2022 Pro Set Draft Football Blaster Box Break (Green Box)

How about another blaster box break? This time we have a 2022 Pro Set Draft Football Blaster (Green Box).

The 2022 Pro Set Draft Football Blaster (Green Box) only contains (3) cards – (2) autographs, and (1) Metal card.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Rashee Rice (SMU/Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Leo Chenal (Wisconsin/Kansas City Chiefs)

Metal:

  • Jerome Ford Pink Wave (Alabama and Cincinnati/Cleveland Browns)

2022 Pro Set Draft Football Blaster Box Break (Grey Box)

Its time for another blaster box break. This blaster box of 2022 Pro Set Draft Football (Grey Box) comes from Target.

(2) autographs, and a 10-card set are found in the 2022 Pro Set Draft Football (Grey Box).

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Tyreke Smith (Ohio State/Seattle Seahawks)
  • Brad Hawkins (Michigan/New England Patriots)

10-Card Set:

  • Bryce Young #1
  • C.J. Stroud #2
  • Quinn Ewers #3
  • Caleb Williams #4
  • Treveyon Henderson #5
  • Chris Olave #6
  • Garrett Wilson #7
  • Jameson Williams #8
  • Kenneth Walker III #9
  • Kenny Pickett #10

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Blaster Box Break

Blaster Box time!!! This time we have a Blaster Box of 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball from Walmart.

Inside you will find (7) packs with (14) cards per pack. Every box should also come with (1) Manufactured Commemorative Patch card.

With Hobby Boxes being so expensive, breaking Blasters and picking up singles is the best way to go right now.

Here is what I pulled:

Team Logo Patch:

  • Jose Altuve

Parallels:

  • Scott Barlow Rainbow Foil #9
  • Kyle Wright/Julio Urias/Yu Darvish ’22 NL Wins Leaders Royal Blue #284

Inserts:

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Home Run Challenge #9
  • Pete Alonso 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary #74
  • Rafael Devers 2022 Greatest Hits #7
  • Cedric Mullins Welcome To The Club #17
  • Jose Ramirez Topps Chrome Stars of MLB #7
  • Mike Trout Stars of MLB #2
  • Francisco Lindor Stars of MLB #28
  • Adley Rutschman Stars of MLB #22
  • Julio Rodriguez Stars of MLB #16
  • Luis Robert Stars of MLB #6
  • Christian Yelich Stars of MLB #11
  • Aaron Judge Stars of MLB #13

Rookies:

  • Vinnie Pasquantino #302
  • Josh Smith #37
  • Kody Clemens #176
  • Matthew Liberatore #52
  • Brandon Hughes #97
  • Ivan Herrera #58
  • Adley Rutschman #250
  • Buddy Kennedy #135
  • Lenyn Sosa #140
  • Miguel Vargas #163
  • Triston Casas #92
  • Nolan Jones #129
  • Evan Lee #243
  • Gunnar Henderson #206
  • Jeter Downs #165
  • Davis Martin #188
  • Michael Grove #15

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hanger Box Break

I don’t believe I have ever opened a hanger box before. Well, there is a first time for everything.

Every 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hanger Box comes with (67) cards. You can look for at least (1) regular insert, and (4) retail exclusive inserts. The Royal Blue Parallels are also a retail exclusive.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • A.J. Minter Royal Blue #159
  • Matt Chapman Rainbow Foil #260

Inserts:

  • Alek Manoah All Aces
  • Kris Bryant 1988 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Bryce Harper Stars of MLB
  • Wander Franco Stars of MLB
  • Shohei Ohtani Stars of MLB
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Stars of MLB

Rookies:

  • Jeter Downs #165
  • Brett Baty #89
  • Darick Hall #209
  • Jermaine Palacios #56
  • Lenyn Sosa #140
  • Brandon Hughes #97
  • Oscar Gonzalez #119
  • Nolan Gorman #16
  • Cal Mitchell #313

2022 Bowman Chrome University Football Blaster Box Break

I wanted to give a 2022 Bowman Chrome University Football Blaster Box a try I saw sitting on the shelf at my local card shop – Sports Zone Toys & Comics.

Blasters come with (7) packs per box. Every blaster should have (4) exclusive pink parallels.

