Buzz Break: 2017 Topps High Tek baseball cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2017 Bowman High Tek (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 40
Cards in this box: 10
Base set (any pattern): 29 of 112 (26 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Corey Seager, Paul Goldschmidt, Trevor Story, Albert Pujols, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Tom Glavine, Stephen Strasburg, Giancarlo Stanton, Nolan Arenado, Derek Jeter

Rookie Cards (any pattern) (7) – Aaron Judge, Mitch Haniger, Dan Vogelbach, Christian Arroyo, Luke Weaver, Seth Lugo, Tyler Glasnow

Insert/short-print cards: 9 (all in gallery below with some base)
Tidal Diffractors (2) – Nomar Garciaparra, Seth Lugo (/250)
Blackout (5) – Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Albert Pujols, Julio Urias, Giancarlo Stanton
Blue Rainbow (1) – Addison Russell (/75)
Green Rainbow (1) – Daniel Murphy (/99)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Autographs (1) – Luis Severino
Blue Rainbow Autographs (1) – Andy Pettitte (/50)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Inside these boxes is a big brick of holofoil-stamped acetate cards with a number of patterns, colors, un-numbered inserts and, of course, autographs. Topps ups the ante here with more patterns to go with more cards per pack and, while that does complicate matters if you really need to decipher what you have and what you need — or if you dare try a master set — it’s not that big of a deal if you don’t. If you don’t sweat those things and just want a bunch of cards and some hits when ripping, this isn’t a bad one to dig into. There are rarer pulls that aren’t numbered — some patterns are not found often — and that can make for good breaks if you do the research and examine how boxes break down. Somebody out there is probably wanting a rainbow of their player or is attempting to collect the whole show. (Everything this box included can be seen in the gallery below.) This box included a pair of Yankees pitchers — past and present — and the overall feel of this was good with the quality of the cards. They really are nice visually even though they are quite complicated. All in all, this feels like a good rip, though this would be the perfect place for a printed placemat insert in boxes that show and tell you what’s what. With that in a box, there wouldn’t be a minus on the Fun Grade.

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

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