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The box: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 356
Base set completion: 300 of 300 (100 percent)
Notables on base cards – Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, Buster Posey, Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Kris Bryant, Aroldis Chapman, Jake Arrieta, Ichiro Suzuki
Rookie Cards (95; includes duplicates) – Notables include Aledmys Diaz, Michael Fulmer, Julio Urias, Willson Contreras, Tyler Naquin, Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story
Insert cards: 36 (gallery below)
3,000 Hits Club (6) – Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Ichiro Suzuki, Robin Yount
Chasing 3K (4) – Ichiro Suzuki
Topps Fire (5) – Anthony Rizzo, Noah Syndergaard, Bryce Harper, Kenta Maeda, Corey Seager
First Pitch (6) – Keith Urban, Chance The Rapper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brady Kahle, Craig Sager, Burke Waldron
Team Franklin (5) – Ben Zobrist, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Céspedes, Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera
Gold parallel (5) – Ezequiel Carrera, Nomar Mazara, Chris Coghlan, Jake McGee, Starlin Castro & Didi Gregorius (/2,016)
Black parallel (1) – Robinson Cano (/65)
Rainbow foil parallel (4) – Jackie Bradley Jr., Hansel Robles, Jose Reyes, Johnny Cueto
All-Star Relics (1) – Nolan Arenado
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. This box had plenty of inserts but it seems like it could have used more. The star power in the base set is ridiculous with more than half of the cards in this box being All-Star Game subset cards and Rookie Cards, though those are bolstered by there being Rookie Debut subset cards with the RC logo attached. Overall, though, this one was more fun than the first two series of flagship for this collector, though a jumbo box might be the way to go if you want guaranteed ink. All in all, this was a fun finish to the year — just wish that the highlights went past the All-Star break.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: A
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