2010 Topps Finest Baseball

2010 Topps Finest Baseball

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Review
Good: Lots of guaranteed hits, refractors, and rookie cards per box.

Bad: Base card design is pretty bleak and uninspiring.

Summary: 2010 Topps Finest Baseball is the best Finest set to hit store shelves since the early 2000's. While it pales a bit in comparison to the red hot 2010 Bowman Baseball set, it has enough going for it to justify buying a box or two of it.

Staff Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Enjoyability: I haven't been a big fan of Finest baseball in recent years but this years set was a pleasant surprise. I didn't win the Heyward auto redemption sweepstakes but did come away with an Ike Davis Blue Refractor Redemption, a Joe Mauer Manufactered MLB Logo Patch and a Buster Posey Refractor Lettermen Autograph, as well as a number of other nice cards. All and all it was a consistently fun break all the way to the last pack.

Value
This set has tons of value packed into it. Each hobby box yields 2 Autographed Rookie Lettermen Patches, 1 MLB Logo Manufactured Patch, 1 Finest Rookie Redemption, and a wide variety of refractors, rookie cards, and base cards - all for just over $100.

The secondary market demand for the Finest Rookie Redemptions and MLB Logo cards are so strong that it is possible to recoup a large portion (possibly all) of the box price by selling these two inserts on ebay and keeping all your other pulls. Such was the case for me. My Redemption and Logo pulls were by no means exceptional, yet still managed to offset the majority of the box's cost by generating a combined $75 on the eBay auction block. That left me with only $35 out of pocket expense for all the remaining cards in the box, which is a really phenomenal deal.

Design
The biggest issue I have with 2010 Topps Finest Baseball is the base card design. I can kind of see where they were trying to go with it but they definitely fell short. The base cards have an almost gothic look to them. Thankfully the colored refractors and Lettermen Patch cards look infinitely better.

Checklist
The 2010 set stays true to the Topps Finest formula of being an early season rookie card packed upper mid end product. All of the the big name (and not so big name) 2010 MLB rookies are present along with the regular cast of stars and veterans. Rookies who missed qualifying for inclusion in the set (a list that so far includes Jason Heyward and Ike Davis) make cameo appearances via the popular Finest Rookie Redemption program.

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2010 Topps Finest Auto Blue Refractor Daniel Hudson 8 25
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Andrew Cashner 2010 Topps Finest RC on-card Auto #FFR-7 - CHICAGO CUBS PADRES
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MICHAEL BRANTLEY 2010 Topps Finest GOLD REFRACTOR AUTO RC # 10 Letterman Indians
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2010 Topps Finest GOLD Auto Letter S Patch Rookie Ian Desmond 10 10 NATIONALS
$20.00
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2010 TOPPS FINEST REFRACTOR ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH PATCH DREW STUBBS AUTO REF RC 25 75
$9.00
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2010 TOPPS FINEST MOMENTS ROBINSON CANO 8 25 Red REFRACTOR Auto Autograph Non Rc
$89.00
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2010 Topps Finest Daniel McCutchen Auto Letter Refractor #10 75
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(2) 2010 TOPPS & TOPPS "FINEST" JOSH THOLE (ROOKIE-PATCH-AUTO) & (2 OF 284)MT+!
$9.95
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2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner 6 10 Letter "G" Patch Gold Refr Auto Rookie
$129.95
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2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner 6 10 Letter "A" Patch Gold Refr Auto Rookie
$129.95
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2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner 6 10 Letter "R" Patch Gold Refr Auto Rookie
$129.95
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2010 Topps Finest Max Scherzer Finest Moments AUTO AUTOGRAPH DIAMONDBACKS
$24.99
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2010 TOPPS FINEST #FMA-MS "MAX SCHERZER" AUTO CARD (MINT)!!!
$24.99
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(6) 2010 Topps Finest Michael Brantley Auto Patch Gold 10 +5 Blue 25 Mint!
$299.99
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2008 Topps Finest Rip Girls Autos Stephanie and Lindsey
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MADISON BUMGARNER AUTO 2010 TOPPS FINEST GOLD REFRACTOR # 10 SP ROOKIE RC GIANTS
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Set Checklist

2010 Topps Finest Baseball Set Checklist

Visual 2010 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Redemption Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Refractor #/699
Blue Refractor #/399
Green Refractor #/99
Gold Refractor #/50
Red Refractor #/25
Purple Refractor #1/1

