Sunday, August 23, 2015

2015 Bowman Football Box Break Recap and Review

If you collect Bowman you are an early adopter, someone who needs the first of anything. That is mostly what this product has going for it. A prospectors’ set and designed for rainbow collectors and first card seekers, 2015 Bowman Football has a built in, very defined audience. One that doesn't care about rookies without team uniforms or even jersey numbers, mammal design element but consistently delivers what it is expected.  

For some the better option is to wait for Topps flagship football product, avoiding the role of the dice on players, some of whom don’t even make it past the draft. But at 4 autos a box, there is enough to compensate.

2015 Bowman Football falls under our classification of trading cards. There are several configurations of retail and hobby exclusive packaging.  We opened a hobby box of 10 jumbo packs with 25 cards per pack with the promise of four autographs and one relic card.

Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Cards is now in its fifth year.  While this is still a set builders look forward to putting together, some of the early elements that made it fun and different have been dropped leaving this just another option in a wide variety of cards to collect. Unfortunately without those elements (who remembers the original speculation about the Gypsy Queens and Kings?) there are many similarities to other releases so we might see GQ start to take a back seat to others.  What continues to make this a desirable product, and saves it in many ways, are the on-card autographs

Gypsy Queen falls under our classification of trading cards.  You can find it in retails and hobby form with Hobby Boxes containing 24 – 10 card packs with a box topper of 10 minis and 2 relic and 2 autograph cards.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Cards Box Break Recap and Review

For 2015 Topps has taken their flagship product, Series Two Baseball Cards, in what appears to be a different direction from previous years when it comes to design, electing to go with bold graphics and plenty of color. We like that direction. This also makes it way to inserts and base auto hits. Another change is the expansion of the base card set from 330 to 350 base cards. Manufactured relics return and look great as do Coin & Stamp cards and Photo Variations. With great photo selection and cropping this year all of this adds up to one of the better Series on sets to come along in a while.

For the purposes of this review, we classify Series 1 as trading cards.  There are a wide variety of configurations in both retail and hobby.  We opened a box hobby box which contained 36 – 10 card packs with a promise of 1 autograph or 1 relic card per box.


Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Friday, August 7, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Baseball Cards Box Break Recap and Review

I’ve always enjoyed the nostalgia of Topps Archives Baseball. Yes, this sort of thing is done with Heritage and other reprint inserts but Archives allows for seamless interchangeability between players photos and card styling from different decades done in combinations you don’t see in other products.

2015 Topps Archives Baseball Cards concentrates on previous design years of 1957, 1976 and 1983 with a little bit of 1990 thrown in as an insert. It still provides a reasonable challenge for set builders, while also servicing hit seekers looking for fan favorite pulls that can’t be found anywhere else.  

For collectors who were around during the original releases of these cards, this redo will feel familiar while, at the same time, seem current and should bring back feelings of when you first opened these packs. Unlike the popular Heritage line, collectors won’t have to wait 50 years to see their favorite releases get the updated treatment.

This year Will Ferrell’s stadium hop playing all positions is featured along with buyback stamped and autographed cards. 

Archives Baseball falls under our classification of trading cards. Hobby Boxes contain 24 – 8 card packs with 2 on - card autographs per Hobby Box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Box Break Recap and Review

For the modern card collector, the foundation of what started the hobby, the base card, can often times be overlooked. All one has to do is watch box or even case breaks and the breaker rushes through the cards to get to the hits, only to sort the base cards later, perhaps even give the option to skip them all together.  The base cards are simply ignored. 

With 2015 Topps Stadium Club Baseball it is impossible to ignore the base cards. They are stunning. Largely due to the photography as that is more prevalent than with any other card, these full bleed cards with little enhancement pop as you look at them. Kind of like the best type of cooking, with the photo as the star there is little need for embellishment. 

But you wont get short changed on the hits either. Fully realized on-card autographs and the return of Lone Star Autographs provide plenty for hit seekers.  All of this will make set builders very happy as well as those looking to pull a great auto.

Stadium Club falls under our premium cards category with each master box containing18 packs with 8 cards per pack and two on-card autograph card per box.

Here are some of the cards we found in our box.

Friday, June 5, 2015

2015 Topps Tier One Baseball Cards Box Break Recap and Review

This year’s edition of Tier One Baseball from Topps feels very familiar, and not just because we pulled the same EXACT main hit as we did last year. Boxes generally follow the pattern of relic, rookie auto, box hit. As with years past, if you look at our post “How we review and classify cards,” by definition, collectors who go for an Ultra Premium box of cards should understand “these are "High Risk, High Reward" cards” and “not every box will be a winner.”  While it would seem about 1 in every 6 boxes contains a really nice hit, and one rather  large hit lands once in every 12 boxes, which is a good ratio for ultra premium cards, it’s the in between boxes that will make collectors a little hesitant.  With numbering like #/399 for single swatch relics of players that can be found in practically every other Topps release this year and previously, and some box hit player autographs that are better suited for fan favorites found in Topps Archives, the content of 2015 Topps Tier One rides the line between offering a product priced at a point the allows those normally out of the price range of an Ultra Premium product to get in and playing the losing side of “High Risk, High Reward.”

Each box of Tier One Baseball contains 3 cards, two autographs and one relic card.  Certain boxes will contain an extra relic hit for a total of 4 cards.

Here are the cards we found in our box.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Topps Museum Collection Baseball cards are now a standard collector favorite.  2015 Topps Museum Collection Baseball doesn’t disappoint, providing sharp design and a nice variety of great looking hits, excellent photo selection all around and a cohesive set that does justice to it’s Museum moniker.

Museum Collection fits nicely into our Premium Cards category.  Each Master Box contains 4 mini-boxes with 5 cards per mini.  Each Master Box will contain 1 on-card autograph, 1 autograph relic, 1 quad relic, and 1 jumbo relic.

Here are the cards we pulled from our box.