Phillies ’22 Topps Chrome Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Matt Vierling 2022 Topps Chrome RC Auto. Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, January 27, 2023 @ 7:00 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.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • 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!!!

Card of the Day: Ryan Howard 2022 Topps Stadium Club Auto

2022 Topps Holiday Mega Box Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Christmas fans

The Topps Holiday Mega Box has become a fan favorite. I truly don’t know how the hobby made it through the holiday season without it. Scrolling through my Twitter feed all I see are people’s shopping baskets filled with these boxes.

Topps offered the 2022 Holiday Mega Box on their website for a short time before selling out. Walmart would be your best option to find a box now.

(200) cards make up the base set. Many holiday elements are added to the 2022 Topps Baseball flagship design. Parallels include Metallic (1:2), Red Metallic #’ed/99 (1:92), and Gold Metallic #’ed 1/1 (1:8,915).

Photo variations offer even more holiday items to look for. Some are easier to come by than others. I always check the CMP codes to be sure.

  • Base – #811
  • SP – #819 (1:7)
  • Rare – #820 (1:20)
  • Super Rare – #821 (1:160)

Each box contains (10) packs. You should at least find (1) SP. My favorite variation has Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf pictured in the bottom left corner of Shohei Ohtani’s card.

You will also find (1) relic, autograph, or autograph/relic per box. Most likely a one-color relic is what you’ll get, but much rarer hits can be pulled. This includes relics and autograph/relics of an Elf, Santa Claus, and Mrs. Claus. Consider yourself very lucky if you hit one of these. The Holiday Faux relics and autograph/relics are extremely rare.

Packaged along with the packs is a tree ornament. Parallels of the ornaments would be a fun addition some year.

The Topps Holiday Mega Box is not meant to be taken too seriously. At $24.99/box, its a cheap fun rip.

On a side note, I think Topps should make an online-exclusive set of Topps Chrome Sapphire cards featuring Christmas/holiday season characters. They would probably be a big hit. Especially if they threw in some parallels.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Pete Alonso

Parallels:

  • Cooper Hummel RC Metallic #27
  • Emmanuel Rivera RC Metallic #20
  • Cedric Mullins Metallic #86
  • Max Muncy Metallic #199
  • William Woods RC Metallic #127

SP Variations:

  • Royce Lewis RC #94 – Christmas lights on arm
  • Gabriel Arias RC #12 – Candy cane on arm

Box Topper:

  • Shohei Ohtani Ornament

Notable Rookies:

  • CJ Abrams #112
  • Bryson Stott #133
  • Jeremy Pena #129
  • Wander Franco #181
  • Bobby Witt Jr. #150

2022 Topps Brooklyn Collection Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph

Typically reserved for members of the 582 Montgomery Club to buy, 2022 Topps Brooklyn Collection Baseball went straight to the general public for sale.

The initial price of a box was $149.99. Due to the popularity of this year’s product prices have shot up to around $270 as of right now.

(50) cards make up the base set. Subjects include current stars, rookies, and retired/Hall of Famers. Parallels include Chartreuse #’ed/99 (1:2), Black #’ed/75 (1:2), Gold #’ed/50 (1:3), Blue #’ed/40 (1:4), Orange #’ed/25 (1:6), Purple #’ed/15 (1:10), Red #’ed/5 (1:29), and Platinum #’ed 1/1 (1:139).

Each base card has a Bush Terminal Die-Cut Variation. These are serial numbered to 36 copies, and have a Platinum parallel limited to just 1.

Bush Terminal is a nod to Topps’ original location in Brooklyn, NY. I found an old newspaper article written about when they moved in.

Every box comes with (7) cards – (2) autographs, (2) parallels, and (3) base.

(71) autograph subjects are on the checklist. Base autographs vary in serial numbering. Autograph parallels include Black #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/30, Orange #’ed/20 (1:6), Purple #’ed/10 (1:11), Red #’ed/5 (1:21), and Platinum #’ed 1/1 (1:105). It should be noted that Hunter Greene, Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout autographs were issued as redemption cards.

With the small checklist and parallel structure it can be calculated that around 7,000 total boxes have been produced. That’s not a lot.

Once these boxes began to arrive collectors quickly realized that Topps loaded them up. Some people have found (3) autographs in their box.

Great small checklist. On-card autographs. Low print run. Thick card stock. Quick rip. This is my favorite type of product configuration to open.

