Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Coffee Break:2022 Topps Series 1 Hobby Box

*takes a sip, sits down with a hobby box of the first new baseball cards of the season in hand. this should be fun. it's time for some #CardsOverCoffee*

After about a year away, Coffee Break is back and ready more than ever!

Just like baseball fans after hearing that baseball will finally be back.

Today, I will be ripping the anticipated 2022 Topps Series 1 baseball box as it's the first product of the new season.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*

Each hobby box of 2022 Topps Series 1 baseball comes with 24 packs of 14 cards. Each box comes with 1 autograph or relic card along with one silver box topper pack. Boxes currently are running $130.

Speaking of that silver pack, I sometimes save that for last as I like the shiny, but this time, I said, let's rip it first.
The pack sits atop Mt. Topps.

Here are my results,
Not much to be excited about for me. A rookie pitcher and a few named guys. That's usually how my breaks go.

The base set still has the popular white border along with some action photography. I will say this years design has me thinking Bowman baseball. I will be curious what that will look like in comparison.

The base set features only Wander Franco. At least that what it sounds like from most collectors. Maybe they don't realize there are another 329 cards as well.
There are Topps Gold Cups subsets


Future Stars

League Leaders

Team Cards

More team cards

And some fun photography. It's not Stadium Club level photography, but not too shabby.

Overall, you can find the following parallels,
Premiere Party, Rainbow Foil, Royal Blue, Gold /2022, Green Foil /499, Advanced Stats /300, Orange Foil /299, Red Foil /199, Vintage Stock /99, Independence Day /76, Black /71, Mother’s Day Hot Pink /50, Father’s Day Powder Blue /50, Memorial Day Camo /25, Platinum 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Rainbow Foil falls 1:10 packs. Still one of my favorite parallels.

Golds are getting tougher to find with maybe one-per-box finds.

And final parallel, Orange Foil /299. This card is certainly Purty.

*takes a sip before moving onto the inserts. starting to think of a good breakfast to eat as well*

You can find the following parallels in many of the inserts,
Blue, Black /299, Gold /75, Red /10, Platinum 1/1, and Wood 1/1.

I will say for the first time in many years, I really liked the look of this years inserts.
Generation Now has 30 cards to collect and features a nice rainbow foil touch.

The Home Run Challenge cards are back again! Pick the day, get it right, win a card! There are 30 players in this set.

50 cards with a mix of legends and veterans make up Welcome To The Show.

15 Cards of the Flashiest Feet in the game. I like the design of these, however, I can't wait for the chromed version. At least I hope it's included in that product.

And when it's not 86 Topps, it's 87 we see time and time again. The 35th anniversary set features 100 cards.

How great looking is this card?! Nice die cut, touch of rainbow foil. Beautiful!!  25 Cards make up the Diamond Greats Die Cuts.

9 times out of 10, your hit in a box will be a relic. Well...
At least its game used and the best player I have pulled out of my many years of breaks.

There are plenty of other great hits though to find, I just don't have the luck to find them. Maybe you will!

*takes a sip before ending today's post*

Well, the price point like every box now-a-days is steep. These used to be more like $70 for a hobby box. I always love getting Series 1 every year to get the new rookies and Yankees, but I usually stick to retail which is what I will probably just stick to.

As much as I can't stand the repetitive '87 Topps, I do really like that McGwire relic. If only they had used the original photo for it.

Thoughts on my break and on Series 1 welcomed in comments.

Have a great Tuesday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*


  1. Yeah that definitely looks like $70 worth of product not $130. Not that there was a chance of me buying a box but I'm totally disregarding the idea until prices get back to normal.

    1. I would stick to retail honestly. More value that way and much cheaper

  2. $130 for a hobby box? That's insane. If I needed to scratch an itch that bad and had a hankering for 2022 Topps, I'd rather bust 6 blasters and pocket the $10.

  3. Not a bad relic at least. The cost of the flagship boxes are insane though, no way they are worth close to that.

    1. I know, that relic is probably less than $20

  4. A $130 box should have an autograph card and a relic card!

  5. Thanks for showing off the cards! I'm not getting the Flashiest Feet insert. Are they showcasing shoes or speedsters?

    1. I don't know, think it's just about the shoes?


Cards and coffee go together like PB&J, so don't you and leaving a comment below. Take a sip and let me know your thoughts!