The 2022 edition of this product is far superior when compared to last year’s set. Now it has college logos, and Topps really loaded up on the quarterbacks you can pull.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Dallas Turner Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Aidan O’Connell Pink Refractor
  • Michael Mayer Pink Refractor
  • Clayton Tune Pink Refractor
  • Andrel Anthony Pink Refractor
  • Malachi Moore Refractor

Inserts:

  • Zach Evans Ramblin’ Man
  • Ty Simpson 1952 Bowman Football

Base:

  • Nick Singleton #87
  • Phil Jurkovec #35
  • Dallas Turner #6
  • Zach Evans #10
  • Walker Howard #92
  • Dillon Gabriel #12
  • Keyshawn Smith #55
  • Bryce Young #1
  • Nolan Smith #33
  • Cam Rising #76
  • Agiye Hall #90
  • John Emery #67
  • JJ McCarthy #48
  • Bo Nix #61
  • Will Rogers #46
  • Jaden Walley #15
  • Xavier Worthy #29
  • Raleek Brown #83
  • Denzel Burke #25
  • Nicco Marchiol #77
  • Jahleel Billingsley #26
  • Jaxson Dart #94
  • Josh Downs #30
  • Isaac Rex #71

2022 Wild Card Auto Mania Football – 1-Pack Break

I visited my local card shop over the weekend – Sports Zone Toys & Comics.

(1) pack of 2022 Wild Card Auto Mania Football, and a 2022 Bowman Chrome University Football blaster box caught my eye.

A hobby box of 2022 Wild Card Auto Mania Football comes with (8) packs per box, with an autograph in each pack. Hobby boxes sell for about $169. The retail version comes with (4) autographs and a $79 price.

Waiting for me inside my pack was an autograph of Tyler Allgeier.

Allgeier went to BYU, and currently is a running back for the Atlanta Falcons.

Wild Card does not have an NFL license. That means no team names and/or logos. Wild Card calls it “Pro-Look”.

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

The base set consists of (330) total cards. Parallels include Gold Foil (1:2 Jumbo), Rainbow Foil (1:10 Hobby), Royal Blue (1:10 Retail), Gold #’ed/2023, Green Foil #’ed/499, Advanced Stats #’ed/300, Orange Foil #’ed/299, Red Foil #’ed/199, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/72, Mother’s Day Hot Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Powder Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1. (100) cards from the base set also have a Clear parallel #’ed/10.

For 2023 Topps really changed the way photo variations are done. Every card in the (330) base set has (1) Gold Mirror Variation. Topps made it very easy to identify them too. The Topps logo on the front of the Gold Mirror Variation is printed in gold foil. Turning the card over you’ll see “SSP” printed in gold foil as well. You can use the CMP code which is #585 for the Gold Mirror Variations compared to the base #565, but it really isn’t necessary this year. In the past Topps would pick perhaps (100) players from the base set and issue multiple photo variations for each. Some more difficult to pull than others. Topps has said that the (1) Gold Mirror Variation for each base card will also apply to Series 2 and Update.

Gold Mirror Variation odds:

  • Hobby – 1:454 packs
  • Jumbo – 1:46 packs
  • Hanger – 1:203 packs
  • Blaster – 1:1,360 packs

I’m a fan of the 2023 flagship design. All of the main upgrades are in the nameplate. Collectors get to enjoy a head shot of the player with the team logo in the background. We will see this design used for Series 2, Update, Chrome, etc… I think it will look really cool on Chrome stock.

The 2023 design also makes it easy to read the player’s name. You’ed think being able to read the name easily would be a common feature from year to year, but that isn’t always the case. The 2021 design used smaller font for the name.

A hobby box will come with (1) relic or autograph, and (1) Silver Pack box topper.

A jumbo box will come with (1) autograph, (2) relics, and (2) Silver Pack box toppers.

Popular rookie cards include Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, Michael Harris II, Vaughn Grissom, Brett Baty, Nolan Gorman, and Riley Greene.

A lot of these first rookies and Gold Mirror Variations will come down in price. As the year progresses many more baseball products will be released giving collectors more options. Waiting to buy that new base rookie or Gold Mirror Variation traditionally should save you some money.

Be sure to check the backs of your 1988 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary inserts. The Real One Heritage Stock #’ed/88 parallel wasn’t printed on Heritage card stock like they were suppose to be, but do contain the serial number. Without looking at the back you could easily mistake this parallel for a base insert.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Jose Altuve Major League Material

Parallels:

  • Luis Robert 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary Black #’ed/299
  • Vinnie Pasquantino RC Gold #’ed/2023
  • Yordan Alvarez Rainbow Foil
  • Caleb Kilian RC Rainbow Foil

Inserts:

  • Sandy Alcantara All Aces
  • Mike Trout Home Run Challenge
  • Shane Bieber/Triston McKenzie One-Two Punch
  • Adley Rutschman 2022 Greatest Hits
  • Manny Machado 2022 Greatest Hits
  • Mookie Betts Welcome to the Club
  • Willie Mays Welcome to the Club
  • Jackie Robinson 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Javier Baez 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Shohei Ohtani 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Luis Robert 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Seiya Suzuki 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Salvador Perez 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack
  • Don Mattingly 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack
  • Buster Posey 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack
  • Javier Baez 1988 Topps Chrome Silver Pack

2022 Topps Gallery Baseball Blaster Box Break – HUGE HIT!!!

Last fall I opened a Monster Box of 2022 Topps Gallery Baseball and pulled a Julio Rodriguez RC Orange Parallel Auto #’ed/25.

