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2018 Topps Finest Baseball Cards - Mystery Redemption Autographs Revealed

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Cards – Mystery Redemption Autographs Revealed

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A modern hobby staple, 2018 Topps Finest Baseball lives up to its reputation for elaborate designs, Chrome technology, and Refractor parallels.

Packing two hard-signed autographs per master box, 2018 Finest MLB features several new inserts done in the renowned style of the brand.

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Base / Inserts

Pushing even more abstract than 2017, 2018 Topps Finest Baseball uses a base design with a lot of action, and several colors. Naturally, there are Refractor parallels for the seasoned players and rookies, including Ohtani, in the main set, plus the various inserts.

2018 Topps Finest Baseball

New inserts in the 2018 Topps Finest Baseball checklist include Finest Cornerstones, which puts the current face of the franchise on a design that pays homage to the 1994-95 Finest Basketball Cornerstone cards. Sitting Red uses the ball itself, and highlights the players that can really mash.

2018 Topps Finest Baseball

There is also the annual Finest Careers Die-Cut insert at two per case. This year honors Cal Ripken Jr. with a 10-card set. Parallels consist of Gold Refractor (#/50) and SuperFractor (1/1) editions.

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Autographs

Once again delivering two on-card autographs per box, the signed choices in 2018 Topps Finest Baseball include the main Finest Autographs using the base design, as well as Finest Firsts Autographs for the rookies, and Finest Hour Autographs with a large clock face in the background. Among the parallels are new Orange Wave Refractors, limited to 25 copies.

2018 Topps Finest Baseball

There are also signed versions for the Finest Careers, Cornerstones and Sitting Red inserts. In addition, Finest Originals presents autographed buybacks from earlier sets.

Release Date: 06/06/2018
Product Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 6 packs per mini box, 2 mini boxes per master box, 8 master boxes per case

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 2 Autographs

 

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Set Checklist

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Base Refractor, Purple #/250, Blue #/150, Green #/99, Gold #/50, Orange #/25, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

1 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
2 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
3 Brandon Woodruff - Milwaukee Brewers RC
4 Rougned Odor - Texas Rangers
5 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
6 Chris Archer - Tampa Bay Rays
7 Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox
8 Evan Longoria - San Francisco Giants
9 Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
10 Dallas Keuchel - Houston Astros
11 Austin Hays - Baltimore Orioles RC
12 Nicky Delmonico - Chicago White Sox RC
13 Elvis Andrus - Texas Rangers
14 Jack Flaherty - St. Louis Cardinals RC
15 Domingo Santana - Milwaukee Brewers
16 Anthony Rendon - Washington Nationals
17 Alex Wood - Los Angeles Dodgers
18 Eric Thames - Milwaukee Brewers
19 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
20 Nomar Mazara - Texas Rangers
21 Tommy Pham - St. Louis Cardinals
22 Didi Gregorius - New York Yankees
23 Tim Beckham - Baltimore Orioles
24 Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals
25 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
26 Carlos Carrasco - Cleveland Indians
27 Jose Ramirez - Cleveland Indians
28 Lucas Sims - Atlanta Braves RC
29 Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees
30 Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies
31 Albert Pujols - Los Angeles Angels
32 Ervin Santana - Minnesota Twins
33 Billy Hamilton - Cincinnati Reds
34 Marcus Stroman - Toronto Blue Jays
35 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
36 Dominic Smith - New York Mets RC
37 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
38 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
39 Wil Myers - San Diego Padres
40 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
41 Travis Shaw - Milwaukee Brewers
42 Kevin Pillar - Toronto Blue Jays
43 Yuli Gurriel - Houston Astros
44 Paul DeJong - St. Louis Cardinals
45 George Springer - Houston Astros
46 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
47 Craig Kimbrel - Boston Red Sox
48 Andrelton Simmons - Los Angeles Angels
49 Justin Verlander - Houston Astros
50 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
51 Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
52 Raisel Iglesias - Cincinnati Reds
53 Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics RC
54 Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
55 Stephen Strasburg - Washington Nationals
56 Ryan McMahon - Colorado Rockies RC
57 Edwin Encarnacion - Cleveland Indians
58 Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
59 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
60 Maikel Franco - Philadelphia Phillies
61 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox RC
62 Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics
63 J.P. Crawford - Philadelphia Phillies RC
64 Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox
65 Odubel Herrera - Philadelphia Phillies
66 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
67 Justin Turner - Los Angeles Dodgers
68 Michael Fulmer - Detroit Tigers
69 Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins
70 Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
71 Avisail Garcia - Chicago White Sox
72 Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
73 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
74 Francisco Mejia - Cleveland Indians RC
75 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies RC
76 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
77 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
78 Corey Knebel - Milwaukee Brewers
79 Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston Red Sox
80 Kenley Jansen - Los Angeles Dodgers
81 Amed Rosario - New York Mets RC
82 Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
83 Nick Williams - Philadelphia Phillies RC
84 David Robertson - New York Yankees
85 Chance Sisco - Baltimore Orioles RC
86 Robbie Ray - Arizona Diamondbacks
87 Nelson Cruz - Seattle Mariners
88 Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
89 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
90 Miguel Andujar - New York Yankees RC
91 Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
92 Andrew McCutchen - San Francisco Giants
93 Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
94 Yoenis Cespedes - New York Mets
95 Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
96 Brett Gardner - New York Yankees
97 Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
98 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
99 Alex Verdugo - Los Angeles Dodgers RC
100 Shohei Ohtani - LA Angels RC: Shop eBay

