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.

Unfortunately for many collectors, hobby shops aren't as plentiful as they used to be. And while places like Walmart and Target have cards, the retail boxes sold there often don't normally have as many autographs or memorabilia cards. For most collectors, hobby boxes are definitely the way to go. Thanks to online shopping, finding the right set has never been easier.

We've picked some great 2016 baseball card hobby boxes to give this season. Because most boxes can range in price from under $50 up to around $500, and even much higher, we've highlighted some for all budgets.

Baseball Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide

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Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $50

2016 Topps Bunt Baseball 

Generally, not much falls in at this price point but 2016 Topps Bunt is not your normal baseball set. While there is a hobby version, no hits are guaranteed while autographs and even numbered cards are very tough to pull. What you do get is an inexpensive product with some fun inserts. For a nice stocking stuffer or something good for a new collector, this is hard to beat.

2016 Topps Bunt Baseball Hobby Box



Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $70

2016 Topps Baseball Complete Factory Set

A simple way to compile the flagship Topps set, the 2016 Topps Baseball Complete Factory set features all 700 cards from Series 1 and 2. There are actually quite a few versions, some with exclusive parallels or inserts, that all run about the same price. If you are looking for something a little more limited, Topps sells exclusive flagship factory sets through their website.

2016 Topps Baseball Retail Factory Set box



2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball

MiLB sets don't normally get a lot of attention in the hobby, but 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League is a diamond in the rough. A relatively limited production and a lower price is joined by on-card autographs from some top young prospects.

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball hobby box



2016 Donruss Diamond Kings Baseball

Featuring an artistic look, 2016 Diamond Kings brings two total autographs or relics per hobby box. Collectors also appreciate the checklist that mixes current stars, top rookies and all-time greats.

2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Hobby Box



2016 Donruss Optic Baseball

The chromium version of the main Donruss set, 2016 Donruss Optic is a popular debut release from Panini. In the same vein as Topps Chrome, the set includes some on-card autographs and a ton of parallels. Adding to the appeal and value, every box delivers two signed cards.

2016 Panini Donruss Optic Baseball Hobby Box



2016 Topps Chrome Baseball

For some, nothing is better than a box of Topps Chrome under the tree. The well-known brand continues to earn considerable attention in 2016 thanks to limited variations and the many Refractors. While basic Hobby includes two autographs, Jumbo bumps that to five signed cards.

2016 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box



2016 Topps Update Series Baseball

Although you can easily get the first two series for flagship Topps in a factory set, the third set in the cardboard trilogy is a bit more elusive. Still on the simple side, 2016 Update helps bring the brand up to speed on trades and rookie call-ups plus one autograph or relic per Hobby box.




Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $100

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2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball

Back for another year, 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball scratches the collecting itch for 1990s nostalgia. Packed with great photography and two on-card autographs per box, this is another collecting favorite.

2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Hobby Box



2016 Bowman Inception Baseball

Like all Bowman products, the main focus of 2016 Bowman Inception Baseball is on young prospects. This is a set that is best suited 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.

2016 Bowman Inception Baseball Hobby Box



2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

Since debuting in 2006, Allen & Ginter has become the hobby benchmark as far as variety goes. Baseball stars are freely interspersed with champions from other sports and activities. While the non-baseball signers aren't as strong as previous years, 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball includes a wide mix ranging from Michael Phelps to Kevin Costner, plus the familiar MLB stars.

2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Hobby Box



Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Over $100

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2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball

One of the top high-end brands of the last few years in several sports, baseball collectors also get in on the premium fun with 2016 Immaculate Baseball. Featuring five autograph or memorabilia cards per box, collectors can try their luck chasing signed rookie cards or one of many impressive relic cards.




2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball

The big draw of 2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball is the quality look and checklist, which heavily features past stars and current players. The high-end product includes an autograph or memorabilia card in every pack. Master boxes yield one autograph, an autographed relic, a jumbo memorabilia card and a quad relic.

2016 Museum Collection Baseball Hobby box



2016 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

Built around big hits and relics that come in threes, 2016 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.




2016 Topps The Mint Baseball

Among the highest of high-end baseball, 2016 Topps The Mint features five premium autographs per box. While the price is still very expensive, the box cost has come down quite a bit. If you are looking for quality, unique hits, and price is not an issue, The Mint could fill that spot.




Top eBay Listings

2016 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball Hobby 10-Box Case

2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Hobby 24-Box Case

2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Hobby 12-Box Case

2016 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby 12-Box Case

2016 Topps The Mint Baseball Hobby Box - Factory Sealed!

2016 topps chrome Baseball 2 HTA HOBBY box lot - 5 autographs per box


(1) 2016 Topps The Mint Hobby Baseball Unopened Factory Sealed Box (5 Autos)




2016 Topps Bunt Baseball Hobby 20-Box Case



2016 Bowman Baseball Jumbo (HTA) Hobby 12 Pack Box (Sealed)

2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball HOBBY SEALED BOX
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Trey Treutel

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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+.

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