2019 Onyx Authenticated Vintage Collection Baseball Box Break & Review

Baseball collectors really need to check out 2019 Onyx Authenticated Vintage Collection.  Whether you’re into collecting prospects or not, these are some incredible looking cards.  Depending on where you shop, a box will cost around $40.  Quite affordable.

A single box comes with (1) pack.  (4) cards come per pack, and (2) of them will be autographed.  The base set consists of only (22) cards.  (4) players from the base set have photo variation parallels – Brent Honeywell, Taylor Trammell, Nolan Gorman, and Heliot Ramos.  These unsigned base photo variation parallels are limited to (30) copies each.  All cards have a painted-look, and are printed on vintage stock.

Now onto the autographs.  As I mentioned before, you’ll find (2) of them per box.  Everything is signed on-card, and the signatures look fantastic.  Base photo autographs come in the following forms – Blue Ink #’ed/200, Green Ink #’ed/50, Red Ink #’ed/25, and Black Ink #’ed/5.  Brent Honeywell, Taylor Trammell, Nolan Gorman, and Heliot Ramos photo variations also have autographed versions – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

I made a guide that can help you with the variations and autograph print runs that go with them.  Serial numbers are not printed on any of the cards, and variations aren’t mentioned on the backs.  What is listed on all of the card backs are the print runs for the base photo autographs and parallels.  For some reason Black #’ed/5 isn’t listed.  Please consult this guide before buying or selling any of these cards on the secondary market.  You want to make sure you’re selling the correct card.  Also, you don’t want to get tricked by someone attempting to convince you that a card is a variation when its not.

As an added bonus, autographed cards from previous Onyx products have been randomly included.  Issued as redemption cards, you can also find graded rookie cards of Hall of Famers and All-Stars.

2019 Onyx Authenticated Vintage Collection is a quick-thrill and fun rip.  Small checklist, but packed with some potential stars.  Everything about them is so eye-catching.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Nolan Gorman Base Blue Ink Auto #’ed/200
  • Ronny Mauricio Base Blue Ink Auto #’ed/200

Base

  • Noelvi Marte
  • Jo Adell

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2019 Onyx Authenticated Vintage Collection Baseball Variation Guide

For those collectors ripping into boxes of 2019 Onyx Authenticated Vintage Collection, here is a handy guide to the variations that you can pull.

Only (4) players from the 22-card checklist have photo variations – Brent Honeywell, Taylor Trammell, Nolan Gorman, and Heliot Ramos.  Unsigned versions of these photo variations are limited to (30) copies each.  Autographed cards featuring these images are limited to Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Its very important that you consult this guide before listing any of your cards for sale or buying any of them on the secondary market.  I’ve seen people attempting to pass off a base photo autograph signed in Blue Ink #’ed/200 for a photo variation #’ed/25.  You need to know what you’re buying and selling, especially since the serial numbers aren’t printed on the cards.  The value of a card with a base photo versus a variation can be dramatically different.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Box Break & Review

Gypsy Queen has become a classic that lots of collectors look forward to opening.  Retro designs combined with on-card autographs and bright colors make for some interesting pulls.  Before opening a pack, box, or case, I highly suggest reading up on it before diving in.  Over the years Gypsy Queen has become quite concentrated with all sorts of goodies to look for.  Many of these items could easily be overlooked.

Ok.  Here we go.  The base set consists of (300) cards.  Parallels include Green (retail), Purple (Mega Box), Missing Nameplate, Indigo #’ed/250, Gypsy Queen Logo Swap, Bazooka Back, Black & White #’ed/50 (hobby), Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.  The Missing Nameplate and Gypsy Queen Logo Swap cards need to be watched for the most.  Quickly flipping through a pack could cause you to miss them as they don’t have a different back or border color change that jumps right out.

An additional (20) cards make up the Short Prints.  You’ll notice that card numbers #301-#320 are of retired stars and Hall of Famers.  These have parallels too – Missing Nameplate, Gypsy Queen Logo Swap, Bazooka Back, and Black #’ed 1/1.

