This box break was generously sponsored by Freedom Cardboard because he hearts us. Actually, I think he is just a nice guy who likes to support the hobby so it could be that, too. Chris was nice enough to send a box for both me and Sooz to review. I opened mine up and had a good time doing so. The box was a lot of fun to break and had a great variety of cards inside. I didn't count all the base cards because I don't build sets (and I don't care), but I did collate the base cards to see that there were zero doubles in the box.
I didn't scan all of the base cards, and there was no way I was doing a pack by pack breakdown. I am just not that person. You are getting a box break my way because, well, I can write what I want. =)
First group of cards: The airborne dudes
I love action shots so those were fun to see. While some cards are cool when they are posed for, I think I great photography "catch" is more fun.
The second group: The O-face/Scared face
Hey, I thought they were funny.
Some good Franchise cards
My favorite cards, my binders welcome you all. HEY! Wait a minute, there's that Chipper card. He is a sneaky lil guy, always in the things I open. He goes in a stack of Chippers to be sent to the Chipper (evil laugh).
OK, enough of me being goofy. Here are all the inserts:
David Aardsma black 01/59
History of the World Series
Topps 2020 - Scans don't do these cards justice. They are awesome in person, and I can guarantee most people will love them when they are holding one. Fun insert set.
Turkey Red - this was always one of my favorite products when it was around as it's own set. Would take these over Ginter every and any day. Really, they both have the SAME design every year but these are actually of all baseball players and they are colorful and great drawings. The Joe Morgan card is free to anyone who wants it, otherwise I am lighting it on fire.
Vintage Legends collection - personally, I could take or leave this subset. Does nothing for me one way or the other.
The Cards Your Mom Threw Away
Topps Attax code cards (holy boatload)
Million Card Giveaway
Sketch Your Own Card (2) - Awesome Idea.
Red Hot Rookies redemption card - was in the first pack on top which I found kind of odd. I like the RHR idea, I got a couple a few years ago and did well with my cards. I ended up with a Kershaw and Sandoval (there was a 3rd that I don't remember).
Peak Performance Ted Lilly game used jersey card - was damaged inside the pack, look by the Topps logo. They are getting sloppy with the quality control issues, this is roughly the 5th damaged card I have pulled in the last 3 weeks.
A.J. Burnett silk card - 1:431 hobby packs, a.k.a the case hit.
Base - lots of cards, no doubles.
Black - 1
Gold - 6
Legendary Lineage - 9
History of the World Series - 6
Peak Performers - 8
Topps 2020 - 6
Turkey Red - 9
Vintage Legends - 9
The Cards Your Mom Threw Away - 11
Topps Attax Code Cards - kajillion
Topps Sketch Your Own Card - 2
Red Hot Rookie Redemption - 1
Peak Performers game used - 1
Topps Silk - 1 (bonus)
My opinion hasn't really changed of the basic Topps set for 2010 between Series 1 and Series 2. I enjoyed opening this box very much, and the different inserts were nice to see. Topps seemed to try and do something a little more creative with the 2020 set, and I am a big fan of it. Add that to the list of little sets Marie would like to complete but won't.
There is no excuse for damaged cards, I got one in this box, and one in my jumbo packs. You can also note the off set lettering on the gold Ruben Tejada card. There are also little creases on the back of most of the 2020 cards, including the ones from the jumbo packs I opened.
I would go with an A- on the grading of the Series 2 as a whole.