 

Extended Base SP Set Checklist

25 cards. 1:28 packs.
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/50, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

101 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
102 Yoan Moncada - Chicago White Sox
103 Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves RC
104 Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians
105 Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks
106 Aaron Altherr - Philadelphia Phillies
107 Harrison Bader - St. Louis Cardinals RC
108 Jose Berrios - Minnesota Twins
109 Jonathan Schoop - Baltimore Orioles
110 Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis Cardinals
111 J.D. Davis - Houston Astros RC
112 Willie Calhoun - Texas Rangers RC
113 Hunter Renfroe - San Diego Padres
114 Michael Conforto - New York Mets
115 Brandon Crawford - San Francisco Giants
116 Whit Merrifield - Kansas City Royals
117 Josh Donaldson - Toronto Blue Jays
118 Josh Bell - Pittsburgh Pirates
119 Clint Frazier - New York Yankees RC
120 Nicholas Castellanos - Detroit Tigers
121 Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
122 Luis Severino - New York Yankees
123 Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers
124 Zack Greinke - Arizona Diamondbacks
125 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros

 

Finest Mystery Redemption Autograph Set Checklist

3 cards. 1:1,390 packs.
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1 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
2 Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
3 Ronald Acuna - Atlanta Braves

 

Finest Autographs Set Checklist

54 cards. 1:14 packs. Shop autographs on eBay. 
REFRACTOR PARALLEL: Blue #/150, Green #/99, Green Wave #/99, Gold #/50, Orange #/25, Orange Wave #/25, Red #/5, Red Wave #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.

FA-AB Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
FA-ABA Anthony Banda - Arizona Diamondbacks
FA-AH Austin Hays - Baltimore Orioles
FA-AP Andy Pettitte - New York Yankees
FA-AR Amed Rosario - New York Mets
FA-AV Alex Verdugo - Los Angeles Dodgers
FA-BA Brian Anderson - Miami Marlins
FA-BD Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins
FA-BW Brandon Woodruff - Milwaukee Brewers
FA-CA Christian Arroyo - San Francisco Giants
FA-CS Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox
FA-CSI Chance Sisco - Baltimore Orioles
FA-CT Chris Taylor - Los Angeles Dodgers
FA-DF Dustin Fowler - Oakland Athletics
FA-DG Didi Gregorius - New York Yankees
FA-DJ Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
FA-DS Dominic Smith - New York Mets
FA-FM Francisco Mejia - Cleveland Indians
FA-GA Greg Allen - Cleveland Indians
FA-GC Garrett Cooper - New York Yankees
FA-HB Harrison Bader - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-IH Ian Happ - Chicago Cubs
FA-JC J.P. Crawford - Philadelphia Phillies
FA-JF Jack Flaherty - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-JL Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks
FA-JR Jose Ramirez - Cleveland Indians
FA-JT Jim Thome - Cleveland Indians
FA-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
FA-KD Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics
FA-LG Lucas Giolito - Chicago White Sox
FA-LSI Lucas Sims - Atlanta Braves
FA-MA Miguel Andujar - New York Yankees
FA-MFR Max Fried - Atlanta Braves
FA-MM Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
FA-MO Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
FA-MR Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees
FA-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
FA-OA Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves
FA-PBL Paul Blackburn - Oakland Athletics
FA-PD Paul DeJong - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-RD Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
FA-RI Raisel Iglesias - Cincinnati Reds
FA-RM Ryan McMahon - Colorado Rockies
FA-SA Sandy Alcantara - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-SN Sean Newcomb - Atlanta Braves
FA-SO Shohei Ohtani - LA Angels: Shop eBay
FA-TM Tyler Mahle - Cincinnati Reds
FA-TP Tommy Pham - St. Louis Cardinals
FA-TS Travis Shaw - Milwaukee Brewers
FA-TW Tyler Wade - New York Yankees
FA-TWL Tzu-Wei Lin - Boston Red Sox
FA-VR Victor Robles - Washington Nationals
FA-WB Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers
FA-WM Whit Merrifield - Kansas City Royals

