Baseball Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide

Baseball Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide

Hobby boxes make an ideal gift for any baseball card collector. They come at several price points, so no matter your budget, there's guaranteed to be something great for the baseball fan on your list.

Thanks to online shopping, finding the right set hasn't been easier. Hobby shops aren't as plentiful as they used to be. And while retail places like Walmart and Target have cards, the ones sold there often don't have as many autographs or memorabilia cards. For most collectors, hobby boxes are definitely the way to go. On top of that, many sets are now hobby exclusives.

We've picked some great baseball card hobby boxes to give this season. Because boxes can range in price from under $50 up to around $400, we've highlighted some for all budgets.

Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $75

2014 Topps Stadium Club Baseball

2014 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Hobby BoxGot someone on your gift list that was big into cards in the early 1990s? Then they'll probably recognize the Stadium Club name. 2014 Topps Stadium Club Baseball is highlighted by some of the best photography of the year caught on cards. It also has several nostalgia-inducing inserts and three autographs per hobby box.

$61.99

 

2014 Topps Baseball Complete Factory Set

2014 Topps Baseball Complete Set BoxThe Topps factory set is a great way to get capture the season. It has all 660 cards from 2014 Topps Series 1 and Series 2, including Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka rookie cards. The 2014 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby Edition also has five orange cards that can't be found anywhere else. There are also retail versions that come with five exclusive bonus Rookie Variations.

$59.99

 

2014 Panini Prizm Baseball

2014 Panini Prizm Baseball Hobby BoxPanini's answer to Topps Chrome and Bowman Chrome, they packed a lot in to 2014 Panini Prizm Baseball. Hobby boxes have just 12 packs, which has kept the price relatively low. Hovering in the $50-60 range, each box has a pair of autographs and six colorful parallels, at least three of which are serial numbered.

$51.50

 

2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball

2014 Bowman Draft Baseball is scheduled to release on December 10, which is plenty of time for a box to get under the tree in time. A perennial favorite with a lot of collectors, the highlight of the set is the inclusion of the first MLB cards from many of the top picks in the 2014 MLB Draft. Hobby boxes have one autograph. More expensive Jumbo and Super Jumbo boxes have multiple autographs (three for Jumbo, five for Super Jumbo).

$45.99

Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $150

2014 Bowman Inception Baseball Box

2012 Bowman Inception Baseball

Like all Bowman products, the main focus of 2014 Bowman Inception Baseball is on young prospects. This is a product for collectors who focus on signed cards. Every box comes with four autographs and an autographed relic, which includes a piece of game-used memorabilia embedded in it. 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, Kris Bryant, is the highlight of the set.

$82.95

 

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Hobby Box2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

Since debuting in 2006, Allen & Ginter has become the hobby benchmark as far as variety goes. Baseball stars are freely mixed with champions from other sports and activities. 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball includes everything from Jose Abreu rookie cards to Snoop Lion (better known as Snoop Dogg) autographs to cards with shavings from Daniel Nava's beard.

$107.95

 

2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Box2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Baseball

As the name suggest, 2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Baseball is all about Cooperstwon inductees. There's plenty of history in the product, which includes a pair of autographs in every box. Most aren't the biggest names in the Hall of Fame, but it's also not a wildly expensive product either.

$117.95

 

Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Over $150

 

2014-Topps-Museum-Collection-Baseball-Box2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball

The big draw of 2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball is the checklist, which draws heavily from past stars and current players. They're not all this way, but there are more than most release. The high-end product includes an autograph or memorabilia card in every pack. Boxes have one autograph, an autographed relic, a jumbo memorabilia card and a quad relic.

$219.95

 

2014 Topps Tribute Baseball Hobby Box2014 Topps Tribute Baseball

Similar to Museum Collection, 2014 Topps Tribute Baseball has an autograph or memorabilia card in every pack. The product also has a nice mix of past and present players. What sets Tribute apart from Museum Collection is its flashier high-end foil design, a longtime trademark for the brand.

$164.95

 

2014 Topps Dynasty Baseball

2014 Topps Dynasty is a new brand from the company that isn't scheduled to release until December 17 (barring any more delays). This is their most expensive baseball set ever with single-card packs running more than $300. However, every card in the product is an autographed memorabilia card numbered to 10 or less.

$319.99

 

Top eBay Listings

2014 TOPPS CHROME HOBBY BASEBALL - 4 BOX LOT 2 AUTOGRAPHS PER BOX
$275.00

2014 Topps High Tek Baseball Factory Sealed Hobby Box
$77.49

2014 TOPPS SERIES 2 HOBBY BASEBALL 12 BOX CASE
$630.00

2014 TOPPS CHROME HOBBY BASEBALL - 4 BOX LOT 8 AUTOGRAPHS IN THIS LOT
$225.00

2014 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB BASEBALL HOBBY BOX(FACTORY SEALED)
$98.79

2014 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB BASEBALL HOBBY 2-BOX LOT (FACTORY SEALED)
$189.95

2014 PANINI DONRUSS BASEBALL HOBBY 16 BOX CASE 48 AUTO MEM HITS PER CASE!
$739.95

2014 TOPPS SUPREME HOBBY BASEBALL - 10 BOX CASE 2 AUTOS PER BOX
$539.00

2014 PANINI DONRUSS BASEBALL SERIES 2 HOBBY BOX (FACTORY SEALED)
$67.99

2014 BOWMAN PLATINUM HOBBY BASEBALL - 5 BOX LOT 3 AUTOS PER BOX !
$375.00

2014 Bowman Baseball JUMBO Factory Sealed MLB Hobby Box BRAND NEW SEALED!
$159.95

2014 BOWMAN BASEBALL HOBBY **BOX** KRIS BRYANT MASAHIRO TANAKA JOSE ABREU
$87.77

2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Case Hobby 12 Box Case Factory Sealed 24 Autos Abreu
$799.00

2014 TOPPS PRO DEBUT BASEBALL SEALED HOBBY BOX 2 AUTOS & 2 RELIC CARDS PER BOX
$48.00

2014 Bowman baseball sealed hobby 8-box JUMBO case Abreu? Appel? Bryant? Mookie?
$1,399.99

2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball Hobby Box Factory Sealed - 18 Autographs
$155.55
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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