2022 Bowman Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Rookie/Prospect

Who’s going to be the next Mike Trout, Ken Griffey, Jr., or Hank Aaron? Nobody really knows for sure. But there are lots of people who will try to convince you they do. Don’t fall for it. Those people are most likely hyping-up players they bought.

2022 Bowman is the first of the major three prospecting pillars. Bowman Chrome and Bowman Draft being the other two.

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club were given the opportunity to purchase a hobby box of 2022 Bowman. They were also offered Bowman 1st Edition, and Bowman Sapphire as well.

(100) cards are in the Base Paper set. This is where you will find the veterans and rookies. Parallels include Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Pattern #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Pattern #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Pattern #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(150) cards make up the Paper Prospects. Parallels include Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Pattern #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Pattern #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Pattern #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Each of those (150) prospects has a Chrome counterpart. Parallels include Base Refractor #’ed/499, Lava #’ed/399, Speckle #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple RayWave #’ed/250, Fuchsia #’ed/199, Fuchsia Lava #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Shimmer #’ed/150, Aqua #’ed/125, Aqua Shimmer #’ed/125, Green #’ed/99, Green Mini-Diamond #’ed/99, Green Shimmer #’ed/99, Yellow Mini-Diamond #’ed/75, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Shimmer #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Shimmer #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Lava #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(20) prospects have Chrome Prospector’s Special Die-Cut Variations #’ed/49.

Autographs include Chrome Prospect Autographs, Chrome Rookie Autographs, Paper Prospect Autographs, Dual Bowman Prospects Autographs, 2022 Bowman Ultimate Autograph Book, 2022 Bowman Invicta Autographs, Bowman in 3-D! Autographs, Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Autographs, Rookie of the Year Favorites Autographs, Virtuosic Vibrations Autographs, Under Armour All-American Game Autographs, and Bowman Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 2022 Bowman Invicta, Bowman in 3-D!, Bowman Scouts’ Top 100, Hi-Fi Futures, Rookie of the Year Favorites, and Virtuosic Vibrations.

Collect what you enjoy. I like the Buyback autographs in here. Its nice to see Scott Rolen getting some new cards made.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Mason Albright Bowman Chrome Prospect Orange Refractor Auto #’ed/25

Parallels:

  • Fran Alduey Bowman Chrome Prospect Atomic Refractor
  • Corbin Carroll Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Atomic Refractor #’ed/150
  • Ronnier Quintero Bowman Paper Prospect Purple Pattern #’ed/199
  • Freddie Freeman Bowman Paper Purple #’ed/250
  • Zayed Salinas Bowman Chrome Prospect Purple RayWave #’ed/250

Inserts:

  • Cristian Hernandez 2022 Bowman Invicta
  • Benny Montgomery Bowman In 3-D!
  • Blaze Jordan Bowman In 3-D!
  • Sal Frelick Virtuosic Vibrations
  • Austin Hendrick Virtuosic Vibrations
  • Wilman Diaz Virtuosic Vibrations
  • Marcelo Mayer Hi-Fi Futures
  • Henry Davis Hi-Fi Futures
  • Spencer Torkelson Hi-Fi Futures
  • Jasson Dominguez Hi-Fi Futures
  • Oneil Cruz Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Reid Detmers Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Rodolfo Castro Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Emerson Hancock Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Hunter Greene Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Nolan Jones Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Michael Harris Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Marco Luciano Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Henry Davis Bowman Scouts’ Top 100

2022 Topps Tribute Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/High-End Risk Takers

Its been awhile since I’ve opened a box of Topps Tribute Baseball. The last time I did was in 2016 and pulled a Mike Trout Auto #’ed/50 right before attending the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.

That wasn’t the only time I struck gold with the Tribute brand. When I was in college I busted a pack of 2004 Topps Tribute Baseball HOF Cut Signature Edition, and hit the Willie Mays Cut Auto #’ed 1/1. It was an older signature of Willie Mays too, not just something he recently signed for that product.

Veterans and legends make up the 90-card base set for 2022 Tribute. Parallels include Green #’ed/99, Purple #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.

(10) Short Print Rookies fall 1:18 packs. These would be cards #91-100, and have the same parallels as the main base set. Just more difficult to pull.

Every hobby-exclusive box comes with (6) packs. Each pack contains an autograph or relic. On average you should find (3) autographs, and (3) relics per box.

