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 7.
The box: 2012 Topps MLB Value Box
The cost: Click here
What’s inside this one? Keep reading …
Packs per box: 7 (five standard Topps packs, two Topps Heritage hobby packs plus bonus card)
Cards per pack: 8 in Topps packs; 9 in Heritage packs
Cards in this box: 70
Topps base set completion: 30 of 330 (9 percent)
Heritage Base set completion: 17 of 500 (3 percent)
Notables on base cards (both sets) – Cole Hamels, Pablo Sandoval, David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Adam Dunn, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Matt Cain
Heritage short-prints (Nos. 426-500) (1) – Jose Altuve
Heritage Stick-ons (1) – Starlin Castro
Value Box Exclusive Refractors (1) – Ken Griffey Jr.
Timeless Talents (2) – Cal Ripken Jr. & Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte & Cliff Lee
Golden parallel (1) – Mike Napoli
Classic Walk-offs (1) – Jim Thome
Golden Moments (1) – Jim Rice
Gold Standard (1) – Cal Ripken Jr.
Golden Greats (1) – Albert Pujols
1987 Minis (2) – Mariano Rivera, Shin-soo Choo
Golden Giveaway code (2) – Sandy Koufax, Miguel Cabrera
What’s Buzz-worthy: Want a shot at some Heritage hobby wax on the cheap? These Value Boxes offer just that as there are a pair of hobby packs along with some flagship retail packs that offer names and plenty of inserts. The ’63 version of Heritage isn’t a bad release but getting only two packs will be hit and miss. The base cards in both of the sets here were a bit dry in this particular box but the inserts delivered pretty well. Autographs and Relics are available in both of these and you get a bonus card of either Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays or Ken Griffey Jr. along with a Golden Giveaway code card that could have gotten you something more back then (long-expired now). These boxes are very affordable, so if you buy in bulk you could land some interesting stuff — rare variations, autographs, Relics — and some of these boxes made for retail have over-delivered pretty well in the past.
Product Grade: B+
Box Grade: C
Fun Grade: B
What’s next? Be back in an hour …
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