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2019 Topps Gypsy Queen

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

Ringing up at just under $100/box is one of my favorite annual products. If you had seen Topps Magic Football, a few years back when Topps still had the NFL License, I was big into this stylized look of the photos, the color pop and the homage to the old school design.

This year’s GQ guarantees 2 autographs (always on card with this set). I am not sure if it guarantees a numbered card or parallel, and the big addition of a box topper pack of 3 chrome cards and yes, you can hit a superfractor.

My lighting wasnt’ the greatest and what I thought was a shortprint, Matt Davidson, wasn’t. Taking all of that into consideration, the recap at the end of the video was good. I thought the two autos were decent and the shortprints were cool.

I don’t know if it is enough to get me to build a set again, price being what it is and the odds, they both are deterrents. I think I will call it good on buying boxes and peruse ebay and see if anything out there catches my eye and I have to have.

Side note, I did get into a break and hit a Shohei Ohtani Auto. Can’t wait to get it in.

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— Ryan

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Absolutely LOVE this set.

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2019 Topps Inception Baseball


Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2019 Topps Inception Baseball

At $65/box or so, get ready, because you are paying for a one-hit wonder here. I love the fat packs but this year, their isn’t one particular player to chase. So if you are looking to flip, this product may not be one you want to dump a lot of cash into.

On the other hand, if you are wanting to build a set and get a hit while you are at it, you get four base cards, two base card parallels, normally one numbered and an auto or autograph patch card.

Is it worth it? I think on a personal box level, you are taking a bigger risk than normal. If you are sold on this set and want a particular player or card, I would steer you towards buying it outright on ebay.

The design is lacking some inspiration with its stylization and coffee stain look. I would think that using the same treatment on the players as GQ will run its course soon with collectors. I am hoping that they up the design game a bit next year… my guess is they won’t.

There are case hits with the product, a black card with silver or gold ink auto, then a jumbo patch auto which is vertical.

MY EBAY LISTINGS

— Ryan

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Meh, I could do without this product.

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2018 Bowman Draft Super Jumbo – Product Review UPDATE

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Draft Baseball – Super Jumbo


Update!

I did send the Liberatore auto in for a replacement the day after this review. I now have the replacement in hand on February 22nd and it is clean! Thanks Topps.

Unscuffed replacement that came back pretty fast!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

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— Ryan

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2018 Bowman Draft Super Jumbo – Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Draft Baseball – Super Jumbo

PRICE: Approximately $300/box

Bowman is THE product when it comes to chasing prospects and the big chase is always the superfractor autos of the 1st Bowman cards.

I was able to get my hands on a super jumbo case. It wasn’t cheap but was one of the things on my hobby bucket list to do. Purchase a case and rip it for me!

Apologies for the music being louder than my voice in the video. It is a long one so if you want to skip to the end about the 1:01:13 mark, you will catch the recap with all the autos.

I love the product and the chance to get my hands on some of the up and coming players that I will monitor after I get their cards on MLB.com. I like to watch how their value will rise and fall and where they are on the Top 100 prospect list.

There were some surface issues especially on the base Liberatore auto, so I plan to send that off to customer service and see what if anything can be done. If something happens, I will do my best to add an UPDATE to this post.

Now to sort the stack of base chrome and figure out what to do with all this paper base. I think I my local card shop might get some new singles for their shelves.

Oh if you are curious, I took all of the autos and checked all of the recent sales numbers. If I were to move them I could expect about $935, which by current box prices, is enough for a half case.

Thanks for watching and let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

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— Ryan

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2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball – Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

PRICE: $95.00/box

I got sucked in by the quirky and odd with Topps Allen & Ginter again. Not to shabby though, I got three relics, including a framed mini relic of Kris Bryant. I also was lucky enough to get the one per case box of silver gloss cards. I will have to look at the backs of all of them and make sure non of them are 1/1s, as they do exist. I actually saw one in a personal box break that All Star Sports Cards did.

I didn’t expect anything new here, but I am disappointed that I thought all this time there was the A&G codebreaker promo, to find out they haven’t done it in a few years… bummer.

Anyways, enjoy the video and should you do a box or two or more, I hope you hit one of the fun rip cards or a book or any other crazy hit available in the product.

Also, I mention it in the video and would like your opinion. Do you like the “Fake” relics of mythological creatures and stuff like that? Comment below and see you next time!

— Ryan

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2018 Topps Baseball Series Two – Blaster Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps Baseball – Series Two – Target Blaster

PRICE: $19.99/box

I was able to get a blaster of this at Target and went in hunting for a short print of Torres or Acuna, came away with a Derek Jeter Legend SP. I can’t complain for the flagship product.

