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 2015 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 $65
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A simple way to compile the flagship Topps set, the 2015 Topps Baseball Complete Factory set features all 700 cards from Series 1 and 2, including the Kris Bryant rookie card. Retail sets offer five exclusive rookie variations while the Hobby version adds five exclusive orange parallels.
Panini's answer to the various chromium products from Topps, 2015 Prizm Baseball mixes autographs, inserts and many parallels that all feature a Chrome-like look. Guaranteeing two signed cards per box, Prizm also adds at least nine parallels and six inserts.
Scheduled to release early in December, 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball continues the brand's reputation as a go-to for autographs from the top draft picks. Featuring two of the biggest names in Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers, the product gets an added boost given that it is redemption-free. Box pricing puts it right on the edge of the $75 and under range, but the appeal is strong for this release that includes one on-card autograph per box. Jumbo boxes are more expensive but include three autographs and Super Jumbo features five.
The update to the main Heritage release, 2015 Heritage High Number is arguably one of the better values of the year thanks to a strong checklist and on-card autographs. It also features rookie cards for key names like Kris Bryant and Francisco Lindor.
Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $100
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2015 Heritage '51 Collection is part factory set and part traditional release. Although it does include the full base set that is filled with the top rookie names, collectors can also find one random on-card autograph per set and 21 mini parallels.
Back and even better than the year before, 2015 Topps Stadium Club Baseball scratches the collecting itch for 1990s nostalgia. Packed with great photography and two on-card autographs per box, the price point is hard to beat.
Like all Bowman products, the main focus of 2015 Bowman Inception Baseball is on young prospects. This is a product for collectors who gravitate to signed cards. Every box comes with four autographs and an autographed relic, which includes a piece of game-used memorabilia embedded in it. Kris Bryant, Jung Ho Kang and Joc Pederson are all included.
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. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball includes everything from Kris Bryant rookie cards to Sylvester Stallone autographs as Rocky Balboa.
Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Over $100
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One of the top high-end brands of the last few years in basketball, baseball collectors can also get in on the premium fun with 2015 Immaculate Baseball. Featuring five autograph or memorabilia cards per box, collectors can try their luck chasing signed rookie cards for Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant or one of many impressive relic cards.
The big draw of 2015 Topps Museum Collection Baseball is the checklist, which heavily features past stars and current players. The high-end product includes an autograph or memorabilia card in every pack. Boxes yield one autograph, an autographed relic, a jumbo memorabilia card and a quad relic.
Built around big hits and relics that come in threes, 2015 Triple Threads Baseball has a distinct look that is immediately recognizable. Despite the higher price, the potential for something amazing is hard to question and each box includes two autographed relics and two additional relic cards. The format splits it into two mini boxes, each with two hits.
Among the highest of high-end baseball, 2015 Topps Dynasty Baseball picks up where it left off in the 2014 debut. Prices sit north of $250 for a one-card box, but the quality is immediately apparent as is the strong checklist. Not just featuring autographed cards for some of the biggest baseball names of the past and present, well-known funnyman Will Ferrell even has a cameo in the set.