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The box: 2017 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 252
Base set completion: 200 of 200 (100 percent)
Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, David Price, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Trevor Story, Ichiro Suzuki, David Ortiz … and everybody else.
Rookie Cards (28) – Dansby Swanson, Yoan Moncada (2), Andrew Benintendi (2), Joe Musgrove, Jake Thompson, Reynaldo Lopez, JaCoby Jones, Luke Weaver, Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Josh Bell, Jose DeLeon, Braden Shipley, Matt Strahm, Tyler Glasnow, Carson Fulmer, Jake Thompson, David Dahl, Orlando Arcia, Jeff Hoffman, Robert Gsellman, Aaron Judge, Ryon Healy, Alex Reyes, Teoscar Hernandez, Seung-Hwan Oh
Insert cards: 43 (all inserts in gallery below)
Opening Day parallel (5) – Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Semien, Teoscar Hernandez, Salvador Perez, Jonathan Villar
Mascots (11) – Clark, Fredbird, Slider, Paws, Rally Monkey, Rangers Captain, Mr. Met, Pirate Parrot, Blue Jays mascot, Royals mascot, Hank The Ballpark Pup
Opening Day (6) – Yankees, Reds, Rays, Rangers, Brewers, Padres
Opening Day Stars (2) – Ichiro Suzuki, Carlos Correa
Incredible Eats (8) – Fresh popcorn, Broomstick hot dog, soft pretzels, Italian sausage, Kayem Fenway Frank, chicken & waffle cone, corn on a stick, bacon mac & cheese
Superstar Celebrations (11) – Josh Harrison, Bryce Harper, Jose Ramirez, Khris Davis, Rougned Odor, Gregory Polanco, Brian Dozier, Adam Eaton, Andrew McCutchen, Robinson Cano, Edwin Encarnacion
What’s Buzz-worthy: The hobby’s most-affordable product is one that packs some surprises and some new things that can make a low-price, high-odds rip worth it if you get lucky. A number of insert sets here have long odds that will help value and there are some notable names to be found on autographed cards while mascot Relics and mascot autographs. This hobby box felt like an extension of previous blaster box ripped here. The long-odds cards give this one some chase but there are some cards that we’ve seen in past releases that added variety with plastic stock that would be welcomed here to make the typical box a bit more exciting. This box delivered more than a blaster but wasn’t all that much more exciting — though it was good to see a whole set inside and even two of the key Rookie Cards among the few duplicates.
Product Grade: B
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B
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