Autographs include Tribute Autographs, Iconic Perspectives Autographs, League Inauguration Autographs, Solid Gold Greats Autographs, Tribute Career Achievement Award Continuity Autographs, Tribute Career Achievement Award Continuity Dual Autographs, Tribute to MVPs Autographs, Tribute to World Series MVPs Autographs, and Tribute Tandems Autograph Book Cards.

Autograph/Relics include Autograph Patches, Milestone Relics Black Jumbo Autograph, Prime Patch Autograph Relics, and Tribute Stadium Signatures.

Relics include Dual Relics, Dual Relics 2, Milestone Relics, Stamp of Approval Relics, and Tribute Triple Relics.

Inserts come in the form of Tribute to 1953 Topps Framed Card Box Toppers. 1:489 boxes contains one of these jumbo inserts. Each framed insert houses an original card from the 1953 Topps Baseball set, and is serial numbered 1/1.

The Stamp of Approval Relics come with an MLB authentication sticker. You can lookup the code to see when and where that relic was used. We’ve seen this used with certain products over the years. Some products have clear plastic over the relic window which prevents the sticker from getting lost if it were to come loose. I noticed with 2022 Tribute this isn’t the case. That plastic would also make it more difficult for scammers to remove the sticker, and place it on a fake patch card of their own. The last thing we need in the hobby is a bunch of scammers with their hands on functioning MLB authentication stickers. You’re just asking for problems. All relic cards which utilize the MLB authentication stickers should have clear plastic covering the relic window.

From a price standpoint Tribute might not be for everyone. It has and probably always will be a high-end product. Buying singles on the secondary market might be the better choice for some people.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Max Kepler Auto #’ed/199
  • Trey Amburgey Auto #’ed/199
  • Marcus Stroman Auto Blue #’ed/150

Relics:

  • Rhys Hoskins Stamp of Approval Relic Green #’ed/99
  • Dustin Pedroia Dual Relic Green #’ed/99
  • Rafael Devers Tribute Triple Relic #’ed/199
According to the MLB authentication sticker this jersey was worn by Rhys Hoskins on 7/24/20. Marlins at Phillies.

Parallel:

  • Randy Johnson Red #’ed/10

Short Print Rookie:

  • Wander Franco #95

Base:

  • Aaron Judge #53
  • Rafael Devers #14
  • Vladimir Guerrero #88
  • Andy Pettitte #23
  • Rod Carew #46
  • Giancarlo Stanton #7
  • Max Muncy #81
  • Jose Berrios #25
  • Freddie Freeman #30
  • Manny Ramirez #50
  • Mariano Rivera #32

(2) 2021 Topps Finest Basketball Hobby Box Break

The Topps 582 Montgomery Club was never advertised as a way for flippers to make money. I think a lot of members need to be reminded of that. Early on Topps underestimated the demand for some of the pre-sale items offered to members first, and didn’t price them accordingly. This led to a side effect where you could flip products on a regular basis, and make good money doing so. Overtime Topps has kept an eye on what some of these products sell for on the secondary market, and have priced them closer to what it looks like the public is willing to pay. With that being said, its still possible to flip some of these pre-sales. 2022 Topps Series 1 1st Edition Baseball being a good example.

I took a chance on a few 2021 Topps Finest Basketball boxes offered to members a few weeks ago. Images of this product began to popup on social media last summer, but we weren’t too sure what they were going to be used for. Its the first Finest Basketball product issued since the 2007-08 NBA season. Given that Topps currently does not have an NBA license you won’t find team names and/or logos on these cards. All cards picture the subjects in street clothes.

After a few failed attempts at flipping these boxes (they don’t sell for much more than what they cost) I decided to bust them open. A demand for these cards exists because its the first Finest Basketball cards made in over a decade. The demand would be stronger if they were pictured in their NBA uniforms.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Toni Kukoč
  • Vince Carter

Parallels:

  • Dan Majerle Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • James Worthy Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Horace Grant Pink Refractor #’ed/75
  • Shawn Kemp Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Isiah Thomas Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Kurt Rambis Speckle Refractor #’ed/199
  • Kurt Rambis Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Tim Hardaway Atomic Refractor #’ed/299
  • Detlef Schrempf Refractor
  • Steve Kerr Refractor
  • Scott Burrell Refractor
  • Steve Smith Refractor
  • Earl Boykins Refractor
  • James Worthy Refractor

(2) 2021 Topps Big League Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Big League Baseball is a blast to open. The retro design (not based on a past set) is refreshing. I think it would be fun to see it get a limited online-exclusive Chrome release.

