Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Gallery MLB collector’s box (Hour 4)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Gallery baseball cards (collector’s box)
The cost:

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 
85 of 150 (57 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, Ichiro Suzuki, David Price, Yu Darvish, Jose Altuve, Jacob deGrom, Andrew McCutchen, Kenta Maeda, Francisco Lindor, Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado, Noah Syndergaard, Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton, Felix Hernandez, Carlos Correa, Max Scherzer

Rookie Cards (20) – Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Andrew Benintendi, Dinelson Lamet, Amir Garrett, Sean Newcomb, Jake Thompson, Christian Arroyo, Paul DeJong, Ty Blach, Jharel Cotton, Josh Bell, Mitch Haniger, David Dahl, Jordan Montgomery, Antonio Senzatela, Yulieski Gurriel, Hunter Dozier, Anthony Alford, Manny Margot

Insert/short-print cards: 14 (all inserts in gallery below with some base)
Short-prints (Nos. 151-200) (1) – Mashahiro Tanaka
Private Issue (3) – Greg Bird, Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo (/250)
Masterpiece (2) – Don Mattingly, Mike Trout
Masterpiece Green (1) – Kris Bryant (/250)
Green parallel (1) – Randal Grichuk (/99)
Hall of Fame Gallery (4) – Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, George Brett, Al Kaline
Gallery Heritage (2) – 
Yu Darvish, Andrew Benintendi

Autographs: 2
Gallery Autographs (1) –
Jesse Winker
Green Gallery Autographs (1) – Alex Bregman (/99; redemption)

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break here, this Walmart-only release has base cards with illustrations by Mayumi Seto and, for the most part, this is a set that is among the best art-driven releases I’ve seen. Since these are done by hand and not simply a Photoshop job, a few of them have likenesses that aren’t as sharp as others (seen to a degree in the rookies) but that’s probably due to the action photos that they were modeled after in some cases. As noted here earlier, the autograph list here is huge but I’d argue that, while those biggest names will be rare and are solid finds, the biggest draw here are original paintings and sketches. The paintings are one in every 41 boxes (820 packs), meanwhile, sketch cards are one in every 2,931 packs. All artwork on the cards seen here is by either Seto (base set) or paintings by Dan Bergen (inserts). It’s unclear whether all paintings/art inserted in Gallery are from them, but sketch cards are by others. All in all, it’s a solid chase considering the art presence here. This box delivered well with the Bregman auto and a couple of numbered parallels that are not the norm. The checklist here is stacked with Rookie Cards — we pulled at least three of note — and sometimes they’re inked. If you like art cards, this one is worth a rip.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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