2018 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball Box Break & Review

Topps introduced us to Clearly Authentic last year.  It quickly became one of my favorite new products, especially after pulling a Don Mattingly Rookie Reprint Auto.  Classic designs, on-card autographs, and acetate card stock can make for some interesting finds.

Housed inside every box of Clearly Authentic is (1) autographed card.  Boxes sell for $50-$60.  For the most part, the card you pull will feature the 2018 Topps flagship design along with a new image of that specific player.  Parallels of these include Green #’ed/99, Black #’ed/75, Red #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Purple #’ed/10, Orange #’ed/5, and Gold #’ed 1/1.

Outside of the flagship design are Salute and MLB Awards.  Both of these have the same parallels as the base – Green #’ed/99, Black #’ed/75, Red #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Purple #’ed/10, Orange #’ed/5, and Gold #’ed 1/1.

Case hits include 1993 Finest StarsReprints, and Legendary autographs.  All vary in serial numbering, but each have a Gold parallel #’ed 1/1.  The Reprints have really caught the eye of collectors, and are my personal favorite cards that you can pull.

I’ve noticed that boxes containing redemptions come with (2) autographs.  That certainly is a nice bonus.

Too many people bash products because what they pull might not get all of their money back.  You’re not thinking correctly if that’s all you want to do.  For some, picking up singles on the secondary market might work better.  Either way lots of collectors can enjoy this product.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Jose Altuve MLB Awards Blue Auto #’ed/25

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2018 Little League World Series Pin Pickups

All eyes are on Williamsport, PA for the next week as the Little League World Series takes place.  Baseball fans from all over the world have made their way to Williamsport.  Hotels are booked.  Restaurants are packed.  Parking lots are full.  And pins have become the next best thing to currency.  Pins are all over the place.  They’ve got commemorative pins made for everything.

While the Little League World Series is going on, I usually pick a day to go up and look around their campus.  There is always a lot happening.  I’m a big pin collector.  I’ve got lanyards full of them.  Over the last few years I’ve found it a bit more difficult to score free pins from the corporate sponsors.  This is mainly due to you having to register with an electronic bracelet, and use all types of cell phone apps.  Perhaps that stuff is all great for the kids, but for an older pin collector like myself I find it to be an inconvenience.  Luckily, I take a handful of my Sports Card Info pins with me and use them to barter with these sponsors in order to get around all of that.  In some cases it works, and others not.

Dunkin’ Donuts was my first stop.  Little League came next.  Following that was 4th Street downtown, Penn College, The Thomas T. Taber Museum, and then some more businesses on Williamsport’s Golden Strip.  Pins just popup everywhere.  I was able to get a lot more pins from the corporate sponsors setup at Little League than originally thought.  My Sports Card Info pins really helped out.

Pin collecting at Little League is like opening a pack of cards.  You don’t know what might happen.  A man walked over and randomly handed me a pin.  I didn’t catch his name, but I believe it was Troy Lare.  He had what looked like a Little League World Series ring on.  Judging by the pin, he is an umpire from Maine.  Very cool find, and not something you can just pickup anywhere.  I have very few umpire pins.

At the end of the day, I ended up with (24) new pins that filled up (3) lanyards.

The Phillies lost to the Mets 8-2 in this year’s MLB Little League Classic.  Next year’s MLB Little League Classic takes place on 8/18/19 between the Pirates and Cubs.

I’d really like to see Topps have a corporate booth at Little League.  It seems like a perfect fit.  Hopefully someday they can work something out.  Topps could have pins, special cards, make your own baseball card, and perhaps bring in a big league player to sign autographs.

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Card of the Day: Scott Rogowsky 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter NSCC Auto

Nationals ’18 Topps Museum Collection Patch Contest!

This contest is for a Max Scherzer/Stephen Strasburg 2018 Topps Museum Collection Meaningful Material Dual Patch #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Guess The Set – August 17, 2018

Can you Guess The Set?  This evening I’ll post the correct answer in the comment section and on Twitter.  Good luck!

Hint – “Well let me tell you something, brother!”

Leaf Booth Finds During The 2018 National

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Leaf created a set of 2018 Leaf Originals Metal cards that were handed out during the National Sports Collectors Convention.  I opened a few boxes of 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports at their booth, and got the pull of a lifetime.  I also walked away from the Leaf booth with a nice stack of these promos that pay tribute to the original 1948 Leaf set.  They cover a wide variety of sports, and come in all sorts of colors.  I like the simple design combined with chrome technology.  Leaf is very underrated, and produces some nice looking products.

Look at what I got!

  • Liangelo Ball Red #’ed/3
  • Anfernee Simons Red #’ed/3
  • Greg Maddux Green #’ed/5
  • Errol Spence Jr. Black #’ed/7
  • Gordie Howe Black #’ed/7
  • Derrius Guice Black #’ed/7
  • Earl Campbell Pink #’ed/10
  • Dennis Rodman Pink #’ed/10
  • Chloe Kim Purple #’ed/15
  • Shohei Ohtani Purple #’ed/15
  • Kyle Kuzma Purple #’ed/15
  • Jerry Rice Purple #’ed/15
  • Stephen Curry Blue #’ed/20
  • Pete Rose Blue #’ed/20
  • Josh Rosen Blue #’ed/20
  • Whitey Ford Blue #’ed/20
  • Josh Rosen
  • Lamelo Ball
  • Magic Johnson
  • Cal Ripken Jr.

