2020 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Art/Garbage Pail Kids/Pop-Culture fans

Garbage Pail Kids have quite the cult following. Fans of these cute, violent, vulgar, destructive, and flat out disgusting characters were very happy to hear that another Chrome set would be hitting the market.

The artwork used in 2020 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome comes from the Series 3 set which was originally released in 1986. (9) new pieces of art were created too. Precious Pete #AN4a and/or Gollum Gary #AN4b is one of the new pieces of artwork that I really enjoy. It shows him drooling over a box of Garbage Pail Kids Chrome. I love to see card products depicted on the actual cards themselves.

A complete base set consists of (100) cards – (50) “A” names and (50) “B” names. (50) select Garbage Pail Kids characters have C-Name Variations. C-Name Variations are difficult to pull, falling 1:101 packs. Parallels only apply to “A” and “B” names. The C-Name Variations do not have parallels. Parallels of “A” and “B” Garbage Pail Kids include – Refractor, Atomic (Blaster), Green #’ed/299, Green Wave #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Wave #’ed/250, Prism #’ed/199, X-Fractor #’ed/150, Black #’ed/99 (Hobby), Orange #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50 (Hobby), Red #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Outside of the parallels and C-Name Variations there are Artist Autographs that you can pull. These are limited to (25) copies. Artists include Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Smokin’ Joe, Tom Bunk, and Joe Simko.

Given that the C-Name Variations and Artist Autographs are difficult finds, when it comes down to it the refractors are going to be your main hits.

Garbage Pail Kids are pop-culture at it’s finest. They’re even better when they’re parodying something else.

Famed author R.L. Stine is currently writing a book series based on the Garbage Pail Kids. Book #1 Welcome to Smellville is out now. Book #2 Thrills And Chills will be coming out next. I reached out to R.L. Stine earlier this year to see if we’ll ever get a Garbage Pail Kids/Goosebumps crossover.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

C-Name Variation:

  • Melting Mel #101c

Parallels:

  • Liberty Libby #113b Black Refractor #’ed/99
  • Precious Pete #AN4a X-Fractor #’ed/150
  • Rod Wad #84b Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Creamed Keith #97b Green Refractor #’ed/299
  • Les Vegas #117b Green Wave Refractor #’ed/299
  • Revved Upton #AN3b Refractor
  • Apple Cory #121a Refractor
  • Purchased Percy #AN6b Refractor
  • Berserk Kirk #116b Refractor
  • Juicy Jessica #105a Refractor
  • Beaky Becky #99a Refractor
  • Basking Robin #101b Refractor
  • Target Margaret #111a Refractor

2020 Topps WWE Finest Wrestling Hobby Box Break & Review x 2!

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Refractor Nuts

2020 Topps WWE Finest is every wrestling fan’s dream! It is the stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun! Woo! Woo! Woo!

If you enjoyed the refractor-filled goodness of 2020 Topps Chrome WWE, you should have a lot of fun with 2020 Topps WWE Finest. This is the first time the WWE has received the Finest treatment. Each master box comes with (2) mini-boxes. Inside each mini-box you’ll find (6) packs, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph. That’s a total of (12) packs, (4) parallels, and (2) autographs per master box.

The base set consists of (100) cards covering both the Men’s Division and Women’s Division for WWE and NXT stars. Parallels include – Refractor, X-Fractor (Blasters), Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Orange Refractor #’ed/50, Black Refractor #’ed/25, Gold Refractor #’ed/10, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Cards #101-#125 are part of the Extended Base set (Short Prints). People like The Big Show, Kane, John Cena, The Rock, Bret “Hit Man” Heart, Goldberg, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin have cards in here. Even Gronk got a card! Parallels of the SPs include Gold #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Both Finest and Chrome are a refractor lovers paradise. The main difference between the two are how the photos are displayed. Chrome goes full bleed and leaves the background intact. Finest crops out the background and swaps in a shiny patterned backdrop.