Despite not being their main purpose, the CMP codes really come in handy when it comes to identifying variations.  Especially when Gypsy Queen has so many other things to be watching for at the same time.

  • Base (#1-#300) – #293
  • Short Prints (#301-#320) – #323
  • Jackie Robinson Variation – #328
  • Player’s Weekend Variation – #331
  • 4th of July Variation – #334

Its important to note that the Jackie Robinson Day and Player’s Weekend variations have Gypsy Queen Logo Swap and Black #’ed 1/1 parallels.

Every hobby box comes with (2) on-card autographs.  (15) cards have Jackie Robinson Day variations that have Black & White #’ed/42 and Black #’ed 1/1 parallels.

Box Toppers are a common thing for Gypsy Queen.  The Box Toppers for 2019 are cool!  (3) Chrome cards are awaiting inside the Box Topper pack.  These cards look awesome.  You even have a shot at some parallels and autographs.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  On-card autograph, Chrome, Gypsy Queen cards.

Relics can be found too.  These are much more difficult to pull.  As always, my favorites are going to be the Power Performers Portrait Art Patch Originals.  Topps has made these a staple for Gypsy Queen.  I don’t believe any other product on the market has cards like this.  One day it would be fun to see them come in a booklet format with an autograph.  An upgrade to these would be nice to see.  I want to see Bryce Harper in a Phillies uniform with a Phillies patch for 2020 Gypsy Queen.

You’ve got to pay close attention when opening Gypsy Queen.  Topps packs a lot in here.  A hobby box will cost around $110 right now.  You’re going to need a lot of luck in order to pull something that’s going to pay for the box.  Then again, if all you’re thinking about is getting you’re money back, you’re not doing this for the right reasons.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Chance Adams RC Auto
  • Austin Meadows Auto

Short Print

  • George Brett #315

Parallels

  • Dennis Santana RC Bazooka Back
  • Ryan O’Hearn RC Missing Nameplate
  • Eric Hosmer Black & White #’ed/50
  • Christian Yelich Indigo #’ed/250

Box Topper

  • Kyle Schwarber Chrome
  • Jacob deGrom Chrome
  • Justin Upton Chrome Gold Refractor #’ed/50

Inserts

  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Fortune Teller Mini
  • Khris Davis Fortune Teller Mini
  • Gleyber Torres Fortune Teller Mini
  • Corey Kluber Tarot of the Diamond
  • Aaron Judge Tarot of the Diamond
  • Mike Trout Tarot of the Diamond

2019 Topps Inception Baseball Box Break & Review

While attending the 40th annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show & Auction (the longest-running one-day show on the east coast) on 3/30, I saw a handful of dealers selling new wax.  One of the products that I witnessed many collectors breaking was 2019 Topps Inception Baseball.  People seem to really enjoy it.  By the end of the show, I didn’t see many boxes left.

The Topps Inception brand reminds me a lot of Star Wars.  Especially when it comes to the design.  Some years its dark, while other times its light.  As fun as the dark-side can be, I prefer my Inception to have the lighter look.  That’s exactly what the 2019 version has.  It seems to swap back and forth one year to the next.  Show prices for a box seemed to settle around $55.  Online its a bit higher, and that doesn’t count shipping.

I enjoy quick-thrill, one pack per box products.  Inception is just that.  I hope the format never changes.

Housed inside every pack are (7) cards.  You should find (4) base, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph or autograph/relic.  The base set has (100) cards with the following parallels – Green, Purple #’ed/150, Magenta #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Orange #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Inception Black #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  Matte backgrounds, glossy player photos, and thick card stock continues from previous years.

Hits are truly what Inception is all about.  Autographs come in a wide range of ways.  For the most part, its highly likely your autograph will come from the Base Rookies & Emerging Stars checklist.  Really lucky box breakers can find rarer gems which range from Short Print Autographs to Autographed Team Logo Patch Booklets.  Not everything is signed on-card, but a good chunk is.  Silver and gold paint-pen autographs which are in the Silver Signings set continue to be some of my favorites.

