03 December 2017

Pack of the Day 181: 2017 Topps Gallery Rack Pack

A few days ago, I picked up a blaster box of 2017 Topps Holiday Baseball. Along with that, I also grabbed a rack pack of 2017 Topps Gallery.


The pack says that it's got 12 cards inside, but two of those are exclusive Canvas parallels. I will collect some of these packaging-specific parallels for players that I like, but sometimes it just feels like they are wasted cards in a pack. If I were a set-builder, I'd find them irritating, because in this case that is two card slots in the pack taken up by something that doesn't help me toward filling out the checklist.


Here are the odds and No Purchase Necessary information from the back of the pack. There are plenty of parallels, a couple of insert sets, parallels of the insert sets, autographs, and sketch cards.


Here are the eight base cards from the pack. I think they look all right. None of the cards really feature any players that I collect. Mayumi Seto is the artist credited on the back for the art on the front of all these cards. From what I've heard, another artist did the art for the short-printed cards in the set. I didn't pull any of those.


Hunter Renfroe made his second appearance of the pack in the Canvas parallels, alongside Gary Sanchez. The Canvas cards look all right. I almost think I like them better than the base cards. I pulled a Hall of Fame Gallery card of Reggie Jackson and a Hall of Fame Gallery Green parallel of Mike Piazza. The Green parallels for this insert set fall 1:43 packs, so it's a decent card to get. I have to think that Green border would look good on the Jackson card. The Piazza is numbered # 222 / 250.

This is a decent-looking set, but I don't feel much compulsion to chase any more of it. I haven't really taken a look at the checklist to see if I'm missing some sort of must-have things for my collection, but my initial impression is that it's just not really my kind of product.

4 comments:

  1. I'm with you on this one. I liked the idea of the reboot, but for whatever reason it just didn't move the needle for me. Maybe if all the cards were done up like the canvas parallels?

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    1. That could do it. I find the Canvas cards much easier to look at than the base cards. I also wasn't in collecting when Gallery was released before, so I don't have any nostalgia attached to the brand. Same thing with Gold Label.

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  2. I really- and I mean, really- like the Hall of Fame cards. I picked up a green Griffey off of eBay and am thrilled with it.

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    1. The Hall of Fame cards are nice. I'll bet that Griffey looks good with a green border.

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