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: 
83 of 300 (28 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Nolan Arenado, Carlos Beltran, Miguel Sano

Rookie Cards (39) – Notables include Yoan Moncada (2), Alex Bregman, Alex Reyes, Ian Happ

Insert/short-print cards: 18 (all in gallery below)
Photo variation (2) – Miguel Cabrera, Luke Weaver (both Series 1 cards)
Topps Salute (1) – Tim Anderson
Rainbow Foil (1) – Donelson Lamet
Gold (1) – Cody Bellinger (/2,017)
Untouchables (1) – Pedro Martinez
Postseason Celebrations (3) – 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, 1996 New York Yankees, 2006 St. Louis Cardinals
All-Rookie Cup (1) – Cal Ripken Jr.
MVP Award Winners (5) – Roger Clemens, Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr., Bryce Harper, Brooks Robinson
1987 Topps (2) – Jesse Winker, Mitch Haniger
MVP Award Winner Commemorative Relic (1) – Cal Ripken Jr.

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This one was a dud of sorts on the base card and rookie front that didn’t quite deliver as insanely as a hanger box busted here, but this break was saved by one insert — a Gold Cody Bellinger — and the impressive metal MVP card. (Otherwise? Well, below average.) It delivered two photo variations just like a past blaster here — 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.) The rookies were even more plentiful in this one vs. our other blaster broken here (39 vs. 30 in the previous), though this box wasn’t packed with the biggest names. Overall, this product is a fun rip but not all boxes will deliver as well as those I’ve seen before this one.

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

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