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

2013 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Box 181x300 Image

2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball

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.

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2013 Topps Baseball Complete Factory Set

2013 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby 260x85 ImageThe 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.

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2013 Panini Golden Age Baseball

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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.

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Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $150

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Hobby Box 260x172 Image2012 Bowman Inception Baseball

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.

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2013 Topps Allen and Ginter Hobby Box 218x300 Image2013 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. 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.

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2013 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box 184x300 Image2013 Topps Chrome Baseball

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.

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Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Over $150

2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Hobby Box 260x109 Image2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball

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.

hobby box best price Image $214.99 buy it now1 Image

 

2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Hobby Box 260x279 Image2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

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.

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2013 Topps Update Baseball Factory Sealed Hobby Box 36 Packs 10 Cards(Puig RC!)
$45.00
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2013 TOPPS UPDATE HOBBY BOX FACT SEALD
$49.95
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Unopened 2013 Panini Cooperstown Hobby baseball Box
$89.95
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2013 Topps Tier One Baseball 12-Box Hobby Case
$1,159.95
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2013 Bowman Sterling Baseball Hobby Box
$239.95
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2013 BOWMAN CHROME HOBBY BASEBALL - (5) 12 BOX CASES
$3,450.00
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2013 TOPPS TRIBUTE BASEBALL HOBBY BOX
$300.00
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2013 Topps Heritage Baseball Hobby box
$109.95
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2013 Topps Chrome Baseball 4 box hobby lot
$289.95
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2013 Topps Five Star Baseball Hobby 3 box case
$1,019.95
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2013 Bowman Sterling Baseball 5 Box HOBBY lot (fresh from case) Puig rookies
$1,049.00
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2013 Bowman Platinum Baseball 4 box Hobby lot
$349.95
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2013 TOPPS UPDATE HOBBY BOX FACT SEALD
$50.00
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2013 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Hobby Box
$69.95
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2013 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball Hobby Box-6 Auto's
$95.00
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2013 Leaf Power Showcase Baseball Sealed Hobby Box
$80.00
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Ryan Cracknell

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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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