Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box (Hour 3)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball blaster (Hot Box)
The cost:

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
58 of 500 (12 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Short-prints (Nos. 426-500) (2) –  Cole Hamels, Mat Latos

Notables on base cards – Anthony Rizzo, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Bautista, Alex Gordon, Jason Heyward, Matt Harvey

Rookie Cards (3 cards, 6 rookies) – Avisail Garcia, Hernan Perez, Adam Eaton, Tyler Skaggs, Josh Wall, Paco Rodriguez

Insert cards: 14 (gallery of inserts is below)
Action variation — Venezuelan back (1) – 
Yadier Molina
Red parallel (1) –
Yadier Molina
Chrome (1) – Yu Darvish (/999)
Chrome Hot Box (Purple) Refractors (8) – Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Paul Konerko, Josh Willingham, Jim Johnson, Matt Harrison, Starlin Castro, Miguel Cabrera
New-age Performers (1) – Albert Pujols
Baseball Flashbacks (1) – 
Hank Aaron
Memorable Moments (1) – 
Teddy wins first presidential mascot race

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: Wow, did this box deliver. The biggie here is the black-backed action variation of Molina and a Cardinals fan would have been extra wowed with a Target-only Red parallel also of their All-Star catcher to go with that. Atop that, there were some top names among Chrome cards in this Hot Box that included a Purple Refractor in each pack and a Yu Darvish standard Chrome — and the three standard inserts weren’t too shabby, either. This is perhaps my least-favorite Heritage release of the 1960s sets, but the box delivered well — even better for a price lower than original release ($19.99). That’s an added plus since these boxes aren’t exactly readily available, either. If you’re a Hot Box fan, stay tuned today — there will be another thanks to some dumb luck for this collector.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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