Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards 
Where to buy: (for nearly all wax formats)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard plus one medallion pack)
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 
81 of 300 (27 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg

Rookie Cards (30) – Notables include Andrew Benintendi, Bradley Zimmer (2), Aaron Judge (no logo), Lewis Brinson, Yulieski Gurriel, Jordan Montgomery

Insert/short-print cards: 20 (all in gallery below along with a few base cards)
Photo variation (2) – Freddie Freeman (Series 1), Greg Maddux
Topps Salute (1) – Jeff Hoffman
Rainbow Foil (1) – Justin Upton
Gold (2) – Alex Avila, Jeff Hoffman
Untouchables (1) – Warren Spahn
Postseason Celebrations (3) – 2009 New York Yankees, 2014 San Francisco Giants, 1999 New York Yankees
All-Rookie Cup (1) – Joe Mauer
MVP Award Winners (5) – Kris Bryant, Johnny Bench, Ty Cobb, George Brett, Buster Posey
1987 Topps (2) – Ian Happ, Jake Lamb
Rediscover Topps Buybacks (1) – 1989 Ken Caminiti
MVP Award Winner Commemorative Relic (1) – Frank Robinson

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This one didn’t quite deliver as insanely as a hanger box busted here on Friday but this was still a fun break that delivered not one but two photo variations — a definite sign they aren’t as rare in this series. (And yet … do they need to be? It’s still fun to find and hunt them without astronomical odds.) Atop that, there was a guaranteed manufactured Relic — these are very nice with real metal inlays — along with a number of big names from the past in the insert lineup. The rookies were plentiful in this one, though this box wasn’t as heavy on the biggest names, while the base cards also included a number of the All-Star subset cards that Update always delivers well. (What if this approach had been used in Topps Heritage High Number the last two years? Just a thought.) Series 1 got me pretty good when it arrived earlier this year but then Heritage took over and eclipsed whatever presence Series 2 had for my personal collecting habits. The star power in Update is here, though — and this one may get my attention a tad more for the rest of the year. Why? It’s just a fun rip with plenty of those notable newcomers inside most boxes. It should be even more interesting to see how a hobby box delivers here sometime soon.

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

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