Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps baseball Mega Box (Hour 11)

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 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Topps baseball Mega Box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 7 (five Topps Update, two Topps Chrome Update)
Cards per pack: 8 (Topps Update); 4 (Chrome Update)
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 
34 of 300 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome set completion: 
7 of 50 (14 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Trevor Story, Anthony Rizzo, Lucas Giolito, Jose Altuve, Albert Almora

Chrome cards – Ian Desmond, Francisco Rodriguez, Starlin Castro, Seung-Hwan Oh, Aledmys Diaz, Tyler Naquin, Michael Conforto

Inserts: 7 (all with some base cards in gallery below)
Chrome 3,000 Hits Club (1) – Al Kaline
3,000 Hits Club (1) – Rickey Henderson
First Pitch (2) – Craig Sager, Jake Gyllenhaal
Gold parallel (1) – Steve Pearce (/2,016)
Fire (1) – Michael Conforto
All-Star Game Access (1) – Miguel Cabrera

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This box was initially a retail-only release found at Target stores and it includes a small Chrome Update set loaded with rookies and stars alongside cards from the huge 300-card Update set. These boxes do include hits along with a rainbow of parallels for the Chromes — Refractors, X-fractors, Gold Refractors and Superfractors. The Relics are one in every 32 packs (16 boxes) and auto Relics are one in every 549 packs. The only other Chrome insert is the 3,000 Hits Club, which should be found once in every box. The standard packs do include numbered parallels and variations along with a good array of inserts but no hits. You don’t get a ton of cards here — and for $5 more (at retail) you got a guaranteed hit in the similar Holiday Mega Boxes over at Walmart — but these have Chrome cards that should age better than the Snowflake parallels in the other set. This one may make the chase of those key guys you want take longer with just eight Chrome cards in a box, but it could pay off with parallels and hits.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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