Last year was the very first time I ever opened the high end product Museum Collection. I was in awe by not only the design, but the hits I pulled were simply mind blowing.
Did this year provide me the same impact? Well, let's find out and READ ON!
4-mini boxes within
In every hobby box of 2017 Topps Museum Collection contains 4 mini boxes per hobby box that has one pack within that has 5 cards. You should find one hit per mini box that could be one of the following, one On-Card Autograph Card, one Autographed Relic Card, one Quad Relic Card, and one Prime Relic Card. You should also find one Canvas Collection Reprint in every Box. Box prices, well, they are running around $210.
The base set is very similar to last years design. But, I like it. It's the kinda design and card feel you would want for something high-end. So why change a good thing? The base cards are also thick and the checklist is built of legends, rookies and stars of today. There are 100 cards in all to collect.
Speaking of the rookies, I pulled a few decent ones in my box and the jury is out I did well with 'em
Key Rookies in the base set include, Dansby Swanson, Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Alex Bregman, Aaron Judge, Tyler Glasnow, Hunter Renfroe, Alex Reyes, Yulieski Gurriel, and David Dahl.
Just like with last years product, this years has subtle but obvious parallels. I pulled 4 in all. One per mini box.
Parallels include, Gold, Sapphire Blue /150, Amethyst Purple /99, Ruby Red /50, and Emerald Green 1/1. I did pretty well with names for my parallels.
Only one insert to chase in Museum and I didn't find it despite one being promised per box. There are Canvas Collection Reprints, Canvas Collection Originals featuring the original pieces of art that are numbered 1/1 and Canvas Collection Autographs that are also the original pieces of art autographed by MLB Players and are 1/1's.
Now let's go the the Museum of hits!
Single-Player Primary Pieces Legends Quad Relics. I got Alex Gordon. Lots of white swatches here. Not something I found at all last year.
The next pull is a Meaningful Material Relics. This checklist is full of players. 150 to be exact. The base version will be sequentially numbered and my Prince Fielder is to 50. I love the crazy patch, but not the player as much. Kinda dull find in a high-end product.
These also have parallels,
- Copper Parallel numbered to 35
- Gold Parallel numbered to 10
- Emerald Parallel numbered 1/1
Now onto my autograph pulls including a case hit.
Single-Player Signature Swatches Dual Relic these showcase 2 relic pieces and an autograph. Base version will be sequentially numbered. Mine is a copper parallel as you can see by the outline of teh name. These are /50. Other parallels are gold /25 and Emerald 1/1.
Before I continue on, do you see something wrong with this card or something you would question....Look at the relic and the stripe....yup, blue. I am not alone in pulling a Reyes with a blue stripe and wondered when Cardinals had blue stripes. Maybe one of you can answer this.
And my final pull of the box, a case hit. Museum Framed Autographs of Jacob Degrom. Sadly, this was one of the poorer names on the checklist that was loaded with big ones. These fall one-per-case. Why couldn't have this been Judge or Ripken Jr or Griffey Jr or Trout???!!
However, when they say framed, they are more like printed on heavy metal. Mine is the silver version /15. Looks extremely nice.
There are also parallels to these as well,
- Gold Frame numbered to 10.
- Black Frame numbered to 5.
- Wood Frame numbered 1/1.
Other hits not pulled in my box include many. Here we go, Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics, Four-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics
. These have copper, gold and emerald parallels. Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Relics, Momentous Material Laundry Tag Relics, Museum Memorabilia, Jumbo Lumber Bat Nameplate Relic, Archival Autographs, Premium Prints, Dual Autographs, Triple Autographs (some of the combinations for these auto combos and triples are out of this world)
, Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Autographs, Single-Player Signature Swatches Triple Relic, Oversized Framed Autographed Patch Card
that take Museum Framed Autographs to the next level with different relic pieces, such as Batting Gloves, Baseball Cap Logos and Team Logo Patches and all are 1/1's.
Overall, obviously the case-hit saved the box here despite the player not being top-tiered, these go for decent amounts so it saved box value. Other than that, my hits were poor I would say.
Looking at the product overall however, design is spot-on, hits are monumental and could be displayed in a museum. This product is for the thrill seekers, risk takers and those who are looking for the big money pulls and there are plenty to find. Average collectors like me however, shouldn't stray away from the product and instead should get ourselves into box breaks for it which is a much more affordable way to pull some of those big money hits.
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