Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Chrome MLB blaster box (Hour 11)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Chrome MLB blaster
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard, one Sepia Refractors)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
21 of 200 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Yadier Molina, Addison Russell, Manny Machado, Jose Bautista, Craig Kimbrel

Rookie Cards (4) – Tyler Glasnow, Jake Thompson, Jharel Cotton, JaCoby Jones

Inserts: 11 (all in gallery below with some base)
Gold Refractors (1) – Aledmys Diaz (/50)
Refractors (2) – 
Max Kepler, Jake Odorizzi
Prism Refractors (1) – J.D. Martinez
Sepia Refractors (4) –
Christian Arroyo, Jesse Winker, Dan Vogelbach, Dellin Betances
Future Stars (1) – Kenta Maeda
1987 Topps (2) – 
Yoan Moncada, Francisco Lindor

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: Maybe Buzz has been spoiled by a run of good Walmart jumbo boxes — more packs and exclusive cards — but this blaster did over-deliver with a Gold Refractor that’s found one in every 303 packs (one in 44 boxes) and was otherwise not all that flashy. The Sepia Refractors are impressive (as they have been in the past) with this one including three rookies — but not any of the big ones. This brand is a fun one this year — among the releases this collector has ripped the most — but this box wasn’t all that great. It offers good variety and possibilities on the insert front but the base card selection found in this particular box felt very flat. Without that Gold card it would have been average or worse. If you can swing it, hobby boxes are the way to go here — but the blaster-only Sepia parallels do make this box one to consider.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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