  Lots of potential big hits.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Chris Sale Masters of the Mound Red Auto #’ed/10

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2019 Topps Fire Baseball Collectors Box Break & Review

Heading to Target soon?  If so, take a wander over to their card section to see if they have any boxes of 2019 Topps Fire left.  This artistic set with designs by Tyson Beck is one of the most colorful products Topps issues.

As a retail-only product exclusive to Target there are a few different formats as to how you can enjoy this brand – Collectors Box, Blasters, and Fat Packs.  Each one has their own special stuff to look for.  Fat Packs are the only place you’ll find Blue Chip parallels.  Blasters contain Gold Minted parallels.  A Collectors Box is what a hobby box would be.  It has (2) hits.

2019 Topps Fire is a colorful explosion that features (200) cards.  Parallels include Blue Chip (Fat Pack), Gold Minted (Blaster), Flame (1:4), Orange #’ed/299 (1:11), Green #’ed/199 (1:17), Purple #’ed/99 (1:33), Magenta #’ed/25 (1:129), Onyx SSP (1:242), and Inferno #’ed 1/1 (1:3,568).

Autographs include Fire Autographs, Dual Autographs #’ed/20 or less, Triple Autographs #’ed/5, Flame Throwers Artist Autographs #’ed/10, and Fired Up Artist Autographs #’ed/10.

Relics include Fire Autograph Patch #’ed/25 or less, Fire Autograph Laundry Tag #’ed 1/1, and Fire Relics.

The inserts really shine with Fire.  En Fuego, Fired Up, Flame Throwers, Lasting Legacies, Maximum Velocity, and Smoke and Mirrors highlight the inserts.

Like I mentioned earlier, a Collectors Box is equal to what a hobby box would be.  One should cost $70.  If there isn’t a Target near you, they do sell them online.  The 2019 set seems a bit brighter to me when comparing it to last year’s set.  As nice as the base set and it’s parallels look, the inserts are what pop out to me the most.

Not everyone has access to a local card shop.  If a retail setting is the only place you purchase your cards, I highly recommend giving 2019 Fire a try.  Even if you don’t get a life altering hit, after all of those packs have been ripped there should be a nice selection of inserts and a decent amount of rookies to add to your collection.

Way above average box here.  Nice surprises!  Bonus hit!

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Alex Verdugo Fire Relic

Auto/Relic

  • Ramon Laureano Fire Auto/Patch Blue #’ed/15

Auto

  • Pete Alonso Fire Auto

Parallels

  • Taylor Ward Purple #’ed/99
  • Brandon Crawford Green #’ed/199
  • Joey Votto Orange #’ed/299
  • Manny Machado Orange #’ed/299
  • Stephen Strasburg Flame
  • David Fletcher Flame
  • Austin Hedges Flame
  • David Ortiz Flame
  • DJ Stewart Flame

Inserts

  • Giancarlo Stanton/Reggie Jackson Lasting Legacies
  • Carlos Correa Fired Up
  • Franchy Cordero Maximum Velocity
  • Corey Kluber Smoke and Mirrors
  • Luis Severino Smoke and Mirrors
  • Chris Sale Flame Throwers
  • Aroldis Chapman Flame Throwers
  • Ivan Rodriguez En Fuego
  • Miguel Cabrera En Fuego
  • Freddie Freeman En Fuego

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