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

Product Highlight: 2007 Upper Deck Holiday Inn Baseball

The 2007 Upper Deck Holiday Inn Baseball set is nothing earth shattering, but an interesting promotion.  For those members of the Holiday Inn Priority Club that stayed at a participating Holiday Inn hotel between May 31, 2007 and July 30, 2007 received a special pack of Upper Deck baseball cards.  You received a pack for each night stayed.  Inside each pack there are (4) cards – (3) base, and (1) Cal Ripken, Jr. insert.  There are (5) Ripken inserts, and the entire base set consists of (60) cards. Its possible to find those Ripken inserts with a code on the back. The codes were meant to be used in the Priority Club Rewards Program.

You won’t find any rookies, relics, autographs, or parallels.  Adding at least one of those elements would have drastically increased people’s interest in this set.

In my opinion, Upper Deck’s idea of printing cards on hotel room keys for promotional purposes makes for a more unique souvenir.

Card of the Day: LeBron James 2003-04 Upper Deck – 2003 Holiday Season – Winter League Card

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2021 Topps Holiday Mega Box Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Relic/Autograph/Christmas Fans

The base set consists of (220) cards. Parallels include Metallic, and Gold Metallic #’ed 1/1.

Short Print Photo Variations offer some fun holiday elements to watch out for. I always check the CMP codes when identifying them:

  • Base – #420
  • SP – #426
  • Rare – #427
  • Super Rare – #428

Each Walmart-exclusive box should contain a relic, autograph, or autograph/relic.

One insert set comes in the form of MLB Star Ornament Die-Cuts.

Its a niche product. Some people enjoy it a lot, while others won’t touch it at all. I find it to be a fun holiday spin on cards. The base design this year reminds me of The Matrix code. Perhaps its a bit of subliminal marketing given that the new Matrix movie, The Matrix Resurrections, comes out later this month.

For $21.98 I’d say my box was more than decent. The SP’s fall (1:7) packs, and I was able to pull two from this 10-pack box. And the two I pulled are of very popular players.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Cody Bellinger Relic

Short Print Photo Variations:

  • Mike Trout Santa Belt #27
  • Juan Soto Santa Belt #100

Parallels:

  • Tyler Stephenson RC Metallic #141
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC Metallic #174
  • Shane Bieber Metallic #130

Insert:

  • Pete Alonso MLB Star Ornament Die-Cut

Card of the Day: 2007 Topps Santa Claus Holiday Set Bowlfulla Jellies #16

Rangers ’19 Topps Holiday Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Dave Kaltenmark on being the lucky winner of the Nomar Mazara 2019 Topps Holiday Relic.  Once Dave Kaltenmark sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Rangers ’19 Topps Holiday Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Nomar Mazara 2019 Topps Holiday Relic.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 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.
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  • U.S. residents only.
  • 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!!!

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