Card # Player Name
1 Tim Lincecum
2 Evan Longoria
3 Alex Rodriguez
4 Ryan Braun
5 Grady Sizemore
6 David Wright
7 Albert Pujols
8 Derrek Lee
9 Ichiro
10 Justin Morneau
11 Johan Santana
12 Matt Kemp
13 Daisuke Matsuzaka
14 Derek Jeter
15 Mark Buehrle
16 Chipper Jones
17 Prince Fielder
18 Ryan Howard
19 Vladimir Guerrero
20 Alexei Ramirez
21 Joba Chamberlain
22 Russell Martin
23 CC Sabathia
24 Adam Dunn
25 Jose Reyes
26 Michael Young
27 Joe Mauer
28 Mark Teixeira
29 Jason Bartlett
30 Johnny Damon
31 Miguel Cabrera
32 Adam Wainwright
33 Brandon Webb
34 Carlos Pena
35 Jorge Posada
36 Pablo Sandoval
37 Manny Ramirez
38 Robinson Cano
39 Nick Markakis
40 Justin Upton
41 Adrian Gonzalez
42 Ian Kinsler
43 Ryan Zimmerman
44 Mark Reynolds
45 Raul Ibanez
46 Jason Bay
47 Kendry Morales
48 Todd Helton
49 Dan Uggla
50 Adam Lind
51 Victor Martinez
52 Mariano Rivera
53 Chase Utley
54 Kevin Youkilis
55 Carlos Lee
56 Josh Hamilton
57 Brad Hawpe
58 Brandon Inge
59 Bobby Abreu
60 Nelson Cruz
61 James Loney
62 Jason Kubel
63 Russell Branyan
64 Curtis Granderson
65 Ken Griffey Jr.
66 Troy Tulowitzki
67 Jermaine Dye
68 Paul Konerko
69 Josh Johnson
70 David Ortiz
71 Hideki Matsui
72 Dustin Pedroia
73 John Lester
74 Joey Votto
75 Josh Beckett
76 Billy Butler
77 David DeJesus
78 Nick Swisher
79 Brian Roberts
80 Felix Hernandez
81 J.A. Happ
82 Marco Scutaro
83 Hanley Ramirez
84 Lance Berkman
85 Dan Haren
86 Yunel Escobar
87 Justin Verlander
88 Carlos Beltran
89 Shane Victorino
90 Carl Crawford
91 Adam Jones
92 Jason Marquis
93 Everth Cabrera
94 B.J. Upton
95 Ted Lilly
96 Ubaldo Jimenez
97 Aaron Hill
98 Kousuke Fukudome
99 Jorge Cantu
100 Jose Lopez
101 Rick Porcello
102 Matt Cain
103 Chone Figgins
104 Tommy Hanson
105 Jacoby Ellsbury
106 Clayton Kershaw
107 Miguel Tajada
108 Yovani Gallardo
109 Andrew McCutchen
110 Felipe Lopez
111 Asdrubal Cabrera
112 Roy Halladay
113 Hunter Pence
114 Gordon Beckham
115 Cole Hamels
116 Brian McCann
117 Michael Cuddyer
118 Cliff Lee
119 Roy Oswalt
120 A.J. Pierzynski
121 Jayson Werth
122 Mike Lowell
123 John Lannan
124 Luis Castillo
125 Andy Pettitte

Rookie Set Checklist

Patch Variation Cards Exisit #/50

Card # Player Name
126 Neil Walker
127 Brad Kilby
128 Chris Johnson
129 Tommy Manzella
130 Sergio Escalona
131 Chris Pettit
132 Kevin Richardson
133 Armando Gabino
134 Reid Gorecki
135 Justin Turner
136 Adam Moore
137 Kyle Phillips
138 John Hester
139 Dusty Hughes
140 Victor Marte
141 Jeff Manship
142 Dan Runzler
143 Pedro Viola
144 Craig Gentry
145 Brent Dlugach
146 Esmil Rogers
147 Josh Butler
148 Dustin Richardson
149 Matt Carson
150 Henry Rodriguez

Auto Patch Rookie Set Checklist

Serial #/299 or Less

Card # Player Name
151 Brandon Allen
152 Tyler Colvin
153 Tyler Flowers
154 Daniel Hudson
155 Juan Francisco
156 Drew Stubbs
157 Michael Brantley
158 Carlos Carrasco
159 Eric Young Jr.
160 Tobi Stoner
161 Josh Thole
162 Michael Dunn
163 Daniel McCutchen
164 Eric Hacker
165 Luis Durango
166 Cesar Ramos
167 Madison Bumgarner
168 Buster Posey
169 Wade Davis
170 Ian Desmond

Finest Moment Autograph Set Checklist

Red Parallel #/25
Purple Parallel #1/1

Card # Player Name
FMA-GB Gordon Beckham
FMA-AH Aaron Hill
FMA-CCS C.C. Sabathia
FMA-CF Chone Figgins
FMA-CG Curtis Granderson
FMA-CK Clayton Kershaw
FMA-CY Chris Young
FMA-DP Dustin Pedroia
FMA-DS Denard Span
FMA-DW David Wright
FMA-HR Hanley Ramirez
FMA-JC Johnny Cueto
FMA-JJ Josh Johnson
FMA-MR Manny Ramirez
FMA-PF Prince Fielder
FMA-RB Ryan Braun
FMA-RH Ryan Howard
FMA-TH Tommy Hanson
FMA-TT Troy Tulowitzki
FMA-UJ Ubaldo Jimenez

