Monday, July 14, 2014

Product Review: 2014 Topps Chipz Baseball

Who would have thought that these Chipz would be as collectible as first thought? I didn't think so, but for some reason this year I was intrigued. Was it the low price er pack? Was it that you could collect multiple version of a player? Was it that you could pull a relic? Nope, it was just the fun of it all. Ripping open a pack of 4 Chipz that could be anyone, any colour and worth every penny.

This years edition of MLB Chipz has introduced Colour Chipz and lower odds of finding a Glow-in-the-Dark, Magnetic and even lower odds for Relic Chipz.

Each pack will provide you with 4 Chipz and 1 Game board. Chipz have a number of parallel versions per player. Red, Blue, Black, Silver, and Gold can be found within packs. Silver and Gold parallels are the hardest to find running at 1-2 per box of 36 packs.

Along with the different coloured Chipz you can find Glow-in-the-Dark, Magnetic and Team Sticker parallels within each of the different coloured Chipz. What this means is you could see 1 player ending up with 30 different Chipz to collect for your favorite team or player.

Added into this mix are Mascots from each team. These also are found within the same parallels as above. The odds for Mascots are 1:4 packs which make them harder to pull overall plus even harder for the different versions.

After buying a couple of packs from a couple of places, we decided to buy a box of 36 packs and see how this measured up against buying a hobby box. Lets see how we did;  
Base Chipz: 47 (1 double)
Base Chipz Team Logo: 20 (2 doubles)
Base Chipz Glow-in-the-Dark: 20 (2 doubles)
Base Chipz Gold Foil Parallel: 4 - Cano, Price, Segura, Hamilton
Red Parallel Chipz: 13
Red Parallel Glow-in-the-Dark: 2
Red Parallel Team Logo: 7
Red Parallel Chipz: 13
Blue Parallel Chipz: 4
Blue Parallel Glow-in-the-Dark: 3
Blue Parallel Team Logo: 1
Black Parallel Chipz: 4 - Puig
Black Parallel Team Logo: 5
Silver Parallel Chipz: 1 - Cole Hamels
Magnet Parallel Chipz: 5

Base Chipz Mascots: 4
Base Chipz Mascots Team Logos: 3
Red Parallel Mascots: 1
Black Parallel Mascots Team Logos: 1

This was an interesting buy overall. Under $70 for the box, over 150 Chipz and a lot of fun. That is the best description for this purchase, fun. When you collect cards as your main hobby your not looking for high end chips to be pulled like Relics or Gold Parallels. Each pack was fun to open and fun to collect players and teams in different parallels. 

 The design of the Chipz are solid. Exactly like a poker chip in weight and size. The different colours look great and they really standout among the base Chipz. I personally like the Black parallels with Blue a close second. The Glow-in-the-Dark Chipz are a fun item. They really do glow in a very dark space. The Mascots are a nice added touch to the Chipz. When your building your team sets they can become the hardest part of your hunt.
 The assortment in this box was a little different than I expected. We pulled 5 doubles in the box and did not pull a Gold Parallel Chipz and only 1 Silver. Would have liked to see a Gold pulled but that's alright, we pulled lots of Chipz and now have to find a place to put them. That is one piece of advice, when you buy a box like this ensure you have some poker chip holders, or sheets to store them. It can be cumbersome to have 100+ Chipz in a box.

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Gambler Overall Rating: 4.6 out of 5
Cost: 5/5
Concept: 4/5
Design: 5/5
Parallels: 5/5
Inserts: 4/5
Fun Aspect: 5/5

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