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
A favorite among rookie card collectors and prospectors, Bowman Draft has some of the first cards and autographs of recently drafted players in their Major League uniforms. Also popular are limited edition Refractors that come in many different colors. 2013 Bowman Draft hobby boxes promise one Chrome Prospect autograph, the vast majority of which are first round picks from the 2013 MLB Draft.
The Topps factory set is a great way to get capture the season. It has all 660 cards from 2013 Topps Series 1 and Series 2, including Manny Machado and Jose Fernandez rookie cards. The 2013 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby Edition also has five orange cards that can't be found anywhere else. There is also a retail version that comes with five exclusive bonus Rookie Variations.
Looking to get nostalgic? 2013 Panini Golden Age does just that with a checklist that mixes baseball players from the past with pop culture figures from the 1940s through to the 1970s. The highlight for many is the addition of Bad News Bears cards, including autographs. Every box includes an autograph, a memorabilia card and lots of retro-themed inserts that are based on the hobby's earliest days.
Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $150
Like all Bowman products, the main focus of 2013 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. Yasiel Puig, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton are among the players with autographs in the set.
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. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball includes everything from Yasiel Puig rookie cards to Axl Rose autographs to pieces of the menu from Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' wedding. There are even cards randomly inserted in the box lids.
2013 Topps Chrome Baseball is a great choice for collectors who like autographs but don't want to wait for them to progress through the minors. Hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs with a solid possibility of colorful and limited edition Refractors. Signers for the set include Yasiel Puig, Manny Machado and Wil Myers.
Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Over $150
The big draw of 2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball is the checklist, which draws heavily from past legends and current superstars. 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.
Always a favorite among many collectors, 2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball mixes autographs and game-used cards with flashy designs and extremely low print runs. Each box has two autographed memorabilia cards and two additional memorabilia cards. Many cards include autographs from multiple players.