Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Finest baseball cards

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The box: 2017 Topps Finest baseball cards
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 
43 of 100 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Kyle Schwarber, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, Max Scherzer, Manny Machado, Mike Trout

Rookie Cards (7) – Tyler Austin, Yoan Moncada, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Yulieski Gurriel, Ryon Healy, Reynaldo Lopez

Inserts: 15 (all inserts in gallery below)
Refractors (4) – Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Reynaldo Lopez (RC), Jose Bautista
Purple Refractors (1) – David Price (/250)
Green Refractors (1) – Stephen Strasburg (/99)
Blue Refractors (1) – Yu Darvish (/150)
Breakthroughs (4) – 
Mike Trout, Kenta Maeda, Nomar Mazara, Noah Syndergaard
Finest Firsts (1) – 
Yoan Moncada
1994-95 Finest (2) – 
Greg Maddux, Trevor Story
1994-95 Finest Red Refractors (1) – 
Chipper Jones (/5)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Finest Autographs (1) – Max Kepler
Finest Finishes Autographs (1) – Jake Arrieta (redemption)

What’s Buzz-worthy: The Finest formula is one that has been pretty consistent and this year’s is no different with an autograph in every mini box. This one also delivered a number of packs with more than one Refractor and inserts that dropped regularly. This is a higher-priced Chrome counterpart that feels similar to that lesser-priced brand but with guaranteed ink. This one delivered pretty well with a Finest Finishes auto (one in 122 packs), while the Red Refractor was also a fun find at one in 2,722 packs. Its card front is perfect but the sheet had been creased and it’s got a spot where some packing machinery wore against the card. Very odd but a scenario where Topps likely should be able to replace. The base set cards were a little dryer than expected on the rookie front with such a good crop this year but the general mix of base cards wasn’t generally lacking. All in all, this one felt like a good rip with its deliveries but an average box might not be as palatable for some collectors. If your player is in this one, singles chasing might be safest since there are only two autos per master box but if you need a rip this is one that should be considered.

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

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