Again, I always hate the cardstock for this stuff, too flimsy, but it is what it is. The flagship base product has been including some great photography, I liked the team photos or at least the more candid photos of some of the stars of the game.

If you can get a hold of a blaster or more in retail, it is a cheaper way to get your hands on the stuff, always a fun rip in hobby or retail. Enjoy it, then get out and see a game live and in person.

— Ryan

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2018 Bowman Baseball – Mega Box (Target Exclusive) – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Baseball – Mega Box (Target Exclusive)

PRICE: $14.99/box

Like a lot of other in the hobby, I did my hunting at many Targets in my area and not only did I search up front with the cards in their normal spot, there was word that the cards were near end caps in the toy aisle, or even in the grocery aisle at different stores. Great move Target, getting me to walk the whole store on my hunt. Also, if I had a fitbit, I would have racked up even more steps.

I never did find any boxes, but thankfully, I have people willing to help me out.

I want to thank Brad, @dailywaxcards (give him a follow!) and maker of sortsof.com, download the sortsof (iphone|android) app for your phone today.

He did get me two boxes, one you see in the video above, the second box had these two beauties.

— Ryan

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2018 Bowman Baseball Retail Blaster Box (Target) – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Baseball

PRICE: $19.99/box

The Ohtani chase got a hold of me and the hobby box prices were skyrocketing so fast, retail was definitely the only way I was going to get any of this product to do a review. As you saw in the video above, I was lucky enough to pull an auto. Whether Aaron Knapp will be good or not, I don’t know. I will have to hit MLB.com and other sites to get a look into how the kid is doing. I still can’t believe I hit an auto. Oh and I also couldn’t believe I didn’t hit an Ohtani base.

Side note: I opened 5 total blasters including this one for the review. I hit a color parallel paper auto and one of the tough Big League Breakthrough redemption cards. Check the photo below.

— Ryan

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2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Donruss Diamond Kings Baseball

PRICE: $72.00/box

I wasn’t able to get my hands on this product to bust for a video but I did take part in a couple breaks. I was also able to watch case breaks and watch the excitement from collectors, breakers, and flippers.

The excitement this year is busting baseball to chase Shohei Ohtani, the breakout star for the Los Angeles Angels, who is a dual threat and is being compared to Babe Ruth.

Watching cases of this, I can tell the cards are the standard card stock that has a texture, there are framed cards, the aurora insert is back, there are many other insert sets and from my observation, more than one Ohtani variation in each box.

For those chasing and flipping, I don’t know what kind of value will be had on ebay, or any other marketplace to sell your cards after busting packs.

Outside of the chase, I did see some great cards, the design is just as we have come to expect from Diamond Kings through the last few years, the price is right and will lead to a lot of the product being opened. I enjoy the chase for the cut autos, the patch auto cards, and the legendary players on the checklist.

If I hit an Ohtani auto or relic, cool. I will chalk it up to pure luck. I have seen some other cool cards, yeah, I did see a Private Signings of Ohtani, but I also saw a one of one patch of Mark McGwire and a one of one patch auto of Mariano Rivera. Both from different breakers, but man were those cards cool.

Get in while the gettin’ is good! Have fun, at this price it is fun and can bring some hefty rewards if you choose to sell.

— Ryan

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2017 Leaf Trinity Baseball – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Leaf

Product: 2017 Leaf Trinity Baseball

PRICE: $125.00/box

Logos or not, this set is pretty cool. I know when I first ran across it a few years ago, I was blown away by the patches and the list of prospect autos in the set.

It is early in the 2018 MLB Season so this product is ahead of the likes of Bowman. This helps collectors get their hands on some hot prospects that everyone is clamoring for.

I really like the set, one of a few with a price point that won’t really put you in the poor house.

— Ryan

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Really Like

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2018 Topps Gypsy Queen – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

PRICE: $100.00/box

Okay, so I have a confession.

I have been hooked on this product since 2012. I have been working on base sets on each year since then. I haven’t even finished the base set of 2012 and I need to just get that done.

So what do I like about it? Well, I am sure by now you can guess, I like the feel of these cards, the cardstock is nice and thick, and the look and feel? Forget about it. I love the stylized look of these.  I know I saw some early comments on other sites about people not liking the product design, but I am and always will be a fan. I liken it to Topps Magic, so I am glad this product line hasn’t disappeared.

Topps if you see this, keep this product line going.

