Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (blaster box)


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The box: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (blaster box)
s-l1600Where to buy:

Packs per box: 10 (plus one medallion pack)
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 
81 of 300 (27 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Manny Machado, Matt Wieters, Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Trout, Aroldis Chapman

Rookie Cards (14) – Johnny Barbara/Ben Gamel, Jeimer Candelario, Tyler Goeddel, Derek Law, Joey Rickard, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Bush, Tim Adleman, Lucas Giolito, Shawn Morimando, Luis Severino, Corey Seager, Stephen Piscotty


Insert cards: 20 (gallery below)
All-Star Game Access (2) – Daniel Murphy, Robinson Cano
500 Home Run Futures Club (5) – 
Kyle Schwarber, Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt, Joc Pederson, Carlos Correa
3,000 Hits Club (2) – 
Ichiro Suzuki, George Brett
Chasing 3K (1) – 
Ichiro Suzuki
Topps Fire (1) – 
Anthony Rizzo
First Pitch (3) – 
Craig Sager, Brady Kahle, Chance The Rapper
Team Franklin (1) – 
Yadier Molina
Gold parallel (1) – 
Jake McGee (/2,016)
Rainbow foil parallel (1) – 
Jonathan LuCroy 
Exclusive Rookie (2) – 
Aaron Nola, Stephen Piscotty
500 Home Run Futures Club medallion (1) – Paul Goldschmidt

Autographs/Memorabilia: None


What’s Buzz-worthy: Topps’ season-capping flagship update is one that’s full of star power with All-Star highlights and plenty of rookies via RCs and Rookie Debut subset cards that also have the RC logo. Perhaps it’s because Buzz’s last box was a Heritage High Number — a very, very dry basic set — but this one really felt energetic and fun. Throw in a couple of insert cards per pack and you get a good feel of stuff here — perhaps mores than both of the first two series this season. … Overall, this was a fun box and, with the right names, it could be a pretty good bargain. (Buzz will have more to say for a hobby break of this one later.)

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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