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.

Base Set

 Justin Verlander, Front and Back
 Andrew McCutchen, Mike Moustakas, Stephen Strasburg
Ervin Santana, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Mauer 
Robinson Cano, Albert Pujols, Jimmy Rollins 
Dee Gordon, Jay Bruce, Prince Fielder 
 Kris Bryant, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale
 Joe Panik, New York Yankees
 Alex Gordon, Clayton Kershaw
 Cleveland Indians, Jose Abreu
 Andrelton Simmons, Jimmy Rollins
 Roenis Elias, Nick Castellanos, Matt Harvey
 Jose Fernandez, Kolten Wong, Dellin Betances
 Mookie Betts, Rougned Odor, Jon Singleton

 Base Set Parallels

Gold #/2015
 Hector Santiago, Alfredo Simon, Will Smith
Christian Colon, J.A. Harp, Chris Davis 
Danny Santana, Kenley Jansen, Brett Oberholtzer

 Rainbow Foil
Lonnie Chisenhall, Seattle Mariners
 Jeremy Hellickson, Jordan Zimmerman

Black #/64
 Devon Travis

Code Cards
Babe Ruth's Call Your Shot Game
$4.99 credit for MLB 15 The Show, Coins for Topps Bunt app 


Baseball Royalty
Mariano Rivera, Greg Maddux 

Highlights of the Year
 Willie Mays
Babe Ruth, Roger Clemens 
 Edgar Martinez, Clayton Kershaw
Tom Seaver, First MLB All-Star Game
 Greg Maddux, Bobby Doerr

Stepping Up
 Albert Pujols, Randy Johnson, Jacob deGrom
 Luis Gonzalez, Sandy Koufax, Joey Votto

Heart of the Order
Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout 
Ted Williamsm Paul Goldschmidt 
Freddie Freeman, Hanley Ramirez

First Pitch 
Chris Pratt, Lars Ulrich 
Gabriel Inglesias, Chelsea Handler, Stan Lee

'Til It's Over 
Ken Griffey Jr., Craig Biggio
Lou Brock, Matt Cain

Eclipsing History
Nolan Ryan & Sandy Koufax, David Wright & Darryl Strawberry
 Mariano Rivera & Whitey Ford, Rickey Henderson & Lou Brock

 Stamped Buybacks
1960 Topps Gene Conley, 1977 Topps Paul Mitchell

 The Hit

Yasiel Puig Career High Relic

Overall Look
This year feel like some bold moves were made and I like it. Card pattering and integration with excellent photo selection make this a winner.  The backs of the cards look great too.  Standout inserts for me are the Highlight of the Year, Baseball Royalty, Eclipsing History, and First Pitch inserts.  The gold parallels look really good this year, choosing to go more with border gold than an overall wash. Rainbow foil also works well. The hit cards look great too.

Quality and Variety of Players
There is a great mix here between the legends of the game on the insert cards and the expansion of the current players on the base set. 

Do the hits hold up?
A chance at some major autographs in addition to some great looking manufactured relics provide plenty of great hits to be pulled out of packs, so yes, they definitely hold up.

Will you want to collect them all?
A complete base set, yes. All the inserts too? Sure. This is a really good year for Topps flagship.

4 1/2 out of 5

2015 Topps Baseball Series 2 is great for both beginning and seasoned collectors.  Your Baseball collection is incomplete without them.

Review box provided by Topps

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