Pulling a SuperFractor is always atop the mind’s of collectors. Its incredibly difficult to do, but exciting when it happens. The SuperFractors found in 2020 Topps WWE Finest are a bit toned-down. What I’m trying to say is that the pattern doesn’t overtake the card and become the main focus. Very nice looking!

Autographs include Finest Autographs, Decade’s Finest Debuts Autographs, Decade’s Finest Returns Autographs, Decade’s Finest Superstars Autographs, and Finest Tag Teams Autographs.

Inserts include Decade’s Finest Debuts, Decade’s Finest Returns, Decade’s Finest Superstars, Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin, and Finest Tag Teams.

I really like how the Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin cards came out. They’re in the shape of a skull.

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club have been offered some interesting non-baseball products to purchase so far for the 2021 membership – Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Sapphire Edition, 2019/20 UEFA Champions League Chrome Sapphire Edition. I wouldn’t put it past Topps to see them come up with a WWE Chrome Sapphire Edition or something along that line. Just something to think about.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled from (2) master boxes:

Autos:

  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Sasha Banks
  • AJ Styles Decade’s Finest Debut
  • The Miz/John Morrison Finest Tag Teams

Parallels:

  • Rezar Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Lacey Evans Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • (2) Roman Reigns Refractor
  • (2) Cameron Grimes RC Refractor
  • (2) Damian Priest RC Refractor
  • (2) Akam Refractor

Inserts:

  • Zamboni Mayhem Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin
  • Booker T Finest Returns
  • Goldberg Finest Returns
  • The Rock Finest Returns
  • Samoa Joe Decade’s Finest Debut
  • AJ Styles Decade’s Finest Debut
  • Daniel Bryan Decade’s Finest Superstars
  • Kofi Kingston Decade’s Finest Superstars
  • Erik/Ivar Finest Tag Teams
  • Kyle O’Reilly/Bobby Fish Finest Tag Teams
  • Billie Kay/Peyton Royce Finest Tag Teams
  • The Miz/John Morrison Finest Tag Teams

2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Refractor Nuts

2020 has been a crazy year for sports cards. We’ve seen some incredible pulls, and big $$$ sales. With a ton of prospects making their debut this year, get ready for a slew of new rookie cards coming in 2021. Personally, I’m looking forward to rookie cards of Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm.

It has been twenty years since Stadium Club Chrome was a standalone product. In May of 2000 collectors received their first taste of what Chrome-styled Stadium Club cards would look like. Over the last few years collectors have enjoyed the Stadium Club Chrome inserts found within the main Stadium Club set.

2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome consists of (400) cards. That is (100) more cards compared to the standard Stadium Club product. Parallels include – Refractor, X-fractor (Blaster), Wave Refractor (1:113 packs), Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25 (Hobby), Red Refractor #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Autographs, Beam Team Autographs, and Lone Star Signatures.

Inserts include Beam Team, Emperors of the Zone, and Power Zone.

Photography has always been the driving force with this brand. On-card autographs on chrome stock with various refractors to chase takes it to a whole new level. Very eye appealing especially when the photo Topps used has a brightly colored background.

This product’s return has been highly anticipated ever since it was first announced. It appeals to a variety of collectors. Even if you don’t pull a life altering hit you’re guaranteed to find some attractive cards you can add to your collection.

2020 certainly is the year for Chrome. Everything seems to be getting a Chrome edition. It won’t be long until we see Stadium Club Chrome Sapphire Edition.

When in doubt, Chrome it out.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Mike Brosseau RC

Parallels:

  • Derek Jeter Wave Refractor
  • Manny Machado Refractor
  • Shun Yamaguchi RC Refractor
  • Ozzie Smith Refractor
  • Kolten Wong Refractor
  • Travis Demeritte RC Refractor
  • Brandon Woodruff Refractor
  • Hunter Renfroe Refractor

Inserts:

  • Luis Severino Emperors of the Zone
  • Chipper Jones Power Zone
  • Gavin Lux RC Beam Team
  • Justin Verlander Beam Team
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Beam Team
  • Luis Robert RC Beam Team

Notable Rookies:

  • Yordan Alvarez RC #69
  • Nico Hoerner RC #253

2020 Topps Brooklyn Collection Baseball Box Break

I passed on Brooklyn Collection last year, but I decided to pull the trigger on a box this time around.