The base set consists of (300) cards. Four subsets make up the overall base set – Veterans & Rookies, Big League Best, Award Winners, and Highlights. Parallels include Electric Blue (blaster exclusive), Orange (1 per pack), Rainbow Foil #’ed/199, Green Foil #’ed/75, Black & White #’ed/50, Blue Foil #’ed/25, Black Foil #’ed/15, and Red Foil #’ed 1/1.

Nice to see a manager card. We don’t see them as often as we use to.

Autographs include Base Autographs Electric Blue (blaster exclusive), Art of the Game Artist Autographs, Big League Autographs, Defensive Wizards Autographs, Opening Act Autographs, Souvenirs Autographs, and Wanted Autographs.

Inserts include Art of the Game, Defensive Wizards, Home Team Traditions, Souvenirs, Wanted, and Value Blaster Box Cutout Cards.

In addition to blasters and hobby boxes, fans of the Big League Baseball brand also have Collector’s Boxes. A Collector’s Box contains (1) exclusive Super7 action figure. There are (4) types of package variations that you can pull – 1983 Topps Cardback Design, 1983 Topps Cardback Design Image Variation, 1959 Topps Cardback Design, and 1959 Topps Cardback Design Image Variation. Each of these has a Gold parallel #’ed 1/1.

Topps has worked with Super7 in the past. 2020 Big League Baseball also offered Super7 figures. Other Topps properties that Super7 has made figures for include Garbage Pail Kids and Mars Attacks.

For a product that doesn’t guarantee any hits per box, I think I did pretty well for two boxes. The easiest autographs to pull (Big League Autos) fall 1:65 packs. Between two hobby boxes I had (36) packs. That gave me less than a 50% chance at pulling one autograph. I ended up pulling three. Lets not forget a few numbered parallels too. I really beat the odds on these to hobby boxes.

Fun and very affordable.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Dylan Cease Big League Auto
  • Ramon Laureano Big League Auto
  • Jose Urquidy Big League Auto

Parallels:

  • Max Kepler Blue Foil #’ed/25
  • J.P. Crawford Green Foil #’ed/75
  • Wil Myers Rainbow Foil #’ed/199
  • Alejandro Kirk RC Orange #231
  • Sixto Sanchez RC Orange #142
  • Anthony Rizzo Orange #202
  • Kenta Maeda Orange #244
  • Carlos Carrasco Orange #197
  • Bryan Reynolds Orange #243
  • Luis Patiño RC Orange #174
  • Ha-Seong Kim RC Orange #85
  • NL Batting Leaders Orange #246
  • Alex Verdugo Orange #168
  • Mike Brosseau Orange #152
  • Trevor Story Orange #101
  • Elvis Andrus Orange #120
  • Sonny Gray Orange #79
  • Gerrit Cole Orange #8
  • Rafael Marchan RC Orange #181
  • Mookie Betts Orange #67
  • NL Saves Leaders Orange #265
  • Keibert Ruiz RC Orange #143
  • Walker Buehler Orange #92
  • Austin Hays Orange #46
  • Adonis Medina RC Orange #216
  • Brandon Woodruff Orange #62
  • Brandon Lowe Orange #47
  • Austin Meadows Orange #133
  • Shohei Ohtani Orange #114
  • Michael Conforto Orange #49
  • Marcell Ozuna Orange #208
  • Pete Alonso Orange #16
  • Kyle Schwarber Orange #7
  • Daz Cameron RC Orange #166
  • Blake Snell Orange #194
  • Yu Darvish Orange #146
  • Cavan Biggio Orange #78
  • Willson Contreras Orange #111
  • Evan Longoria Orange #44

Inserts:

  • Kyle Lewis Wanted #5
  • (2) Mookie Betts Wanted #2
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. Wanted #9
  • Kevin Kiermaier Wanted #14
  • Christian Yelich Wanted #4
  • Mike Yastrzemski Wanted #11
  • Juan Soto Wanted #15
  • Christian Yelich Souvenirs #18
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Souvenirs #24
  • (2) Javier Baez Souvenirs #7
  • (2) Alex Bregman Souvenirs #14
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Souvenirs #27
  • Mookie Betts Souvenirs #16
  • Rafael Devers Souvenirs #6
  • (2) Sixto Sanchez RC Art of the Game
  • Gleyber Torres Art of the Game
  • (2) Alec Bohm RC Art of the Game
  • Austin Meadows Art of the Game
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Art of the Game
  • Shane Bieber Art of the Game
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Defensive Wizards #10
  • (2) Francisco Lindor Defensive Wizards #5
  • Yadier Molina Defensive Wizards #7
  • Willson Contreras Defensive Wizards #15
  • Javier Baez Defensive Wizards #2
  • Cody Bellinger Defensive Wizards #13
  • Anthony Rizzo Defensive Wizards #9
  • Nolan Arenado Defensive Wizards #4
  • J.T. Realmuto Defensive Wizards #6
  • Matt Chapman Defensive Wizards #3

