Saturday, June 18, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball (Giveaway)

I must admit, I missed out for the first time in many, many years on Series 1. Not even one pack cracked and that is something that will go down in my hobby history as a disappointment. However, I wasn't going to let Series 2 slip by and I plan on getting more after this break.

Let's see how this rip went first.

In every box of 2016 Topps Series 2, you find a ton of cards. You get 36 Packs Per Box with 10 Cards Per Pack with One Autograph or Relic Card Per Box. Boxes currently run around $70. 

The base cards, which I didn't get to see in Series 1, are better than I thought. I kinda questioned the design at first preview with the white fuzzy clouds in one top and one bottom corner, but they look pretty snazzy in person. I especially like the player name and team logo positioning. The photography has gotten really good the last few years on these as well as I enjoyed looking at multiple base card photos.

There are 350 base cards in a set made up of vets, rookies, team cards and other fun additions.
Future Stars subset returns once again.

And some key rookies are found in series 2 including Kenta Maeda, Brandon Drury, Kyle Waldrop, Peter O'Brien, Max Kepler, Frankie Montas, and Socrates Brito. I pulled most.

Topps also included team cards and some fun subsets. Even a Yankees fan like myself can dig the "fun" tupe of card like this David Price/David Ortiz one represents.

As with past releases, base card short prints are in play. There are SSP's which are fun/different photos and there are Sp's which are Jackie Robinson Day related with players in their 42 jerseys. For the first time in my Topps busting career, I was actually able to pull one. Sp's like this Jackie Robinson one below fall, 1:69 packs while the SSP's fall much tougher at 1:683.
These variations used to be also much tougher to distinguish til they started the code change on the back. Usually the code at the bottom of the card goes unnoticed, now Topps changes the last two digits which will help you, as it did me, find photo variations without all of tough work. Now you just gotta see in this years if the code ends in 85 which makes it a Base card, or if it's a Jackie Robinson SP Variation that ends in 33 or the tougher Photo Variation SSP Variations which end in 35.

Now it's time for the inserts. Not something I dug in previous years but the last two years of inserts have been much more impressive and I like that only one, if one, is found per pack. Felt like before they were over-flooded with inserts now they are not.
Up first, let's discuss base card parallels. I was impressed to pull many different ones. These are the gold parallels numbered to 2016. They have a gold foil where the white fluffy cloud would be. These fall 1:6 packs. I actually pulled 7 but needed to make my picture square lol.

These are rainbow foils. I really like these. It's like pulling a refractor in regular Topps form. They fall 1:10 packs.

Up next, I pulled my first ever vintage stock. They not only have the old Topps logo on the front, but the backs have vintage stock feel. They are numbered to 99 and fall 1:148 packs.

And black parallel which is similar to the gold but black on the edges. I almost missed this one if it wasn't for the small foil look to it. These are numbered to 65 and fall 1:50 packs.

Other base card parallels are:
  • Pink - Numbered to 50.
  • Platinum - Numbered 1/1
  • Clear Parallel - Numbered to 10
  • Printing Plates - Numbered 1/1
  • Framed Parallel - Numbered 1/1 
Up next, Berger's Best named after Sy Berger. They feature another 65 memorable cards from Topps history (the others were in Series 1) and are inserted 1:4 packs. I got two times the Griffey action!
 This insert also has memorabilia and autographed cards!
  • Berger's Best Autographs that are numbered to 25
  • Berger's Best Relics that are numbered to 99
  • Berger's Best Autograph Relics that are numbered to 10
  • Berger's Best Cut Signatures that are numbered 1/1
Topps' tribute to 100 years of Wrigley that continues from Series 1 covering players and moments from Wrigley.
 This insert also has memorabilia and autographed cards!
  • 100 Years at Wrigley Field Autographs that are numbered to 25.
  • 100 Years at Wrigley Field Relics that are numbered to 99.
  • 100 Years at Wrigley Field Autograph RELICS that are numbered to 10
Hallowed Highlights feature great achievements from 15 retired stars and legends and they are inserted 1:8 packs. Found Nolan Ryan among others. I do like that Mays photo angle on the bottom row.

 This insert also has memorabilia and autographed cards!
  • Hallowed Highlights Autographs that are numbered to 10
  • Hallowed Highlights Relics that are numbered to 25
  • Hallowed Highlights Autograph Relics that are numbered to 5
First Pitch, probably my favorite insert set the last few years, makes another return.These fall 1:8 packs.