Very nice looking cards. Each box comes with (7) cards – (3) base, (2) parallels, and (2) on-card autographs. Its a good mixture of rookies, current stars, and Hall of Famers. Of all the players on the checklist, Mike Schmidt stands out the most. He hasn’t had a new Topps autographed card for a long time.

Brooklyn Collection is an online-exclusive product only available to Topps 582 Montgomery Club members.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Kris Bryant #’ed/25
  • Steve Carlton Purple Parallel #’ed/10

Parallels:

  • Bo Bichette RC Blue #’ed/40
  • Derek Jeter Black #’ed/75

Base:

  • Jose Altuve #46
  • Francisco Lindor #24
  • Babe Ruth #31

2020 Topps Rip Baseball Box Break

These online-exclusive products from Topps are really fun to open. As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I never pass them up.

2020 Topps Rip Baseball arrives with (1) pack per box. Each pack contains (4) Rip Cards. Inside each Rip Card is an exclusive mini base card, exclusive mini image variation base card, or exclusive mini autograph card.

Deciding to tear open that Rip Card is a big decision. Unless it is someone like Mike Trout, if the card is #’ed/99 I’d rip it.

Here is what I pulled:

Rip Cards:

  • Mike Trout Purple Parallel #’ed/25
  • Juan Gonzalez Black Parallel #’ed/50
  • Larry Doby Base #’ed/99
  • A.J. Puk RC Base #’ed/99

I decided to rip the A.J. Puk and Larry Doby cards. Inside I discovered the following:

  • Robin Yount Mini Image Variation #18
  • Barry Larkin Mini Image Variation #5

I consider myself fairly lucky for pulling the Juan Gonzalez Black Parallel #’ed/50, and extremely lucky for finding the Mike Trout Purple Parallel #’ed/25. I won’t be ripping those any time soon. I’m not going to push my luck.

2020 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball Box Break

Allen & Ginter X. Sounds like a secret government organization that specializes in tracking the hot dog eating habits of panda bears. But its not. Instead, Allen & Ginter X is the online-exclusive, black background, parallel version of the regular Allen & Ginter product.

Honestly, I bought this box as a Topps 582 Montgomery Club member just to flip. I had it up for sale for a couple of weeks and never received a single reasonable offer. So I took it as a sign from the card gods to rip it.

I’m very satisfied with what I got. Quite solid.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Courtney Hansen Silver Frame Gold Ink Mini #’ed/5

Parallel:

  • Keston Hiura Red Mini #’ed/5

Short Prints:

  • Gary Sheffield #331
  • Bob Feller #330
  • Trevor Hoffman #321
  • Juan Gonzalez #315
  • Sparky Anderson #346
  • Ryan Howard #329
  • Phil Rizzuto #308
  • Andruw Jones #318
  • Jack Morris #343
  • Dwight Gooden Mini #314

Notable Rookie:

  • Luis Robert #256

(2) 2020 Onyx Vintage Extended Edition Baseball Box Break & Review

Here we go! Round #3 of the 2020 Onyx Vintage baseball card line.

First we had Onyx Vintage. Second came Onyx Vintage Premium. Now we’re on to Onyx Vintage Extended Edition.

2020 Onyx Vintage Extended Edition is setup much like previous versions. Each box comes with (4) cards, (2) of which will be autographed. All autographs are signed on-card.

Browsing over the checklist you can clearly see this product mainly focuses on rookies and prospects. Of all the players on the checklist, Pete Alonso has the most MLB experience. Luis Robert, Cristian Pache, and Spencer Howard are a few other names that stick out to me who made their MLB debut this year.