Did you pull a redemption for a Mystery Autograph?  There are two – A & B.  As of this writing we have yet to learn who A will be.  Topps recently announced that B is of White Sox star rookie Eloy Jimenez.

Every product today can be considered hit or miss.  That’s only if you’re concerned about the dollar value of your hit.  So many products get unnecessarily bashed today because the hit didn’t pay for the box.  If that’s the only reason you’re opening a box, you’re not doing it for the correct reason.

Colorful explosion of fun!  White stock really makes these cards pop.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic

  • David Fletcher RC Blue Button Relic Auto #’ed/6

Parallels

  • Luis Urias RC Green
  • Ryan Borucki RC Magenta #’ed/99

Base

  • Bryse Wilson RC #22
  • Chris Shaw RC #30
  • Jose Altuve #79
  • Noah Syndergaard #43

2019 Topps Heritage Baseball Box Break & Review

I can’t wait for baseball season to start.  Phillies fans like myself have a lot to look forward to.  This past winter the Phillies made some huge moves signing guys like David Robertson, Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, and Bryce Harper.  The Phillies have certainly shaken things up.  After the Bryce Harper signing, sales of Phillies merchandise began to break all kinds of records.

2019 Topps Heritage Baseball utilizes the 1970 Topps Baseball design.  When I think of 1970 Topps Baseball two cards come to mind.  The first being the Thurman Munson/Dave McDonald RC #189.  Secondly, former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel’s RC can be found on card #194.  Other key cards from that original set include Nolan Ryan #712, Reggie Jackson #140, Hank Aaron #500, Roberto Clemente #350, Willie Mays #600, Pete Rose #580, and Johnny Bench #660.  This year in particular, Topps did a great job making 2019 Heritage look as close as possible to the 1970 set.  Check out this incredibly detailed side-by-side comparison.  In 2020, the 1971 Topps Baseball design will be used.  All of those black borders should make things fun.

Right now a hobby box will cost $90-$100.  More affordable retail options are also available.  Housed inside each hobby box are (24) packs.  As the box is opened, you’ll be greeted with a box topper.  Four box topper possibilities can be pulled – 1970 Topps Super Baseball1970 Poster (70 copies), 2019 Topps Teammates (70 copies), and 1970 Topps Originals.

(500) cards make up the base set.  The last one hundred #401-#500 are Short Prints.  Parallels are all over the place.  The most wide spread parallels are the Black Border #’ed/50 and Flip Stock #’ed/5.  Silver Metal, Mini, and Chrome parallels are available for certain cards.  Certainly not all (500) cards.  The Chrome parallels can come in Purple Hot Box Refractor, Refractor #’ed/570, Black Refractor #’ed/70, Gold Refractor #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1 form.

Variations are a big part of the hobby today.  Almost every product geared towards set collectors has them.  Heritage variations seem to carry much more weight compared to those found in other products.  Its just fun to see people spend so much money on cards that aren’t relics and/or autographed.  If it weren’t for those little CMP codes on the back, you’ed spend a lot of time looking for these variations.  Please take your time and check them.  One variation that looks like a simple base card could be worth quite a bit.

  • Base #1-#400 – #092
  • Base SP #401-#500 – #112
  • French Text – #093
  • Chrome – #113
  • Mini – #119
  • Silver Metal – #120
  • Error – #121
  • Trade – #122
  • Throwback – #123
  • Action Image – #124
  • Team Name Color – #125
  • Nickname – #126

To put it simply.  If the CMP code ends in a number other than #092, you’ve got something worth looking into.

(8) inserts are in here to collect.  1970 Baseball Stars Candy Lids1970 Cloth Stickers, and 1970 Player Story Booklets are retail exclusives.  My favorite insert are the 1970 Topps Scratch-Off cards.  I remember buying an original Willie Stargell while attending one of my first card shows.

