Product: 2014 Topps Chrome hobby box
Break Date: August 31, 2014
Hit Breakdown: Two autographs
Summary: After the second box from my first two boxes of '14 Topps Chrome got me zero percent closer to completing the set due to it being 100% refractors, I figured I'd step into the batter's box and take one more swing.
This time, at least I got a bit closer (down to needing 98 of 220), and was happier with the overall box.
For starters, it wasn't all base autos - at least there was a numbered auto in there - still no big names, but I'll take a parallel.
After three boxes, I'm kinda digging the colored refractors more than the autos anyway - probably a byproduct of getting 6 autos and no one I really care that much about.
So, getting two numbered cards was nice, and the black Paul Goldschmidt's a sharp looking card. The blue Xander Bogaerts may turn out to be a sweet card as well...had I pulled it 12 months ago it'd be a lot nicer, but his season has been pretty awful. But, he's still young.
Oddly enough, of the five inserts I pulled, three I had pulled out of the other two boxes - and I pulled the two '89 parallels (McCutchen and Hamilton) out of the box together in the first break.
Topping it off a fairly solid box was a Topps Shelf Adam Wainwright for my PC and a Jose Abreu refractor rookie.
Definitely the best of the three boxes, and I'll probably get sucked into one more before I try to finish the set card by card through trades.
Grade for the product: B+
Grade for the break: B+
Rookie Autographs Refractor /499: Ethan Smith
Rookie Autographs: David Holmberg
Black Refractor /100: Paul Goldschmidt
Blue Refractor /199: Xander Bogaerts (RC)
Topps Shelf: Adam Wainwright
Chrome Connections: Paul Goldschmidt, David Wright
'89 Chrome: Andrew McCutchen, Billy Hamilton
Xfractor: Clayton Kershaw, Grady Sizemore, Carl Crawford, one other (can't recall)
Refractor: Jose Abreu (RC) + others