Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number MLB cards (Hot Box)

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The box: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards (hobby Hot Box)
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Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 220
Base set completion: 
168 of 200 (84 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 701-725) (8) – Dylan Bundy, Carlos Martinez, Pablo Sandoval, Greg Holland, Edwin Diaz, Jared Hughes, Alex Cobb, Michael Pineda

Notables on base cards – Cody Bellinger, Matt Olson, Ian Happ, Aroldis Chapman

Rookie Cards – Cody Bellinger, Pierce Johnson, Christian Arroyo, Amir Garrett, Jesse Winker, Gift Ngoepe, Carlos Asuaje, Antonio Senzatela, Josh Smoker, Reynaldo Lopez, Andrew Toles, Rob Zastryzny, Rob Segedin, Phil Ervin, Mauricio Cabrera, Gabriel Ynoa, Jesus Aguilar, Jorge Bonifacio, Stephen Cardullo, Joe Jimenez, Koda Glover, Allen Cordoba, J.T. Riddle, Rafael Bautista, Bruce Maxwell, Daniel Robertson, Renato Nunez, Dovydas Neverauskas, Matt Carasiti, Dan Vogelbach, Chad Pinder, Seth Lugo, Jorge Alfaro, Jose DeLeon, Jarlin Garcia, Chih-Wei Hu, Jordan Montgomery, Jeff Hoffman, Teoscar Hernandez, Ian Happ, Kyle Freeland, Magneuris Sierra, Mitch Haniger, Matt Olson, German Marquez, Anthony Alford, Jose Osuna, Pat Valaika, T.J. Rivera

Insert cards: 17 (gallery of all inserts and some base is below)
Chrome (1) Cody Bellinger (/999)
Chrome Refractors (1) – Bruce Maxwell (/568)
Purple Chrome Refractors (Hot Box) (24) – Cody Bellinger, Brandon Phillips, Reynaldo Lopez, Kenley Jansen, Jose Osuna, Zack Wheeler, Ty Blach, Jorge Alfaro, Lance McCullers, Lance McCullers, Shin-Soo Choo, Seth Lugo, Pablo Sandoval, Luis Severino, Rob Zastryzny, Aroldis Chapman, Joe Jimenez, Sal Romano, Mauricio Cabrera, Rob Segedin, Michael Pineda, Bruce Maxwell, Andrew Toles, Trevor Bauer, Mitch Haniger
Blue parallel (1) – Joe Jimenez
Action photo variation (1) – Jose DeLeon
Nolan Ryan Highlights (1) – 
First MLB Win
Combo Card (1) – White Sox Whoppers
Now and Then (3) Ichiro Suzuki, Francisco Lindor, Yoenis Cespedes
Award Winners (3) – Corey Seager, David Ortiz, Rick Porcello
Rookie Performers (3) – Dansby Swanson, Luke Weaver, Bradley Zimmer
Advertising panel (box-topper) (1) Mike Pelfrey, Drew Smyly, Brad Brach

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Real One Autographs Special Edition (red ink) (1) – Jorge Alfaro (/68)

What’s Buzz-worthy: After a well-delivering but underwhelming blaster break of this one, a hobby box of Heritage High Number could have gone either way on the thumbs-up, thumbs-down scale … this one gets an up for sure as it was a Hot Box that delivered three times on the Cody Bellinger front and also included a red-ink auto (one in 269 packs; one per case). The collation of the base set was impressive but the base set itself seems lacking — at least for now — beyond Cody Bellinger and the new rookie of the moment Matt Olson. The set is loaded with RCs but none of them are “big” names just yet, giving this one some potential for the future. The Hot Box Purple Refractors in every pack reflect that set — at least half of it — but thankfully Bellinger was there to save the day. After going in hard on Heritage this year and largely going inkless, this was a good box to rip. But if you’re interested in the autos you might just pony up for the ones you want via the singles route — or dig in as the price on this one drops. (It seems like that could happen — but you never know with Heritage as it’s always a heavily collected brand.) All in all, the inserts and all the other features here make it worth ripping and the autograph lineup is pretty strong just as it was last year.

Product Grade: B (thanks to the autographs)
Box Grade:
 A (thanks to the Hot Box, Bellingers and ink)
Fun Grade: A- (thanks to the Hot Box, Bellingers and ink)

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One thought on “Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number MLB cards (Hot Box)

  1. Robert A. Aguilar September 22, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Good for Baseball to bring back the likes of the 60’s.What you have to do is to promote baseball cards back into the adds for televised baseball games for the kids,that’s why young kids are not getting,When they see the games on TV…Good for Baseball..and the kids..


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