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

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The box: 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 365
Base set completion: 
305 of 350 (87 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Yu Darvish, Nolan Arenado, Jake Arrieta, Michael Conforto, Buster Posey, Justin Verlander, Yasiel Puig, Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, Manny Machado, Jose Altuve

Rookie Cards (22) – Manny Margot, Roman Quinn, Adalberto Mejia, Jorge Alfaro, Jharel Cotton, Hunter Renfroe, Koda Glover, Bruce Maxwell, Hunter Dozier, Jesus Aguilar, Rob Zastryzny, Jose Martinez, German Marquez, Renato Nunez, Stephen Cardullo, Rob Segedin, Ty Blach, T.J. Rivera, Matt Olson, Gavin Cecchini, Pat Valaika, Trey Mancini

Insert/short-print cards: 58 (all in gallery below along with a few base cards)
MLB Network (1) – Peter Gammons
1987 Topps (9) – Josh Donaldson, Andres Galarraga, Chipper Jones, Mike Piazza, Barry Larkin, Reggie Jackson, Jake Thompson, Jose DeLeon, Yulieski Gurriel
First Pitch (5) – Chef Morimoto, Luke Donald, Jabbawockeez, Camilla Luddington, Bonnie Hunt
Rainbow Foil parallel (4) – Jesus Aguilar, Rob Zastryzny, Stephen Cardullo, Renato Nunez
Gold parallel (5) – Manny Machado, Chris Iannetta, Mike Clevinger, Shawn Kelley, Chris Carter (/2,017)
Camo parallel (1) – Brandon Drury (/25)
Memorable Moments (9) – Ken Griffey Jr., Brooks Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Lou Gehrig, Ichiro Suzuki, Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski, Anthony Rizzo, Roberto Clemente
Topps Salute (9) – Derek Jeter, Gary Sanchez, Ken Griffey Jr., Jered Weaver, Hunter Dozier, Matt Olson, Jeff Hoffman, Tyler Glasnow, Joe Panik
Major League Milestones (4) – Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Corey Seager, Cole Hamels
Rediscover Topps buybacks (6) – Brian Downing 1984, Rich Gossage 1987, Willie Hernandez 1987, Steve Farr 1987, Luis Quinones 1988, Ty Griffin 1989
MLB The Show code card (3)
Topps Now code card (1)
Topps Bunt code card (1)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Major League Material Relic (1) – 
Albert Pujols
Topps Salute Red Autograph (1) – 
Gavin Cecchini (/10; redemption)

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 this box shows that the contents can still wow you. This is a unicorn of sorts with two hits in the box (albeit one via a redemption) — and that Red auto (/10) is one in every 4,557 packs (one in 127 boxes or one in 11 cases). That wasn’t the only rare card here as the Camo parallels are found one in every 605 packs (every other case) and the Topps Bunt code cards are one in every 341 packs (one per case). Not a bad box at all. … The rest of what’s inside continues with what you found if you ripped into packs of Series 1. The inserts are where you’ll find the variety in this one and there’s some star power from the past and present there. All in all, this was a very good box for a series that packs plenty of insert punch with long odds on good cards — but the good news is that they are in there as this box proves.

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

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