Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball box (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball
The cost: Click here

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (hobby box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 365
Base set completion: 
305 of 350 (87 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Yu Darvish, Nolan Arenado, Jake Arrieta, Michael Conforto, Buster Posey, Justin Verlander, Yasiel Puig, Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, Manny Machado, Jose Altuve

Rookie Cards (22) – Manny Margot, Roman Quinn, Adalberto Mejia, Jorge Alfaro, Jharel Cotton, Hunter Renfroe, Koda Glover, Bruce Maxwell, Hunter Dozier, Jesus Aguilar, Rob Zastryzny, Jose Martinez, German Marquez, Renato Nunez, Stephen Cardullo, Rob Segedin, Ty Blach, T.J. Rivera, Matt Olson, Gavin Cecchini, Pat Valaika, Trey Mancini

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (blaster box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard plus one Independence Day MLB logo card)
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 102
Base set completion: 
76 of 350 (22 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Yu Darvish, Nolan Arenado, Jake Arrieta, Michael Conforto, Buster Posey, Justin Verlander

Rookie Cards (6) – Manny Margot, Roman Quinn, Adalberto Mejia, Jorge Alfaro, Jharel Cotton, Hunter Renfroe

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Finest baseball cards

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Finest baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 
43 of 100 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Kyle Schwarber, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, Max Scherzer, Manny Machado, Mike Trout

Rookie Cards (7) – Tyler Austin, Yoan Moncada, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Yulieski Gurriel, Ryon Healy, Reynaldo Lopez

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)


From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard cards plus two-coin pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 56 (58 with coins)
Base set completion: 
53 of 300 (18 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Derek Jeter, Randy Johnson, George Brett, Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Dennis Eckersley, Sandy Koufax, Anthony Rizzo, Jackie Robinson

Rookie Cards (9) – Hunter Dozier, Tyler Austin, T.J. Rivera, Jeff Hoffman, Carson Fulmer, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Teoscar Hernandez, Roman Quinn

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Aaron Judge could have been an Oakland A’s star — and here’s his 2010 Bowman Draft Picks card

You probably know Aaron Judge by now. After all, he’s tied for the MLB lead with 15 home runs, is the 6-foot-7 young face of the New York Yankees and on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

But in an alternate reality — and an alternate reality with baseball cards — none of this would have happened. He’d be playing somewhere else.

You probably didn’t know — this collector didn’t — that Judge was once a draft pick of the Oakland A’s, the Moneyballing squad that ultimately sends all of its star players to the Yankees anyway and gets its playoff hopes dashed by Yankees stars and unlikely plays that will never, ever go away. (They even start off movies made about the A’s.)

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Elite Extra Edition boxes can pay off for bargain hunters & auto chasers

To say that the baseball card landscape has changed in the last decade might be an understatement, but there’s been one prospecting brand that has delivered many of the biggest names early and often and delivered a good amount of ink, too, thanks to Hot Boxes.

It’s packed a number of surprise inclusions, a tremendous rainbow of serial-numbered parallel autos and even some pretty good bargains as many collectors have their established habits elsewhere. In recent years, it’s also given us a teaser of younger USA Baseball players, too.

This mainstay — and arguably a simultaneous sleeper — is Elite Extra Edition

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Tribute baseball box (Hour 6)

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 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Tribute
The cost: Click here for price

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 35
Base set completion: 
19 of 100 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Francisco Lindor, Josh Donaldson, Jake Arrieta, Chipper Jones, Lloyd Waner, Pee Wee Reese, Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Stan Musial, Joe Jackson

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (hobby box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (hobby)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 193
Base set completion: 
173 of 300 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Addison Russell, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Albert Pujols, Max Scherzer, Kyle Hendricks, Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado, Kenta Maeda, Josh Donaldson, Jake Arrieta, Giancarlo Stanton, Yu Darvish, David Ortiz, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Correa

Rookie Cards (21) – Jharel Cotton, Alex Bregman, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Orlando Arcia, Alex Reyes, Tyler Glasnow, Robert Gsellman, Tyler Austin, Matt Olson, Manny Margot, Trey Mancini, Teoscar Hernandez, JaCoby Jones, Carson Fulmer, Gavin Cecchini, David Dahl, Joe Musgrove, Hunter Renfroe, Ryon Healy, Bruce Maxwell

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss baseball cards (blaster box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Donruss baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 56
Base set completion: 
41 of 195 (21 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 1-45; Diamond Kings & Rated Rookies) (3) – Mike Trout (DK), Josh Bell, Jose DeLeon

Notables on base cards – Pete Rose, Mike Trout, Wade Boggs, Clayton Kershaw,  Jose Bautista, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Jackie Bradley Jr.