If you are a fan of this product you will also have noticed the missing mini card boxes. I am on the fence about this set not being a part of the product this year. They were a pain to deal with and trying to build a set of those, good luck. I am sure some have done it, but I was not ready to fork over the money to do it. I guess, I am okay with dropping it.

The tarot cards, I will have likely mentioned it in the video above, I like this set and will be looking for lots for sale on ebay. I have tried to get some already, only to be outbid. I hope I can get this set done soon, maybe after the initial release excitement dies down, I may be able to get a deal on them then. Wish me luck.

Let me know what you think of the set by leaving your comment below, in the meantime, check out the helpful info below.

— Ryan

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2017 Bowman Draft Baseball – Product Review

 

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Bowman Draft Baseball

PRICE: $125.00/box

It is prospecting time!

I am like many others, I love this product. I was chasing any first rounder autos and look forward each year to send it off for grading. This product is by far, THE product to get, get graded, then sit and wait for the prospect to go off in the pros. Gamble/Investment…

I love the chrome, the base is just the same as the flagship Topps set, pretty thin and quickly damaged on corners with the breeze that goes by.

The Jumbo Hobby boxes are the way to go to get an Orange Refractor, but I have seen more of the SuperFractors hit from the Super Jumbo Hobby boxes.

Get out there and get in on this fun if you are a baseball fan. There are a lot of opportunities to get a big hit that may payoff down the line, or you can get a hit of a player from your home town, or one that you will follow because they were drafted by your team.

Whatever you plan to do, keep it fun!

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2017 Topps Holiday Baseball Walmart Exclusive – Product Review

 

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Topps Holiday Baseball

PRICE: $19.99/box

So Topps has found a way to modify their base set to get me to buy again… I am a sucker… ha.

I stopped by Walmart and saw a box with snowflakes and without much hesitation, I dove right in and got this box. Apologies, it seems I need to reset my recordings and fix the audio. Not sure what happened there.

At any rate, the card set is what you would expect as it is the flagship Topps set with the added snowflake holiday design with parallels in different “ugly sweater” colored border parallels and a metallic snowflake glitter bling.

There is a promise of one hit a box and I was surprised by the Rizzo relic, the card was thick but I was caught off guard. Look for gold 1/1 parallels, Frosty, Santa, and Rudolph!

A fun rip for a product that experienced an epic season of collecting and the games themselves.

Get out to Walmart, grab a box and enjoy this set for yourself, good luck with your hits!

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2017 Topps High Tek Baseball – Product Review

 

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball

PRICE: $130/box

High Tek has never been a fun product for me to open as I get lost looking at the patterns and trying to figure out if I have something rare or not. On the flip side, some of the patterns are cool no matter what and if one of my favorite players is on it then who cares about value, it will just be a stinkin’ cool card to own.

I do like the upping of 40 cards per pack with 2 on card autos and if you hit a redemption card, it is for a bonus auto.

The thing I noticed and I always look for with acetate cards is scuffing from the printing process. I found a couple during the video. I am hopeful that the ones I might flip on ebay don’t have roller marks…

At any rate, it was a fun break for me because of the fat pack and the promise of so many cards. Some great patterns and a great baseball season have made collecting very fun!

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2017 Topps Archive Signatures – Post Season – Product Review

 

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Topps Archive Signature Series Post Season Baseball

PRICE: $40/box

I watched quite of few breaks of this stuff. Along with the big sell sheet hits, there are definitely some stretches for names in this product. In fact, I didn’t know the player I pulled an auto of in the video above.

That doesn’t really mean much. LOL.

What I do like about this product is having the opportunity to pull autos of a player I do know and remember and that the cards are already in a one touch and I can put it right into my PC.

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2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

PRICE: $195/box

I can’t keep up with all the releases, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do a review right?

I was able to get into a break and do a few personal boxes of my favorite baseball product year to year. What do I like about this product? I love the thick stock, the slight changes to the design, the chase for huge deca books, white whales, and triple relic autos.

The design was kicked up a notch this year with more of that holofoil base cards with some colored parallels, like emerald, sapphire, amber, onyx, gold, wood, ruby, and white whale

I also love the books and fun great patches. Mind you there are still some “napkins” as John would say from Sports Card Investors. That would be the only real disappointing this about this set.

If the price were to drop I think this set would have more legs and command great money after the first few weeks of release. It was followed rather quickly by Bowman Chrome and the market just deflated. That and the product did have a lot of redemptions. So much so, when you saw one you knew you were likely to land a huge hit… that isn’t true everytime but a lot of the decabooks were redemptions.

Here is a picture of a couple hits that were crazy.