2022 Topps Heritage Baseball Hobby Box Break

Steel City Collectibles recently held a contest for a Topps Prize Pack which included a hobby box of 2022 Topps Heritage Baseball. I WON!!!

Here are the results of my box break:

Relic:

  • Yadier Molina Clubhouse Collection Relic

Variation:

  • Alex Bregman Team & Name Color Swap #104

Parallel:

  • Carlos Rodon Chrome Refractor #’ed/673

Short Prints:

  • Ty Cobb #471
  • Ehire Adrianza #438
  • Brusdar Graterol #480
  • Edward Olivares #436
  • Codi Heuer #418
  • Matt Peacock #491
  • Kwang Hyun Kim #490
  • Alek Manoah #430

Box Topper:

  • Joe Coleman Original 1973 Topps Stamped Buyback #120
Other prizes included a Steel City Collectibles box cutter, Topps keychain, Topps foam finger, and Bowman backpack.

2022 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball Active Player Edition Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph

“Wouldn’t this card look great with an on-card autograph?”

That phrase is something many collectors say when opening various products. Thanks to buyback products like Archives Signature Series now you can have authentic Topps autographs on those great looking cards.

Packaged inside each box of 2022 Topps Archives Signature Series is (1) on-card autographed buyback card. Every card is encased in a holder, and serial numbered. Autographs can come on older base cards and relics. Finding dual autographs is also possible. This is the Active Player Edition which means all autograph subjects are currently still playing.

Over the years I’ve had my share of good luck with this product. I’ve pulled a few 1/1’s including a Mike Trout autograph. Having one card per box is quite the gamble.

One of these years it would be great to see Topps use some Living Set cards. I believe they would look great with on-card autographs.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Sixto Sanchez 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect Buyback Auto #’ed/65
Autograph is signed over a darker portion of the card.

2022 Topps Inception Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Risk takers/Autograph & Relic fans

2022 is shaping up to be one heck of a baseball season. With rookies such as Wander Franco, Bobby Witt Jr., Spencer Torkelson, CJ Abrams, Julio Rodriguez, and Bryson Stott fans have a lot to look forward too.

Inception has and probably will always be a gamble. Housed inside each box is (1) pack. That pack should contain (7) cards – (4) base, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph or autograph/relic #’ed/299 or less.

The base set consists of (100) cards. Parallels include 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.

Autographs include Base Rookie and Emerging Stars Autographs, Inception Silver Signings, Inception Dawn of Greatness Autographs, and Short Print Inception Autographs.

Autograph/Relics include Inception Autograph Patch, Inception Autograph Jumbo Patch, Inception Autograph Jumbo Hat Patch, Inception Autograph Batting Glove Relic, and Inception Autograph Game Socks Relic.

Booklets include Gameday Gear Autograph Relic Book, Inception Autograph Laundry Tag Book, Inception Autograph Letter Book, Inception Autograph MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Book, Inception Autograph Team Logo Patch Book, and Inception Dual Autograph Relic Book.

You have the chance at pulling some crazy looking cards such as this Wander Franco. Then again, you could end up with someone like Joe Barlow. Inception is a roll of the dice.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autograph/Relic:

  • Nick Madrigal Inception Auto/Patch #’ed/249

Parallels:

  • Kyle Muller RC Magenta #’ed/99
  • Shohei Ohtani Green

Base:

  • Ke’Bryan Hayes #17
  • Pete Alonso #6
  • Matt Vierling RC #96
  • Freddie Freeman #100

2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Topps Opening Day Baseball is a brand that has been around since 1998. It remains one of the most affordable products to buy. With that being said, you aren’t guaranteed to pull any autographs and/or relics out of a single box.