>>> For a variation gallery, click here
>>> For a checklist & general gallery, click here

Rookie Cards (2) – Josh Bell, Jose DeLeon

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards (hobby box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600The box: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 220
Base set completion: 
202 of 500 (40 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 401-500) (8) –  Mike Trout, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Fulmer, Stephen Strasburg, Dee Gordon, Jake Odorizzi, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Jose Altuve, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Anthony Rizzo, Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Ichiro Suzuki, Matt Wieters, Yadier Molina, Yasiel Puig, Joe Mauer, Javier Baez

>>> For a checklist and the variation galleries, click here

Rookie Cards (16 cards, 32 rookies) – Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Dansby Swanson, Rio Ruiz, JaCoby Jones, Dustin Molleken, Trey Mancini, Donnie Hart, Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, Orlando Arcia, Brent Suter, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, Matt Dermody, Danny Barnes, Robert Gsellman, Gavin Cecchini, Carson Fulmer, Yoan Moncada, Tony Renda, Wandy Peralta, Jake Thompson, Roman Quinn, Ryon Healy, Jharel Cotton, Brian Goodwin, Spencer Kieboom, Luke Weaver, Alex Reyes

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It’s all your fault, Nintendo … but at least I’ve still got baseball cards

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It’s all your fault, Nintendo.

The hottest (though seemingly non-existent) toy of the holiday season has been without question the NES Classic, a miniature modern-day version of the old Nintendo Entertainment System pre-loaded with 30 different games from the heyday of the 8-bit platform.

Buzz knew this would be big the day it was revealed months ago and I’ve checked chain stores multiple times a week in the time since its arrival last month seeking that Shangri-La Shelf where the Classic sat at its posted price of $59.99 — not the massive amounts more allegedly being paid on eBay. (Sure, some of those “sales” aren’t legit — many of them in fact — but some of the lesser high-priced sales wouldn’t shock me since I’m sure the NES Classic has caused angst for other people out there.)

There was a side effect after all this aisle-walking and checking out video games like I hadn’t done in years, if ever. It made me do something I never would have predicted months ago.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)
s-l1600Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 356
Base set completion: 
300 of 300 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 19

Notables on base cards – Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, Buster Posey, Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Kris Bryant, Aroldis Chapman, Jake Arrieta, Ichiro Suzuki

Rookie Cards (95; includes duplicates) – Notables include Aledmys Diaz, Michael Fulmer, Julio Urias, Willson Contreras, Tyler Naquin, Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story

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Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)

s-l1600From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
Initially only available via Walmart.

Bowman-Platinum0-logo-1Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Ice parallel pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
16 of 100 (16 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mookie Betts, Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson, Noah Syndergaard, Giancarlo Stanton

Rookie Cards (5) – Rob Refsnyder, Seung-hwan Oh, Aaron Nola, Hector Olivera, Kyle Schwarber

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Gary Sanchez just latest to chase in 2010 Bowman Chrome — and he’s not the only Blowout Flash Sale star

Gary-Sanchez-2010The Class of 2010 when it comes to Bowman baseball cards continues to be a deep one as new stars emerge atop the top arrivals of the past.

Back then it was Stephen Strasburg all day long — well, at least until his injury — and since then names like Aroldis Chapman, Max Kepler, Miguel Sano, Shelby Miller and now Gary Sanchez have emerged.

All of those autos and more can be found inside cases of 2010 Bowman Chrome baseball cards and it’s one of a few cases that can be found as part of a weekend flash sale over on the mothership.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)

s-l1600-2From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)
MazaraWhere to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 47
Base set completion: 
26 of 300 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Tom Glavine, Robinson Cano, Monica Abbott, Jacob deGrom, Michelle Steele

Rookie Cards (9) – Nomar Mazara, Stephen Piscotty, Aaron Nola, Guido Knudson, Zach Lee, Dustin Garneau, Hector Olivera, Raul Mondesi, Richie Shaffer

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First Buzz: 2016 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves

2016-onyx-baseball-batting-glovesWhat: 2016 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves
Arrives: July
Box basics: One pair of game-used batting gloves per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product includes batting gloves from top young names as well as established veterans — a roster that includes reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Jose Abreu, Alex Rodriguez, Nolan Arenado, Nomar Mazara and Andrew McCutchen to name a few.

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It’s a New Era in baseball cards as Topps joins forces with cap-maker

2016-Topps-New-Era-HarperTopps and New Era Cap are teaming up to bring exclusive baseball cards to fans — and hat wearers — as part of a promotion that spotlights the company’s key players.