Each hobby box comes with (1) autograph or relic.  I’d say 99% of the time your hit will be a one-color relic.  Big hits, although difficult to pull, command a huge amount of attention.

The autographs, especially the Real One cards, always look top notch.  You can’t go wrong with an on-card autograph and a classic design.

Topps included (2) Mystery Player autograph redemptions.  One labeled “A”, and the other “B”.  Most likely these have been reserved for top rookies looking to make their MLB debut later this year.  Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. could easily be one.  I’d like to see them be of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper in their new uniforms.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Albert Pujols Clubhouse Collection Game-Used Bat

Parallels

  • Francisco Lindor Mini #’ed/100
  • Shane Bieber Black Border (50 copies)
  • George Springer Chrome #’ed/999

Short Prints

  • Albert Pujols #422
  • Jose Abreu #483
  • Zack Greinke #442
  • Jordan Hicks #417
  • Freddie Freeman #489
  • Stephen Piscotty #434
  • Jose Altuve #409
  • Yonder Alonso #497

Inserts

  • Clayton Kershaw Scratch-Off
  • News Flashbacks – Venera 7, 1st To Send Data From Venus Surface
  • Baseball Flashbacks – Aaron Checks Off More Benchmarks
  • Tom Seaver/Max Scherzer Then & Now
  • Harmon Killebrew/J.D. Martinez Then & Now
  • Juan Soto New Age Performers
  • Javier Baez New Age Performers
  • Blake Snell New Age Performers
  • Aaron Judge New Age Performers
  • Juan Soto 1970 Topps Super Baseball Box Topper

How To Take The Topps RBI Baseball 19 Cards One Step Further

Gamers heading to Walmart planning to pickup a copy of RBI Baseball 19 have the opportunity to score an exclusive set of Topps baseball cards.  Specially marked copies of the game will contain an entire 7-card set.  The cards have been printed using the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship design, and also feature the RBI Baseball 19 logo.  Players in the set include:

  • Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics
  • Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
  • Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

XBOX One and Nintendo Switch copies will have a special label on the outside indicating whether or not the set is inside.  No label means no cards.  You better get your hands on them while supplies last.  Not every copy has the set.

How about we take this idea of baseball cards and video games one step further?  Lets say you’re playing RBI Baseball 19 and you get a big hit or make an incredible play.  I’d like to see the gamer be able to capture a screenshot of that play, export the image to Topps, and have them make it into a card.  Who knows?  Maybe even autographed versions could be made.

Topps is constantly looking for ways to attract new collectors.  During their recent Industry Summit in Scottsdale, AZ they announced an interesting statistic.  According to Topps, 93.4% of MLB fans are not collecting cards.  They would really like to change that.  In order for that change to happen, you have to see how MLB fans are enjoying the sport.  If not through cards, then what?

Video games are very popular.  MLB fans spend countless hours playing them.  Its a large source of enjoyment.  In an age where everything is about the individual (nonstop Facebook updates, selfies, etc…) being able to own a physical baseball card containing an image of a play I made would be quite innovative.  Not to mention cater to that “look at me” mentality of the world today.

Bryce Harper In A Phillies Uniform – Baseball Authenticated Masterpieces Has That Too!

Here we go Phillies fans!!!  Bryce Harper is officially coming to Philadelphia.  After months of speculation and countless rumors, its finally happening.  The deal is worth $330 million over 13 years.  I think he’s going to be an excellent addition to the Phillies roster.  Not only will the team benefit from him, but the local economy as well.  Its all about merchandising!!!

Bryce Harper is one of the key players on the checklist for Baseball Authenticated Masterpieces.  Knowing that he’d probably be with a new team this year, artist Monty Sheldon held off so at least one of Harper’s baseballs would feature him in his new uniform.  Just like he did with Manny Machado.

Baseball Authenticated Masterpieces is scheduled to be released this spring.  (150) game-used, hand-painted, and autographed baseballs.  (3) different baseballs per player within the main set.

Checkout my latest write-up on this product with an updated sales sheet.