Grade the Break - 2018 Topps Finest + BONUS
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
* 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
* 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!
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).