2018 Topps Gallery Collector’s Box Break & Review

After a very successful revival last year, Topps Gallery makes it’s return in 2018.  Once again this product is a Walmart exclusive.  So if you’re out shopping for those last minute Christmas gifts, checkout the card section for Topps Gallery.

I really like this brand, and what Topps has done with it.  It comes in three different formats – Collector’s Box, Blaster, and Jumbo Value Pack.  A Collector’s Box is equal to what a hobby box would be, and is the only format that guarantees any hits.  Packaged within each Collector’s Box are (20) packs along with (1) Oversized Base Topper.  You should find at least (2) autographs.  Blasters have exclusive Artist’s Proofs, while Jumbo Value Packs have Canvas Parallels.

The base set consists of (150) cards.  Parallels include Artist’s Proof (Blaster), Canvas (Jumbo Value Pack), Private Issue #’ed/250, Green #’ed/99, Blue #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.  I’ve seen the Canvas parallels referred to as Wood sometimes.  Short Prints are found between #151 and #200.

Nine artists came together in order to produce the images for this set.  They are Gerry Garcia, Kris Penix, Mayumi Seto, Carlos Cabaleiro, Dan Bergren, John Giancaspro, Kevin Graham, Jeff Mallinson, and Evan Shoman.  Lots of these artists have done work for Topps before.  Mayumi Seto is responsible for all of the Topps Living Set cards.

On the back of each card you can see which artist did the work.  Five cards actually list the wrong artist – Ted Williams #163, Ernie Banks #167, Nelson Cruz #169, Robinson Cano #199, and Jackie Robinson #200.  These cards attribute Carlos Cabaleiro as the artist when in fact it should be Kris Penix.

In addition to the base set and autographs, there is a nice selection of inserts.  The Impressionists inserts are quite impressive.  Despite not having any parallels, just the inserts themselves get more attention on the secondary market than you’ed expect.  I pulled (1) from my Collector’s Box.

Although difficult to pull, its possible to own the original artwork used to make these cards.  You can only get these pieces in the Collector’s Boxes.  It would be hiding in your box topper pack instead of an oversized card.

Topps Gallery is one of my favorite looking products.  On-card autographs could improve it, but given that its a retail-exclusive stickers make sense.  I believe it to be one of their most important retail releases.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Ryan McMahon RC Auto
  • Anthony Banda RC Blue Auto #’ed/50

Short Prints

  • Noah Syndergaard #195
  • Darryl Strawberry #170
  • Max Kepler #187
  • Randy Johnson #177

Parallels

  • John Smoltz Green #’ed/99
  • Jordan Hicks Private Issue #’ed/250
  • Jose Altuve Heritage Green #’ed/250

Inserts

  • Victor Robles Impressionists
  • Randy Johnson Masterpiece
  • Cody Bellinger Masterpiece
  • Hank Aaron Hall of Fame Gallery
  • Bob Gibson Hall of Fame Gallery
  • Anthony Rizzo Heritage
  • Nolan Arenado Heritage
  • Ichiro Heritage
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Heritage
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Oversized Base Topper

Notable Rookies

  • Rhys Hoskins #133
  • Shohei Ohtani #116
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. #140
  • Juan Soto #126

Card of the Day: Dennis Eckersley 1996 Topps Gallery #176

Card of the Day: Rick Ankiel 2000 Topps Gallery Autographs

Card of the Day: Joe Smith 1995-96 Topps Gallery – The Expressionists #11

Yankees ’17 Topps Gallery Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Jimmy Bayless on being the lucky winner of the Tyler Austin 2017 Topps Gallery RC Auto.  Once Jimmy Bayless sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Yankees ’17 Topps Gallery Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Tyler Austin 2017 Topps Gallery RC Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 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!!!

2017 Topps Gallery Baseball Collector’s Box Break & Review

Twelve years.  That’s how long it has been since the Topps Gallery brand had a new set.  For as good looking as these cards have always been, that is way too long for it to have been gone.  The last Topps Gallery product was released in 2005.  I distinctly remember opening a mini-box and pulling a Don Mattingly bat relic with a picture of his ’84 Topps rookie on it.