Additional key signers include Spencer Torkelson and Austin Martin who were the #1 and #2 picks in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Onyx was even able to get two highly anticipated international prospects to sign cards as well – Felnin Celesten and Roderick Arias. Arias can’t sign with an MLB team until 2021, and Celesten has to wait until 2022. These are early autographs of two guys who we should be hearing a lot more about in the future.

At the base level are the Blue Ink autographs #’ed/275. Other parallels include Green Ink #’ed/50, Red Ink #’ed/25, Purple Ink #’ed/10 (sold exclusively online), and Black Ink #’ed/5. Full name/inscription autographs can also be found and vary in numbering.

Onyx makes a nice product. Retro style, on-card autographs, not a lot of base cards, and quite affordable. Box prices have been through the roof this year. 2020 Onyx Vintage Extended Edition’s price is just under $40/box. Very reasonable.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Riley Greene Blue Ink #’ed/275
  • Jorge Ona Blue Ink #’ed/275
  • Ronny Mauricio Blue Ink #’ed/275
  • Seuly Matias Blue Ink #’ed/275

Base:

  • Carmen Mlodzinski
  • Yusniel Diaz
  • Carlos Colmenarez
  • Omar Estevez

(3) 2020 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball Box Break

One of the best benefits of being a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club is having the ability to pre-order certain online-exclusive products. This past week 2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire Baseball popped-up for pre-order and I missed out on it. Topps usually sends out an e-mail 24 hours ahead of the sale, but this time it only went out 4 hours prior. By the time I saw the e-mail the pre-order window had closed. Flipping these exclusive products on the secondary market is really fun. At $300/box 2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire Baseball to me was a bit expensive. As of right now, boxes are currently selling for $425 on the secondary market. That’s a flip, but nothing big after the fees. Its possible prices could go up. But I’m not that upset that I missed out.

As I mentioned before, flipping these products is what I usually do. But I decided to go the other route when it came to 2020 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball. With the ability to buy three boxes at $25/box I chose to rip them open. Selling them sealed wouldn’t have been a major flip anyway.

Take a look at what I pulled. This was a cheap fun rip with a lot of on-card autograph goodness.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Ed Kranepool
  • Matt Beaty
  • Yordan Alvarez RC

Parallels:

  • Kyle Lewis RC Black & White
  • Hunter Harvey RC Black & White
  • Shohei Ohtani Black & White
  • Willie Mays Walkoff Wires Color Image #’ed/25

Inserts:

  • Jose Canseco Walkoff Wires
  • Bo Bichette RC Walkoff Wires

Notable Base:

  • (2) Dustin May RC
  • Luis Robert RC
  • Bryce Harper
  • (2) Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Bo Bichette RC
  • Mike Trout
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Gavin Lux RC

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

2020 has been a weird and crazy year.  And its not even over yet.  Opening a pack of baseball cards might seem like a normal thing, but I believe everyone could use a little normal right now.

During this pandemic we’ve seen interest in sports cards reach an all-time high.  Mike Trout’s 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Auto Superfractor #’ed 1/1 recently sold for $4 million.  With headlines and widespread media coverage such as that other people will want to try and get in on the action too.  This will cause prices to rise.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option in this era of expensive products, 2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball might be just right for you.  With (36) packs per box, and (7) cards per pack, that pack busting itch can surely get scratched.  It is possible to find big hits, but nothing is guaranteed in each box.  This is why the box price is significantly lower compared to other products.

The main base set mimics that of the 2020 flagship set design.  (200) cards make up the base set.  White Sox star rookie Luis Robert has a very difficult short print to pull.  It looks just like the base set but falls 1:360 packs or roughly 1:10 boxes.

Base set parallels include Red Foil (Target), Purple Foil (Meijer), Blue Foil (2,020 copies), Opening Day Black Foil #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  The Luis Robert short print does NOT have any parallels.

Photo variations are rather difficult to find, but do exist.  I find the best way to identify them is by checking the CMP code found on the card backs.

