Spring training will be here in a couple of weeks (yes, really!) but 2022 branded baseball products are still trickling out including the recently released 2022 Topps Finest Baseball. Finest continues to be one of the more respected and well-known mid-level brands and among the more popular releases in the shop each year.
As with seemingly more and more Topps products now, each Hobby box contains two mini boxes with six five-card packs per mini at a current cost that’s typically between $180 and $200.
The master box holds two autographs. My favorite current baseball player adorns the cover of the product –Mr. Do It All on all sides of the ball. A Cy Young Award candidate and perennial MVP candidate, Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani.
The first pack in our first mini box made the locals happy as we pulled a Finest Rookies of young Philadelphia Phillies star Bryson Stott. Stott hit 10 bombs, stole 10 bags and contributed to the Phils run at the World Series title this past year and should be putting up bigger numbers in the years to come.
The second pack offered a Hunter Green refractor rookie card but not much else.
We pulled a green speckle refractor Seiya Suzuki rookie, numbered to 125 in the next pack.
The Wander Franco base rookie was smiling at us when we opened the next pack, which is always a good thing.
That same pack also yielded our first autograph, a refractor of Chicago White Sox rookie slugger Gavin Sheets. This is a very nice on card auto featuring the big, swooping signature of the Chi Sox slugger who is the son of former big leaguer Larry Sheets.
A couple of packs later, we landed an Aura of Excellence Refractor of my favorite player of all time, Ken Griffey, Jr. The same pack also held a green rookie refractor of Oakland A’s first year player Nick Allen.
We pulled a purple/pink vapor Refractor Julio Rodriguez rookie numbered…deep breath…. 2 of 3. This is our second huge J-Rod hit in the store within a few week’s time. This amazing hit follows the 1 of 1 we pulled out of National Treasures earlier this month.
The way things are going I think we will keep opening baseball product until there’s nothing left on the shelf. After some less that stellar breaks, it’s nice to finally be on a bit of a roll, at least with one sport.
One mediocre pack followed and then came our second autograph of the box, a blue Kyle Seager on-card auto. Seager was one of the more consistent power hitters during his career, but retired in December of 2022–a full year before Finest was released but Topps opted to utilize his autos and keep him in the product.
The next packed offered a few more base rookie cards and our second refractor card from the Cornerstone insert set. This insert pays homage to the 1994 Finest design.
The final pack offered another rookie refractor and a few more base rookies, including a nice base Stott that we hadn’t seen before.
That wraps up our 2022 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby box. The Julio Rodriguez monster hit clearly made this one a success, even if our autograph hits were nothing too special.
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