In The Name X-Fractor Signed Book Set Checklist

Exclusive 1/1

Card # Player Name
IN-BA Brandon Allen
IN-JT Josh Thole
IN-TC Tyler Colvin
IN-MD Michael Dunn
IN-TF Tyler Flowers
IN-DM Daniel McCutchen
IN-DH Daniel Hudson
IN-EH Eric Hacker
IN-JF Juan Francisco
IN-LD Luis Durango
IN-DS Drew Stubbs
IN-CR Cesar Ramos
IN-MB Michael Brantley
IN-MB Madison Bumgarner
IN-CC Carlos Carrasco
IN-BP Buster Posey
IN-EY Eric Young Jr.
IN-WD Wade Davis
IN-TS Tobi Stoner
IN-ID Ian Desmond

RC Autograph Letterman Patch Set Checklist

1 per minibox
Parallel Refractor Versions
* Refractor #/75
* Blue Refractor #/25
* Gold Refractor #/10
* Red Refractor #/5
* Purple Refractor #1/1
* Printing Plates (4) #1/1

Card # Player Name
151 Brandon Allen
152 Tyler Colvin
153 Tyler Flowers
154 Daniel Hudson
155 Juan Francisco
156 Drew Stubbs
157 Michael Brantley
158 Carlos Carrasco
159 Eric Young Jr.
160 Tobi Stoner
161 Josh Thole
162 Michael Dunn
163 Daniel McCutchen
164 Eric Hacker
165 Luis Durango
166 Cesar Ramos
167 Madison Bumgarner
168 Buster Posey
169 Wade Davis
170 Ian Desmond

Product Details
Product Configuration:

  • (5) cards per pack
  • (6) packs per mini-box
  • (2) mini-boxes per master box
  • (8) master boxes per case

2010 Topps Finest Baseball Product Highlights:

  • Autographed Patch Rookie Cards Featuring On-Card Signatures.
  • Hobby Exclusive
  • In the Name X-Fractor Rookie Book Cards

Each 2010 Topps Finest Baseball Master Box Contains:

  • 2 Numbered Autographed Rookie Patch Card. 1 Per Mini Box!
  • 10 Numbered Parallel Cards. 5 Per Mini Box!
  • One 2010 Rookie Card Redemption

Product Breakdown:

AUTOGRAPHED LETTER PATCH ROOKIE CARDS - ONE PER MINI BOX!
Each card numbered* to 299 or less is highlighted with an autographed letter patch from the last name of any one of 20 rookie subjects. All autographs are signed on-card.

  • REFRACTOR PARALLEL CARDS
  • New! Purple - One of One!
  • New! Printing Plate - One of One!
  • Red - Numbered* to 5
  • Gold - Numbered* to 10
  • Blue - Numbered* to 25
  • Refractor - Numbered* to 75

IN THE NAME X-FRACTOR ROOKIE BOOK CARDS (NEW)

  • One of One

MLB ROOKIE CARD LOGO PATCHES (New)
The 25 rookies in a variation version, flaunting an MLB Rookie Card Logo Patch along with an RC logo and numbered* to 50. Available in a One of One Purple Refractor version!

TOPPS FINEST ROOKIE REDEMPTIONS - 1 PER MASTER BOX
Get a first look at 10 of the top 2010 Rookies. Each rookie is represented with randomly inserted, numbered, redemption cards, which can be redeemed for an actual 2010 rookie card of the player.

  • REFRACTOR PARALLEL CARDS
    • Gold - Numbered to 50*
    • Blue - Numbered to 199*

FINEST MOMENTS AUTOGRAPH CARDS
20 players each sign their cards which depict a highlight from the 2009 MLB season.

  • REFRACTOR PARALLEL CARDS
    • NEW! Purple - One of One!
    • Red - Numbered* to 25

BASE CARDS - 5 PER PACK
125 top MLB veterans and 25 rookies!

  • REFRACTOR PARALLEL CARDS - 5 PER MINI BOX
    • New! Purple - One of One!
    • Framed Printing Plates - One of One!
    • Red - Numbered* to 25
    • Gold - Numbered* to 50
    • Green - Numbered* to 99
    • Blue - Numbered* to 399
    • Refractor - Numbered* to 699

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2010 Topps Finest Baseball, reviewed by Mike Smeth on 2009-12-03T14:57:49+00:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

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