Thursday, May 23, 2019

Cardboard Review:2019 Topps Big League Baseball

Baseball season is fully underway and the baseball releases are making their way to the market. One of collectors favorite releases last year was Topps Big League.

It's affordable, has a big checklist and isn't a product that's all hit based. We toss that away and we go back to the 90's sort of with this one.

Let's see what a hobby box break of it offers you.

 In every hobby box break of 2019 Topps Big League is 24 packs of 10 cards. There are no guaranteed hits to be found but there could be one with odds just over 1:100ish.  Boxes are very affordable at just under $30.

The base card design this year has mixed reviews, I don't mind it all that much  but will say it targets the audience it is trying to attract and works. The base set itself is a deep one at 400 cards and some of the photography had my attention. A lot of fun shots which should be noticed by any set collector or any team or player collector.

The base set consists of players of today and of tomorrow. I was a bit surprised by how deep the checklist is and didn't include legends as well. It did include some subsets instead.

 Here is what the base card backs look like. Full stats with a small write up along with other details about the player. Perfectly done.

I liked the base set photography so much, here is a gallery of my favorites along with the subsets.

 Rookie cards. I should note that the Tatis is a Sp to the base set. There are three Sp rookies in the base set including Tatis, Alonso and Jiminez. They aren't overly tough to pull but do fall a couple copies of each in a case.

 Highlights Subset

 Awarrd Winners Subset

 Stat Kings subset

And now the photography. You can't go wrong with this.

 (this Yankees fan can even enjoy a shot like this despite seeing the Red Sox celebrating)

See what I mean?!!? That Albies is one great card I know any Braves fan would want.

Now onto the parallels,

 Golds fall 1 per pack and here are my best ones including Acuna matata

 Ohtani Rainbow Foil /100

 Brad Keller Artist Rendition /50

Other parallels to find include,
 Players Weekend Nicknames falls 1:4 packs and has 30 cards to collect

 Wall Climbers, my favorite insert of them all, falls 1:4 packs with 10 cards in the set to find.

 Star Caricature reproductions fall 1:4 packs with 30 to chase.

Blast Off features 15 players falling 1:4 packs.

Other things to find including hits are,
  • Big League Autographs
  • Rookie Republic Autographs
  • Ballpark Oddities insert
OVERALL: I really have no complaints about Big League. Solid looking product, affordable and targets a different audience. It also has some hits occasionally. Hobby is really affordable which makes retail even more affordable.

It kind of reminds me of Collectors Choice in a way, except its missing something else. Like a Stick Um's insert or maybe some eye black insert. Something else. Still a fun break though.

Even though this is affordable and you don't need a breaker for a product like this, I suggest you check out Midwest Box Breaks when you do need a breaker.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the giveaway on Twitter I am hosting. Please follow me there to enter @SportCardCollec. Also follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well. 


  1. The Ohtani parallel seems like a sweet hit.
    And I like that Tatis!

    1. I was surprised to find out the Tatis was an Sp. I think the Ohtani will hit a giveaway wave on Twitter!

  2. Good looking stuff. $30 is a nice price point for a box and I'm glad Topps still has an affordable product like this.

  3. I liked last years design so much better. I picked up my base Braves cards. I really like the Acuna insert cards you pulled. Thanks for posting.

    1. I may be giving one of those away in a lot on Twitter if you are interested!

  4. I'm with JTS, I like the design from last year better as well. Yet, if I were to bust a box of one product this year it would be Big League. Looks fun and I love the price.

  5. I'm with the above two guys. I really dislike the design this year. I didn't love last year's even, but I much prefer it to this years.

  6. Overall... there are more things I enjoy about this product than things I dislike. Good value... especially when you factor in entertainment. The backs are packed with information and the photography is definitely a strength. I'm not a huge fan of tons of inserts, but assuming this product caters to younger collectors... I don't mind them nearly as much as with their flagship line. As for the design, I can't say I hate it. But I don't love it like I did last year's product.

    The bottom line is I'd probably pick up a box at Blowout or DA when these go on clearance for less than a blaster. I'm always looking to add new stuff for my rainy day pack/box stash.

    1. Definitely a rainy day break. Not a lot of risk involved so money wise no worries and it's all for fun!

  7. This is the first real time seeing those amazing photographs! The Hank Aaron/J.D. Martinez is automatically atop my must have list!

    1. It's a great photo and I didn't even show all of them off. I narrowed them down. Better base photos than series 1 by far

  8. Question: Did a box yield a complete base set (sans SPs)?

    I can't get over that Chris Taylor card. I love that photo.

    1. Nevermind, I just re-read and saw the checklist was 400. Probably not a complete set in a box, I'm guessing.

    2. I didn't even attempt to do so. I do know that three of the rookies are Sp's to the base set. Tatis I pulled above being one of them. Alonso and Eloy too are.

      When I get more stamps I can pass along that Taylor, just send me an email with your address again!