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The box: 2017 Topps Gallery MLB cards (collector’s box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 85 of 150 (57 percent)
Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, Ichiro Suzuki, Jose Altuve, Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Andrew McCutchen, Kenta Maeda, Yoenis Cespedes, Francisco Lindor, Adrian Beltre, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Corey Seager, Noah Syndergaard, Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Correa, Giancarlo Stanton
Rookie Cards (22) – Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Andrew Benintendi, Dinelson Lamet, Amir Garrett, Sean Newcomb, Jake Thompson, Christian Arroyo, Paul DeJong, Jharel Cotton, Josh Bell, Mitch Haniger, David Dahl, Jordan Montgomery, Antonio Senzatela, Yuliesky Gurriel, Alex Reyes, Lewis Brinson, Ian Happ, Anthony Alford, Manny Margot, Hunter Dozier
Insert/short-print cards: 14 (all inserts in gallery below with some base)
Short-prints (Nos. 151-200) (1) – Kole Calhoun
Private Issue (2) – Tyler Austin, Clayton Kershaw (/250)
Orange parallel (1) – Daniel Norris (/25)
Masterpiece (2) – Mike Trout, Don Mattingly
Hall of Fame Gallery (4) – Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, George Brett, Al Kaline
Gallery Heritage (2) – Manny Machado, Anthony Rizzo
Gallery Heritage Green parallel (1) – Yadier Molina (/250)
Featured Artist card (1) – Dan Bergren
Gallery Autographs (2) – Manny Margot, Dinelson Lamet
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. This particular box didn’t deliver all that well on the autograph front, but four numbered parallels helped out the box grade here pretty well. There also were some strong names among the other inserts and in the crop of Rookie Cards and base. … 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).
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A-
Fun Grade: A
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