Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Chrome baseball cards (Walmart jumbo box)

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The box: 2017 Topps Chrome baseball cards (Walmart jumbo box)
Where to buy:
 Initially at Walmart for $34.98 ( for hobby & blasters)

Packs per box: 12 (10 packs plus two X-fractor packs)
Cards per pack: 4 per standard, 5 per X-fractor
Cards in this box: 50
Base set completion: 
30 of 200 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Aroldis Chapman, Paul Goldschmidt

Rookie Cards (3) – Braden Shipley, Chad Pinder, Matt Olson

Insert cards: 19

X-Fractors (10) – Albert Pujols, Billy Hamilton, Eric Hosmer, A.J. Pollock, Kyle Freeland (RC), Paul Goldschmidt, George Springer, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber, Brandon Belt
Refractors (3) – Trevor Story, Craig Kimbrel, Nelson Cruz
Negative Refractors (1) – 
Matt Carpenter
Prism Refractors (1) – Matt Holliday
Future Stars (1) – Addison Russell
1987 Topps (1) – 
Carlos Correa
Then & Now (1) – 
Mike Trout
Freshman Flash (1) – 
Tyler Glasnow

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Autographs (1) – 
Jharel Cotton

What’s Buzz-worthy: With Topps Chrome already hot this year thanks to the arrival of Chrome autos of Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger among a strong rookie crop, this was a fun surprise when hitting the card aisle. For $35, you get more packs and 10 x-Fractors that are only found in these boxes, which are the size of the Bowman Platinum collector’s box. (And, yes, some stores will have a tray for you to know when they’re already gone.) Hits are not a given in these boxes — a basic rookie auto is one in 100 packs, or one in 10 boxes — but this one included one. That’s good because it wasn’t really the flashiest box for the base cards but did have its moments on the inserts. The Negative Refractors are in every fourth box while Then & Now cards are in every other box — everything else here was otherwise in the norm. It wasn’t the grandest rip but the end result was pretty good for the price. A key rookie X-Fractor will get you a decent amount of your money back (at least in the short-term), while you get a good volume of inserts here, too. (Buzz did another — look for that one in our next Buzz 12 in 12 breaks marathon later this month.)

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A-

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One thought on “Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Chrome baseball cards (Walmart jumbo box)

  1. teddy king August 6, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I have a slew of old baseball cards id love to discuss w someone


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