Leaf sold Babe Ruth Yankee Stadium seat relics at their booth too.  Each is stamped commemorating the 2018 National.  The photos used for these remind me a lot of their 2017 Babe Ruth Immortal Collection.  I chose the one picturing Babe Ruth in a tuxedo signing what looks to be a series of baseball bats.  Where do you think those bats are today?

If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to checkout my Day #1Day #2, and Day #3 coverage.

2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Box Break & Review

Allen & Ginter is an odd duck.  And that’s what makes it so incredibly popular.  Sure, baseball is at it’s core.  But all of the weird, wild, and wacky other things are what make opening a box fun.  Even when the checklist is announced, you still don’t know all of the possibilities a box could hold.  Who knows?  This product has been out for a few weeks, and there could still be some undiscovered surprises.  Everything and anything goes with Allen & Ginter.  Just by saying the phrase, “Allen & Ginter has everything including the kitchen sink.”, could trigger Topps to come up with a special catchphrases insert set for next year’s version that literally pictures a kitchen sink on the card.  Like I said, anything goes.

The set this year consists of (350) total cards.  #301 – #350 are short prints.  Parallels of the normal size cards include Silver Glossy (Hobby Hot Box), and Glossy #’ed 1/1.  Mini cards have and always will play a major role in Allen & Ginter.  Each pack should contain (1) mini card.  Parallels of the minis include A&G Logo Back, Black, No Number, Brooklyn Back #’ed/25, Gold (Retail), Glow-In-The-Dark (unannounced (1) per case), Metal #’ed/3 (Hobby), Wood #’ed 1/1 (Hobby), Glossy #’ed 1/1, and Framed Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Inside every hobby box there should be at least (3) hits.  For some reason, some box breakers have reported not receiving all three guaranteed cards.  The same goes for the mini Wood parallels #’ed 1/1.  The mini Wood parallels aren’t the easiest cards to pull to begin with, but collectors opening many cases haven’t found a single one.  During the National Sports Collectors Convention I attended the Topps Q&A.  These topics were brought up.  According to Topps, “We have been investigating with our manufacturer and they say they’re in the product.  It doesn’t make sense.  We’re continuing to dig.  Usually when there’s a collation problem, it shows up in other areas.  When I come into work, I look on eBay to see if any are in there.  It’s odd.”  This mainly pertains to the Wood minis not found in Rip Cards.  Ones found in Rip Cards seem to be the only Wood minis to popup.

There are (42) non-baseball related autographs.  People like Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jon Lovitz, Bill James, and Tommy Wiseau highlight these cards.

Unique and odd relics make for some interesting pulls.  DNA, Fabled, Sunken Treasure, and World’s Greatest Beaches relics are instant Allen & Ginter classics.

Truth is, if you enjoyed Allen & Ginter other years, you should like the 2018 set as well.

Here is what I pulled:

Relics

  • Dustin Pedroia Mini Framed Relic
  • Anthony Rizzo Full-Size Relic
  • Lewis Brinson Full-Size Relic

Parallels

  • Gio Gonzalez Glow-In-The-Dark Mini
  • Austin Hays Black Mini
  • Randy Johnson Black Mini
  • Tom Segura A&G Mini
  • Nick Castellanos A&G Mini
  • Amed Rosario A&G Mini
  • Jason Kipnis A&G Mini
  • Tim Anderson A&G Mini

Short Prints

  • Gregory Polanco Mini
  • Carlos Martinez Mini
  • Hideki Matsui
  • Kevin Kiermaier
  • Starlin Castro
  • Gregory Polanco
  • Max Kepler
  • Brandon Woodruff
  • Carlos Martinez
  • Tyler Glasnow
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Zach Davies
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Anthony Rendon

Inserts

  • Natural Wonders – The Antarctic – Box Topper
  • Indigenous Heroes – Sequoyah “George Guess” Mini
  • Benjamin Geaux-Homme Unannounced Mini
  • Flags of Lost Nations – West Germany Mini
  • Flags of Lost Nations – Republic Of Salo Mini
  • Flags of Lost Nations – Ceylon Mini
  • Jose Abreu Home Run Challange
  • Early Catcher’s Mask – Baseball Equipment of the Ages
  • Modern Glove – Baseball Equipment of the Ages
  • Bases – Baseball Equipment of the Ages
  • Catcher’s Chest Protector – Baseball Equipment of the Ages
  • IO – Magnificent Moons
  • Ganymede – Magnificent Moons
  • Enceladus – Magnificent Moons
  • Titan – Magnificent Moons
  • South Beach – World’s Greatest Beaches
  • Roatan – World’s Greatest Beaches
  • Venice Beach – World’s Greatest Beaches
  • Harbour Island – World’s Greatest Beaches
  • Xander Bogaerts – World Talent
  • Ichiro – World Talent
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu – World Talent
  • Clayton Kershaw – World Talent
  • Yasiel Puig – World Talent
  • Carlos Correa – World Talent
  • Greg Maddux – Fantasy Goldmine
  • Bob Gibson – Fantasy Goldmine
  • Tom Seaver – Fantasy Goldmine
  • Ernie Banks – Fantasy Goldmine
  • Sandy Koufax – Fantasy Goldmine
  • Roger Clemens – Fantasy Goldmine