Baseball Card Box Holiday Gift Buying Guide

Baseball Card Box 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 2017 baseball card hobby boxes to give this season. Because most boxes can range in price from under $50 up to around $200, and even much higher, we've highlighted some for all budgets.

Baseball Card Box Holiday Gift Buying Guide

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Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $70

2017 Topps Baseball Complete Factory Set

A simple way to compile the flagship Topps set, the 2017 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 also sells exclusive flagship factory sets through their website.



2017 Topps Bunt Baseball

Generally, not much falls in at this price point but 2017 Topps Bunt is not your normal baseball set. Found in only one format, no hits are guaranteed, and autographs (and even numbered cards) are very tough to pull. What you do get is a fairly inexpensive product with some fun inserts. For a nice stocking stuffer or something good for a new collector, this is hard to beat.



2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition

More like a one-card pack, 2017 Archives Signature Series: Active Player Edition has one random buyback autograph from a current player. The affordable gamble is a fun mix of excitement and possibilities. Plus, no matter what, you end up with an on-card autograph that is numbered and encased. There is also a Postseason Edition with retired players.

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball



2017 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. Loaded with rookies, 2017 Update helps bring the brand up to speed on trades and call-ups, adding one autograph or relic per Hobby box.



2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball

Like Archives Signature Series, 2017 Clearly Authentic is a one-card-per-pack release with a hard-signed autograph. However, these striking cards opt for acetate stock using the flagship design.



Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Under $100

2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball

Back for another year, 2017 Topps Stadium Club MLB scratches the collecting itch for 1990s nostalgia. Packed with great photography and two on-card autographs per box, this is another collecting favorite.



2017 Donruss Diamond Kings Baseball

Featuring an artistic look, 2017 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.



2017 Donruss Optic Baseball

The shinier version of the main Donruss set, 2017 Donruss Optic is a popular chromium 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.



2017 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 endeavors. While the non-baseball signers aren't as strong as previous years, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball includes a wide mix ranging from Gene Hackman to Floyd Mayweather Jr, plus the familiar MLB stars.

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball



Baseball Card Hobby Boxes Over $100

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2017 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 with the 2017 edition thanks to limited variations, many Refractors, and a strong rookie class. While Hobby boxes include two autographs, Jumbo bumps that to five signed cards.

2017 Topps Chrome Baseball



2017 Topps High Tek Baseball

Even though the cards-per-box total increased a good amount, and there are now two autographs, 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball is still mostly about the acetate and patterns. There is also a Bowman version of High Tek with only prospects.



2017 Panini Immaculate Collection 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 2017 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.



2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

Built around big hits and relics that come in threes, 2017 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.



2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball

Another one-card-per-box format, 2017 Topps Luminaries is one of the newest high-end MLB sets. The low print runs and fairly tight signers list makes for an impressive result if you can handle the cost. There's also the fact that every box has a hard-signed card numbered to 15 copies or less.

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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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