Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Luminaries baseball cards

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The box: 2017 Topps Luminaries baseball cards
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 1
Base set completion: 

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Hit King Relic Autographs Red (1) 
Rickey Henderson (/10)

What’s Buzz-worthy: These boxes are huge but that’s reflective of the potential. Some of them will include insane 40-autograph book cards while others will include encased autograph or autographed memorabilia cards — and none of them are numbered to more than 15 copies. This particular box included an autographed Relic of a Hall of Famer you might have seen emerge from a Buzz Break earlier today — yep, another Rickey Henderson — and that’s a solid find, though he’s perhaps not in as much demand to make money on this particular box. While this collector sees this card as a win, it’s symbolic of a high-end brand where all your eggs are in a one-card basket. Henderson, for example, appears on 15 different cards in this one and nine of them are 1/1 cards. The rest are limited to five, 10 or 15 cards, with a total print run of about 70 total autos, excluding any book appearances he might have. These cards come encased, which makes for a good presentation, and you can see that they are glossed cards but with perfectly bold and issue-free autographs (at least in this case) and the design has some small touches that help reinforce the theme of Henderson as a Hit King. There isn’t really a base set here instead it’s a product made up of cards with a number of versions under a few themes — Home Run Kings, Hit Kings and Masters of the Mound — and then a selection of Letters books and cut autographs with and without Relics … and there are also three with bat knobs. If these boxes dip in price at all due to volume (something that could but may not happen), they’re a bit of a no-brainer if you examine the checklist and gallery here as well as the odds below. There are definitely more big cards than risky cards if you want to land a nice sig via busting boxes.

Product Grade: A
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Fun Grade: A-

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