2 of the 4 possible White Whales of Mike Trout.

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LOVE IT.

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  • 18 box master case
  • 9 boxes per inner
  • 2 mini boxes per master box
    • 1 Auto Triple Relic #’d to 99 or less
    • 1 Triple Relic Card #’d to 36 or less
    • 1 Auto Rookie Card or Auto Jumbo Relic Card #’d to 99 or less
    • Jumbo Relic Card #’d to 36 or less

 

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2017 Topps Heritage High Number Retail – Product Revew

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number

PRICE: $20.00/box – Blaster

This was a break just to see if I could find some magic in a blaster from WalMart. I didn’t get a hit but I did get a lot of great cards. Oh and if you are wondering, “What the heck is Heritage High Number?” Well, it is the update set for Heritage. Like Topps flagship, this set has an update and that is what it is all about, you get to pick up rookie cards of late season call ups which makes this set desirable in and of itself.

This is a set builders product which I don’t consider myself to be. However, I am a fan of old school cards and this set brings back some memories. I wasn’t around when the original 1968 set was done, but I was around when the card stock of these cards was used.

I am a geek about the card stock and this is like you remember it, you can feel the fibers of the cardboard and it is thick. Makes you feel like you can put them in your bike spokes now and boom, you have a dirt bike/motorcycle for the day.

I did rather well, pulling about 4 shortprints. Nothing that will set the world on fire, but hey, I am sure I have some set builders that would be interested in picking up the cards.

Because this set brings back memories and is reminiscent of what the hobby used to be, for collectors, I have to LOVE this product.

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Love it.

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2017 Bowman Mega Box (Target Exclusive) – Product Review

 

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Bowman Mega Box (Target Exclusive)

PRICE: $15.00/box

Finally, thanks to Tony from All Star Case Breaks, I got my hands on some Bowman Mega Boxes and I was ready to go hunting for Shohei Otani.

Tony opened a few boxes live on his twitter feed and we were both hoping for a couple things. 1, he would pull a Shohei Otani, and 2, he would pull a colored refractor auto of someone. Tony didn’t get anything huge and we begun to talk about how the big hits were in the three boxes he picked up for me.

Well, after watching the video above – SPOILER – I did indeed hit an Otani and a few colored refractors, including a green refractor auto.

It hurt to send him photos of the pulls, but I did… Thanks again Tony for the hook up and I am sorry I got the pulls.

The design of the Mega Box refractors are super cool and The Rookies insert set, is sneaky cool in how the pattern is subtle and when you see it, it is a great surprise and looks awesome in person. I would love to see this refractor pattern in the hobby release and I look forward to it next year. I am sure it will be another retail exclusive… lol.

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Love it.

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HOBBY CONFIGURATION

  • 5 packs of 2017 Bowman Baseball
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2017 Topps Chrome Baseball – Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball

PRICE: $130.00/box

I can’t believe I did it. I had this case on ebay, trying to move it to squirrel away some money for a trip I would like to take, back to Hawaii. I want to share memories of growing up in Hawaii with my kids and selling this case would put a good dent in the cost of Aloha.

I had a few offers but they all seemed rather low and they were below actual SOLD cases on ebay. With my counteroffers matching recently sold prices being rejected, I decided… it was time to rip the case and turn this sucker into a product review.

During the video playback above, you can tell I was live, I had a few friends online and watching and cheering me on as I ripped through the case. For them and everyone else, I ripped into it like I was doing a break, trying my best to speed things along. A hint to you if you watch it after reading this. I do a quick recap at the end. Also, change the playback speed to 2x, this will make the break go even that much faster.

Now to the review. I always like to open Topps Chrome, not as much as Bowman Chrome, but pretty close. I like how flashy it is, how the card actually feels thick and solid in hand, and I love the base refractors, prizms, and various colors. I think the design and photo choices were done well and made it easy for me to read the names, recognized color refractors, and the pop of color on the back of the cards made this set fun to look at. It didn’t shy away from using color and I am happy that this set never really does.

In all the rip was fun but I have to be honest, thinking about putting money away from sales of cards from this case, I was bummed. I know the base cards will be fun to collate and possible trade to make a full base set, so that is cool, but boy, I kept thinking about how many shots of Mylanta I would have to take after the camera was turned off.

Check out the recap at the end of the video. I think the case was saved, and I hope you enjoyed the video and the information below.

Thanks,

Ryan

OVERALL RATING (Like, Love, Hate)

Like it a lot but it was a pretty rough case, save a few cards

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HOBBY CONFIGURATION

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 24 packs per box