Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 2019 Topps Big League Baseball

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Late last week, 2023 Topps Big League Baseball arrived. As I type this, there are still boxes available on Topps’ website for $50. This is one of the most inexpensive hobby boxes you will see this year. So if ripping is your thing and you can’t always find products in your area, this one may be for you. With that being said, let’s take a look at the 2019 release.

2019 Topps Big League Baseball features a 400-card base set. All the cards in the base set can also be found in five different parallels that range from one per pack down to one-of-one Red Foil. In addition to the base set, there are four insert designs with equal 1:4 pack odds. There is one long-shot insert, Ballpark Oddities, found just once in every 436 packs. Of course, there are autographs to chase down. This being one of the lower-end releases, they’re not guaranteed in every box. 

2019 Topps Big League Baseball Box Break

Cards per pack: 10
Packs per box: 24
Price paid: $24

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Pack 1 highlights:

Brandon Lowe RC, Shohei Ohtani, Jose Ramirez, Christian Yelich Gold (one per pack) & Jayson “J-Hey” Heyward Nicknames (1 in every 4 packs)

It would be fun to see Yelich return to his MVP form this season. He won the NL MVP award in 2018, and finished second in the 2019 voting. 

Pack 2:

Giancarlo Stanton, Francisco Lindor, Harper/Santana/Votto LL, Joey Lucchesi Gold, Mike Trout Wall Climbers (1:4 packs) & Kris Bryant Artist’s Rendition (41/50) (1:44 packs)

Pack 3:

Scherzer/deGrom/Nola LL, Buster Posey, Eugenio Suarez Gold, Shohei Ohtani Star Caricatures (1:4 packs) & Rowdy Tellez Rookie Republic Autographs (80/99) (1:574 packs)

Long-shot autograph hit! Sure, it’s Tellez but it’s still a tough pull.

Pack 4:

Jorge Polanco, Juan Soto, Anthony Rendon, Bregman/Andujar/Betts LL, Nick Williams Gold & Giancarlo Stanton Blast Off (1:4 packs)

Pack 5:

Jose Abreu, Diaz/Kimbrel/Treinen LL, Max Scherzer, Christian Yelich, Marcus Stroman Gold & Nick “Nick” Castellanos Nicknames (1:4 packs)

Does Nick really count as a nickname?

Pack 6:

Gerrit Cole, Lucas Giolito, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Betts/Martinez/Trout LL, Christian Yelich, Roberto Osuna Gold & Max Kepler Wall Climbers (1:4 packs)

Pack 7:

Yu Darvish, Tyler Glasnow, Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw, Brandon Belt Gold & Aaron Nola Star Caricatures (1:4 packs)

Nola was one of the best pitchers in baseball last season, finishing fourth in the NL Cy Young voting. 

Pack 8:

Yadier Molina, Yelich/Gennett/Freeman LL, DJ LeMahieu, Jeff McNeil RC, David Dahl Gold & J.D. Martinez Blast Off (1:4 packs)

Pack 9:

Albert Pujols, Merrifield/Martinez/Castellanos LL, Max Muncy, Jose Altuve Gold & Todd “Toddfather” Frazier Nicknames (1:4 packs)

Now there’s a nickname! 

Pack 10:

Jack Flaherty, Gary Sanchez, Jameson Taillon, Joey Votto, Kyle Freeland Gold & Corey Dickerson Wall Climbers (1:4 packs)

Pack 11:

Anthony Rizzo, Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Braun, Victor Robles Gold & Blake Snell Star Caricatures (1:4 packs)

Robles had a really good first full major league season in 2019 but hasn’t been able to recreate that since then. He had 17 home runs, 65 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 2019. He hasn’t hit more than six long balls in a season since. 

Pack 12:

Jacob deGrom, Aaron Nola, Jesus Aguilar Gold & Aaron Judge Blast Off (1:4 packs)

Pack 13:

Blake Snell, Didi Gregorius, Arenado/Story/Carpenter LL, Betts/Lindor/Martinez LL, Eddie Rosario Gold & Jose “Tuve” Altuve Nicknames (1:4 packs)

The WBC was a lot of fun to watch, but an injury like Altuve’s is a tough one to take for the Astros. 

Pack 14:

Matt Olson, David Dahl, Michael Kopech RC, Ryon Healy Gold & Odubel Herrera Wall Climbers (1:4 packs)

Pack 15:

Carlos Correa, Yoan Moncada, Kevin Newman RC, Whit Merrifield, Freeman/Rendon/Markakis LL, Tim Anderson, Blake Snell Gold & Nick Castellanos Star Caricatures (1:4 packs)

Moncada started off hot this season. Through six games, he is hitting .440 with four doubles and two home runs.

Pack 16:

Andrew McCutchen, Andrew Heaney, Josh Bell, Kevin Newman Gold RC & Bryce Harper Blast Off (1:4 packs)

Pack 17:

Salvador Perez, Justin Verlander Gold, Miguel “Papa” Andujar Nicknames (1:4 packs) & Odubel Herrera Rainbow Foil #ed 031/100 (1:22 packs)

Andujar is another guy who had one big season but has been unable to match it. In 2018 he hit .297 with 27 HR and 92 RBI. Since then he has spent most of his time in the minors. 

Pack 18:

Josh Donaldson, Freeman/Yelich/Markakis LL, Eugenio Suarez, Gleyber Torres, Juan Soto, Tarvis Jankowski Gold & Adam Engel Wall Climbers (1:4 packs)

Pack 19:

Victor Robles, JT Realmuto, Mookie Betts, Blake Snell, Chris Taylor, Kyle Tucker Gold RC & Ronald Acuna, Jr. Star Caricatures (1:4 packs)

Kyle Tucker is one of the more underrated players in the game, in my opinion. 

Pack 20:

Turner/Hamilton/Marte LL, Corey Kluber, Adrian Beltre, Eloy Jimenez RC, Whit Merrifield Gold & Khris Davis Blast Off (1:4 packs)

Pack 21:

Jon Lester, David Price, Paul DeJong, Jorge Soler, Wellington Castillo Gold & Mitch “2-Bags” Moreland Nicknames (1:4 packs)

Pack 22:

Ketel Marte, Dansby Swanson, Daniel Palka Gold & Mookie Betts Wall Climbers (1:4 packs)

Pack 23:

Christian Yelich, Brock Holt, Snell/Bauer/Verlander LL, Corey Kluber Gold & Kluber Star Caricatures (1:4 packs)

Kluber is no longer the dominant pitcher he once was. He finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting every season between 2014 and 2018. He won the award in 2014 and 2017. 

Pack 24:

Jose Altuve, Eddie Rosario, Manny Machado, Andrew Benintendi, Chris Sale, Andrew McCutchen Gold & Avisail Garcia Blast Off (1:4 packs)

Lastly, the Altuve card back. Pretty standard, but I wish it showed full career stat lines. I am a geek like that. 

These products are always a fun rip, especially when you don’t have to stress about what you just spent on it. I did get lucky and find a tough autograph, though it wasn’t one of the top names on the checklist. Tatis, Tucker, McNeil, and Guerrero are all found in the Rookie Republic autograph checklist. There are also some big names in the regular autograph checklist like Acuna, Judge, Ohtani, Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Soto, and Trout. Sure, they aren’t easy pulls, but wouldn’t it be great to find one of those guys in an inexpensive box like this?

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Want more installments of Shane Salmonson’s Cheap Wax Wednesday? Check out his other breaks in the archives.

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