Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Finest baseball cards (mini box) + contest

2016tpfinestBBFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps Finest baseball cards (mini box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

16_Topps Finest Baseball-SeagerPacks per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
22 of 100 (22 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Carlos Correa, David Ortiz, Joc Pederson, Josh Donaldson, Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper

Rookie Cards (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Peter O’Brien


2016-topps-finest-josh-donaldsonInsert cards: 7

1996 Finest Intimidators (1) – Yu Darvish
Franchise Finest (2) – Josh Donaldson, Miguel Cabrera
Refractors (2) – Evan Longoria, Maikel Franco
Blue Refractors (1) – George Springer (/150)
Purple Refractors (1) – Dellin Betances (/250)

Blowout-Buzz-buzz-break-John-Smoltz-autoAutographs/Memorabilia: 1
Buyback autograph (1) – 2000 Finest John Smoltz (/20)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Much has been said about this one between its design and its non-traditional distribution, but when in-hand this year’s Finest design looks pretty solid and this mini box delivered with a buyback auto. The color of the Refractors is bold and obvious, unlike last year, and the small 100-card base set seems packed with value names. The mini-box format makes this a fast rip, so it may not be as fun for some. Perhaps that could be alleviated with a couple more insert sets? The printing and cutting on these was clean and crisp so no disappointments there. Finest has always been a higher-priced version of Chrome but this year’s version feels like one that might justify it with all of its colorful autos, printing plates and surprises like this buyback, which we want to be yours.

CONTEST: How can the Smoltz autograph be yours? Tell us who your top Braves pitcher is in a comment. We’ll randomly select a winner from all entries received before June 1. (Note: Comments are held for moderation before publishing, so don’t worry if your comment does not show up immediately.)

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
 A
Fun Grade: B

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91 thoughts on “Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Finest baseball cards (mini box) + contest

  1. Adam May 24, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    I like Smoltz as my top Braves pitcher all time followed by Warren Spahn

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  2. Kyle Gaffney May 24, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Warren Spahn

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  3. David Mackey May 24, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Have to go with Greg Maddux. No one has frustrated hitters as bad as him.

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  4. kylegraff821 May 24, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Gotta be Maddux. Never overpowering but outsmarting the batter.

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  5. Brian Crrutti May 24, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Have to go with Greg Maddux. With Smoltz being a close second!

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  6. Paul May 24, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Oh man growing up as a kid I loved the Braves. The pitching combo of Maddox/Smoltz/Glavine was unreal. I’d have to go with Maddox as my favorite Braves pitcher.

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  7. Dawson May 24, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Warren Spahn IMO

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  8. Greg May 24, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Maddux all the way

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  9. Grant May 24, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Greg Maddux, no question!

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  10. Mike Denson May 24, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    Best Braves pitcher has to be Maddux.

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  11. Jon May 24, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Greg Maddux. He was an artist. His changing speeds really made hitters look silly. He could and would paint the corners at will. He should be in the dictionary when you look up “pitcher”

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  12. Ryan May 24, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    My top Braves pitcher is John Smoltz.
    Thanks for the contest!

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  13. mike May 24, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Smoltz..He did it all!!! Closed and started…great talent…

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  14. Bobby O May 24, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Has to be Maddux

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  15. David May 24, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    I like all the Braves pitchers, but Smoltzie will always stand out to me because not only was he a dominate starting pitcher, he also became a dominate closer.

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  16. Collin May 24, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Maddux without question. He’s Top 5 all time pitchers. Impressive to be that dominant while barely touching 90 mph. Control like none other.

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  17. Robbie Wike May 24, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Probably John Rocker, just that stare he gave was enough.

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  18. Curtis Arney May 24, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    John Smoltz

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  19. Michael Heller May 24, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Greg Maddux

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  20. bryan.burnett May 24, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    As a lifelong cubs fan…wish Maddux had never left. for sure the greatest brave pitcher of all time

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  21. Scott Burks May 24, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Greg Maddux. A two-hitter from Maddux was more impressive than a two-hitter from Randy Johnson.

