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

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The box: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 366
Base set completion: 
300 of 300 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 20

Base cards of note – Cody Bellinger, Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg, Ichiro Suzuki, Mookie Betts, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Yu Darvish, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve

Rookie Cards (118) – Notables include Cody Bellinger (4), Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge (5), Yoan Moncada (3), Jose DeLeon, Bradley Zimmer (2), Ian Happ (3), Alex Bregman, Jordan Montgomery, Ryon Healy, Brett Phillips, Lewis Brinson, Tyler Glasnow, Franklin Barreto, Dansby Swanson, Yulieski Gurriel

Insert/short-print cards: 45 (all in gallery below with all Judges and Bellingers)
Photo variation (9) – Cody Bellinger, Rickey Henderson, Hank Aaron, Bryce Harper, Marcell Ozuna, Gary Sanchez, Amir Garrett, Hunter Renfroe, Luke Weaver
MLB Network (1) – Paul Severino
Topps Salute (5) – Bryce Harper, Dansby Swanson, Billy Hamilton, Jeff Hoffman, Kendrys Morales
Rainbow Foil (4) – Joey Votto, Dallas Keuchel, Matt Chapman, Yadier Molina
Gold (5) – Manny Machado & Mookie Betts, Pat Neshek, Christian Arroyo, Dwight Smith, Billy Hamilton & Joey Votto
Negative (1) – Jose Quintana
Black (1) – Robinson Cano (/66)
Untouchables (4) – Sandy Koufax, Tim Lincecum, Pedro Martinez (Expos), Pedro Martinez (Red Sox)
All-Rookie Cup (5) – Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Yasiel Puig, Anthony Rizzo, Masahiro Tanaka
1987 Topps (4) – Cody Bellinger, Bryce Harper, Starlin Castro, Matt Wieters
Rediscover Topps Buybacks (6) – 1985 Greg Gross, 1987 Mike Diaz, 1987 Jeff Sellers, 1988 Bert Blyleven, 1989 Traded Rafael Palmeiro, 1999 David Ortiz

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
All-Star Relics (1) – Robinson Cano

What’s Buzz-worthy: This was still a fun break that delivered a mess of photo variations — a definite sign they aren’t as rare in this series. (Do they need to be? It’s still fun to find and hunt them without astronomical odds.) Atop that, there was the guaranteed Relic along with a number of inserts and many big names from the past in the insert lineup. The rookies are ridiculously plentiful in this brand and the big names were found a number of times. Meanwhile, 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.

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

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