I decided to test my luck again this time with a blaster box. All I can say is that the luck continues. Big hits are 100% possible from retail stores such as Walmart. This box is proof.

As a big Phillies and Bryce Harper fan I’m seriously thinking about redeeming it. I’ve never owned a Bryce Harper autograph before.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Bryce Harper Modern Artists Autograph Parallel Redemption

Parallels:

  • Ryan Vilade RC Rainbow Foil #84
  • Steven Kwan RC Rainbow Foil #166
  • Shohei Ohtani Printer Proof #190
  • Juan Soto Printer Proof #101
  • Romy Gonzalez Printer Proof #109
  • Pedro Martinez Printer Proof #10

Insert:

  • Freddie Freeman Modern Artists #MA-14

2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Update Series Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Rookie/Parallel Fan

I had never opened a Sapphire product until now. In the past I have purchased various Sapphire products to flip.

When the regular 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Baseball was released it debuted at $249.99/box. That was a bit too expensive for me considering there aren’t any autographs. So I made the decision to skip it.

After hearing that 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Update Series Baseball included on-card autographs everyone expected the price to be very high. Turns out that wasn’t the case. Boxes debuted at $129.99. Topps can be all over the place when it comes to pricing. Sometimes its high. Sometimes its low. Sometimes its right on.

The base set consists of (330) cards. Parallels include Green #’ed/75 (1:9), Gold #’ed/50 (1:13), Orange #’ed/25 (1:26), Purple #’ed/10 (1:64), Red #’ed/5 (1:127), Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:1,598), and Padparadscha #’ed 1/1 (1:1,039).

Autographs are #’ed/25 or less. Parallels include Orange #’ed/25 (1:817), Purple #’ed/10 (1:2,043), Red #’ed/5 (1:4,085), Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:20,013).

The autographs are difficult to pull. But at least this product has them. And with a small autograph checklist when one is pulled it is usually of a top rookie.

On-card autographs are always better than stickers. Collectors were hoping not too many of them would be packed-out as redemption cards. So far the only redemption autograph looks to be of Jeremy Peña.

Each box should contain at least (2) parallels. I’ve seen some with (1) and others containing (3).

I bought this box because it had a reasonable debut price, and wanted to open a Sapphire product. The chance at pulling an autograph was also a nice bonus.

Seeing that this is the only product where you can find on-card Sapphire autographs of top rookies from 2022, box prices could skyrocket if any of them work out. On the other side those players could flop, and box prices could tank.

No Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt Jr., or Spencer Torkelson rookie cards found in my box.

As I mentioned before, this is the first Sapphire product I’ve opened. This is also the first time I’ve seen Sapphire cards in-hand. I can see why collectors go crazy for them.

2023 members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club will receive (1) 20-card set, and the factory set this year. It would be really cool if that 20-card set would be printed on Chrome Sapphire card stock. The set should consist of subjects that haven’t had Chrome Sapphire cards made yet. Off the top of my head Mickey Mantle, Phillie Phanatic, and Mike Schmidt would make great additions.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Adam Frazier Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Hunter Renfroe Green Refractor #’ed/75

Rookies:

  • Jason Krizan RC #US65
  • Felix Bautista RC #US225
  • Ryan Pepiot #US109
  • MacKenzie Gore RC #US81
  • Brendan Donovan RC #US150
  • Jack Suwinski RC #US236
  • Shane Baz RC Rookie Debut #US240
  • Nick Allen RC #US117
  • Bryan Lavastida RC #US317

Base:

  • Nick Castellanos #US266
  • Garrett Stubbs #US315
  • Michael Lorenzen #US84
  • Andrew Stevenson #US173
  • Matt Chapman #US235
  • Cole Sulser #US103
  • Sergio Romo #US322
  • Sean Manaea #US48
  • Jace Peterson #US12
  • Drew Smyly #US138
  • Opening Day Bronx Bash #US45
  • Boston Flex #US11
  • Cole Irvin #US292
  • Luis Guillorme #US107
  • Robert Suarez/Steven Wilson #US239
  • Jurickson Profar #US69
  • Archie Bradley #US98
  • Andrew Knizner #US329
  • Brad Miller #US91
  • Kyle Cody #US96
  • Adam Engel #US323

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