Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard plus one Independence Day MLB logo card)
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 102
Base set completion: 
76 of 350 (22 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Yu Darvish, Nolan Arenado, Jake Arrieta, Michael Conforto, Buster Posey, Justin Verlander

Rookie Cards (6) – Manny Margot, Roman Quinn, Adalberto Mejia, Jorge Alfaro, Jharel Cotton, Hunter Renfroe

Insert/short-print cards: 27 (all in gallery below along with a few base cards)
Independence Day MLB Logoman (1) 
– Matt Carpenter
Independence Day (5) – Nolan Arenado, David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Evan  Longoria, Jose Abreu
All-Time All-Star (3) – Barry Larkin, Don Mattingly, Nomar Garciaparra
MLB All-Star Game MVP (2) – Bo Jackson, Roger Clemens
MLB Network (1) – Robert Flores
1987 Topps (3) – Aaron Judge, Teoscar Hernandez, Manny Margot
First Pitch (2) – Chef Morimoto, Josh Duhamel
Rainbow Foil (1) – Wei-Yin Chen
Gold (1) – Jose Reyes (/2,017)
Memorable Moments (2) – Babe Ruth, Aaron Boone
Topps Salute (3) – Jose DeLeon, Gavin Cecchini, Josh Donaldson
Major League Milestones (1) – Jake Arrieta
Rediscover Topps buybacks (1) – Curt Young 1990 Topps
MLB The Show code card (1)

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: The second series of this year’s flagship Topps set simply isn’t as flashy when it comes to the basic card checklist — they’re clearly waiting to have key rookies like Cody Bellinger in Topps Update — but the rest of what’s inside continues with what you found if you ripped into packs of Series 1. These retail boxes have a focus on Independence Day with a manufactured Relic and five guaranteed inserts that use the Topps Salute design but are a standalone Independence Day set. The inserts are where you’ll find the variety in this one and there’s some star power from the past and present there. You can expect this box to be similar to most though the MLB Network inserts here are found one in every three blasters (and one per box in hobby). An Aaron Judge 1987 insert is one of the biggest highlights in this particular box — both in the player and the set, which is arguably the top aesthetic inclusion here. We’ll have more to day here soon when we tear into a hobby box.

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

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