2010 Topps Series 1 BaseballBox Price: $60 - $72
Good: Economical, variety of cool inserts, Topps Million Card Giveaway Promotion adds significant value.
Bad: Mediocre design, very limited mid to high end content on a box to box basis.
Bottom Line: 2009 Topps Baseball led the flagship Topps set into dangerous territory price wise, taking a low end product that has historically sold for $65 per box or less and bumping it up into the mid-end $80+ price range. 2010 Topps Series 1 corrects this misstep by delivering tons of quality content and value (albeit with less hit quality packed in) at a much more palatable price point.
The design of this year's Topps set isn't horrible. It really isn't. But compared to some of the great designs and photography featured in past installments of the brand it is rather mediocre. I would rank it as the second worst Topps base set design of the last decade, ahead of only the 2007 Topps set. It just has a bit to much of a campy, cartoonish feel to it that just doesn't do it for me.
2010 Topps Baseball has a very solid checklist of active MLB vets and past MLB legends. The latter group is worked into the set by way of an assortment of different insert sets and short printed variations, both of which work quite well.
2010 Topps Series 1 is the best baseball card product released at this low a price point in quite some time. It is packed to the brim with inserts that are low in book value, yet compelling and fresh. Add in the fact that each hobby box yields 1 hit and roughly half a dozen Topps Million Card Giveaway redemptions and you're looking at considerable value for the price.
I had a good time breaking this product, but it wasn't particularly exciting. I believe that set collectors will get the most out of it, just like in years past.
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