2013 Topps Museum Collection Box Break & Review
If you watch the HD box break video below, you’ll notice that I begin by calling myself a “moron.” I jumped to conclusions about the way Museum would be received by collectors and it appears I was way off base. The week before Museum launched, I predicted (mostly to myself) that the product would go the way of Valor: incredible aesthetics, hard-signed autographs, truly unique…but plummets in price within a few weeks because collectors just aren’t getting the re-sale value they crave on the secondary market.
One big thing I failed to take into account: box configuration. This is something that many collectors, myself included, often take for granted. Topps Valor came with one pack. It may have had 4-5 “hits” per box, but it came in the form of one pack. Museum Collection comes in the form of four mini boxes, each with one hit. The overall product breakdown actually favors Valor, which usually included at least three autographs per box, plus two patch cards. In some cases, a patch-autograph would replace one of the patch cards meaning that some boxes included four autographs and one patch per box. Museum Collection includes only four “hits,” usually in the form of two autographs and two memorabilia cards.
We can debate precisely why collectors are appreciating Museum Collection more than they did Valor, but I firmly believe product configuration has a lot to do with it. The seemingly insignificant fact that collectors can purchase one “mini-box” of Museum at a time is actually a huge deal. Imagine if Valor had been released with the same configuration…four mini-boxes. Some of them with TWO hits. Sure, the overall quality of Museum could play a bigger role than I’m giving it credit for, but the fact is you cannot deny that product configuration plays a role in the buying decisions of collectors.
Enough of my random rant on something pretty unrelated to the actual box I busted
My box was nothing to write home about, but I still had a blast busting open those four mini boxes. Here are a few reasons why collectors are digging this product, in bullet format:
- Designs are beautiful (high-end “feel”)
- Plenty of variety (in terms of patch autos, autos, mem cards, etc)
- Amazing Veteran checklist (including silver ink autos, patch cards, framed cards, etc)
- Crazy on-card auto checklist
- Juicy patches and Jumbo patches
- Veteran logo shields
As you could see from the video, the base cards are beautiful. The entire product is really well done. From the “Canvas Collection” cards, which resemble oil paintings (and are, in fact, reproductions of larger paintings,) to the framed autographs, the Topps design team did a remarkable job maintaining a consistent “museum-quality” theme to the product. Here are the hits from my box (not including the gorgeous base cards and parallels):
And just for your enjoyment, I created a couple of “big hit” galleries to show off some of the sick cards found in this product. The first gallery highlights rookies, the second veterans. Enjoy!