2022 Topps Inception Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Risk takers/Autograph & Relic fans

2022 is shaping up to be one heck of a baseball season. With rookies such as Wander Franco, Bobby Witt Jr., Spencer Torkelson, CJ Abrams, Julio Rodriguez, and Bryson Stott fans have a lot to look forward too.

Inception has and probably will always be a gamble. Housed inside each box is (1) pack. That pack should contain (7) cards – (4) base, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph or autograph/relic #’ed/299 or less.

The base set consists of (100) cards. Parallels include Green, Purple #’ed/150, Magenta #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Orange #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Inception Black #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Rookie and Emerging Stars Autographs, Inception Silver Signings, Inception Dawn of Greatness Autographs, and Short Print Inception Autographs.

Autograph/Relics include Inception Autograph Patch, Inception Autograph Jumbo Patch, Inception Autograph Jumbo Hat Patch, Inception Autograph Batting Glove Relic, and Inception Autograph Game Socks Relic.

Booklets include Gameday Gear Autograph Relic Book, Inception Autograph Laundry Tag Book, Inception Autograph Letter Book, Inception Autograph MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Book, Inception Autograph Team Logo Patch Book, and Inception Dual Autograph Relic Book.

You have the chance at pulling some crazy looking cards such as this Wander Franco. Then again, you could end up with someone like Joe Barlow. Inception is a roll of the dice.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Nick Madrigal Inception Auto/Patch #’ed/249


  • Kyle Muller RC Magenta #’ed/99
  • Shohei Ohtani Green


  • Ke’Bryan Hayes #17
  • Pete Alonso #6
  • Matt Vierling RC #96
  • Freddie Freeman #100

Marlins ’21 Topps Inception Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Todd Warren on being the lucky winner of the Jordan Holloway 2021 Topps Inception RC Magenta Auto #’ed/99. Once Todd Warren sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP. Thanks!

Marlins ’21 Topps Inception Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jordan Holloway 2021 Topps Inception RC Magenta Auto #’ed/99. Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Saturday, May 15, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. EST.
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2021 Topps Inception Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Risk takers

Whoa! Look what I got my hands on to open. Its time to take a roll of the dice, and open a box of 2021 Topps Inception Baseball.

The Inception brand has always been a big hit or miss product. Each box comes with (1) pack of (7) cards. Inside each pack you should find (4) base, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph or autograph/relic.

(100) cards make up the base set. Parallels include Green, Purple #’ed/150, Magenta #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Orange #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, and Inception Black #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Rookie and Emerging Star, Autograph Short Prints, Dawn of Greatness, and Silver Signings.

Autograph/relics include Autograph Patch, Autograph Jumbo Patch, Autograph Game Socks, Autographed Jumbo Hat Patch, Autograph Laundry Tag Book, Autograph Letters Book, Autograph MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Book, Autograph Team Logo Patch Book, Dual Autograph Relic Book, and Gameday Gear Autograph Relic Book.

I’ve always enjoyed the artistic look of Inception. Opening individual boxes can be a massive gamble ($200 per box). Joining a team break and/or opening this product up by the case might yield some more successful results. Over the years I’ve pulled some incredible cards from Inception, including my first button relic a few years ago.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Jordan Holloway RC Magenta #’ed/99


  • Manny Machado Green
  • Starling Marte Green


  • Mike Trout #60
  • Nick Madrigal RC #56
  • Dane Dunning RC #61
  • Brandon Lowe #59

Card of the Day: Alec Bohm 2021 Topps Inception #39

Card of the Day: Randy Arozarena 2020 Topps Inception #32

2019 Topps Inception Baseball Box Break & Review

While attending the 40th annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show & Auction (the longest-running one-day show on the east coast) on 3/30, I saw a handful of dealers selling new wax.  One of the products that I witnessed many collectors breaking was 2019 Topps Inception Baseball.  People seem to really enjoy it.  By the end of the show, I didn’t see many boxes left.

The Topps Inception brand reminds me a lot of Star Wars.  Especially when it comes to the design.  Some years its dark, while other times its light.  As fun as the dark-side can be, I prefer my Inception to have the lighter look.  That’s exactly what the 2019 version has.  It seems to swap back and forth one year to the next.  Show prices for a box seemed to settle around $55.  Online its a bit higher, and that doesn’t count shipping.

I enjoy quick-thrill, one pack per box products.  Inception is just that.  I hope the format never changes.

Housed inside every pack are (7) cards.  You should find (4) base, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph or autograph/relic.  The base set has (100) cards with the following parallels – Green, Purple #’ed/150, Magenta #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Orange #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Inception Black #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  Matte backgrounds, glossy player photos, and thick card stock continues from previous years.

Hits are truly what Inception is all about.  Autographs come in a wide range of ways.  For the most part, its highly likely your autograph will come from the Base Rookies & Emerging Stars checklist.  Really lucky box breakers can find rarer gems which range from Short Print Autographs to Autographed Team Logo Patch Booklets.  Not everything is signed on-card, but a good chunk is.  Silver and gold paint-pen autographs which are in the Silver Signings set continue to be some of my favorites.

Did you pull a redemption for a Mystery Autograph?  There are two – A & B.  As of this writing we have yet to learn who A will be.  Topps recently announced that B is of White Sox star rookie Eloy Jimenez.

Every product today can be considered hit or miss.  That’s only if you’re concerned about the dollar value of your hit.  So many products get unnecessarily bashed today because the hit didn’t pay for the box.  If that’s the only reason you’re opening a box, you’re not doing it for the correct reason.

Colorful explosion of fun!  White stock really makes these cards pop.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:


  • David Fletcher RC Blue Button Relic Auto #’ed/6


  • Luis Urias RC Green
  • Ryan Borucki RC Magenta #’ed/99


  • Bryse Wilson RC #22
  • Chris Shaw RC #30
  • Jose Altuve #79
  • Noah Syndergaard #43

2018 Topps Inception Baseball Box Break & Review

After opening a box like Series 2, Topps Inception can be a nice switch.  Its a bit more high-end, and gets straight to the point.  Products configured like Inception are my favorite type to bust open.  Its a high-risk and reward setup.  If your opening boxes with the only thought of wanting to make your money back, your not in this hobby for the right reason.  Especially when it comes to modern day products.  These are built for fun, not investment.

If you’re looking to purchase a box of 2018 Topps Inception, it will likely cost around $76.  Housed inside each box is (1) 7-card pack.  Among those (7) cards will be (1) autograph or autograph/relic, (2) parallels, and (4) base.  The base set comes in at (100) cards with the following parallels: Green, Purple #’ed/150, Magenta #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Inception Black #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

Topps has always done a fantastic job when it comes to Inception.  The solid black card stock combined with massive color explosions in the background, and tons of on-card autographs make for some very interesting looking cards.  In fact, Topps has designed these cards so well Panini completely ripped off the look for their Origins football set.

The Silver Signings and pretty much every card containing a patch standout to me.  Many of these patches are quite colorful, and even have some awesome team logos.

Some neat looking stuff!  Here is a complete checklist.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Garrett Cooper RC Orange #’ed/50


  • Zack Greinke Green
  • Clayton Kershaw Green


  • Alex Verdugo RC
  • Keon Broxton
  • Andrew Stevenson RC
  • Lucas Giolito

Card of the Day: Nick Foles 2012 Topps Inception Auto

Card of the Day: Ben Lively 2015 Bowman Inception Auto

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