I’d say that my box was fairly solid when compared to some of the other breaks I’ve seen. The CC Sabathia autograph, and Steven Kwan rookie are my best hits.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • CC Sabathia Orange #’ed/20
  • Aaron Ashby RC #’ed/99

Parallels:

  • Heliot Ramos RC Black #’ed/75
  • Steven Kwan RC Blue #’ed/40

Base:

  • Gabriel Arias RC #36
  • Wander Franco RC #37
  • Jackie Robinson #35

Torkelson, Witt, & Rodriguez 2022 Topps 582 Montgomery Club Stamped Rookies Arrive

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club were a little disappointed when they opened their club-exclusive factory set to find that rookie cards of Spencer Torkelson, Bobby Witt, Jr., and Julio Rodriguez did not include the 582 Montgomery Club stamp.

Topps made up for the mistake and sent members corrected versions of these three cards which just arrived.

IMPORTANT NOTE – The card stock used for these corrected versions is thicker when compared to the cards found in the 582 Montgomery Club factory set. Both sides of the corrected versions have a glossy finish too. Cards found in the factory set only have gloss on the front.

This officially wraps things up for the 2022 membership.

Cubs ’22 Topps Archives Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to rlpittsjr on being the lucky winner of the Corey Patterson 2022 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Purple Parallel Auto #’ed/150. Once rlpittsjr sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP. Thanks!

ALERT: Watch Out When Buying These 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome Refractor Autographs

The 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome set consists of (90) cards.

Collectors ripping through their packs/boxes have noticed that the Refractor parallels of these cards contain the Topps autograph COA printed on the back. The only problem is that these specific cards were never meant to have that COA printed on them.

As you can imagine it wouldn’t take much for a scammer to forge the player’s autograph on the front, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing. An individual who didn’t know any better might look at that card, see the COA, and believe the autograph is authentic.

It looks like this is isolated to just the regular non-autographed Refractor parallels. Non-autographed Orange Refractors #’ed/99, Pearl White Refractors #’ed/30, Gold Minted Refractors, and SuperFractors #’ed 1/1 do not have this COA printed on the back.

If you’re looking for an authentic 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome Refractor Autograph not only should it have the COA printed on the back, but the front should have the “TOPPS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH ISSUE” message as well. It should also be serial numbered.

A similar situation took place with 2021 Topps Archives Baseball.

2022 Topps Baseball Factory Set Hobby (Red Box) Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set (obviously)

If you collected enough Topps Baseball Factory Sets and stacked them up I bet you could play an awesome game of Jenga. Nowadays the Topps Baseball Factory Sets arrive in more colors than M&M’s.

The Hobby version of the 2022 Topps Baseball Factory Set consists of (660) cards. That’s (330) cards from Series 1, and (330) cards from Series 2.

Set collectors obviously like the convenience of receiving Series 1 and Series 2 all in one box. Spencer Torkelson, Bobby Witt Jr., and Julio Rodriguez come as bonus cards. These three cards come as secondary options of cards #658, #659, and #660. You won’t see them on the checklist which is printed on the outside of the box. So it might come as a surprise to some people. Each Factory Set format should contain these bonus cards.

Parallels add a bit of a mystery element to the Factory Sets. The Hobby version will come with (5) Foilboard parallels #’ed/390.

There are at least (7) different Factory Set formats you can buy. Each has the same (660) card set. Exclusive cards vary from set to set.

  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby Factory Box (Red Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Retail Factory Box (Blue Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Walmart Retail Factory Box (Turquoise Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Target Retail Factory Box (Purple Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set Target Retail Factory Box (Green Box)
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set All-Star Game Factory Box
  • 2022 Topps Baseball Complete Set 582 Montgomery Club Factory Box

Topps has Hobby Factory Sets available on their website. The Retail (Blue Box) is pictured but shows Foilboard parallels (Hobby exclusive). Under the “Specs” it mentions Hobby as well.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Trey Amburgey RC #263 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Ryan Mountcastle #579 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Casey Mize #431 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Otto Lopez RC #422 Foilboard #’ed/390
  • Clint Frazier #101 Foilboard #’ed/390

Cubs ’22 Topps Archives Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Corey Patterson 2022 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Purple Parallel Auto #’ed/150. Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 9, 2022 @ 7:00 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.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • 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!!!

Card of the Day: Alice Cooper 2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Relic