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  22. Morris Hearrell May 24, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Gotta go with Smolt!

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  23. Ian H. May 24, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Maddux FTW

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  24. Ryan May 24, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Smoltz, dominated starting and closing later on. Great to watch too.

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  25. GOSTL May 24, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    Greg Maddux.

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  26. Jacob Gonzalez May 24, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Mr. Greg Maddux. Dominate pitcher and pitched for my team in Chicago!

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  27. Angelo Mata May 24, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I’m a Maddox guy myself . No one can match his patients and poisje on the mound .

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  28. Al Nagel May 24, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    It was and always will be Warren Spahn. Growing up in Milwaukee, and getting to watch him pitch was always a thrill.

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  29. Ryan Sutley May 24, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Greg Maddux – dominant pitcher who didn’t throw hard and was economical with his pitches

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  30. Alessandro Di Giuseppe May 24, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Greg Maddux for me. An amazing pitcher with class flowing out of his ears!

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  31. Euntaik May 24, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Greg Maddux

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  32. Drew F. May 24, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    i definitely have to go with Spahn here. Seems like a lot of people forget about him.

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  33. Alec May 24, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Greg Maddux 🙂

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  34. Ron Robinson May 24, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Maddux, dude was was a magician, remember like yesterday him, Glavine and Smoltz killing batters. Am, was and will always be a Braves fan!

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  35. paulchanghouston May 24, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Greg Maddux

    He started off with my beloved Cubs, winning a Cy Young then rung up another three as soon as he moved to Atlanta. The premier command/control pitcher of his era. And he studied the game like no other.

    “Mad Dog” never seemed as appropriate a nickname as “The Professor”. But either way, he was always my favorite pitcher of the 90s.

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  36. Cameron May 24, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    There were some pretty dominant names in braves history but I would go with Greg Maddux!

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  37. Notorious B.U.D. May 24, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Gotta be Greg Maddux. Thanks for the contest!

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  38. jjas311 May 24, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    John Smoltz of course! Amazing pull, thank you for the contest!

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  39. Keith K. May 24, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    The great Greg Maddux

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  40. Chuck Fergie May 24, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Rick Camp is my favorite Braves Pitcher for his HR in extra innings on July 4th into 5th in 1985, I remember staying up to watch my Mets and Dad getting up for work @4AM and game was still going on. Goodtimes.

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  41. Stacy Marlow May 25, 2016 / 12:51 am

    Smoltz, best of both worlds (starter and closer)!

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  42. blane arrington May 25, 2016 / 3:13 am

    Greg Maddux

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  43. Tom May 25, 2016 / 7:17 am

    As a Braves fan, as much as I want to say Maddux, I have to give the slight edge to Smoltz because of his prowess at both starting and closing. He was dominant at both, which is largely unparalleled in baseball history. Thanks for the contest!

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  44. Matt Gilman May 25, 2016 / 8:06 am

    So many greats of the 90s. You can make a case for any of them. Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz were a 3 headed monster. But will give Smoltz the slight edge cause of his bullpen presence too

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  45. Glenn Olfe May 25, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Maddux for sure

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  46. orange october May 25, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Jair Jurrjens

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  47. Bryan Holbrook May 25, 2016 / 11:27 am

    In my opinion Greg Maddux was my favorite to watch, but Tom Glavine was the best pitcher of their modern era. Dude wad money, and was one the best pitchers in all of baseball.

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  48. Chris Lamb May 25, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Tom Glavine is my favorite Braves pitcher. Played black jack with him in the Bahamas at Atlantis. Very nice guy!

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  49. Jon Hanes May 25, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    John Smoltz! I just won an autographed baseball by him at my LCS. He’s a great golfer too

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  50. Spencer May 25, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Phil Niekro, “knucksie” dominated with a pitch that didn’t leave a bruise.. Good contest and the cards look great.

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  51. BL May 25, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Greg Maddux

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  52. Tracy LeVeaux May 25, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    The Professor, Greg Maddux. He even played for my Padres for a bit. Plus, he’s a Vegas guy.

