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Grade the Break - 2018 Topps Finest + BONUS

July 7, 2018

After opening the first Master Box we had a few weeks ago, it left us wanting more. And due to the Ohtani injury, these prices dipped a bit and made it possible for us to rip two boxes this time and a good price. As an added bonus, I bought a "box" of Archives Snapshots. That is one pack of 12 cards and 1 guaranteed auto. This was the first break that I sold the Orioles off. I don't think I'll do that again for awhile! haha

 

PROS

* Beautiful card design

* Top Rookies - Ohtani, Devers, Andujar, Mejia, Hays, Verdugo, and more. Frazier and Albies are SP

* Nice Inserts: Sitting Red, Cornerstones, Finest Careers, and Finest Firsts

* 2 Autos Promised - autos on these cards almost always look sharp 

* Affordable - when broken up into a break

 

CONS

* Not enough packs/cards for the price

* The "glass" look of Finest, is easy to scratch and smudge

* Team distribution was skewed, some teams had nothing in these boxes

* Frazier and Albies are SP

* Value - hard to imagine these boxes ever fully paying off, as a personal break

 

Like the previous break, the team distribution was really uneven but that is nothing new for Topps but it's easier to see in a product like Finest without a large set. Still think that each team should have equal cards per set. But that's probably only something I started thinking of since I started breaking. As far as the quality of cards in this break, The autos were very nice! The rest of the break didn't deliver too much wow factor. We received 3 Ohtanis, one of which is a refractor, very excited to pull those as my Ohtani luck has been awful lately. 

 

Our Best Card

Victor Robles Finest Hour RC Auto

 

 

Our Other Autos

This is why I won't be selling the Orioles again - JK

Beautiful Green Refractor Auto /99 Chance Sisco 

 

 

Some nice Rookie Autos of Max Fried and Sandy Alcantara

 

Some Rookie Highlights

 

 

Our Ohtani Refractor, also got 2 of his base. Also a nice Hoskins Insert RC (that we also got in the first Finest Break)

Refractor Rookies of Andujar and Sisco

 

A Couple of Cool Inserts

We rec'd Two Blue Refractors: Carrasco and Matt Olson. And a purple of Joey Gallo. Not pictured for some reason. Sorry!

Part 2 of the Break - Archives Snapshots

I didn't know too much about these other than it's a guaranteed auto and single images/layout. This was fun to check out and I will be adding these to breaks from time to time when available. 

 

Our Auto and a few highlights

 

 This is a 2017 product, would have been nice if Judge has a RC tag. A sharp Yuli auto. a very simple card, but I really like the look of this set. 

 

GRADE THE BREAK!

 A

This was a very very good break! Really nice autos on beautiful cards. Decent rookies were represented. The only way to get us to an A+ here would have been to get one of the Short Print rookies. The Archives Snapshots definitely helped boost this up a bit. The added auto and different cards that people don't see a lot of. 

 

Thanks to everyone that joined the break! Hope everyone had fun. Lots more breaks coming up. I will be posting our first 2018 Bowman Platinum break. Will be 2 boxes (and maybe another Archive Snapshots). 

 

 

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