Friday, August 11, 2017

Box Breaks: 2017 Topps Chrome Retail Display

 
So just like Bowman Platinum, when I found out Topps Chrome was coming up for retail, I sent my Dad to go and wipe em out last Friday.  A retail display is 6 Value Packs, 4 Blasters, and two mega boxes with each configuration having their own exclusive refractors (Value Packs have Pink Refractors, Blasters have Sepia Refractors, and Mega Boxes have X-Fractors). I thought this was going to be my only shot at Topps Chrome because of the high prices, but Topps actually had Chrome Hobby boxes at $80 a box for a limited time so I picked up 4 of those, which I will be breaking this weekend. So this is the retail portion of my Chrome break, which i have been breaking throughout the week. Here's how I did.

Value Packs

Notable Base RC's
Andrew Benintendi
Dansby Sawnson
Alex Bregman

1987 Topps Baseball (1:3)
Dansby Swanson
Danny Duffy
David Dahl X 2
Aaron Judge
Buster Posey
Yoan Moncada

Refractor (1:3)
Jose Bautista
Kris Bryant
Michael Fulmer
Addison Russell
Jake Thompson

Prism Refractor (1:6)
Eric Hosmer
Willson Contreras
Kenley Jansen
Nomar Mazara
Matt Olsen


Freshmen Flash (1:12)

Jose DeLeon

Then & Now (1:24)
Corey Seager

Purple Refractor (1:51)
Joe Mauer (#47/299)

Pink Refractors
Zack Grienke X2
Jake Arrieta X2
Julio Urias
Anthony Rendon X2
Robinson Cano X2
Noah Syndergaard
Brandon Crawford
Miguel Cabrera
Seth Lugo
David Price X2
Christian Arroyo
Jesse Winker
Rick Porcello
Wil Myers
Ender Inciarte
Matt Carpenter
Xander Bogaerts
Eugenio Suarez
Corey Kluber
Dansby Swanson
Giancarlo Stanton
Yasiel Puig
Jorge Alfaro
J.T. Realmuto
Hunter Renfroe

Rookie Autograph Refractor (1:360)
Pat Valaika (#290/499)

Blaster #1

Notable Base Rookies
Andrew Benintendi


Refractors (1:4)

Wil Myers
Javier Baez

1987 Topps Insert (1:4)
Jake Arrieta
Masahiro Tanaka


Prism Refractor (1:7)

Josh Bell


Future Stars (1:7)

Steven Matz

Freshman Flash (1:14)
Cody Bellinger

Purple Refractor (1:51)
Christian Arroyo (#217/299)


Sepia Refractors
Tyler Austin
Michael Fulmer
Andrew Miller
Matt Strahm



Blaster #2


Notable Base Rookies
Alex Bregman


Refractors (1:4)

Albert Pujols
Brandon Belt


1987 Topps (1:4)

Luke Weaver
Noah Syndergaard

Prism Refractor (1:7)
Nolan Arenado


Future Stars (1:7)

Nomar Mazara


Negative Refractor (1:38)

Adam Jones


Sepia Refractors

Brett Gardner
Trey Mancini
Chris Sale
Kyle Seager




Blaster #3


Notable Base Rookies
David Dahl


Refractors (1:4)

Andrew McCutchen
Mookie Betts

1987 Topps (1:4)
Carlos Correa
Nolan Arenado

Prism Refractor (1:7)
Reynaldo Lopez

Future Stars (1:7)
Francisco Lindor

Freshman Flash (1:14)
Aaron Judge

Sepia Refractors
Jacob Degrom
Hunter Dozier
Adrian Beltre
Kyle Hendricks

Blaster #4

Aaron Judge RC

Refractors (1:4)
Odubel Herrera
Ender Inciarte

1987 Topps (1:4)
Alex Bregman
Corey Seager

Prizm (1:7)
Adrian Gonzalez

Future Stars (1:7)
Kenta Maeda


Bowman Then & Now (1:14)

Joe Panik

Autographs (1:82)
German Marquez


Green Refractor Auto (1:182)

Joe Musgrove (#25/99)

Sepia Refractors
Adrian Beltre
Max Scherzer
Salvador Perez
Jose DeLeon

Mega Box #1

Cody Bellinger RC (but it's totally damaged, big crease on back and a bad corner to boot)
Yoan Moncada RC

Refractor (1:4)
Kenta Maeda
Max Scherzer
Josh Bell

Topps 1987 (1:10)
Kris Bryant

Prism Refractor (1:10)
Dan Vogelbach

Future Stars (1:10)
Julio Urias


Freshman Flash (1:10)

Cody Bellinger

Then & Now (1:20)
Jacob DeGrom


Base Image Variation (1:143)

Trey Mancini



X-Fractors

Zach Britton
Matt Olson
Hunter Renfroe
Jason Kipnis
Josh Donaldson
Gavin Cecchini
Joc Pederson
Robert Gsellman
Johnny Cueto
Jake Arrieta

Mega Box #2


Refractor (1:4)
Billy Hamilton
Andrew Miller
Adrian Gonzalez

Topps 1987 (1:10)
David Dahl

Prism Refractor (1:10)
Max Kepler

Future Stars (1:10)
Trevor Story


Freshman Flash (1:10)

Aaron Judge


Gold Refractor (1:303)

Tyler Naquin

Rookie Autograph (1:100)
David Paulino



X-Fractors

Mookie Betts
Paul Goldschmidt
Trey Mancini
Michael Fulmer
George Springer
Odubel Herrera
Tyler Austin
Kyle Hendricks
Lorenzo Cain
Ryan Schimpf

Overall Thoughts: Pretty much your basically run of the mill retail break. Nothing too exciting. I pulled at least one auto out of each retail format, but the names aren't great in the least with the best being a Joe Musgrove green parallel numbered to 99. The best card I pulled in my opinion was the Trey Mancini Photo Variation. The Bellinger with damage is HUGELY disappointing. I'm not going to go through all the trouble of sending it back with a explanation letter, copies of the receipt and packs, and upc code and wait 4 weeks for a replacement because I'm just too lazy to do that over a $10 card. Still sucks though, and I had heard stories about retail breaks with tons of damage cards so my story isn't new. Pulled 2 copies of Bellinger and Judge in the Freshman Flash insert which is cool. Got a Judge base card as well. Wish my gold parallel was of a better player and wish I got some better names out of the exclusive refractors. Still a fun rip for the price. Hope I hit something bigger in my hobby boxes though. 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 Allen & Ginter X Mini Silver Framed Chris Fehn Silver Ink Autograph
#4- 2017 Topps Tier Prodigious Patches Platinum Eric Hosmer (#1/1)
#5- 2017 Bowman Platinum Autographs Gleyber Torres Green Parallel (#16/75) 


2 comments:

  1. Cool break. Tried to get my hands on a blaster at two of my local Targets... and struck out. Oh well. Guess it wasn't meant to be.

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    1. Yeah,I think here where I live, collector interest is minimal. Heck I was able to get Heritage at Target like 3 months after it was released (bought all 7 or 8 blasters they had). Pretty sure if I could go to another Wal Mart and they'd still have chrome (but I'll be good and stay away as I've already spent wayyyy too much lol)

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