Astros ’18 Topps High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to kinkinsley on being the lucky winner of the J.D. Davis 2018 Topps High Tek RC Auto.  Once kinkinsley sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Astros ’18 Topps High Tek Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a J.D. Davis 2018 Topps High Tek RC Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 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!!!

2018 Topps High Tek Baseball Box Break & Review

Acetate stock, on-card autographs, and a quick-thrill (1) pack per box configuration.  Yes please.  Sign me up!

Don’t let the (1) pack fool you.  2018 Topps High Tek is for both fast ripping thrill seekers, and collectors looking to complete that ultimate rainbow.  At first glance the patterns and parallels can be mind bending, but after awhile you’ll understand how things flow.

(112) cards make up the base set.  The National League and American League each have (4) distinct levels of pattern rarities.  Patterns 1-4 will look a certain way for NL players, while AL players will have their own set of patterns.  #1 is the easiest, while #4 traditionally is the most difficult.

Packaged inside every (1) pack box are (40) cards.  Yes, I said (40).  That’s quite a brick.  When breaking down the pack, you should find Rainbow Foils, Magma Diffractors, Orbit Diffractors, and Galactic Diffractors.  Each of these have their own parallels:

  • Rainbow Foil – Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Black #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1
  • Magma Diffractor – Green #’ed/99, Black #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1
  • Orbit Diffractor – Black #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1
  • Galactic Diffractor – Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1

(5) players – Aaron Judge, Kris Bryant, Mariano Rivera, Mike Trout, and Shohei Ohtani have Black & White Image Variations #’ed/50.  You can also find Gold SpecTEKular Diffractors of these #’ed 1/1.  From the looks of it, the parallels only apply to the first pattern.  In other words, you won’t find an Orange Orbit Diffractor #’ed/25 featuring the NL or AL third pattern.

In the middle of the 40-card brick is all the good stuff.  Every box should come with (2) on-card autographs.  You’re most likely going to get (2) autographs from the High Tek Autograph checklist.  Parallels include Green #’ed/99, Blue #’ed/75, Black Orbit Diffractors #’ed/50, Orange Orbit Diffractors #’ed/25, Red Orbit Diffractors #’ed/10, and Gold SpecTEKular Diffractors #’ed 1/1.  All of them feature either the NL or AL first pattern.  No autograph will come on patterns 2-4.  Having parallels and autographs for each pattern would be way too much.

Other autographs besides the High Tek ones that you can pull include Black & White Image VariationsPortraiTEKPyroTEKnicsRookie TEK, and Tek Buybacks.  All of these except the Tek Buybacks have non-autographed inserts.

Its a lot to take in.  This product is heavily concentrated with patterns and parallels.  If you feel like busting a box and focusing on just the autographs and parallels, that’s perfectly fine.  Despite patterns 2-4 being more rare, they don’t command too much more on the secondary market.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Mark McGwire
  • J.D. Davis RC

Parallels

  • Whit Merrifield Rainbow Foil Orange #’ed/25
  • David Ortiz Orbit Diffractor Black #’ed/50
  • Pedro Martinez Rainbow Foil Green #’ed/99
  • Kris Bryant Rainbow Foil Blue #’ed/150
  • Johnny Bench Galactic Diffractor
  • Byron Buxton Orbit Diffractor
  • Aaron Altherr Orbit Diffractor
  • Bernie Williams Magma Diffractor
  • Paul Goldschmidt Magma Diffractor
  • Jordan Luplow RC Magma Diffractor

Notable Patterns

  • Mike Trout #4
  • J.D. Davis #4
  • Tomas Nido RC #4
  • Carlos Santana #4

Brewers ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Richard Nebe Jr. on being the lucky winner of the Tristen Lutz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Once Richard Nebe Jr. sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Brewers ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Tristen Lutz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 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!!!

Pirates ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to jake1725 on being the lucky winner of the Shane Baz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Once jake1725 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Holy smokes!  What a box!  This is by far the best Heritage High Number Baseball box that I’ve opened!!!

The original 1969 Topps Baseball set brings two cards to my mind.  The first is Reggie Jackson’s rookie card #260.  Coming in second would be Mickey Mantle’s final card as an active player #500.  Given that its a vintage set, non-rookies of popular players in mint condition can fetch quite the price.  Its definitely worth a look if you’re wanting to put together a vintage set.

Between HeritageHeritage High Number, and Heritage Minor League Baseball, collectors have gotten their fill of the 1969 Topps Baseball design this year.  In 2019, the 1970 design will be used.  Its going to be interesting how they handle 1971 with all of those black borders.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number picks up right where the regular Heritage set left off.  It consists of (225) cards (#501-#725).  The last (25) cards (#701-#725) are short prints and fall 1:3 packs.  The main set has four parallels – Black Border (50 copies, hobby), 100th Anniversary (25 copies), Magenta Backs (10 copies), Flip Stock (5 copies, hobby).  Of those four, the Flip Stock would be the one that could easily be skipped over.  I pulled one of these in the past and almost missed it.  When it comes to these, the fronts are rough with the backs being smooth.

(50) players have Chrome cards.  Parallels include Hot Box Refractors, Refractors #’ed/569, Black Refractors #’ed/69, Gold Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  (50) players also have mini parallels #’ed/100.

You wouldn’t be wrong to make the observation that many products today feature photo variations.  The ones found in the Heritage lines seem to garner the most attention.  CMP codes can help.

  • Base – #575
  • Short Prints – #585
  • Nickname – #601
  • Team Color Swap – #600
  • Action – #599
  • Throwback – #598
  • Error – #597
  • Trade – #477

The folks at Topps made it even easier to spot these variations without having to look at the CMP codes.  Beneath the card number it will state what type of variation it is.  That helps a bunch.

Every hobby box comes with (1) relic or autograph.  For the most part, you’re going to pull a Clubhouse Collection Relic.  At least that’s what I’m use to pulling.  I’ve always appreciated the high-end autographs and patches that come out of this product.  I think it has a lot to do with the retro designs and on-card signatures.  Gotta love that Wendy’s Founder Dave Thomas has a cut signature in here.  Wendy’s was founded in 1969.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Shohei Ohtani Real One RC Auto

Parallel

  • Daniel Palka RC Black Border

Photo Variation

  • Matt Kemp Action

Short Prints

  • Jake Arrieta
  • Lewis Brinson
  • Yonder Alonso
  • Alex Cobb
  • Randal Grichuk
  • Arodys Vizcaino
  • Eric Hosmer
  • Stephen Piscotty

Inserts

  • Shohei Ohtani/Mike Trout Combo Cards
  • Nolan Ryan Miracle Of ’69
  • Reggie Jackson Highlights 1967
  • Shohei Ohtani 1969 Deckle Edge
  • Christian Yelich 1969 Deckle Edge
  • Joey Lucchesi Rookie Performers
  • Amed Rosario Rookie Performers
  • Shohei Ohtani Rookie Performers
  • Bryce Harper Now & Then
  • Didi Gregorius Now & Then
  • James Paxton Now & Then
  • George Springer Award Winners
  • Aaron Judge Award Winners
  • Jose Altuve Award Winners
  • Shohei Ohtani 1969 Bazooka Baseball Extra Ad Panel Box Topper #7

Notable Rookies

  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Juan Soto
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Ronald Acuña Jr.