The base set consists of (220) cards. Parallels include Blue Foil (2,022 copies), Black Foil #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(30) cards have Photo Variations. These fall roughly 1:1,132 packs. Not very easy to pull. Checking the CMP code is the best way to go.

  • Base – #225
  • Photo Variation – #246

Autographs include Base Card Image Variations Autographs, Ballpark Profile Autographs, Luck of the Irish Autographs, Mascot Autographs, and Opening Day Autographs.

Autograph/Relics include Autograph Diamond Relics, Dual Autograph Diamond Relic Book, and Mascot Autograph Relics.

Relics include Diamond Relics, Major League Mementos Relics, Mascot Relics, Mascot Patch Relic, Opening Day Relics, and Turf War Dual Diamond Relics.

Inserts include Bomb Squad, Dugout Peeks, Luck of the Irish, Mascots, Opening Day, Triple Play, and Walk this Way.

In the past I’ve had my share of luck with Opening Day. I’ve pulled relics, photo variations, and even a printing plate once. Nothing like that in this box. But I did find a Luck of the Irish insert that falls 1:1,698 packs.

As a Phillies fan it would be great to see Tom McCarthy or any of their broadcasters get an autograph in Opening Day’s Ballpark Profile set. Their PA announcer Dan Baker was featured in the 2020 set.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Trent Grisham Blue Foil
  • Willi Castro Blue Foil

Inserts:

  • Luis Castillo Luck of the Irish
  • Cole/Judge/LeMahieu Triple Play
  • Acuña Jr./Guerrero Jr./Tatis Jr. Triple Play
  • Trout/Ohtani/Rendon Triple Play
  • Hosmer/Machado/Tatis Jr. Triple Play
  • Bellinger/Betts/Kershaw Triple Play
  • San Diego Padres Opening Day
  • Chicago Cubs Opening Day
  • Miami Marlins Opening Day
  • Cincinnati Reds Opening Day
  • Boston Red Sox Opening Day
  • Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day
  • Colorado Rockies Opening Day
  • Screech Mascots
  • Mascot Mascots
  • Clark Mascots
  • Billy the Marlin Mascots
  • Mr. Red Mascots
  • Orbit Mascots
  • Raymond Mascots
  • Fredbird Mascots
  • Dinger Mascots
  • Mariner Moose Mascots
  • Bernie Brewer Mascots
  • David Ortiz Bomb Squad
  • Mike Trout Bomb Squad
  • Babe Ruth Bomb Squad
  • Giancarlo Stanton Bomb Squad
  • Sammy Sosa Bomb Squad
  • Christian Yelich Bomb Squad
  • Cody Bellinger Bomb Squad
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Bomb Squad
  • Jim Thome Bomb Squad
  • Harmon Killebrew Bomb Squad
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Bomb Squad
  • Frank Thomas Bomb Squad
  • Javier Baez Bomb Squad

2022 Topps Heritage Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Now its time for the 1973 Topps Baseball design to receive the Heritage treatment.

The original 1973 Topps Baseball set is known for many key cards of Hall of Famers. But one card rises above them all. That card would be the Mike Schmidt/John Hilton/Ron Cey RC #615. 2022 isn’t the first time Mike Schmidt has been included within a Heritage set, but Topps made sure to make some really cool cards of him this year.

The base set consists of a whopping (500) cards. Parallels include French Text #’ed/73, Black Border (50 copies), and Flip Stock (5 copies). Cards #401-500 are Short Prints.

(130) cards have Mini versions #’ed/100.

(100) cards have Chrome versions. Base Chrome cards are #’ed/999. Chrome parallels include Hot Box Purple Refractor, Refractor #’ed/673, Red Refractor #’ed/573, Silver Refractor #’ed/373, Green Refractor #’ed/273, Black Refractor #’ed/73, Gold Refractor #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1. According to Topps, Trea Turner, Trey Mancini, and Ryan Mountcastle have Chrome cards, but do not appear in the base set. We will see their base cards in 2022 Topps Heritage High Number. Something similar happened with Cavan Biggio in Topps Heritage last year.

Photo variations are a huge part of the Heritage brand. Luckily with Heritage, Topps prints the variation type next to the card number on the back. I’ve also noticed that most of the time they are placed inside packs upside down. This makes identifying them easier. If checking the CMP codes is still your thing, here is a breakdown:

  • Base – #915
  • Short Print – #931
  • Chrome – #935
  • French Text #’ed/73 – #943
  • Error – #944
  • Player Icon Color Swap – #947
  • Throwback – #948
  • Image – #949
  • Team and Name Color Swap – #950
  • Nickname – #951

Autographs include Real One Autographs, Real One Dual Autographs, Real One Triple Autographs, 1973 Cut Signatures, and Oversized Base 1973 Topps Autographs.

