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The box: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby & other formats)
Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 72
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 65 of 300 (22 percent)
Base cards of note – Aaron Judge (3), Cody Bellinger (2), Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Joey Votto, Jose Altuve, Gary Sanchez
Rookie Cards (24) – Notables include Aaron Judge (2), Cody Bellinger (2), Ian Happ (2), Yoan Moncada, Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Ryon Healy, Brett Phillips
Insert/short-print cards: 7 (all in gallery below along with a few base cards)
Photo variation (1) – Cody Bellinger
Topps Salute (1) – Manny Margot
Rainbow Foil (1) – Paul Goldschmidt
Gold (1) – “Meat” of the Mets (/2,017)
Untouchables (1) – Bartolo Colon
Postseason Celebrations (2) – 2005 Chicago White Sox, 1968 Detroit Tigers
What’s Buzz-worthy: Topps Update is one of those brands that, in recent years, has been jam-packed with rookies, traded players and All-Star festivities. What made this $9.99 box surprising? Three cards for Aaron Judge and three cards for Cody Bellinger — and one of those Bellinger cards is a photo variation. Sure, those aren’t as tough in this series — they never are with Update — but landing the National League’s top rookie as an SP is a win. I was surprised to see these seemingly not have as many inserts as the two previous series this year, but with this much rookie power it’s still a win. With some luck, you can land printing plates, autographs and Relics here, but this box just simply did not need it to deliver well. I also picked up a blaster box for a break here in the coming days — we’ll see if it compares well to this one.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: A
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