Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 2023 Topps Holiday Baseball

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Wait, aren’t we in the middle of football season? Yes. Yes we are. However, given the time of year, I figured it was the perfect time to showcase this one. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense midsummer, now does it?

Topps has been releasing a holiday-themed box every year since its introduction in 2016. The base set follows the flagship design with some snowflake additions. There should be no mistaking a Topps Holiday card 2023 Topps Holiday Baseball features a 200-card base checklist. There are three different parallels: Metallic, Red Metallic (limited to 99 copies) and Golden Metallic one-of-ones.

As is the case every year, there are also variations. With autographs in short supply, these tend to be the highlight of the rip. Rip this one slowly and try to catch the,. They could be anything from the player wearing a Santa belt to a snowman in the background. 

Each box contains a relic card or autograph. Don’t wish too hard for an autograph though, as those only fall about once in every 30 boxes.

2023 Topps Holiday Baseball Box Break

Cards per pack: 10
Packs per box: 10
Price paid: $30

Shop for 2023 Topps Holiday Baseball boxes on eBay.

Every box also contains an oversized ornament card.

Pack 1 highlights:

 Yordan Alvarez, Spencer Torkelson, Bryan Reynolds, Ronald Acuna, Jr., Brayan Bello RC, Corbin Carroll RC & Patrick Wisdom Metallic (1:2 packs)

Pack 2:

Masataka Yoshida RC, CJ Abrams, Jordan Walker RC, Julio Rodriguez, Manny Machado & Luis Robert

Pack 3:

Chris Sale, Alex Bregman, Zack Greinke, Pablo Lopez, James Outman RC, Austin Riley, Adley Rutschman RC & Brandon Crawford Metallic (1:2 packs)

Pack 4:

George Springer, Brandon Crawford, Randy Arozarena, Adley Rutschman RC & Zach Neto RC

Pack 5:

Ke’Bryan Hayes, Kyle Schwarber, Steven Kwan, Ezequiel Tovar RC, Logan Webb, Josh Jung Super Rare Photo Variation (1:161 packs) & Chris Sale Metallic (1:2 packs)

How can you tell the difference between variations? Well, the codes will help you out. Or, there’s a handy guide.

Pack 6:

Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Grayson Rodriguez RC, Oswaldo Cabrera RC & Christopher Morel Jersey Relic (1:11 packs)

Pack 7:

Salvador Perez, Mookie Betts, Luis Arraez, Joey Votto, Spencer Strider & Randy Arozarena Metallic (1:2 packs)

Pack 8:

Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, Yu Darvish, Shane McClanahan, Matt Chapman, Ian Happ & Anthony Volpe RC

Pack 9:

Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto, Hunter Greene, Cody Bellinger, Zac Gallen & James Outman Metallic (1:2 packs)

Pack 10:

Pete Alonso, Freddie Freeman, Jeremy Pena, Michael Harris II RC, Christopher Morel RC & Francisco Alvarez RC

Lastly, the Freeman card back. Note the red and green color scheme as well as the H134 numbering. 

These have been a Walmart exclusive product in the past. They also tend to move quickly once they release. Yes, odds of hitting something big are pretty low, but it is a fun rip for the price.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!

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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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  1. matthew0022 21 December, 2023 at 13:07

    Did you not get any Santa Hat inserts?? I got a few and if I could upload a pic I would.. it looks just like a regular card. But the player has a Santa hat on, you should double check…

    I like what you do man. Keep it up


  2. Anthony Palumbo 22 December, 2023 at 08:23

    Theres this other sport called Hockey. Maybe someone could do a Cheap Wax Hockey break? Just once even!?!?! Sorry for the sarcasm but it just blows my mind how little Hockey content Beckett features. Im a long time subcriber in print (since 1985) and web any virtually nothing. Thanks for your time.

  3. 4sharpcorners 23 December, 2023 at 08:04

    3 bucks a pack. Ive never pulled anything from a Holiday box. Even the new released 23-24 NBA Hoops have snow and it’s not a holiday box. If suggest any Topps Heritage from this year I pulled a Shohei Ohtani Autograph and Aaron Judge Relic $6 a pack at Walmart

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