 

Finest Careers Die-Cut Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:48 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Gold #/50, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

FC-CR1 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR2 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR3 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR4 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR5 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR6 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR7 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR8 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR9 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FC-CR10 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles

 

Finest Careers Die-Cut Autographs Set Checklist

10 cards. Serial numbered #/10. 1:4,056 packs.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

FCA-CR1 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR2 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR3 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR4 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR5 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR6 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR7 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR8 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR9 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-CR10 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles

 

Finest Cornerstones Set Checklist

30 cards. 1:3 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Gold #/50, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

FC-AB Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox
FC-AJ Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
FC-BH Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
FC-BP Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
FC-CA Chris Archer - Tampa Bay Rays
FC-CB Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
FC-CC Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
FC-FF Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
FC-FL Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
FC-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
FC-JB Josh Bell - Pittsburgh Pirates
FC-JD Josh Donaldson - Toronto Blue Jays
FC-JUB Justin Bour - Miami Marlins
FC-JV Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
FC-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
FC-MC Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
FC-MM Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
FC-MO Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
FC-MS Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
FC-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
FC-NA Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
FC-NM Nomar Mazara - Texas Rangers
FC-NS Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
FC-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
FC-RB Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
FC-RC Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
FC-RH Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
FC-SP Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
FC-WM Wil Myers - San Diego Padres
FC-YM Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals

 

Finest Cornerstones Autographs Set Checklist

11 cards. 1:314 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Orange #/25, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

FCA-BH Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
FCA-EL Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays
FCA-FF Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
FCA-JV Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
FCA-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
FCA-MM Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
FCA-MO Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
FCA-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
FCA-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
FCA-RB Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
FCA-YM Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals

 

Finest Firsts Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:12 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Gold #/50, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

FF-AR Amed Rosario - New York Mets
FF-AV Alex Verdugo - Los Angeles Dodgers
FF-CF Clint Frazier - New York Yankees
FF-DS Dominic Smith - New York Mets
FF-NW Nick Williams - Philadelphia Phillies
FF-OA Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves
FF-RD Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
FF-RH Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
FF-SO Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
FF-VR Victor Robles - Washington Nationals

 

Finest Firsts Autographs Set Checklist

11 cards. 1:204 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Blue #/150, Green #/99, Green Wave #/99, Gold #/50, Orange #/25, Orange Wave #/25, Red #/5, Red Wave #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

FFA-AR Amed Rosario - New York Mets
FFA-AV Alex Verdugo - Los Angeles Dodgers
FFA-DS Dominic Smith - New York Mets
FFA-FM Francisco Mejia - Cleveland Indians
FFA-HB Harrison Bader - St. Louis Cardinals
FFA-JC J.P. Crawford - Philadelphia Phillies
FFA-JF Jack Flaherty - St. Louis Cardinals
FFA-MA Miguel Andujar - New York Yankees
FFA-OA Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves
FFA-RD Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
FFA-VR Victor Robles - Washington Nationals

 

Finest Hour Autographs Set Checklist

25 cards. 1:156 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Gold #/50, Orange #/25, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

FHA-ABE Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
FHA-AJ Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
FHA-AP Andy Pettitte - New York Yankees
FHA-AR Amed Rosario - New York Mets
FHA-BH Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
FHA-BJ Bo Jackson - Kansas City Royals
FHA-BL Barry Larkin - Cincinnati Reds
FHA-CF Clint Frazier - New York Yankees
FHA-CK Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
FHA-CS Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox
FHA-DJ Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
FHA-DS Dominic Smith - New York Mets
FHA-FL Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
FHA-FT Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox
FHA-GS Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
FHA-I Ichiro - Miami Marlins
FHA-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
FHA-MR Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees
FHA-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
FHA-OS Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals
FHA-PM Pedro Martinez - Boston Red Sox
FHA-RD Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
FHA-RH Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
FHA-RHE Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
FHA-VR Victor Robles - Washington Nationals

