Product: 2014 Topps Chrome hobby box
Break Date: August 29, 2014
Hit Breakdown: Two autographs
Summary: Retail therapy's a real thing, or so they say. I've had a rough week due to some family (pet) issues, so when we called it a day at work early because of the holiday weekend, I headed to the LCS and picked up a couple of boxes from a fresh case of Topps Chrome.
After opening the pair, I'm still not sure how I feel about them!
With two autos guaranteed per box, I had high hopes of at least landing one that I could keep for the PC. It wasn't meant to be on that front.
But, the first box yielded a nice card for my Cardinals PC in the form of a gold refractor Matt Adams. It also had a cool Mike Trout Connections card.
I also have nothing but good things to say about the Topps Shelf subset - it's one of the nicer insert sets I've seen in a while, and the first box had a Masahiro Tanaka.
However, the autos - meh...Jonathan Schoop and Abraham Almonte.
And then, there's the second box. Where do I even start?
I unwrap the thing, and stack the packs. The first pack I open, I immediately notice that there are not one, but TWO refractors in it, along with the first autograph. And then I notice that the fourth card's a refractor as well.
Yep, a refractor hot box. EVERY single card (except the autos, sadly) were refractors.
To be honest, not even sure what to do with this thing. I guess maybe put the refractor set together?
Honestly, it was a bit of a downer in a way - there was not suspense to opening a box and searching for hits when every card in the box is a hit. It's cool in a way, but at the same time anti-climactic.
To make it "worse," the autos were no one I was stoked for, the only numbered cards was a blue Nolan Arenado, and none of the inserts really blew my skirt up. At least there was a Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka refractor in there.
So, weird break. Hot box? Cool, and uncool at the same time.
My gut is to give this one a B, for the suspense killer.
Grade for the product: B+
Grade for the break: B
Rookie Autographs: Jonathan Schoop, Abraham Almonte
Gold Refractor /50: Matt Adams
Topps Shelf: Masahiro Tanaka
Chrome Connections: Mike Trout, Felix Hernandez
'89 Chrome: Andrew McCutchen, Billy Hamilton
Xfractor: Nolan Arenado, Anthony Rizzo, Eric Hosmer, Hiroki Kuroda,
Refractor: Matt Kemp, Chris Colabello, Everth Cabrera, Jake Marisnick (RC), Ian Kinsler, Stephen Strasburg, Jered Weaver, Michael Choice (RC)
Rookie Autographs: Nick Martinez, Aaron Sanchez
Blue Refractor /199: Nolan Arenado
Topps Shelf: Carlos Gonzalez
Chrome Connections: David Wright, Yu Darvish
'89 Chrome: Ryan Braun, Nick Castellanos
Xfractor: Cole Hamels, Starlin Castro, Freddie Freeman, Adam Jones,
Refractor: Umm....all of them?