2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Box Break & Review

What can be said about Triple Threads that hasn’t been said already?  Its a polarizing product that hasn’t gone through many changes since it became an annual release over a decade ago.  I can still remember opening a pack of this stuff during the 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH.  Pulling that Tom Seaver/Dwight Gooden/Roger Clemens Triple Relic Auto #’ed/1 was a huge deal to me.  Back then packs and boxes came in that odd triangle shape.

Triple Threads has and will always be about the “hits”.  Yes.  There is a base set.  The 2017 set consists of (100) cards with parallels that include Amethyst #’ed/340, Emerald #’ed/250, Amber #’ed/150, Gold #’ed/99, Onyx #’ed/50, Sapphire #’ed/25, Ruby #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.  It is entirely made up of veterans, retired stars, and Hall of Famers.  All rookies in this product will have to come in some sort of “hit” form.

Autographs, jerseys, patches, bats, booklets, Topps throws everything into Triple Threads.  You’ll even find Theo Epstein and Floyd Mayweather in here.  Whenever Topps comes out with a new baseball product, I like to check the checklist for which Phillies made it in.  There usually is a regular group of guys, but for 2017 Triple Threads Jim Thome got some cards in a Phillies uniform.  Its been awhile since I’ve seen him in any new sets.  I’d say he’s my favorite addition this year.  Other collectors seem to agree as they’re spending hundreds on his new cards.

Triple Threads isn’t for the collector who’s on a tight budget.  A master box can cost almost $200.  Inside each mini-box you’ll find (2) “hits”.  That’s (4) “hits” per master box.  If you’ve been a fan of Triple Threads, I think you’ll have fun with the 2017 set.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relics

  • Aledmys Diaz Unity Auto Jumbo Relic Silver #’ed/75
  • Eric Thames Auto Relic #’ed/18

Relics

  • Masahiro Tanaka Relic Gold #’ed/9
  • Evan Longoria Single Jumbo Unity Relic Emerald #’ed/18

Parallels

  • Greg Maddux Amethyst #’ed/340
  • Jacob deGrom Emerald #’ed/250
  • Zack Greinke Emerald #’ed/250
  • Robinson Cano Sapphire #’ed/25

Rockies ’16 Topps Triple Threads Auto Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to James Sanders on being the lucky winner of the DJ LeMahieu 2016 Topps Triple Threads Unity Jumbo Jersey Auto Emerald Parallel #’ed/50.  Once James Sanders sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Rockies ’16 Topps Triple Threads Auto Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a DJ LeMahieu 2016 Topps Triple Threads Unity Jumbo Jersey Auto Emerald Parallel #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 11, 2016 @ 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!!!

2016 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Box Break & Review

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Bash me all you want.  I’m not afraid to say that I enjoy opening a box of Triple Threads.  I have a special connection with this brand.  While attending my first National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH in 2007, I pulled a Roger Clemens/Dwight Gooden/Tom Seaver Triple Jersey Auto #’ed 1/1.  It came from a pack I bought at Dave & Adam’s Card World.  That certainly wasn’t a bad way to start my first NSCC.

Triple Threads is one of the longest running premium brands offered by Topps.  Others have come and gone, but Triple Threads remains an annual release.  You will find those collectors that either absolutely love it or those who can’t stand it.  Its really divided.  I’m thinking more people enjoy it because its been around for such a long time.  Someone obviously is buying it.  The biggest gripe I think certain people have is the sense of repetitiveness.  Overall, the basic design of the “hits” doesn’t change much.  It took a long time for the base cards to get a face lift, but it eventually happened.  The base cards for 2016 are actually some of my favorite.  That clear plastic coating on the front combined with the inverse colored triangle to distinguish between parallels was well thought out.

The classic signature style of most Triple Threads cards are the die-cut relic windows.  These can be another source of conflict between collectors.  Some like them, and others do not.  Many commemorate a significant moment, while others are just for plain fun.

From a price point, Triple Threads has never been for the average collector.  Not everyone can easily afford a $165 box.  Picking up singles is probably your best bet for those on a budget.  Like most high-end products, you’re taking a massive gamble.