 

Sitting Red Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:6 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Gold #/50, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.
2018 Topps Finest Baseball

SR-AJ Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
SR-BH Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
SR-CB Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
SR-EE Edwin Encarnacion - Cleveland Indians
SR-GS Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
SR-GST Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees
SR-JD Josh Donaldson - Toronto Blue Jays
SR-JG Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
SR-JV Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
SR-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
SR-KD Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics
SR-MM Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
SR-MO Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
SR-MS Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
SR-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
SR-NA Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
SR-NC Nelson Cruz - Seattle Mariners
SR-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
SR-RH Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
SR-YC Yoenis Cespedes - New York Mets

 

Sitting Red Autographs Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:544 packs.
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Orange #/25, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1.

SRA-BH Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
SRA-EE Edwin Encarnacion - Cleveland Indians
SRA-JV Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
SRA-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
SRA-KD Khris Davis - Oakland Athletics
SRA-MM Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
SRA-MO Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
SRA-MT Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
SRA-PG Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
SRA-YC Yoenis Cespedes - New York Mets

 

Finest Originals Buyback Autographs Set Checklist

6 Subjects. 1:2,028 packs.

Andy Pettitte - New York Yankees
Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
Edgar Martinez - Seattle Mariners
John Smoltz - Atlanta Braves
Mark Grace - Chicago Cubs
Mark McGwire - St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Pack Odds

 

Review

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Trey Treutel

Good: On-card content leads the way with two autographs per box; Refractor color pops.

Bad: Designs not as memorable as past years; box felt a little light on color; wish the overall autograph checklist was stronger.

The Bottom Line: The long-running MLB brand has seen highs and lows over the years and this is a little bit of a down year for me. Nevertheless, Finest normally has lasting power and benefits greatly from the Refractors and hard-signed autographs.

Staff Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.25/5.0

I generally enjoy the Finest style but 2018 was a little weak for my tastes. The base just had too many shapes that really didn't work together as well. Maybe it was just too abstract.

I also feel that most years have an insert design that really catches my eye but not this time. I do like the Finest Firsts over the base design. Overall, Cornerstones is my favorite even though it really doesn't really evoke the 1994-95 NBA design it is based on. It does have the more in-your-face feel that I associate with Finest, though.

On the other hand, Sitting Red is somewhat interesting but feels incomplete. To me, Finest is not about subtly, and this should be much bolder.

In any event, the hard-signed autographs are always a nice option and certainly give the product an extra boost, as does the Refractor color.

Checklist: 3.5/5.0

The 2018 Topps Finest Baseball checklist suffers from the same problems found in most sets at this price point. There are definitely some big names, but the majority of the 54-card base autograph set is flooded with low-value names.

While the insert autographs feature much stronger lineups, these are also tied to much tougher odds.

It doesn't really bother me as much since I am not a set collector, but the 25-card "Extended" set seems extreme on top of a 100-card base set. I know they did it last year, as well, but it still feels unnecessary. At least they didn't SP Ohtani as people would have rioted.

Value: 3.5/5.0

Box prices have actually dipped a bit, trending around $100-120 a box at the time of this review. Part of that can probably be attributed to the Ohtani Superfractor being pulled. Although the autographs aren't the only source of value, you likely need two solid signatures or one amazing pull to justify the box cost.

The Refactor color is an additional source of value but that can only do so much as boxes contain just a few. I felt a little bit let down with only two color Refractors in the review box. I would think 3-4 per master is a better yield.

Still, the bigger hits are lurking, including the Ohtani autographs and low-number Refractor autographs, especially the SuperFractor versions.

The Fun Factor: 3.75/5.0

All things considered, I was underwhelmed by Finest this year, which is extra disappointing as it is normally one of my favorites. Since Topps sticks to their format so consistently, it can feel a little weak when things don't align. Even though they are bland this year, the Finest Careers die-cut for Ripken in the review box was a nice surprise. Plus, the Albies autograph was actually a tough insert to hit, but otherwise, I mostly found myself wishing that the set had more design excitement.

2018 Topps Finest Baseball Hit Gallery / NPN Info

The box used for this review was provided by Topps.

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2018 Topps Finest Baseball Cards - Mystery Redemption Autographs Revealed, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2018-12-07T14:15:15+00:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Reviews

  1. Really don’t like the price point on this product. I’d rather purchase Bowman’s Best for cheaper and to get more auto’s, or Chrome to get more parallels. I don’t think I’ll ever purchase.

