Card of the Day: Rhys Hoskins 2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks Gold Refractor Auto

Card of the Day: Juan Gonzalez 1993 Topps Finest Refractor #116

2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks Hits A Home Run With Collectors

As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I was able to purchase (3) boxes of the new online-exclusive 2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks for $55/box.  The design pays tribute to 1993 Topps Finest which introduced collectors to the Refractor.

Not only is the design a nod to the original set, this new version also consists of (199) cards and contains (1) refractor per box.  With that being said, most people ripping find at least (2) refractors on average.  Parallels include Base Refractors, Gold Refractors #’ed/50, Black Refractors #’ed/25, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  Even though the Base Refractors aren’t serial numbered, its speculated that no more than (50) copies exist for each card.

Opening a single box doesn’t guarantee an autograph.  Autographs fall about 1:6 boxes.  Base Autograph parallels include Base Refractor #’ed/20, Gold Refractors #’ed/15, Orange Refractors #’ed/10, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  Base All-Stars Autographs are #’ed/20, and have parallels which include Gold Refractors #’ed/15, Orange Refractors #’ed/10, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.

Andre Dawson, Ivan Rodriguez, John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, and Roberto Alomar each have original Autograph Buybacks #’ed/20 or less.

Inserts come in the form of All-Stars Jumbo Box Toppers.

(18) packs come in a single box.

Pack Odds

Base Parallels:

  • Refractor (1:18)
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/50 (1:18)
  • Black Refractor #’ed/25 (1:36)
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5 (1:176)
  • Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:880)

Autograph Parallels:

  • Refractor #’ed/20 (1:296)
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/15 (1:381)
  • Orange Refractor #’ed/10 (1:573)
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5 (1:1,138)
  • Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:5,765)

The odds of finding an Autograph Buyback is (1:2,260).

Given that the odds of pulling a non-autographed Superfractor are (1:880) packs should tell you how limited this product actually is.  Normally that number is in the thousands.

This was a no-brainer buy for me.  Where else are you guaranteed (2) cards #’ed/50 or less for the price of $55/box?  The answer is nowhere.

Nostalgic design.  Colorful, low-numbered parallels.  On-card autographs.  It doesn’t surprise me that these boxes are selling for hundreds on the secondary market.  Nobody knows what the ceiling will be for these boxes.

Card of the Day: Luis Severino 2016 Topps Finest – Finest Firsts RC Auto

Card of the Day: Troy Polamalu 2003 Topps Finest #61

Card of the Day: George Brett 2001 Topps Finest – Finest Moments Auto

Card of the Day: Pete Alonso 2019 Topps Finest Auto

2019 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Since it’s introduction to the hobby in 1993, Topps Finest has been a true fan favorite.  This is the brand that kicked-off the refractor, which has become such an important part of the hobby today.  Even now, those refractors from 1993 command major dollars on the secondary market.  Looking for a sealed box of 1993 Topps Finest?  Be prepared to spend up to $700 for one.

Topps Finest is a chrome-brand.  Although the word “chrome” isn’t in the name, that’s exactly what it is.  Its not something you think about when you have Topps Chrome and the entire Bowman family to pick from.

A master box of 2019 Topps Finest consists of (2) mini-boxes.  Inside each mini-box there are (6) packs, and (1) autograph.  That’s (2) autographs per master box.

The main base set is made up of (101) cards.  Parallels include Refractor, Purple Refractor #’ed/250, Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.  Rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is on card #101.  His base rookie does not have any of the normal parallels.

If you’re going through your packs and pulling out cards with card numbers higher than #101, that’s because Topps included an Extended Base set.  Cards containing numbers 101-125 fall into this category.  Its important to note that there are two card number 101s.  First you have #101 of Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. from the main set.  Secondly, you have #101 of the Extended Base set of Yusei Kikuchi.  The Extended Base set can be thought of as short prints.  At first glance they look just like a base card, but the card stock they’re printed on is a bit thicker.  Just like the numbered parallels and autographs.  Parallels for the Extended Base set include Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

On-card autographs is where the real action is at.  Finest Autographs, Finest Blue Chips Autographs, Finest Careers Die-Cut Autographs, Finest Firsts Autographs, Finest Origins Autographs, Prized Performers Autographs, and Finest Originals Buyback Autographs are all of the different autographs that you can get.

Non-autographed inserts include Finest Blue Chips, Finest Careers Die-Cut, Finest Firsts, and Prized Performers.

Lots of 90s nostalgia with these inserts, and a couple of very solid autographs came from my box.  Simplified design with a lot of color.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Luke Voit
  • Jesus Aguilar Gold Refractor #’ed/50

Extended Base

  • Starling Marte #116

Parallels

  • Yadier Molina Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Walker Buehler Refractor
  • Michael Kopech Refractor
  • Trevor Story Refractor
  • Jose Berrios Refractor

Inserts

  • Jake Bauers Finest Firsts
  • George Springer Prized Performers
  • Joey Votto Prized Performers
  • Brandon Nimmo Blue Chips
  • Scott Kingery Blue Chips
  • Josh Hader Blue Chips
  • Shohei Ohtani Blue Chips

Titans ’07 Topps Finest Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Jimmy Bayless on being the lucky winner of the Chris Henry 2007 Topps Finest Rookie Auto.  Once Jimmy Bayless sends over his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Titans ’07 Topps Finest Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Chris Henry 2007 Topps Finest Rookie Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 8:00 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.
  • 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!!!