Saturday, July 22, 2017

Box Breaks: 4 Boxes of 2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Hobby

 
Topps Stadium Club baseball was the brand that brought me back into collecting last year. I dunno, something about the photography just pulled me in and it was the first cards I preordered in route to returning to this hobby. Makes sense I'd give it another whirl this season. Now I luckily preordered mine before they went to INSANE prices (Currently priced at a BONKERS $120 PER BOX!!) and got mine for a little over $63 a box. Could I replicate the fun of last year's break? Here's what I got!

Box 1

Gold Parallel (1:3)
Matt Duffy
Ted Williams
Brian Dozier
Chipper Jones
Lucas Giolito
Christian Friedrich

Black Foil Parallel (1:8)
Pat Neshek
Josh Bell RC

Power Zone (1:8)
Anthony Rizzo
Albert Pujols

Contact Sheet (1:8)
Miguel Cabrera
Mike Trout

Scoreless Streak (1:8)
Masahiro Tanaka
Jake Arrieta

Base Autograph (1:10)
Gavin Cecchini

Beam Team (1:16)
Anthony Rizzo


Chrome (1:16)

Dustin Pedroia

Chrome Refractor (1:64)
Yoan Moncada RC

Photo Variation (1:72)
Kyle Schwarber

Autographs Black Foil Parallel (1:256)
Yulieski Gurriel RC (#1/25)


1st Day Issue (1:239)

Salvador Perez

Box #2

Aaron Judge Base RC


Gold Parallel (1:3)

Carl Yastrzemski
Renato Nunez
Curtis Granderson
Omar Vizquel
Mark Melancon
Tyler Glasnow
Adrian Beltre

Black Foil Parallel (1:8)

Hunter Dozier
Don Mattingly


Power Zone (1:8)

Miguel Cabrera
Josh Donaldson

Power Zone Gold (1:256)
Yoenis Cespedes

Contact Sheet (1:8)
Jose Altuve
Addison Russell

Scoreless Streak (1:8)
Corey Kluber
Aroldis Chapman

Base Autographs (1:10)
Ty Blach
Teoscar Hernandez

Beam Team (1:16)
Gary Sanchez

Chrome (1:16)
Nolan Arenado

Box 3

Aaron Judge Base RC

Gold Parallel (1:3)
Jose Canseco
Chase Anderson
Tim Anderson
Robinson Cano
Dave Winfield
Evan Longoria
Willson Contreras

Black Foil Parallel (1:8)
CJ Cron
Michael Fulmer

Power Zone (1:8)
Mark McGwire
Kris Bryant


Contact Sheet (1:8)

Mookie Betts
Daniel Murphy

Scoreless Streak (1:8)
Alex Reyes
Justin Verlander

Base Autographs (1:10)
Ryon Healy
Matt Strahm

Beam Team (1:16)
Carlos Correa

Chrome (1:16)
Ryon Healy

Chrome Refractor (1:64)
Omar Vizquel

Box 4

Gold Parallel (1:3)
Stephen Vogt
J.T. Realmuto
Matt Carpenter
Joe Mauer
Andrew Benintendi
Tim Raines

Black Foil Parallel (1:8)
J.A. Happ
Dexter Fowler


Contact Sheet (1:8)

Josh Donaldson
Ichiro

Power Zone (1:8)
Freddie Freeman
Chipper Jones

Scoreless Streak (1:8)
Chris Sale
Zack Grienke

Base Autographs (1:10)
Carson Fulmer
Jake Thompson

Beam Team (1:16)
Manny Machado

Chrome (1:16)
Roy Oswalt

Black/White Parallel (1:48)
Eddie Rosario

Overall Thoughts: Well..at least I didn't pay $120 a box for this...Yeesch. Actually it was a pretty solid start in Box #1. A Gurriel autograph to #25 an Moncada Chrome Refractor rookie, along with a 1st Day Issue Card, and a Photo Variation. I thought this was start of something good...but it all in went downhill fast and never came close to recovering. The photography is top notch, but man...these autographs are BADDDD. I really wish card companies wouldn't jack prices up of stuff with these "guaranteed hits" when 80% of the "hits" are pretty awful. I'd be more happy with products like Stadium Club having higher odds on autos but a smaller autograph checklist, then promising two autos of guys that literally have no value in this hobby. Like 1:3 gold parallels are worth more than some of these guys autos. Just like last year, I got absolutely BLASTED on the autos with outside of Gurriel and Ryon Healy (who's auto isn't even a $10 card) just a bunch of scrubby autos. The parallels weren't that great either, I only got some good names in the 1:3 gold parallel and even with THOSE, the number of stars I pulled was maybe 4 or 5. It was cool getting a couple of Judge base rookies, but after those two cards I hit in Box 1 (which I literally hit out of the first 4 packs of cards), there was NOTHING exciting afterwards. My advice on this product, if you must, buy blasters, this is 100% avoidable at it's current price point. Hell, I got destroyed at HALF it's price point. Just a massacre. Safe to say my lucky streak is O-V-E-R. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come with 6 Boxes of Allen & Ginter and 3 Optic on the way. Here's pics of the cards

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Top 5 Pulls of 2017 
#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Superfractor Cam Newton (#1/1)
#2- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25)  
#3- 2017 Topps Tier Prodigious Patches Platinum Eric Hosmer (#1/1)
#4- 2017 Bowman Platinum Autographs Gleyber Torres Green Parallel (#16/75)  
#5- 2017 Topps Heritage 1968 Topps Game Rookies Aaron Judge


4 comments:

  1. I know this sounds crazy, but is there any way I could get one of the empty boxes, if it is broke down. I am an Indians fan, and Lindor is my favorite player on tbe team.

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  2. Congratulations on scoring boxes of this stuff. I'd love to open up a box, but my wholesaler has already jacked up the price.

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    1. Yeah, there's just no way paying $120 for this stuff makes any kind of sense. It also looks like I'm gonna have to go the retail route for Chrome because that stuff is like $150 a box now

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