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2019 Topps Allen & Ginter

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

This is one of those sets that people either love or hate for one reason or another. Me? I just like it. It has some weird stuff to chase like Upper Deck’s Goodwin Champions.

Topps did well to boost the different items you can find in A&G this year. I love the addition of the Box Topper Rip cards that hold three different minis inside. I saw All Star Case Breaks rip one and inside was the 1/1 Jackie Robinson Sketch Card. It was a gorgeous card.

I was lucky enough for this review to get the Gold Foil Hot Box, one per case if I am not mistaken and they are very cool looking although my cards all seemed to be miscut or OC left to right.

I did get a 4 hit box though and if you will have to watch the video to see the RIP card I ripped. The rip card came from another box my son and I opened at the local card shop, The Card Shop.

Hope you liked the video and the hits!

MY EBAY LISTINGS

— Ryan

OVERALL RATING (Like, Love, Hate)

Like, for its mix of weird and the overall card design.

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2018 Topps WWE Undisputed Wrestling – Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps WWE Undisputed Wrestling

PRICE: $225.00/box

When I saw the two boxes of Undisputed arrive at Scott’s I had to ask if he was open to me busting them and doing a product review.

As you can see in the video above, I thought I would take a different route to the video, rather than show the pack opening, I just showed the results. I am not sure if this is a method I prefer, but it sped up the process and you could see the amount of cards you can get and the hits faster than if I had opened each pack.

Let me know in the comments below if you like this better, or if you prefer to see each pack opened.

I really like the thickness of each card, each comfortably fitting in a 100pt top loader.

The hit per pack style was awesome as was the guarantee of 8 autographs per box. It was good odds you would get a group of good names or a good chance at parallels in your box.

I like the design of the cards with the ink blot that made the card feel dynamic and rough which is what you want a wrestling card to look like. I also like the varnish on the photos on a matte card. The back of the card had short snippets of info about the wrestler and a key match in their career.

The subsets celebrating 30 years… man 30 years. Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. They were a walk down memory lane. It was really fun reading about the event after the video stopped and I put the cards back in my shoebox.

If you are interested in any of the hits, please check out my ebay listings. I had no idea what to price these at so based on checking out listings prior to posting my hits, I had some general figures to work with, they will be adjusted as cards complete sales.

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

MY EBAY LISTINGS

— Ryan

OVERALL RATING (Like, Love, Hate)

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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

OVERALL RATING (Like, Love, Hate)

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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 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

OVERALL RATING (Like, Love, Hate)

Love

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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.

OVERALL RATING (Like, Love, Hate)

LOVE IT.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HOBBY CONFIGURATION

  • 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 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

HELPFUL INFO

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HOBBY CONFIGURATION

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 24 packs per box