Tuesday, July 3, 2018

REVIEW:2018 Finest Baseball

Finest has been one of my favorites since the 90's. Any product from that era that still exists is. Even though Finest has had many changes over the years from when I first started collecting it, I still want to go back and give it a go.

Let's take a look at 2018

In every hobby box of 2018 Topps Finest, there are 2 mini boxes. Each mini box comes with one autograph, 6 packs of cards with 5 cards in each pack. Boxes run around $110.

The base set no longer comes with the protective peel from the 90's I used to see which may lead to surface scratching, but still has the wacky type background designs. I like it.

The base set is 100 cards with veterans and

rookies. This was my top rookie find from the box.

The base set also takes an interesting turn. There are 25 Sp cards in the master set. Cards 101-125 fall 1:28 packs to make your set chase a tad tougher. I like the idea as it reminds me of my chase of 1997 Upper Deck base set with their short prints. At least there aren't any variations to look for. These ones are obvious finds just by their numbering.
With anything chromed, you will always find refractors.And I love me some shiny chrome!

Here were my regular refractor finds. Solid names in the mix.

Purple Refractor of some guy named Mike Trout. Possibly the hit of the box at 1:17 packs.

Other parallels not in my box include,
  • Blue /150
  • Green /99
  • Gold /50
  • Orange /25
  • Red /5
  • SuperFractor 1/1.
The inserts are chromed like the base. Most have refractors parallels of Gold /50, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Some of plain designs like this Finest Firsts that fall 1:12 packs. Got a good one of those here,

And some look really cool like these Sitting Red that falls 1:6 packs. Found that Trout guy again.

And some look nice. Like these Corner Stones that fall 1:3 packs and makes it look like a gem in the background.

Each mini box comes with an on-card autograph. Both of my finds were rookies and Finest autographs.

Jack Flaherty

Greg Allen

Other hits that you can find but not in my box include,
  • Finest Mystery Redemption (I think these should be done like the ones in the 90's where you peel back the black film to reveal player and card. Imagine having four players on the back of the card and having to peel back to reveal which autograph you got. Epic.)
  • Finest Careers Die-Cut
  • Finest Careers Die-Cut Autographs
  • Finest Cornerstones Autographs
  • Finest Firsts Autographs
  • Finest Hour Autographs
  • Sitting Red Autographs
  • Finest Originals Buyback Autographs 
OVERALL: I have always been a fan of Finest. I like the designs, especially on those couple inserts, and the autographs being on card. The tough part is like it is with any products, every box you buy is a gamble. This one wouldn't have paid off for it's cost either.

Other than that, there are some incredible hits and big names to find in Finest including a Finest Careers set that focuses on Cal Ripken jr and has autographs.
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  1. I like that Devers and the Corner Stones. Nice Trouts too. The autos were lacking, but otherwise decent box.

  2. I've always liked Finest, although I can never find it where I live. The designs are always interesting, even though I like some years better than others, and the refractors are awesome. This set should be 600 cards!

    1. I agree or at least double this set size. And I always pass on my Dodgers to you when I have them:)

  3. Refractors and on-card autographs are a good place to start when coming up with a quality Topps Finest product.

  4. Okay I'll be that guy who starts this debate: the autograph dispersement through this product is embarrassingly atrocious. It seems like every case has the same crop of players with multiple copies of several save for one or two oddballs. So many breaks yielding basically the same hits over and over makes this a very tough release for me. I have liked Finest over the years but 2018 will be remembered as a bit of a dud for me because of this poor seeding.

    1. I haven't seen that but I honestly haven't seen many breaks of it in general. The ones I have were Trout autographs lol

  5. Beautiful Rizzo refractor! Choking up on the bat in 2 strike mode, love it. Thanks Topps, and thanks for the review!

  6. Personally I'm not a fan of the design and color scheme this year. 2011 Finest is one of my all time favorite sets. I've also acquired a few of those older Finest cards you mentioned which have the protective seal. I've always been interested in getting some more of those.

  7. Pretty nice pull. Not sure I'll pick these up. Never been a fan of the Brand. Thanks for the good post. Now I know what this set looks like in case I get an itch.