I wished this one had autograph and relic cards!
One of the cool additions to Series 2, takes me back to the 90's when they did Homerun cards for McGwire and Bonds. This time they did 30 cards chronicling Ichiro's pursuit of 3000 hits in the MLB and they fall 1:9 packs. I would have loved to had seen all of them chronicled up to this point and made some tougher to find like they did in the 90's. But, it's also a huge difference between 70 home-run cards and 3,000 hit cards, so it's understandable why they weren't done that way.
These also have autograph and relic versions
  • CHASING 3000 RELICS that are numbered to 1
  • CHASING 3000 AUTOGRAPHS that are numbered 1/1
  • Ichiro Stamped Originals that have a foil stamp on them.

And obviously, my favorite part of Series 2. The Griffey chase. Griffey makes it to the HOF and Topps has been commemorating it along the way. This time it comes in the form of an insert set called Tribute To The Kid. This is a 30 card set, that I need to chase down, that falls 1:8 packs. I really like the design and that he is featured on all of the teams he played for.

These also have:
  • "Tribute to The Kid" Autographs that are numbered 1/1.
  • "Tribute to The Kid" Relics that are numbered to 50.
  • "Tribute to The Kid" Autograph Patches that are numbered 1/1
  • "Tribute to The Kid" Stamped Originals that are Ken Griffey Jr. buyback cards that will be randomly found in packs with special stamping
It's a Griffey collectors dream come true! I opened every pack looking forward to the next Griffey find.

Topps Series 2 also offers a variety of code related things and even a couple of coupons for 50 cents off Topps items. You find one of the FREE Bunt Packs per box at 1:36 odds. I will be giving that away on Twitter since I don't do Bunt or digital cards.
And now onto my hit. As with all of my Topps flagship breaks, I pull a relic. This time I pulled a George Springer Scouting Report one that falls 1:65 packs.
There is so much in terms of hits and pulls you can find in Topps Series 2, I am not even sure I can list them all for you. I guess you might have to check it out for yourself if you wanna really know, but I did offer a good list above of some.
Overall, Topps Series 2 probably isn't for the big hit collectors even though there are ton of great pulls to find but tough at landing. However, Topps Series 2 is for the collector and is even great for those new and younger collectors. It offers a great base set to put together, fun chase inserts with great themes, and that occasional wow factor pull. It's built as a winner to collectors as it always has been and to me is like wine, it's gotten better with age.
Enter to win some cards of YOUR favorite team (excludes Griffey lol)!
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30 entries =2 winners
50 entries = 3 winners
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  8. Contest starts today, ends on June 22nd 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on June 23rd 2016. 
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  1. Pro: The base cards are really nice. I saw Topps do a break on their FB and the base cards really impressed me
    Con: 1 hit per box? I mean, I know how Topps works, but for the price point there really should be more than 1 hit per box
    Thanks for the contest!

  2. Ok my comments aren't working so let me try again
    Pro this is a perfect set builder and fun product which is available in many different forms single packs hanger blasters hobby regular and jumbo
    The con is how is a "hit" a single colored relic? That is a complete fail in topps part


  3. This Series is a Mariners' fans dream.

  4. Love the large base set as it's good to get these cards signed in person since so many players included. Lacks the big hits part as getting one Relic card is kinda tough. But I love all the rookies and the design as these would be great to get signed!

  5. I like the vintage stock parallels. I didn't know those were in this year's set.

  6. Pro: Glad to see they made a special insert set that honors Ichiro.
    Con: Way too many arms and legs chopped off in their action shots.

  7. Pro: great variety of inserts. Con: no guaranteed autograph per box. Thanks!

  8. Thank you for this review and for the giveaway. Informative and interesting. I think the design, photo quality and different inserts and variations are all pluses. Biggest negatives are price point and lack of hits. $70 for springer Jersey swatch white? Gut punch

  9. Pro: First Pitch inserts
    Con: Too many Griffeys (yes, that is possible)

  10. I like that Wil Myers 42 variation. I'll agree with the other comments saying your hit wasn't very impressive. Thanks for the contest!

  11. Pro: I'm with Josh - I like the First Pitch insert set. I hope they are spreading the love around to all the teams because they have been too focused on some of them in the past.

    Con: Design. I think this is a weaker year. The smoke doesn't do it for me. Full bleed is nice, but they need to rethink doing too much to the image.

    That being said, it's nice Topps gave you the box to review.

  12. Pro - first pitch and the Griffey insert sets!!
    Con - one hit per box, would be cool to see a auto and a relic in the box

  13. Pro: inexpensive and relatively fun break. Lots of inserts per box,

    Con: very similar to series one. Plus, not as much value compared to Donruss. Donruss costs less and offers 3 hits per box.

