Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Holiday baseball cards

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The box: 2017 Topps Holiday baseball cards
Where to buy: 
Initially available at Walmart ($19.98)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 98
Base set completion: 
92 of 200 (46 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Manny Machado, Buster Posey, Yoenis Cespedes, Joey Votto, Yu Darvish, Nolan Arenado, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Cabrera, Stephen Strasburg, Mookie Betts

Rookie Cards (23) – Andrew Benintendi, Dansby Swanson, Bradley Zimmer, Lewis Brinson, Antonio Senzatela, Sam Travis, Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Freeland, Amir Garrett, German Marquez, Jorge Bonifacio, Jharel Cotton, Robert Gsellman, Orlando Arcia, Joe Musgrove, Sean Newcomb,   Reynaldo Lopez, David Dahl, Dinelson Lamet, Franklin Barreto, Ryon Healy, Mitch Haniger, Jeff Hoffman

Insert cards: 5 (all in gallery below with some base)
Metallic Snowflake (5) – Ichiro Suzuki, Julio Urias, Eric Skoglund, Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Snowflake Relic (1) – 
Jason Heyward

What’s Buzz-worthy: Topps’ Holiday brand arrives for another season with the same approach and the same general aesthetic — snowflakes applied to the basic Topps flagship design. This set includes notables from all three Topps flagship releases (Series 1, Series 2 and Topps Update) and has some big ink possible, too. Click here to view the final checklist for the release. The biggest rookies weren’t found here in the base set but it wasn’t shabby — it just wasn’t as interesting as last year when this collector busted several of these. (Some kind of small addition seen in every box this year would have been better.) This box delivered just as it should have with five parallels and the Relic. Rarer pulls include parallel Relics, Auto Relics and parallels, standard autos and parallels. You can see the odds in the gallery below. These are a fun option at retail with a hit in every box and statistically, pulling any particular parallel isn’t easy — one in 40 boxes — so those should hold some extra interest over time.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
 B
Fun Grade: B+

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