Topps Gallery made it’s return this year, but with a twist.  This time its exclusively sold at Walmart.  Topps has seen tremendous success with their retail-exclusive line of products.  Collectors have been snatching them up.  Due to their popularity, its not uncommon for them to be sold out.  We’ve seen this with 2017 Topps Gallery.  Walmart’s website even has it listed as “Out of stock”.  If your local Walmart has any ’17 Topps Gallery, grab all of it ASAP.

You can experience 2017 Topps Gallery in three different ways – Collector’s Boxes, Value Boxes, and Fat Packs.  A Collector’s Box is the only format where you’re guaranteed (2) autographs.  This seems to be the most popular format, and costs $70.  Value Boxes and Fat Packs are more affordable options, but no autographs are guaranteed.

Artist Mayumi Seto and Dan Bergren are to thank for bringing this 200-card set to life.  No high-tech fancy Photoshop artistic filters here.  These cards are all based on original paintings which you can randomly find in boxes.  Card #151-#200 are short prints.  Parallels include: Artist Proof (Value Box), Private Issue #’ed/250 (Collector’s Box), Canvas (Fat Pack), Green #’ed/99, Blue #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

Like I mentioned before, your best shot at pulling an autograph would come from a Collector’s Box.  All autographs are on stickers.  There are (20) short print autographs which are quite difficult to pull.  The short print autographs include: Gary Carter, Willson Contreras, Andrew Miller, Albert Pujols, Frank Thomas, Joey Votto, Tom Glavine, Bo Jackson, Chipper Jones, Jose Canseco, Fernando Valenzuela, Dee Gordon, Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Mark McGwire, John Smoltz, Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey, Jr., Ryne Sandberg, and David Ortiz.

Gary Carter passed away in 2012, but Topps still has some of the stickers he signed.  They’re foil stickers compared to the clear ones used for everyone else, so they stick out a little more.  Unless you consult the Base Autograph SP list, there is no indication on the card whether or not its a short print.  Be sure to check!

Outside of the main base set and autographs there are some inserts.  The ExpressionistsHall of Fame GalleryHeritage, and Masterpiece all make up this group.  All have autographs and parallels except The Expressionists.  Those just have autographs, no parallels.  Heritage looks the best as it resembles 1951 Bowman.

’17 Gallery is one of the most artistic sets Topps has recently produced.  I might even say that it could be the nicest looking set of the year.  In addition to acetate autographs, I’m also a big fan of artistic products such as this.  I wonder if they’ve given any thought to combining the two?

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Magneuris Sierra RC
  • Tyler Austin RC

Short Print

  • John Smoltz Masters #188

Parallels

  • Nolan Arenado Heritage Green #’ed/250
  • Aaron Judge RC Private Issue #’ed/250
  • Mark Trumbo Private Issue #’ed/250
  • Greg Bird Private Issue #’ed/250

Inserts

  • Featured Artist Mayumi Seto
  • Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Gallery #20
  • Tim Raines Hall of Fame Gallery #9
  • Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Gallery #1
  • Reggie Jackson Hall of Fame Gallery #22
  • (2) Wil Myers Masterpiece #15
  • Nolan Ryan Masterpiece #21
  • Felix Hernandez Masterpiece #17

Card of the Day: Albert Pujols 2001 Topps Gallery #135

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Bob Hepner’s 1951 Bowman Originals Sketch Card Gallery

Twenty collectors (unless you’re really lucky and pull more than one) will get to own a 1951 Bowman Originals Sketch Card which can be found in 2017 Bowman.  Bob Hepner is the artist behind them.  A few have surfaced already, but not all.  It could be a long time before all twenty are found.

The checklist contains current stars and Hall of Famers.  If you’re wondering what they all look like, take a gander.

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2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Portrait Art Patch Originals Gallery

Gypsy Queen is known for having all sorts of fun gems.  For 2017, Monty Sheldon and Brian Kong both collaborated in order to bring collectors the Portrait Art Patch Originals.  Monty Sheldon made the pencil drawings while Brian Kong did the ink and coloring.  You’ll notice each card has their initials on the front and signatures on the back.  All of these cards look amazing.  Anyone would be thrilled to pull one.

The 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Portrait Art Patch Originals set contains (38) cards covering (19) different players.  Players include: Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Robinson Cano, Roger Clemens, Carlos Correa, Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Bryce Harper, Ichiro, Adam Jones, Barry Larkin, Manny Machado, Mark McGwire, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Giancarlo Stanton, and Mike Trout.

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Snake eyes!

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