Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Chrome Walmart jumbo box (Hour 6)

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 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Chrome baseball cards (Walmart jumbo box)
The cost:
Initially at Walmart for $34.98 ( for hobby)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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 – Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Yoenis Cespedes, Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Mookie Betts, Kenta Maeda

Rookie Cards (6) – Alex Bregman, Josh Bell, Hunter Renfroe, Carson Fulmer, Jeff Hoffman, Roman Quinn

Insert cards: 20 (all in gallery below with some base)
X-Fractors (10) – Giancarlo Stanton, Brad Ziegler, Christian Yelich, Freddie Freeman, Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rendon, Edwin Diaz, Kenta Maeda, Chris Owings, Orlando Arcia
Photo Variation Refractors (1) – Dansby Swanson
Refractors (3) – Maikel Franco, Zach Britton, Carlos Martinez
Purple Refractors (1) – 
Jose Bautista (/299)
Prism Refractors (1) – Adam Duvall
Future Stars (1) – Gary Sanchez
1987 Topps (1) – 
Jacob deGrom
Then & Now (1) – 
Trevor Story
Freshman Flash (1) – 
Alex Reyes

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break here, 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. Hits are not a given in these boxes — a basic rookie auto is one in 100 packs — but this one did include a rarer photo variation, which is actually tougher to pull than ink. (They’re one in 143 packs, while autos are one in 100.) This wasn’t the flashiest box beyond the Dansby Swanson variation but it was still a fun rip 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. If you find this one, rip it. If you can’t you might opt to rip some hobby for some guaranteed ink.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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