If there is one brand that Topps were ever to consider doing an entire overhaul on, Triple Threads would probably be the most suggested.  I think it is long overdue, but the product is still an enjoyable rip.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relics

  • Mark McGwire Triple Threads Auto Jersey/Bat/Laundry Tag Gold Parallel #’ed/9
  • DJ LeMahieu Unity Jumbo Jersey Auto Emerald Parallel #’ed/50

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Relics

  • Madison Bumgarner/Buster Posey/Matt Cain Triple Threads Jersey Combos #’ed/36
  • Buster Posey Unity Jumbo Jersey Silver Parallel #’ed/27

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Parallels

  • A.J. Reed RC Onyx Parallel #’ed/50
  • Roberto Clemente Amber Parallel #’ed/150
  • Roberto Clemente Amethyst Parallel #’ed/340
  • Chris Archer Amethyst Parallel #’ed/340

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’06 Donruss Threads Triple Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Louizz on being the lucky winner of the Marcedes Lewis/Maurice Stovall/Joe Klopfenstein 2006 Donruss Threads Rookie Collection Materials Triple Jersey #’ed/500.  Once Louizz sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

’06 Donruss Threads Triple Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Marcedes Lewis/Maurice Stovall/Joe Klopfenstein 2006 Donruss Threads Rookie Collection Materials Triple Jersey #’ed/500.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 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!!!

Jets ’15 Topps Triple Threads Jumbo Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to mlblogsyankeesjetsfan on being the lucky winner of the Devin Smith 2015 Topps Triple Threads RC Jumbo Jersey #’ed/99.  Once mlblogsyankeesjetsfan sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Jets ’15 Topps Triple Threads Jumbo Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Devin Smith 2015 Topps Triple Threads Jumbo Jersey RC #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 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!!!

2015 Topps Triple Threads Football Box Break & Review

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From a configuration standpoint, Triple Threads has always been a favorite of mine.  I like products that get straight to the “hits”.  I’m not a set collector, so a lot of those base cards would just sit around taking up space.

Even though the football version of Triple Threads has seen the most design change in it’s almost ten year history, a lot of things are still the same.  I think that’s one of the biggest gripes collectors have with this brand.  Not a whole lot changes other than the players.  Specifically the rookie class.  If you’re one of those collectors that likes consistency, Triple Threads is right for you.

Another little thing would have to be the amount of sticker autographs.  For a product that can cost up to $160.00, I don’t think there should be this many stickers.  Especially when you have a product like High Tek which is a hundred dollars cheaper and contains all on-card autographs.  You would think it would be the other way around.

There are three areas of this product that work really well.  The first would be the base rookie autographed triple relics.  That three petaled flower-like design is a major upgrade from previous years.  Second are the autographed hand stamped jumbo cards.  These have always looked great, and are probably one of the best things you could pull from a box.  Topps has included veterans with these this year too.  Third would be the booklet/letter patch cards.  The odds of pulling one are very unlikely, but many have fun designs.

Overall the box was fun to open.  Then again, every box I open is fun.  Some are winners, and some are losers depending on what you like.  If you’ve enjoyed Triple Threads in the past, you’ll probably like this product.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relics

  • Ameer Abdullah RC Emerald Auto Jersey/Patch/Jersey #’ed/50
  • Ty Montgomery RC Purple Auto/Jersey #’ed/75

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Relics

  • Teddy Bridgewater #TTR-TB2 Jersey #’ed/36
  • Devin Smith RC Jumbo Jersey #’ed/99

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Parallels

  • Eli Manning Gold #’ed/99
  • Kelvin Benjamin Emerald #’ed/199
  • Darrelle Revis Purple #’ed/232
  • Howie Long Purple #’ed/232

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Belt ’15 Topps Triple Threads Auto Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Nick M on being the lucky winner of the Brandon Belt 2015 Topps Triple Threads Unity Jumbo Jersey Auto #’ed/99.  Once Nick M sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!