Sunday, November 3, 2013

That's not a box, that's a MEGA BOX!

Oh Topps, you've done it again.  And by again I mean put another nail in the coffin of the local card shop.  Topps has been putting out a lot of online only and retail only exclusives lately.  The Topps Update Mega Box is just another in the line.  This is the only way you can get your hands on Topps Update Chrome cards. It's a shame because I think a Chrome version of update would have worked this year, especially with that Puig guy being in it. Although I can understand the reason behind it. One you don't want to put a product like Chrome out right on top of your base product. And you really can't wait to put it out much longer because the baseball season is done and lets be honest most collectors have moved on to their winter sports, if they collect those.  But how cool would it have been to have a pack or two of this been inserted into hobby boxes as a box topper.  I remember not too long ago Update had rookie refractor box toppers.

I just think cutting out the hobby shop on stuff like this is a bad idea.  And I assume that hobby shop sales still contribute a significant portion to Topps profits.

Will say this, the Chrome cards are nice and flat. That's the first thing I noticed was the absence of that characteristic arch we've come to know and hate about the chrome cards. The checklist is small. The set only has 55 base cards. Sets have been going for about 80 bucks on ebay. All have the MB prefix, which I assume is for the Mega Box.  There are also  Chrome Postseason Heroes inserts, Chrome relic cards and relic autos.  And of course there are the refractors.  I think Topps missed an opportunity not including chromed out mini inserts, but this isn't a full blown release.

Over all I was pretty happy with my two packs.

In the first pack all my cards were rookies and a Postseason Heroes insert. My second pack had a nice surprise as well.

I also ended up pulling a Puig rookie from my 5 regular packs


  1. Congratulations on pulling two Puigs. I agree... they shouldn't have made the Chrome Update a retail only product... especially when you only get two packs in a mega box. Although, I'm pretty sure my LCS will just go out and acquire some anyways (after a huge markup). On the flipside... retail only inserts and parallels are pretty cool and I'm good with that.

  2. Good/bad news: The Cubs had 14 cards in the base Update set but none on the chrome checklist or chrome inserts. Oh well. Guess I won't be picking any up.