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The box: 2017 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 18
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 140
Base set completion: 121 of 200 (61 percent)
Notables on base cards – Amed Rosario, Mickey Moniak, Nick Senzel, Blake Rutherford, Fernando Tatis Jr., Ozzie Albies, Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Rhys Hoskins, Austin Riley, Bo Bichette, Rafael Devers
Insert cards: 17 (gallery below)
Short-prints (Nos. 201-220) (3) – Francisco Mejia, Anderson Espinoza, Matt Manning
Blue parallels (2) – Taylor Clarke, Scott Kingery (/99)
First-name Omission variation (1) – Franklin Barreto
Baseball America All-Stars (3) – Ronald Acuna, Eloy Jimenez, Nick Gordon
1968 Topps Game Mascot (2) – Wool E. Bull – Durham Bulls, Bernie – Inland Empire 66ers
1968 Topps Discs (4) – Kyle Tucker, Yadier Alvarez, Roniel Raudes, Sheldon (mascot)
Make Your Pro Debut codes (2)
Real One Autographs (1) – Peter Alonso
Clubhouse Collection Relics Green (1) – Austin Meadows (/99)
What’s Buzz-worthy: Topps’ annual minor-league version of Heritage has been in play seven years now and this one is right there among the best with its simplicity, fun touches, on-card autos and variations that aren’t impossible to figure out. Combine that with the iconic burlap design and, as long as your a fan of that, this is an affordable winner. Boxes aren’t pricey thanks in part to there being fewer packs per box and they can deliver better than this one does for sure with a number of big names in the short-prints and autographs from Clint Frazier, Dylan Cozens, Eloy Jimenez, Gleyber Torres, Nick Senzel, Ronald Acuna and even past MiLB stars Chris Sale, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Manny Machado. Autographed coin Relics are in here, too, with some names of note — Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Mickey Moniak and a few others of note. Those boxes weren’t found here, but there was enough that it felt like a satisfying rip, especially for the price.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: B+
Fun Grade: A-
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