  14. Thanks Topps! Appreciate sending some free stuff our way.

    Pro...hey, they're Topps Baseball Cards...been collecting for 50 years.

    Con...should be more hits like autographed cards and relic cards per box...some of us can't afford to chase them.

    Thanks again! 😊⚾

  15. Thanks Topps! Appreciate sending some free stuff our way.

    Pro...hey, they're Topps Baseball Cards...been collecting for 50 years.

    Con...should be more hits like autographed cards and relic cards per box...some of us can't afford to chase them.

    Thanks again! 😊⚾

  16. Pro: The large base set and the Robinson variations (as long as the 42 is obvious...the Series 1 variation was the camo numbers and the George Springer one is barely noticeable).

    Con: The Berger's Best they just started over and did another card from each of their years?

    Thanks to Topps for the cards and to you for the contest!

  17. Pro: I think the photography selection for cards is getting better and better. I especially like the candid shots like the Ortiz and Price card.
    Con: I'm probably in the minority on this, but I feel like the SP and SSP variations are overkill on top of the parallels. It really makes being a player and/or team collector a chore.
    Thanks for posting the fun box break. I didn't know the Wrigley cards were in Series 2 until now. More to chase!

  18. Pro: No borders (kind of)
    Con: CHASING insert set. Nice idea but we're all still hung over from 2013.

  19. Pro: I love all the types of inserts that are included (especially the first pitch ones)
    Con: The hits don't seem high enough for some

  20. Love those Ichiro Chasing 3K inserts. Thanks for the contest!

  21. I like the black border and variations! Cards look great ... Con might be too many base ...

  22. Pro- Nice design this year. I really want that Wrigley Field card.
    Con- Once again not enough hits.
    Thanks Tools for all you do and have done year after year


    Pro - love the look
    Con - Would prefer guaranteed auto vs auto or relic.

    Thanks to Topps for another great product.

  24. Pro - I like the vintage stock cards and the First Pitch cards.
    Con - Only one hit per box is kind of lame.


  26. Pro: Those Griffey inserts are pretty nice looking, but it helps if you're a big Griffey fan.
    Con: This is the worst Topps base design ever by a wide margin. Please bring back actual photography next time. Thanks.

  27. Pro nice looking cards
    Con should be two autos at least

  28. Pro: great photos on cards con: way too many inserts. It devalues the entire product. Thank you

  29. Pro:you can get some tight pulls
    Con:I have seen people open then and get quite a few dups

  30. Pro: Great for set builders.
    Con:a proliferation of cheap inserts. Flagship inserts feel like filler.

  31. Pro: Great for set builders.
    Con:a proliferation of cheap inserts. Flagship inserts feel like filler.

  32. Pro: The parallels, particularly the rainbows, look great.
    Cons: None of the insert designs are visually appealing to me.

    Thank you for the contest!

  33. Pro: Like flagship every year, the relatively large set means more than just the biggest stars get cards. Often some of my favorite players to get cards for are my team's middle relievers and super-subs, just because they show up less frequently. A 700 card base set leaves room for lots of players on each team.

    Con: Base SPs are kind of annoying to me, though at least in this set they are variations, not random numbers I'll wind up missing from my set. I'd still prefer they just make an insert set numbered 1-10 instead of scattering them around the same numbers as the base set.

    Promoted last night here:

  34. Dennis (Seahawksfan605(June 22, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    Pro: Any Cards of Griffey Jr. is a great addition.
    Con: 1 Hit. Kind of frustrating only getting excited for 1 hit.

    Thank you for the chance.

  35. Very cool of Topps for providing this box.

    Pro for me is the base cards. I like base cards. I like reading the backs. I know I'm weird. I also love the Tribute to the Kid cards.
    Con for me is cost. $70 for the base cards and 1 jersey card is just too much.

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  36. Hmm, I missed this post until now. I better write quick.

    I like the First Pitch cards (though I admit I didn't at first), and I'm glad they expanded the set some. Those would be my pros.

    As for the cons, I still don't like how part of the team logos are cut off on the front of the cards. It bugged me since first seeing the design. I'm also not real big on the Wrigley inserts either, but its not that big of a deal.

    Good luck to all those entered. Sorry I don't have time to post a link on my blog or twitter, I'm fighting with my computer right now and trying to work on that.

  37. Love the Ortiz and Ichiro cards. This is a nice set. Great post and thanks for the contest.

    Pro: Great photos. Topps always knocks these out of park.
    Cons: Don't need the smoke in the corners. Takes away from the overall card.