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The box: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 8 (seven standard cards plus two-coin pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 56 (58 with coins)
Base set completion: 53 of 300 (18 percent)
Notables on base cards – Derek Jeter, Randy Johnson, George Brett, Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Dennis Eckersley, Sandy Koufax, Anthony Rizzo, Jackie Robinson
Rookie Cards (9) – Hunter Dozier, Tyler Austin, T.J. Rivera, Jeff Hoffman, Carson Fulmer, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Teoscar Hernandez, Roman Quinn
Inserts: 5 (all inserts in gallery below)
Retro Original (1) – Max Scherzer
Derek Jeter Retrospective (1) – 1994
1959 Bazooka (1) – Al Kaline
Coins (1) – Giancarlo Stanton
Sky Blue Coins (1) – Josh Donaldson
What’s Buzz-worthy: This box delivered generally what it should have and it didn’t really feel that it was very much with just three cards and two coins. You get one Jeter insert per blaster, while the Bazooka also is one per box, while the Retro cards are one in every other box. The long pull here was a Sky Blue coin — one in 20 boxes — making one of those little clanging classics a bit less annoying. (Some players might pay for the whole box for now, not sure on those in the long-term.) On the hobby side, which we’ll break here soon, you get two autos per box and there’s a chance at some big ink and plenty of unusual names. In the blasters, you’re at the mercy of the mix with a shot at ink that’s a lot tougher but not impossible. This year’s stock is better across the board than last year’s with only the 1992s being on thin white stock. The 1960 and 1982 base cards are on more appropriate Heritage-style stock. The RC crop in this box was very rough considering the strong rookie class. We’ll have more to say once we rip some hobby here soon.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B
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