2010 Topps Attax BaseballBox Price:$31-$48
Good:Creating a strategy trading card game is definately a step in the right direction, the cards look cool, the online features are cool, the games are short.
Bad: The strategy is pretty weak, too simple, it's more like playing war with a deck a of cards than an actual strategy game, the cards ratings are limited and often wrong.
The Bottom Line: PLEASE, BRING BACK STRAT-O-MATIC BASEBALL!If Topps wants to challenge non-sports trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh, they've got to do better than this. The strategy is far too simple, both batters and pitchers have 3 ratings on each card: Fastball, Change-Up, and Speciality. Basically whoever has the higher rating in an category scores a run, it really doesn't resemble baseball as much as I expected.
If Topps were to use the Strat-O-Matic baseball blueprint for Topps Attax, every kid on the planet would be playing it. What people don't realize is that Strat-O-Matic baseball was the forefather of games like Magic, Dungeons and Dragons, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh.
The design is sharp, crisp, and the foil cards are pretty cool.
The checklist is fairly deep. I liked the addition of Nolan Ryan, Mickey Mantle, and other past greats. I like it when a product teaches kids about past greats. The only problem I had with the checklist was that many players were on their 2009 teams and I think that might dampen kids enthusiasm for the game, especially if it doesn't have a player that is on their favorite team.
I really don't see any value to these, I feel like I am playing with a deck of cards, not trading cards. It's also hard to determine the value of a product like this. If they expand and fix the flaws, their could be value down the road.
When playing this game, I kept wanting to play Stratomatic Baseball. After a few games, it got pretty old. It's too simple for it's own good and really doesn't involve much strategy whatsoever. I think that companies often underestimate the baseball intelligence of kids, and such is the case with 2010 Topps Attax.
The highlights of my box break:
2009 10 Topps Match Attax box of 24 packets
2010 11 Topps Match Attax Box of 24 packets
2010 11 Topps Match Attax Collector Box
2010 Topps Attax MLB Factory Sealed Starter Deck
2010 Topps Attax Baseball Product Review,