2018 Topps UFC Museum Collection Box Break & Review

Happy Holidays!  This time of the year can be very stressful for some people.  Friends and family are coming together.  It can sometimes lead to a lot of clashing.  People you only see once or twice a year may not always get along.  You could build an octagon in the backyard and let them go at it, or simply open a few boxes of 2018 Topps UFC Museum Collection.  Walking away with some nice hits always makes things better.  What better way to bring people together than the memory of an awesome pull.

If you’re a fan of Museum Collection Baseball this year, the UFC counterpart should be right up your alley.  That’s of course if you’re into UFC.  The design from the baseball set carries right over to this one.  The overall layout is similar, but you’ll notice that the cards from the UFC set have a refractor-like finish.  Not something you see done much outside of chrome-stock products.

A nice group of fighters make up the base set and various hits.  The base set consists of (50) fighters.  Parallels include Copper #’ed/159, Gold #’ed/75, Sapphire #’ed/25, Ruby #’ed/8, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

Lets face it.  Hits are 100% what drive this product.  Its a quick thrill for UFC fans.  Every box comes with (1) pack.  Inside each pack there should be (1) relic, (1) on-card autograph, and (1) autographed relic.

UFC products can offer some interesting looking hits.  The on-card autographs, metal-frame, and patch cards are top notch.  I specifically enjoy the Signature Reebok Logo Signatures.

At around $70 for a box that offers (3) hits, its not that bad.  Longtime UFC collectors, new UFC collectors, and/or those just looking to give a UFC box a try should have fun.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Henry Cejudo Museum Autograph Redemption

Relic

  • Rose Namajunas Primary Pieces Single Quad Relic #’ed/50

Auto/Relic

  • Joseph Benavidez Signature Swatch Triple Relic Auto Gold #’ed/25

Parallels

  • Demetrious Johnson Gold #’ed/75
  • Amanda Nunes Ruby #’ed/8

Base

  • Colby Covington #16
  • Holly Holm #6
  • Alexander Volkov #29

Nationals ’18 Topps Museum Collection Patch Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Doug G on being the lucky winner of the Max Scherzer/Stephen Strasburg 2018 Topps Museum Collection Meaningful Material Dual Patch #’ed/50.  Once Doug G sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Nationals ’18 Topps Museum Collection Patch Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Max Scherzer/Stephen Strasburg 2018 Topps Museum Collection Meaningful Material Dual Patch #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, August 24, 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 Museum Collection Baseball Box Break

The two corporate booths that I spent the most time at during the 2018 National were Leaf and Topps.  Panini and Upper Deck weren’t doing anything for me this time around.  When the show opened, many people lined up at the Topps booth in order to secure their spot in order to get some exclusive wrapper redemption packs.  The type of product opened at the booth determined the amount of packs you could receive.  Some people waited hours to participate in this promotion.  I waited for the line to die down, and then checked to see if they were still doing the wrapper redemption program that day.  I didn’t have to wait at all.  My box of 2018 Topps Museum Collection Baseball I purchased at Marty’s Sports Card Exchange got me (2) promo packs.  I’ll be doing another post about what I pulled from those.  It was some cool stuff.  In the meantime, here is what came out of my box.

If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to checkout my Day #1, Day #2, and Day #3 coverage.

Auto/Relic

  • Jacob deGrom Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Auto #’ed/15

Auto

  • Craig Kimbrel Archival Autographs #’ed/299

Relics

  • Aaron Nola Primary Pieces Quad Relics Copper #’ed/75
  • Hunter Pence Meaningful Material Patch Copper #’ed/35

Parallels

  • Clint Frazier RC Ruby #’ed/50
  • Chipper Jones Sapphire #’ed/150
  • Justin Upton Copper
  • Adam Jones Copper

Insert

  • Babe Ruth Canvas Collection Reproduction

2018 Topps Museum Collection Box Break & Review

Originally called Topps Marquee when it made it’s debut in 2011, this product was quickly renamed to Museum Collection the following year.  And that’s the way its been ever since.  Museum Collection strictly focuses on autographs and memorabilia.  No short prints and/or photo variations.

Given that autographs and memorabilia are at the heart of what drives Museum Collection, there is a base set and two types of inserts.  The base set consists of (100) cards all printed on thick stock.  Parallels include Copper, Sapphire #’ed/150, Amethyst #’ed/99, Ruby #’ed/50, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.  Canvas Collection highlights the inserts.  Reprints of these artistic pieces come (1) per box.  Original art #’ed 1/1 can also be found.

Museum Collection shines when it comes to relics and autographs.  Inside each box you’ll find (4) mini-boxes.  Every mini-box contains a hit.  In fact, a master box should have (1) on-card autograph, (1) autograph/relic, (1) quad relic, and (1) prime relic.

I’m a big fan of how most of these cards look.  Archival AutographsMuseum Framed cards, and the Jumbo Lumber Bat Nameplate Relics really standout and make for a good box.  This product allows you to add some incredible patches to your collection.

The Canvas Collection Original Player Autographs are probably my favorite.  (25) players make up this set.  Each is an original piece of artwork signed by the player.

Boxes and packs are not for the collector who is on a budget.  A master box goes for $200, while mini-boxes are about $50.  Like a lot of high-end products such as this, risk takers can get their thrill.  On the other hand, player collectors can score some sick looking relics and autographs on the secondary market.

Need to see the checklist?