  2. I’m a fan of Finest. Many times I’ve found that these cards are in fine enough shape to send in for grading.

  3. Any idea when the checklist will be available? Really curious how many, if any, Ohtani autos there might be.

  4. As Baseball Fan, I find the checklist to be terrible if you are a fan of the Marlins, Pirates, Rays or Padres, so little to choose from. Fans of the Rockies, Royals, Mariners, and Giants are hardly better off. As a Yankee fan I love the checklist, also the Ripken chase will be nice. I have 4 boxes on order and cant wait to rip. I will not be doing any random breaks in this Checklist!

  5. Trey, any word if the Finest Hour autographs are 1 per case like last year’s Finest Finishes autographs?

  6. There has been no specific mention of case-hit autographs that I have seen.

  7. Will you be getting an update on the checklist parallels and /#s? I would like to think this has in fact been determined by now…

  8. We update parallel info as soon as we have. It might not be until the cards release next week.

  9. Not a single Marlins base card? Come on Topps.

  10. Still don’t get why Topps doesn’t release parallel info along with the main checklist like every other company

  11. Any pack odds on those Finest Firsts autos? Base, then color?

  12. It should be good now. I added the full pack odds at the bottom of the checklist.

  13. Thanks for updating. This site is my go-to for checklist info.

  14. Can’t wait for next year so that I can buy baseball again without having to mortgage the house.

  15. Unbelievable! An Ohtani auto, Machado auto /25, Andujar refractor auto in only three boxes! And a color parallel in every box!

  16. For what you have to pay for a box a pretty weak product. One mini had a nobody rookie and then a Sitting Red auto of Paul Goldschmidt Even with his long odds a money loser if you were trying to sell. Colors were Nelson Cruz with a high number and then a nobody color with an even higher number. For what you have to pay, Topps should upgrade their autograph list.

  17. Does anyone know the deal with the 2018 Finest mystery redemptions? I was in a break and hit one (#2 I think). When do the names get revealed? Thx!

  18. They really have to make it even more confusing by calling them inner mini boxes and master boxes? When you go to buy them they are called hobby boxes etc Nothing about mini or master boxes

  19. I broke a case this past Saturday. No Ohtani autos or color but did get a few or his base RCs and one refractor. Some good autos (Yadier Molina orange, Refael Devers gold, Dominic Smith Gold, Miguel Andujar, Amed Rosario, Harrison Bader green) and color as well. I gave 4 stars based on my experience.

  20. Always liked Finest!! Opened 5 master boxes and was able to get a full set. Best pulls were a Andujar orange rookie auto /25 and a Kris Bryant Auto MVP Medallion redemption /10. Other auto were decent with more than half in colors. 3 Ohtani rookies and 1 refractor. One of my favorite products.

  21. Bought 2 Master Hobby boxes of these 2018 Topps Finest last week & received them today. I was just totally stunned by the 4 autos I pulled from the 2 Master boxes. Paul Blackburn, Tyler Mahle, Dustin Fowler, & the big one a Finest Cornerstones auto of Manny Machado.

    I also received a SP base card of RC J.D. Davis(card #111) of the Astros. I pulled a total of 19 inserts from the 2 Master boxes as well. I received a total of 24 RC cards including the 3 RC autos.

    I pulled 3 numbered parallel cards as well. A purple refractor Paul Goldschmidt /250, a green refractor Robinson Cano /99, & a Blue Joey Gallo refractor /150.

    I did get one Ohtani RC card but as a Braves fan was disappointed to not pull an Ozzie Albies RC card. Considering the base card of him is only an extended SP(1:28 Packs) then the odds weren’t good to get his RC card in these Topps Finest cards anyhow. I did pull 3 Freddie Freeman cards(2 base & 1 base refractor).

    In my opinion, these are some really nice cards but they are a little too pricey though. I did also run into a duplicates problem too from one of these 2 Master boxes. From one of the Master boxes I pulled 10 player duplicates of the same base card. However, the other Master box only had 3 base player duplicates.

  22. Awesome. I pulled a Mike Trout red refractor #5 out of a retail pack at target for 10 bucks. I can’t complain about that

  23. I watched cases of this stuff get opened so I was pretty disappointed when I hit a Tzu-Wei Lin Green Wave auto and an Ian Happ auto in the first mini box. I’ve never seen a box with 3 autos in it and nobody would believe me if I hasn’t broken it live. The third auto was a Finest Hour Bryce Harper Auto!!! This stuff is great!

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