Rockies ’17 Topps Update All-Star Relic Contest!

This contest is for a Charlie Blackmon 2017 Topps Update Series All-Star Stitches Event-Worn Jersey.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 24, 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!!!
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2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Postseason Edition Box Break & Review

I think it’s important to point out that there are two different 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series products this year.  First is the Active Player Edition (Mike Trout on the cover) featuring current stars that continue to play.  The other is the Postseason Edition (Derek Jeter on the cover) that has retired players who performed well during the playoffs and World Series.  Both offer cards which would look great in your collection, but it all depends on what your in the mood to open.

Housed inside each box is (1) encased autographed buyback card.  For the most part, I’ve seen cards from the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s.  But I have seen some from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s too.  All vary in serial numbering.  Postseason Edition boxes are a lot more affordable when compared to it’s active player counterpart.  $40 will get you one of these.

Buybacks bring life back into older products.  What was once a simple base card now could be super desirable.  When it comes to the Postseason Edition, I like to see autographed buybacks of player’s rookie cards.  In today’s hobby its common to pull rookie autographs of a player.  But this is really only something that started in the 90’s.  There are so many great players collectors never had the opportunity to pull an autographed rookie of.  Buybacks changed that forever.

Stadium ClubNational Chicle, and Allen & Ginter buybacks are my personal favorites.  Base cards from those three products always have me saying “This would look nice with an on-card autograph.”

Over the years, Topps has partnered with many companies in order to bring collectors exclusive cards.  Teaming-up with restaurants, retailers, and food manufacturers was not out of the question.  Using these cards for buybacks was a fun idea.  Cards made for Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Nestle, Cap’n Crunch, Kmart, Hills, and Toys “R” Us can all be found in here.  Having these semi-obscure sets resurface with autographs I’m betting will bring back lots of memories for collectors.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Tim Wakefield 2001 Topps Buyback Auto #’ed/10

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Box Break & Review

Whoa!  I’m still shaking after ripping into this box.  You would be too if you lifted the lid and saw the card I pulled.

Buybacks are great.  There are lots of well designed cards floating around that don’t carry much value.  Buying them back and adding an autograph can make all the difference.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a product and said to myself “Man, this card would look cool if it had an on-card autograph.”  That’s exactly what buybacks do.

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition is a picture perfect example of a quick-thrill product.  Boxes range in price from $50 to $70.  Inside each box you’ll find (1) encased autographed buyback card.  Unlike previous releases, this product focuses on current players instead of retired stars.

Yes.  Products like this are a gamble.  But what product today isn’t?  The best thing about products such as this is that the format allows high-rollers to get their fix, while player collectors get to pick-up some very affordable autographs on the secondary market.  To put it simply, the format/price may not be for everyone, but the cards overall appeal to a large audience.

My favorite thing about buybacks are when Topps gets athletes to sign their rookie cards.  Then its a double whammy.  Not only do you get an autograph, but a rookie card too.

Here is what I pulled… brace yourself.

Auto

  • Mike Trout 2013 Bowman Buyback Auto #’ed 1/1

2017 Topps Baseball Update Series Box Break & Review

Here we go folks.  The final flagship set of the year comes in the form of 2017 Topps Update Series.  2017 was a great year for baseball.  I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better rookie class.  It will be fun to watch and see if they can all keep it going.  With the Astros winning their first World Series, baseball is officially over for the year.  My Phillies ended the season on a strong note.  I’m excited to see what their young talent can do combined with their new manager Gabe Kapler.  Soon enough pitchers and catchers will report to spring training, while 2018 Topps Series 1 hits the streets.

Update Series wraps up the 2017 flagship design along with other inserts such as Salute1987, and MLB Network.  As a Phillies fan, I’m always excited to see what new cards they have in a product.  Postseason Celebrations includes two Phillies cards each celebrating their World Series wins from 1980 and 2008.  These are cool!  I even have parallels to look for that include Blue #’ed/500, Red #’ed/250, Silver #’ed/50, Gold #’ed/10, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

The overall base set consists of (300) cards.  Boxes are packed with rookies and variations.  Base card CMP codes end in #5517 whereas SPs are #5557 and SSPs are #5904.  Both Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger have a lot of rookies in this set.  The Update Series is known for sneaking in rookies who got called-up later in the season.  Major League Baseball has a lot to do with who gets to be called a rookie now and who has to wait until next year to get the rookie title.  I’m sure there are lots of collectors wondering why certain players didn’t get the rookie card treatment in here.

