2019 Topps Inception Case Break Advice.

Welcome to another edition of Big Time Breaks “Case Break Advice”.

In this edition we will focus on the hot new product 2019 Topps Inception which is set to hit shelves this week (3/20/19).

After a quick glance at the checklist, our initial reaction was something like this….

“UGH! Why would they.. OHHH I like that… wait! WHY didn’t they!! Oh but they…”

Bottom line: It’s a strong checklist, just not AS strong as we were hoping it would be.

Why? The main reasons would be that Bryce Harper is not included on the Nationals Checklist, some of the bigger market teams are bare, and some of the smaller market teams left off some “sneaky plays”.

Having said all this, we would still give this checklist a SOLID grade of an “A”. (Had the potential for A+++++++)

Now, without further ado, let’s dive into our plays of the year for 2019 Topps Inception Case Breaks.

TOP PLAYS

  1. New York Yankees

This is most likely going to be one of those “pay to play” checklists, where you will have no choice but to pay up since the checklist is so loaded.

Take a look at the stackedness (if it’s not a word it should be) of this New York Yankees checklist…

Aaron Judge Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Auto – Inception Legendary Debut LDA-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag Book IALT-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Auto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch Book IMLP-AJ Yankees
Aaron Judge Base 81 Yankees
Andrew McCutchen Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-AM Yankees
Andy Pettitte Auto – Inception Legendary Debut LDA-AP Yankees
Chance Adams Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-CA Yankees
Chance Adams Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-CA Yankees
Chance Adams Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Hat Patch IAH-CA Yankees
Chance Adams Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-CA Yankees
Chance Adams Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-CA Yankees
Chance Adams Base 59 Yankees
Giancarlo Stanton Base 42 Yankees
Gleyber Torres Base 98 Yankees
Hideki Matsui Auto – Inception Legendary Debut LDA-HM Yankees
Jonathan Loaisiga Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-JL Yankees
Jonathan Loaisiga Base 49 Yankees
Justus Sheffield Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-JSH Yankees
Justus Sheffield Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-JSH Yankees
Justus Sheffield Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Hat Patch IAH-JSH Yankees
Justus Sheffield Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-JSH Yankees
Justus Sheffield Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-JSH Yankees
Luis Severino Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag Book IALT-LS Yankees
Luis Severino Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-LS Yankees
Luis Severino Auto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch Book IMLP-LS Yankees
Luis Severino Base 67 Yankees
Masahiro Tanaka Base 74 Yankees
Miguel Andujar Base 28 Yankees
Tyler Wade Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-TW Yankees

HOLY GUACAMOLE BATMAN!

Aaron Judge, Hideki Matsui, Andy Pettitte, Andrew McCutchen, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Severino, Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams and of course Tyler Wade.

We must admit, it is quite disappointing that they left off Torres (although there is a photo of a booklet floating around the interweb) and Andujar, however what they lacked in youngins (it’s a word, ask Fabolous), they made up for with Yankee greats such as Pettitte and Matsui.

**Note**

While there will surely be some NAAAAASTY Yankee hits in this product, please call a doctor if you begin experiencing symptoms of Wadeness.

Symptoms may include:

Lack of sleep, restlessness, being on edge, throwing your phone at the wall and seeing Tyler Wade in your dreams/nightmares as well as your breaks.

2. Los Angeles Angels

Take a look at the Angels Checklist below.

Albert Pujols Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-AP Angels
David Fletcher Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-DF Angels
David Fletcher Base 53 Angels
Francisco Arcia Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-FA Angels
Francisco Arcia Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-FA Angels
Mike Trout Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-MT Angels
Mike Trout Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-MT Angels
Mike Trout Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-MT Angels
Mike Trout Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-MT Angels
Mike Trout Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-MT Angels
Mike Trout Base 1 Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto – Inception Legendary Debut LDA-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag Book IALT-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch Book IALP-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Auto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch Book IMLP-SO Angels
Shohei Ohtani Base 50 Angels
Taylor Ward Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-TWA Angels
Taylor Ward Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Hat Patch IAH-TW Angels
Taylor Ward Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-TW Angels
Taylor Ward Base 82 Angels

We love this checklist just as much as the Yankees checklist for the following reason:

You get more than just Trout and Ohtani with the Angels checklist!

While your chances of landing a Filth Bomb (That is a word.. see Big Time Breaks) is still there, so is the chance of landing a promising rookie as well which hasn’t been there in the past few years (yes Ohtani was a rookie last year, but he was more a BIG HIT, than a consolation prize).

3. Atlanta Braves

HOTLANTA!

See the Braves checklist below.

Bryse Wilson Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-BW Braves
Bryse Wilson Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-BW Braves
Bryse Wilson Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-BW Braves
Bryse Wilson Base 22 Braves
Freddie Freeman Base 4 Braves
Johan Camargo Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-JC Braves
Kolby Allard Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-KA Braves
Kolby Allard Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-KA Braves
Kolby Allard Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-KA Braves
Kolby Allard Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch Book IALP-KA Braves
Kolby Allard Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-KA Braves
Kolby Allard Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-KA Braves
Kolby Allard Base 35 Braves
Kyle Wright Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-KW Braves
Kyle Wright Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-KW Braves
Kyle Wright Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-KW Braves
Kyle Wright Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-KWR Braves
Kyle Wright Base 23 Braves
Ozzie Albies Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-OA Braves
Ozzie Albies Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-OA Braves
Ozzie Albies Base 60 Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag Book IALT-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch Book IALP-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Auto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch Book IMLP-RAJ Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr. Base 100 Braves
Touki Toussaint Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-TT Braves
Touki Toussaint Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-TT Braves
Touki Toussaint Base 61 Braves

Notice a trend here? Our top plays pack a super star punch, however have a big safety net in case you miss out on your favorite players.