Autograph/Relics include Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relics, Clubhouse Collection Dual Autographed Relics, and Flashbacks Autographed Relics.

Relics include 1973 Mint Relics, 1973 U.S. Postage Stamp Relics, Clubhouse Collection Relics, Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics, Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics, and Clubhouse Collection Quad Relics.

Inserts include Baseball Flashbacks, News Flashbacks, New Age Performers, Then and Now, 1973 Topps Pin-Ups Posters, 1973 Baseball Stamped Originals, and Oversized Base 1973 Topps. The checklist also mentions 1973 Topps Comics, 1973 Topps Candy Lids, and 1973 Topps Venezuela Stamps, but I have yet to see these show up.

A hobby box should contain (1) autograph or relic.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Gerrit Cole Clubhouse Collection Relic

Variation:

  • Francisco Lindor Image #196

Short Prints:

  • J.D. Davis #453
  • Omar Narvaez #432
  • Joe Kelly #423
  • Andy Ibanez RC #441
  • Sam Hilliard #456
  • Taylor Trammell #447
  • Kervin Castro RC #469
  • Orlando Arcia #483

Inserts:

  • Charlie Fox 1973 Baseball Stamped Originals #252
  • News Flashbacks – Watergate Hearings Begin #NF-15
  • Baseball Flashbacks – Ryan Breaks MLB Single-Season Strikeout Record, With 383 #BF-1
  • Then and Now – Darrell Evans/Juan Soto #TAN-ES
  • Then and Now – John Mayberry/Joey Gallo #TAN-MG
  • New Age Performers – Jazz Chisholm Jr. #NAP-13
  • New Age Performers – Andrew Vaughn #NAP-25
  • New Age Performers – Ronald Acuña Jr. #NAP-9
  • New Age Performers – Shohei Ohtani #NAP-4

2021 Wild Card Alumination Football Blaster Box Break

Another impulse buy from Walmart.

Wild Card is one of those manufacturers from the early 90’s who was around for about as long as Pro Set and Action Packed. Thanks to their multi-tiered Stripe cards collectors were introduced to the hobby’s first parallels. Today some of those rare Stripe parallels of popular players can sell for big money. Even the long expired redemption cards.

2021 saw the return of the Wild Card brand. Their new products range from affordable retail blasters all the way to high-end sets. All licensed by the IPL (Independent Player Licensed).

A retail blaster box of 2021 Wild Card Alumination Football contains (32) cards. You should receive (4) parallels per box. Retail exclusive cards include Ocular (50+ parallels), Splintered (8 parallels), Light Show (6 parallels), and Starbright (8 parallels). Blasters are the only place you’ll find the Blue Groovin’ inserts. 1:20 boxes contain a Red Pack. Red Packs can contain exclusive low-numbered parallels.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Trey Lance Ocular Purple #OC-6
  • Travis Etienne Ocular Red #OC-9
  • Rashod Bateman Splintered Blue #SP-17
  • Penei Sewell Light Show Purple #LS-29
Error – Front says “QB”, but he is a RB

Base:

  • Trevor Lawrence #ABC-1
  • Jayson Oweh #ABC-31
  • (2) Justin Fields #ABC-2
  • (2) Javonte Williams #ABC-40
  • (2) Amon-Ra St. Brown #ABC-68
  • (2) Greg Rousseau #ABC-19
  • Ian Book #ABC-51
  • Chuba Hubbard #ABC-24
  • Tylan Wallace #ABC-69
  • Ernest Jones #ABC-50
  • Joe Tryon #ABC-62
  • Azeez Ojulari #ABC-43
  • Jevon Holland #ABC-42
  • Robert Rochell #ABC-60
  • Trey Sermon #ABC-41
  • Michael Carter #ABC-37
  • Hunter Long #ABC-30
  • Amari Rodgers #ABC-45
  • Elijah Mitchell #ABC-53
  • Tyson Campbell #ABC-63
  • Terrace Marshall Jr. #ABC-13
  • Patrick Surtain II #ABC-14
  • Sam Ehlinger #ABC-26
  • Dayo Odeyingbo #ABC-36