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  53. Jeremy Lechan May 26, 2016 / 10:09 am

    No one dominated October like John Smoltz!

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  54. Shylah Lenahan May 26, 2016 / 11:29 am

    My favorite Braves pitcher is Greg Maddux! Loved him as a Cub and as a Brave. 🙂

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  55. Mike May 26, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Smoltz happens to be my fave!

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  56. galar May 26, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Greg Maddux is my favorite Braves pitcher. He didn’t need overpowering stuff to dominate hitters.

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  57. Simon Thompson May 26, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Greg Maddux

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  58. jimmy gragg May 27, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Maddox for sure but smoltz is right behind him

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  59. Heath Lowe May 27, 2016 / 9:45 am

    John smoltz

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  60. Aaron May 27, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    Maddux stands alone for me. Very closely intertwined group behind him though.

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  61. Adam Ha May 27, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    My boy Tom glavine

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  62. Matthew Smith May 27, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Right now, I would say Teheran based on fantasy implications. Maddux has a special place in my heart because I had some cool inserts of his when I first started collecting when I was maybe 8. Thanks for the contest BO!

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  63. Josh Popp May 27, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    For me probably Smoltz. I had to have reconstructive knee surgery when I was 15 and had the opportunity to meet Mr Smoltz. He had just has his first shouldn’t surgery and talked to me about mine. Definitely something I will remember forever.

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  64. Aaron May 27, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Has to be Greg Maddux.

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  65. oldkyshark May 27, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Greg Maddux

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  66. Derrick Hymer May 27, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    John Smoltz! My all-time favorite pitcher! Go Braves!

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  67. Will Rawls May 27, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    John Smoltz was my favorite Braves pitcher. Nobody could command a starting role and then transition into being one of the games most dominant closers like him.

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  68. chuckvanderbilt May 28, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Warren Spahn of course. 356 wins and served in WWII.

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  69. Jordan Owens May 28, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Greg Maddux

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  70. Zach Weiner May 28, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    “Spahn and Sain; then pray for rain.”
    Warren Spahn was the greatest pitcher of all time for the Braves. More so than Glavine, Maddux, Smoltz, or anyone else. Had it not been for WWII, he might’ve been statistically one of the few 400 game winners.

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  71. Andrew E. May 29, 2016 / 9:22 am

    John Smoltz.

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  72. Eric May 29, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Greg Maddux

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  73. Ismael Ramirez May 29, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Favorite Brave pitcher would be Greg Maddux.. Wasn’t a very hard thrower but had the greatest accuracy.

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  74. hudsonfan15 May 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Tim Hudson, my all time favorite player, was with the Braves for a good portion of his career. Thanks for the contest!

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  75. Justin May 29, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Grad Maddux is the man him and Smooth were the nastiest tag team for the Braves

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  76. Js May 29, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I’m going with Smooth he threw fire and with accuracy. Reminds me of Verlander

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  77. Frank J. Garcia May 29, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    The top Braves pitcher is Greg Maddux.

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  78. Nate Baustad May 30, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Greg Maddux. The cerebral nature of his pitching was unreal

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  79. Nate Baustad May 30, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Greg Maddux. He flummoxed hitters

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  80. Ian May 30, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Phil Niekro is my favorite, dude played for a long time at a high level.

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  81. Paul May 30, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I’ll go with Steve Avery.

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  82. Todd Kirk May 30, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Smoltz is my all time favorite Braves pitcher. I mean a full time starter AND a full time reliever? Wow

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  83. Matt saltzman May 31, 2016 / 8:40 am

    Maddux for sure. So much fun to watch- thanks for the chance!

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  84. Chris Hiltner May 31, 2016 / 8:42 am

    My top Braves pitcher of all time has to be Greg Maddux! He was so dominant during those years! Multiple Cy Young awards should prove that!

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  85. andy campbell May 31, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Smooth always brought the flames. Completely overpowered hitters on a regular basis

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  86. danieladubay May 31, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Tom Glavine. My all time favorite lefty, whose cards are undervalued. Smoltz is number two as he can do it all from start to close.

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