The Braves are no different!

Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies lead the way for the Braves this year, however there are 4 promising Braves pitchers on the checklist as well (we are particularly intrigued by Kyle Wright) who will help ease the pain on Break Day.

VALUE PLAYS

  1. Houston Astros

We were soooooo close to throwing them on the top plays, and they will be there soon enough (especially if Tucker turns out to be what everyone thinks Tucker will turn out to be).

There were a few reasons why they landed on this list and not the Top Plays List which we will get to in a second.

See the Astros Checklist below:

Alex Bregman Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-AB Astros
Alex Bregman Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag Book IALT-AB Astros
Alex Bregman Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch Book IALP-AB Astros
Alex Bregman Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-AB Astros
Alex Bregman Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-AB Astros
Alex Bregman Auto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch Book IMLP-AB Astros
Alex Bregman Base 39 Astros
Carlos Correa Base 8 Astros
George Springer Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-GS Astros
George Springer Base 24 Astros
Gerrit Cole Base 88 Astros
Jose Altuve Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-JA Astros
Jose Altuve Base 79 Astros
Josh James Base 91 Astros
Justin Verlander Base 29 Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag Book IALT-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch Book IALP-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Auto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch Book IMLP-KT Astros
Kyle Tucker Base 25 Astros

So while the names are very attractive, it is important to know that Altuve and Springer are going to be SSP (Super Short Printed). This means that you are mainly going to be seeing Tucker and Bregman popping out for the Astros.

While those are still VERY STRONG names, it’s gonna take more than 2 players to land you on the TOP PLAYS list.

Depending on how the Astros are priced for release day, we believe they will make for a very sneaky and profitable play.

2. New York Mets

UGH! We are a sucker for the Mets.

Take a look at the Mets Checklist below.

Amed Rosario Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-AR Mets
Amed Rosario Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-AR Mets
Brandon Nimmo Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-BN Mets
Brandon Nimmo Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch Book IALP-BN Mets
Brandon Nimmo Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-BN Mets
Brandon Nimmo Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-BN Mets
Edwin Diaz Base 51 Mets
Jacob deGrom Auto – Inception Legendary Debut LDA-JD Mets
Jacob deGrom Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-JD Mets
Jacob deGrom Base 71 Mets
Jeff McNeil Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-JM Mets
Jeff McNeil Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-JM Mets
Jeff McNeil Base 66 Mets
Noah Syndergaard Base 43 Mets

The New York Mets checklist is LOADED with young talent this year.

We are bullish on Rosario, Nimmo and McNeil! SNEEEEEEEAAAAKY Play here.

Want a nice fall back option? How does Jacob DeGrom sound? 🙂

3. St. Louis Cardinals

Another very sneaky play!

Yadi Molina, Albert Pujols, Jack Flaherty and Harrison Bader make for a fantastic four (pun intended) choices.

They are then followed by an A-Team (another pun intended) of rookies (many who we can see making an impact as soon as this year).

SOOO close to being a top play this year, however we are taking a wait and see approach with them.

See the St. Louis Cardinals Checklist below.

Adolis Garcia Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-AG Cardinals
Adolis Garcia Base 63 Cardinals
Albert Pujols Auto – Inception Legendary Debut LDA-APU Cardinals
Carson Kelly Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-CK Cardinals
Dakota Hudson Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-DH Cardinals
Daniel Poncedeleon Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-DP Cardinals
Daniel Poncedeleon Base 19 Cardinals
Harrison Bader Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-HB Cardinals
Harrison Bader Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-HB Cardinals
Jack Flaherty Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-JF Cardinals
Jack Flaherty Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-JF Cardinals
Matt Carpenter Base 65 Cardinals
Miles Mikolas Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-MM Cardinals
Miles Mikolas Auto – Inception Silver Signings SS-MM Cardinals
Miles Mikolas Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Patch IAJ-MM Cardinals
Miles Mikolas Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch Book IALP-MM Cardinals
Miles Mikolas Auto Relic – Inception Auto Patch IAP-MM Cardinals
Miles Mikolas Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo Patch IATL-MM Cardinals
Patrick Wisdom Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging Star RES-PW Cardinals
Paul Goldschmidt Base 38 Cardinals
Yadier Molina Auto – Inception Legendary Debut LDA-VG Cardinals
Yadier Molina Auto – Inception Short Print SPA-YM Cardinals

TEAMS TO WATCH

For the first time in a long time, there are many low end teams that have become very very sneaky due to the arrival of promising rookies!

All of the following teams are worth playing:

  1. Chicago White Sox – Michael Kopech
  2. San Diego Padres – Luis Urias
  3. Detroit Tigers – Christian Stewart
  4. Baltimore Orioles – Cedric Mullins
  5. Los Angeles Dodgers – Dennis Santana
  6. Milwaukee Brewers – Corbin Burnes

BOOM OR BUST

While the players on these teams are elite, the checklists are smaller than we’d like.

**NOTE**

In some cases, we didn’t list “ALL” players on the team checklists below , as we don’t think it adds much value to the spot.

  1. Washington Nationals – Soto
  2. Chicago Cubs – Bryant, Rizzo
  3. Cleveland – Lindor
  4. Philadelphia Phillies – Hoskins, Kingery, Cozens
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates – McCutchen
  6. Boston Red Sox – Devers
  7. Colorado Rockies – Story
  8. Minnesota Twins – Ortiz, Hunter
  9. OTHER – MYSTERY REDEMPTIONS

You can see the complete checklist here:

That about does it!

Our goal is to inform and help the hobby to the best of our ability, so we hope you found this guide useful and hope it leads you to pay dirt this year!

Good luck in your upcoming breaks wherever you may be breaking!

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