  • Base – #579
  • Photo Variation – #601
  • Canada Variation – #591 (exclusive cards found only in Canadian blister packs)

(15) subjects have autographs on these variations.

Autographs include Opening Day Autographs, Ballpark Profile Autographs, Diamond Relic Autographs, Mascot Autographs, Mascot Autograph Relics, and Walk This Way Autographs.

Relics include Opening Day Relics, Diamond Relics, Major League Mementos Relics, Mascot Relics, and Mascot Commemorative Patch Relics.

Inserts include Dugout Peeks, Mascots, Opening Day, Spring Has Sprung, Team Traditions and Celebrations, The Lighter Side of Baseball, Walk This Way, and 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview.

No autographs or relics for me in this box.  Then again, this product doesn’t guarantee any per box either.  The rarest card I pulled would be the Nolan Arenado Walk This Way insert which falls 1:369 packs.

As a Phillies fan its neat to see Phillies Public Address Announcer Dan Baker receive his first baseball card found in the Ballpark Profile Autographs set.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Gerrit Cole Blue Foil #21
  • Luis Castillo Blue Foil #125
  • Eric Hosmer Blue Foil #83

Inserts:

  • Nolan Arenado – Walk This Way
  • Seattle Mariners – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • New York Yankees  – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • Boston Red Sox – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • Mookie Betts – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Javier Baez – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Juan Soto – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Bo Bichette  – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Ted Williams – Spring Has Sprung
  • Rafael Devers – Spring Has Sprung
  • Ken Griffey Jr. – Spring Has Sprung
  • Mark McGwire – Spring Has Sprung
  • Bernie Brewer – Mascots
  • Blooper – Mascots
  • Mariner Moose – Mascots
  • Rangers Captain – Mascots
  • Billy The Marlin – Mascots
  • Mrs. Met – Mascots
  • Slider – Mascots
  • Cincinnati Reds – Opening Day
  • Kansas City Royals – Opening Day
  • San Diego Padres – Opening Day
  • (2) Seattle Mariners – Opening Day
  • (2) Tampa Bay Rays – Opening Day
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Opening Day
  • Miami Marlins  – Opening Day
  • (2) Texas Rangers – Opening Day
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Opening Day
  • Minnesota Twins – Opening Day
  • New York Yankees – Opening Day
  • Toronto Blue Jays – Opening Day
  • Oakland Athletics – Opening Day
  • Philadelphia Phillies – Opening Day
  • Washington Nationals – Opening Day

2020 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Box Break

Topps National Baseball Card Day took place on Saturday, August 8.  I’ve been wanting to visit my local card shop Sports Zone Toys & Comics for awhile, and saw this as a good opportunity.  Just for walking in the door I received a Pete Alonso promo card.

I dove right into the high-end stuff and decided to bust a box of 2020 Topps Museum Collection Baseball.  A master box comes with (4) packs, each containing a hit.  Products configured like this have always appealed to me.  I don’t need a lot of base cards.

It was a solid box in my opinion.  A purchase of $10 or more got me a promo pack of 2020 Topps National Baseball Card Day cards.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Sean Murphy Archival Autographs #’ed/299
  • Kyle Hendricks Archival Autographs #’ed/299

Auto/Relics

  • Marcell Ozuna Single Player Signature Swatches Triple Relic Auto #’ed/299
  • Aaron Nola Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Auto #’ed/15

Parallels

  • Javier Baez Ruby #’ed/50
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Amethyst #’ed/99
  • Manny Machado Copper
  • Nolan Arenado Copper

Base

  • Bo Bichette
  • Ted Williams
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Miguel Cabrera
  • Trea Turner
  • Mark McGwire
  • Anthony Rendon
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Trevor Story
  • Clayton Kershaw
  • Shohei Ohtani

2020 Topps National Baseball Card Day Pack

  • Bryce Harper
  • Yusei Kikuchi
  • Buster Posey
  • Manny Machado
  • Josh Bell
  • Pete Alonso