I deeply appreciate the high-end relics and autographs that come out of the flagship brands.  Unless you get very lucky, it will be hard to get your money back.  That can be said about almost every product today.  The rookies and variations might seem like overkill, but it does add collecting value to the set.  Outside of the (1) guaranteed “hit”, you’ve got tons to look for.

Hobby boxes sell for $50-$60.  Jumbo ones go for a bit more mainly because they contain three times the “hits”.  This year’s rookie class has kept box prices fairly high.  You can’t blame Topps for including even more rookies of Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger in here.  Technically this is Bellinger’s first flagship rookie.  Those two are huge draws.  Update Series might be the perfect product to open if you found yourself priced out of other baseball products this season.

Bring on 2018!  I’m ready for that awesome pixelated design.  There is a lot of potential for some interesting looking cards using pixel graphics.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Charlie Blackmon 2017 All-Star Game Event-Worn Jersey

Short Prints

  • Aaron Judge
  • Ryne Sandberg
  • Joey Votto
  • Manny Machado
  • Ernie Banks
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Mitch Haniger
  • George Springer
  • Ted Williams

Parallels

  • Sammy Solis Negative
  • Daniel Hudson Gold #’ed/2017
  • Trey Mancini Gold #’ed/2017
  • J.P. Howell Gold #’ed/2017
  • Franklin Barreto Gold #’ed/2017
  • Luis Torrens Foil
  • Boone Logan Foil
  • Run And Hit Foil
  • James Pazos Foil

Inserts

  • Paul Severino MLB Network
  • Derek Jeter Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Mike Piazza Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Albert Pujols Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Chipper Jones Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Nomar Garciaparra Topps All-Rookie Cup Reprint
  • Dylan Bundy 1987
  • Magneuris Sierra 1987
  • Jesse Winker 1987
  • Mitch Haniger 1987
  • Tim Anderson Salute
  • Lewis Brinson Salute
  • Jose Altuve Salute
  • Kyle Freeland Salute
  • Amir Garrett Salute
  • Roger Clemens Untouchables
  • Jake Arrieta Untouchables
  • Rick Porcello Untouchables
  • Clayton Kershaw Untouchables
  • Stewart Cliburn 1989 Rediscover Topps Silver Foil
  • Mariano Duncan 1987 Rediscover Topps Gold Foil
  • Chuck Crim 1988 Rediscover Topps Gold Foil
  • Pat Kelly 1991 Rediscover Topps Traded Bronze Foil
  • Mike Leake 2014 Rediscover Topps Bronze Foil
  • Mickey Brantley 1988 Rediscover Topps Bronze Foil

Other Notable Cards

  • Aaron Judge #99
  • Aaron Judge #166
  • (2) Aaron Judge #1
  • Cody Bellinger #300
  • Cody Bellinger #50
  • Cody Bellinger #38
  • Cody Bellinger #214

Card of the Day: Jose Altuve 2011 Topps Update Series #132

Pin Highlight: Olive Garden 2017 Little League World Series Pin

Who doesn’t love the Olive Garden?  That list is fairly short.  Their pasta, soup, salad, and bread sticks are all delicious.  Its been almost two months since the Little League World Series came to an end, and there are still some pins that have yet to popup online.  One such pin comes from the Olive Garden.

During the 2016 Little League World Series the Olive Garden in Williamsport had pins.  A few of them have showed up for sale, but not recently.  This year’s pin has been seen even less.  You would think these would be all over the place given that the Olive Garden is a popular restaurant.  Especially when the world comes to Williamsport and people need to eat.  I think the price has a lot to do with it.  The Olive Garden charged $10 for one of these pins, or it was free with the purchase of a dessert.  Considering their pins are very small in size, that’s a lot of money.  Little was done to advertise them too.  It was basically word of mouth.  You know no advertising was done when you see a local fence company (Kriger Fence) have more pins show up on the secondary market compared to the Olive Garden.  Trust me, more people passed through the Olive Garden during the Little League World Series than Kriger Fence.

Most businesses in Williamsport don’t sell their Little League pins over the internet.  Almost all of them need to be acquired in person or on eBay.  Limited availability like this can drive up the demand for certain pins.  Which pins won’t end up surfacing that much is a total shot in the dark.  Fifty years from now we could learn that a pin was made for the ’17 LLWS and only be hearing about it for the first time.

Card of the Day: Andre The Giant 1982 Wrestling All Stars Series A #1