2017 Topps Fire Baseball Collector’s Box Break & Review

An artistic electric blaze is a perfect way to describe 2017 Topps Fire Baseball.  Artist Tyson Beck once again shows off his talents with this wildly designed Target-exclusive set.

Topps has had a lot of success with these retail only products.  Even if you have a Target nearby, there is no guarantee what you’re looking for will be there.  Keeping them in stock has been difficult.  Having a rookie class like 2017 has seen drives up the demand even more.  Especially when two of those rookies (Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger) continue to play further into the post season.

If you’re lucky enough to live near a Target store that still has some 2017 Fire on the shelves there are three possible formats that you can find this product in – Collector’s Box, Value Box, and Fat Pack.  To obtain the pinnacle Fire experience, a Collector’s Box would be the best way to go.  They retail for $70, but right now on the secondary market they seem to be going for around $80-$100.  People are willing to spend a little more online if their own Target is sold out or they don’t have one at all.

2017 Topps Fire has a base set that consists of (200) cards.  Parallels include Red Flame, Gold Minted (Value Only), Blue Chip (Fat Pack Only), Orange #’ed/299, Green #’ed/199, Purple #’ed/99, Magenta #’ed/25, Onyx (1 per Collector’s Box case), and Inferno #’ed/1.  The Onyx parallels aren’t serial numbered, but given that only (1) comes per Collector’s Box case I’d say that each one is limited to 5-10 copies.  Inserts are plentiful and all look fairly awesome.  You’ve got Flame Throwers, Fired Up, Golden Grabs, Monikers, and Walk It Off.

I’ve heard some collectors complain that the parallels are a little difficult to identify.  This certainly wasn’t the case with my box.  Each one of my inserts, parallels, and autographs came out of the pack backwards.  That made them very easy to spot.

A Collector’s Box guarantees at least (2) “hits”.  One of them should be an autograph.  For a retail-exclusive product, it shouldn’t be a surprise that all of the autographs are on stickers.  The checklist for the autographs is very strong.  Lots of top names.  Dual and Triple autographs can also be found.  Relics and Autographed Relics are in here too.

Overall, I believe Topps did a great job with this set.  Fire finally got it’s own standalone baseball product.  The designs are refreshing, checklist is deep, and the inserts really stand out.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Steven Matz #’ed/200
  • Noah Syndergaard Green #’ed/75

Parallels

  • Larry Doby Purple #’ed/99
  • Johnny Damon Green #’ed/199
  • Lorenzo Cain Green #’ed/199
  • Seung-Hwan Oh Orange #’ed/299
  • Ryne Sandberg Orange #’ed/299
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Red Flame
  • Dansby Swanson RC Red Flame
  • Billy Hamilton Red Flame
  • Bryce Harper Red Flame
  • Tyler Glasnow RC Red Flame

Inserts

  • Noah Syndergaard Fired Up
  • Noah Syndergaard Flame Throwers
  • Curtis Granderson Golden Grabs
  • Byron Buxton Golden Grabs
  • Mark Trumbo Walk It Off
  • Adrian Beltre Walk It Off
  • Brooks Robinson Monikers
  • Ryne Sandberg Monikers
  • Miguel Cabrera Monikers
  • Babe Ruth Monikers

Notable Rookies

  • Cody Bellinger
  • Ian Happ
  • Alex Bregman
  • Matt Olson

Robinson ’15 Topps Fire Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Kent Parsons on being the lucky winner of the Josh Robinson 2015 Topps Fire RC Auto #’ed/500.  Once Kent Parsons sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Robinson ’15 Topps Fire Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Josh Robinson 2015 Topps Fire RC Auto #’ed/500.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 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!!!

2015 Topps Fire Football Box Break & Review

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You know those airbrushed vans with all the fancy artwork on the sides?  That’s exactly what comes to mind while opening a box of 2015 Topps Fire Football.  Throughout the 150-card base set you’ll find some really out there designs.  Splattered paint, and shards of what look like broken glass (or kryptonite) are just the tip of the iceberg.  The inserts are what really remind me of those vans.  Australian artist Tyson Beck returns to lend his hand to this one heck of an artistic set.

If you take cards from any of the Topps Gallery sets and mix them with some of those Metal Universe inserts from the 90’s, you’d get Fire.  When you compare this set to 2014, you’ll notice that the overall design has been toned down a bit.  Last year’s set was a little busy, but once collectors got a look at the cards in person they seemed to enjoy them.

Sticker autographs are the norm for Fire.  That shouldn’t be surprising considering boxes only cost about $60.00.  There are ten different parallels to watch out for.  Silver is the most common since they come (1) per pack.  At first I had a slight difficult time identifying the parallels, but then I got the hang of it.  Depending on the card’s overall design, more or less of the parallel color may be used.

For a product that on the surface looks like a run of the mill box containing (20) packs and (2) “hits”, the artistic features are the real attention getters.  I’d have to say that my favorite looking cards from 2015 are the Transcendent Touchdowns inserts.  Cards like that make excellent choices for the Wall Art Topps makes.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic

  • Jeremy Langford RC 3-Color Patch Auto #’ed/500

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Auto

  • Josh Robinson RC Auto #’ed/500

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Notable Parallels

  • Josh Robinson RC Blue #’ed/99
  • Calvin Johnson Gold #’ed/299
  • Derek Carr Gold #’ed/299
  • Demaryius Thomas Flame
  • Odell Beckham Jr Flame
  • Tevin Coleman RC Flame
  • Sean Mannion RC Flame
  • Jamaal Charles Flame
  • Marcus Mariota RC Silver

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Inserts

  • Le’Veon Bell Fired Up
  • Peyton Manning Forces Of Nature
  • Emmitt Smith Forces Of Nature
  • DeAndre Hopkins Into The Wild
  • Tyrod Taylor Into The Wild
  • Julio Jones Into The Wild
  • Matthew Stafford Into The Wild
  • Alshon Jeffery Into The Wild
  • James Harrison Transcendent Touchdowns
  • Bo Jackson Transcendent Touchdowns
  • Deion Sanders Transcendent Touchdowns
  • Steve Young Transcendent Touchdowns

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Notable Base Rookies

  • David Johnson #40
  • Amari Cooper #3
  • Jameis Winston #1

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Card of the Day: Jarvis Landry 2014 Topps Fire RC Auto

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Card of the Day: Kolten Wong 2014 Bowman Chrome Fire Die-Cut Refractor

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