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Andre Dawson Archival Autographs #’ed/299

Auto/Relic

  • Dee Gordon Signature Swatches Triple Relic Autographs #’ed/149

Relics

  • Max Scherzer/Stephen Strasburg Dual Meaningful Material Patches #’ed/50
  • Ryan Braun/Eric Thames/Domingo Santana/Orlando Arcia Primary Pieces Quad Relics Copper #’ed/75

Parallels

  • Pedro Martinez Amethyst #’ed/99
  • Xander Bogaerts Copper
  • Barry Larkin Copper
  • Aaron Judge Copper

Insert

  • Al Kaline Canvas Collection Reproductions

Card of the Day: Lenny Dykstra 1997 Pinnacle Museum Collection #66

Astros ’17 Topps Museum Collection Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to y2jbrak on being the lucky winner of the Roy Oswalt 2017 Topps Museum Collection – Archival Autographs #’ed/99.  Once y2jbrak sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Astros ’17 Topps Museum Collection Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Roy Oswalt 2017 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 14, 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 Museum Collection Box Break & Review

And the luck continues…

Museum Collection has and always will be the typical product that I enjoy opening.  That certainly goes for 2017, especially after you see the awesome cards that I pulled.  Every box contains (4) mini-boxes each housing a “hit”.  Inside you should find at least (1) on-card autograph, (1) autograph relic, (1) quad relic, and (1) jumbo relic.

Although this is a heavily “hit” driven product, there is a base set to collect.  The base set consists of (100) cards covering rookies, current stars, and legends.  Parallels include:

  • Copper/Gold
  • Sapphire Blue #’ed/150
  • Amethyst Purple #’ed/99
  • Ruby Red #’ed/50
  • Emerald Green #’ed/1

Outside of the base set, there is only one insert – Canvas Collection Reproductions.  These mimic the original Canvas Collection sketches found within the product.  If you can’t afford the original sketch or don’t want to wait for it to popup, the reproductions look great in any collection.  Both Aaron Judge and Alex Bregman have rookies in here.  In addition to the original sketches, a select group of players also have autograph sketches.  Talk about some sweet looking cards.  Between Canvas Collection Original Autographs and Gypsy Queen Original Art Patches, its only a matter of time until we see booklets featuring original sketches, jumbo patches, and autographs.  Those would be cool to see someday.

Like I mentioned before, the “hits” are what totally drive this product.  The patches and on-card autographs are amazing.  I really like the Premium Prints Autographs and Museum Framed Autographs.  Pieces featuring dark backgrounds with autographs in paint pen are slick looking.

Fans of the 2017 World Baseball Classic have been finding the first relic cards from that event in here.  Allen & Ginter and Dynasty will also contain WBC relics.  Those uniforms can create some insane patches.

Overall, my box was a blast to open.  Box prices are around $210.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic

  • Francisco Lindor Single Player Signature Swatches Dual Relic Auto Redemption

Auto

  • Roy Oswalt Archival Autographs #’ed/99

Relics

  • Joc Pederson Momentous Material Emerald Green Laundry Tag MLB Logo Patch #’ed/1
  • Joey Votto/Adam Duvall/Brandon Phillips/Billy Hamilton Primary Pieces Gold Quad Patch #’ed/25
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu Meaningful Material Copper Patch #’ed/35

Parallels

  • Freddie Freeman Amethyst Purple #’ed/99
  • Edwin Encarnacion Sapphire Blue #’ed/150
  • Josh Donaldson Copper/Gold
  • Jose Altuve Copper/Gold

Insert

  • Giancarlo Stanton Canvas Collection Reproduction

Notable Base

  • Alex Bregman RC #94
  • Yulieski Gurriel RC #99
  • Jackie Robinson #66

On Location: Inside The Penn State All-Sports Museum

Located inside Beaver Stadium is the Penn State All-Sports Museum.  Shortly after it opened in 2002, I remember taking a tour through it.  That was long before Sports Card Info existed, and I’ve always wanted to go back.  That’s exactly what I did over the weekend.

This museum is a mecca for Penn State fans.  Between the two floors it covers major moments from every sport they’re involved in.  Penn State memorabilia galore.  Given that the school was founded in 1855, it has a lot of history.  Football probably gets the most coverage, but all sports get their good share of recognition.  You don’t need to be a Penn State fan to appreciate all of the historical artifacts on display here.  Just being a sports fan is enough.

Once you’re finished visiting the museum, a guide will take you into the stadium.  Getting to see the field without anyone else around is really cool.  Usually the place is packed with 100,000 fans.

Before leaving, I stopped by the gift shop and found a new pin for my collection.  I was looking for a bobblehead, but didn’t find any.  The closest I got to a bobblehead was a Penn State-themed nutcracker.

I didn’t realize that John Montgomery Ward attended Penn State.  He assisted in helping them start their baseball program, and played one season for them in 1875.  Then he got kicked out for stealing some chickens.  Ward eventually went on to have a very successful professional baseball career.  The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him in 1964.  You can find cards of him in the 19th century Allen & Ginter and Old Judge sets.

If you’re passing through State College, PA I highly suggest stopping.  They don’t charge for admission, but donations are appreciated.

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The 1886 College Nine.  Standing: Halter, Jackson, Rose, Mock, Quigley, Mitchell.  Seated: McLean, Gibson, McClaren, Lencz.  Robert Gibson actually made it to the pros.

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Vintage Penn State baseball memorabilia.  Two game baseballs from 1905 and one from 1906.

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John Cappelletti’s Heisman trophy

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1986 National Championship trophy

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1969 Orange Bowl trophy

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Early 1900s basketball jersey.  Game ball from 1921.

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The Gene Wettstone Most Valuable Gymnast Award

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The Nittany Lion mascot is based on the eastern mountain lion which went extinct during the late 1800s.  This one was shot in 1856.  Considering the techniques for stuffing an animal back then are nothing like they are today, its in great condition.  Its probably one of the finest examples of a taxidermied eastern mountain lion.

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Sears sponsored fencing trophies.  When was the last time Sears could sponsor anything?

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