2016-Topps-New-Era-logoA nine-card 2016 Topps New Era baseball card set — with autographs and autographed Relics randomly inserted — will be available at LIDS stores beginning today.

“We felt that working with such a historic company like Topps on this collaboration was a perfect fit,” said Tony DeSimone, Category Director Baseball, New Era Cap. “We believe that creating special cards with on-­field caps swatches will resonate with both Topps and New Era’s tremendous fan bases.”

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Finest baseball cards (mini box) + contest

2016tpfinestBBFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps Finest baseball cards (mini box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

16_Topps Finest Baseball-SeagerPacks per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
22 of 100 (22 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Carlos Correa, David Ortiz, Joc Pederson, Josh Donaldson, Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper

Rookie Cards (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Peter O’Brien

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Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman baseball cards (hobby box)

2016-bowman-hobby-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

Kenta-MaedaThe box: 2016 Bowman baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 240
Base set completion: 
101 of 150 (67 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Prospect set completion: 
72 of 150 (48 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
48 of 150 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, David Ortiz, Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke, David Price, Kris Bryant

Rookie Cards (22) – Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Luis Severino, Jose Peraza, Zach Lee, Hector Olivera, Matt Reynolds, Carl Ewdards Jr., Frankie Montas, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Miguel Sano, Trayce Thompson, Max Kepler, Kyle Waldrop, Jorge Lopez, Tom Murphy, Jon Gray, Gary Sanchez, Richie Shaffer, Aaron Nola, Miguel Almonte

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Yoan Moncada, Kenta Maeda, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Daz Cameron, Brendan Rodgers, Carson Fulmer

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Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss baseball cards (blaster box)

2016-donruss-donaldsonFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

2016-donruss-henry-owensThe box: 2016 Donruss baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 42
Base set completion: 
29 of 195 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Henry Owens (Rated Rookie), Andrew McCutchen (Diamond Kings), Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey Jr., Rickey Henderson, Pete Rose, Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Steven Matz, Bo Jackson

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Gallery: 2016 Donruss baseball cards

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Panini America’s flagship baseball card release for the year is here in the form of 2016 Donruss, which is a brand that packs three hits per hobby box and even some chicken.

The brand is one that relies on the staples of collecting — top players from the past and present, autographs, memorabilia, strong photos, vibrant designs and more — while also harkening back to 1982 and other past Donruss releases.

And more is what you just might find inside a box.

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Nicknames, honors likely part of variation chase in 2016 Donruss

panini-america-2016-donruss-baseball-qc53While The San Diego Chicken’s memorabilia cards might be the biggest draw of them all when 2016 Donruss baseball cards arrive next week, there will still be plenty to chase with a hit-loaded and insert-loaded flagship set (see our First Buzz here) from Panini America.

And among them just might be variations.

Panini unleashed a preview gallery of 150 cards on Friday, and a handful stood out as having quirks similar to last year’s variations.

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First Buzz: 2016 Onyx Preferred Players autographed baseballs


Onyx-preferredWhat:
 2016 Onyx Preferred Players autographed baseballs
Arrives: Feb. 9
Box basics: One signed baseball per box (three boxes per mini case; 12 total per master case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product includes iconic baseball players from today’s game with a mix of future prospects and chase baseballs, too. Among the names? The reigning Rookie of the Year award-winners Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa as well as current and past MVPs such as Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout.

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Buzz Break: 2015 Topps Chrome Update baseball cards (mega box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2015 Topps Update/Topps Chrome Update baseball cards mega box
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 7 (five 2015 Topps Update/two 2015 Topps Chrome Update)
Cards per pack: 8 Update/4 Chrome Update
Cards in this box: 45
Base set (Update) completion: 
33 of 400 (8 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Base set (Chrome Update) completion: 
4 of 50 (8 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Bryce Harper, Carlos Correa

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New 2015 Onyx Authenticated Elite Limited Collection arrives today packing premium names inside

Onyx Authenticated is finishing the year with one of its biggest autographed baseball releases and it arrives today.

It’s 2015 Onyx Authenticated Elite Limited Collection, and the debut of the high-end brand includes some of the best names in the game today inside its wooden boxes.

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Topps updates Fire wall art to include stars & notable rookies

2015ToppsFireUpdateSeagerThe season’s not yet over, but Topps has already updated one release that captured the attention of some collectors this year.

A second wave of prints for the 2015 Topps Fire print line, which features art by Tyson Beck, is in the works and already for sale on Topps.com with standard prints starting at $29.99 and rarer Gold prints starting at $99.99.

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