2019 Topps Inception Case Break Advice.

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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 JudgeAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeAuto – Inception Legendary DebutLDA-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag BookIALT-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeAuto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch BookIMLP-AJYankees
Aaron JudgeBase81Yankees
Andrew McCutchenAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-AMYankees
Andy PettitteAuto – Inception Legendary DebutLDA-APYankees
Chance AdamsAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-CAYankees
Chance AdamsAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-CAYankees
Chance AdamsAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Hat PatchIAH-CAYankees
Chance AdamsAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-CAYankees
Chance AdamsAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-CAYankees
Chance AdamsBase59Yankees
Giancarlo StantonBase42Yankees
Gleyber TorresBase98Yankees
Hideki MatsuiAuto – Inception Legendary DebutLDA-HMYankees
Jonathan LoaisigaAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-JLYankees
Jonathan LoaisigaBase49Yankees
Justus SheffieldAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-JSHYankees
Justus SheffieldAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-JSHYankees
Justus SheffieldAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Hat PatchIAH-JSHYankees
Justus SheffieldAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-JSHYankees
Justus SheffieldAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-JSHYankees
Luis SeverinoAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag BookIALT-LSYankees
Luis SeverinoAuto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-LSYankees
Luis SeverinoAuto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch BookIMLP-LSYankees
Luis SeverinoBase67Yankees
Masahiro TanakaBase74Yankees
Miguel AndujarBase28Yankees
Tyler WadeAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-TWYankees

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 PujolsAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-APAngels
David FletcherAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-DFAngels
David FletcherBase53Angels
Francisco ArciaAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-FAAngels
Francisco ArciaAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-FAAngels
Mike TroutAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-MTAngels
Mike TroutAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-MTAngels
Mike TroutAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-MTAngels
Mike TroutAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-MTAngels
Mike TroutAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-MTAngels
Mike TroutBase1Angels
Shohei OhtaniAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto – Inception Legendary DebutLDA-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag BookIALT-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch BookIALP-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniAuto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch BookIMLP-SOAngels
Shohei OhtaniBase50Angels
Taylor WardAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-TWAAngels
Taylor WardAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Hat PatchIAH-TWAngels
Taylor WardAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-TWAngels
Taylor WardBase82Angels

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 WilsonAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-BWBraves
Bryse WilsonAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-BWBraves
Bryse WilsonAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-BWBraves
Bryse WilsonBase22Braves
Freddie FreemanBase4Braves
Johan CamargoAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-JCBraves
Kolby AllardAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-KABraves
Kolby AllardAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-KABraves
Kolby AllardAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-KABraves
Kolby AllardAuto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch BookIALP-KABraves
Kolby AllardAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-KABraves
Kolby AllardAuto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-KABraves
Kolby AllardBase35Braves
Kyle WrightAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-KWBraves
Kyle WrightAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-KWBraves
Kyle WrightAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-KWBraves
Kyle WrightAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-KWRBraves
Kyle WrightBase23Braves
Ozzie AlbiesAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-OABraves
Ozzie AlbiesAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-OABraves
Ozzie AlbiesBase60Braves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto – Inception Short PrintSPA-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag BookIALT-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch BookIALP-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Auto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch BookIMLP-RAJBraves
Ronald Acuña Jr.Base100Braves
Touki ToussaintAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-TTBraves
Touki ToussaintAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-TTBraves
Touki ToussaintBase61Braves

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 BregmanAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-ABAstros
Alex BregmanAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag BookIALT-ABAstros
Alex BregmanAuto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch BookIALP-ABAstros
Alex BregmanAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-ABAstros
Alex BregmanAuto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-ABAstros
Alex BregmanAuto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch BookIMLP-ABAstros
Alex BregmanBase39Astros
Carlos CorreaBase8Astros
George SpringerAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-GSAstros
George SpringerBase24Astros
Gerrit ColeBase88Astros
Jose AltuveAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-JAAstros
Jose AltuveBase79Astros
Josh JamesBase91Astros
Justin VerlanderBase29Astros
Kyle TuckerAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo Tag BookIALT-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerAuto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch BookIALP-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerAuto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerAuto Relic – Inception MLB Logo Patch BookIMLP-KTAstros
Kyle TuckerBase25Astros

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 RosarioAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-ARMets
Amed RosarioAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-ARMets
Brandon NimmoAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-BNMets
Brandon NimmoAuto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch BookIALP-BNMets
Brandon NimmoAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-BNMets
Brandon NimmoAuto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-BNMets
Edwin DiazBase51Mets
Jacob deGromAuto – Inception Legendary DebutLDA-JDMets
Jacob deGromAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-JDMets
Jacob deGromBase71Mets
Jeff McNeilAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-JMMets
Jeff McNeilAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-JMMets
Jeff McNeilBase66Mets
Noah SyndergaardBase43Mets

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 StarRES-AGCardinals
Adolis GarciaBase63Cardinals
Albert PujolsAuto – Inception Legendary DebutLDA-APUCardinals
Carson KellyAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-CKCardinals
Dakota HudsonAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-DHCardinals
Daniel PoncedeleonAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-DPCardinals
Daniel PoncedeleonBase19Cardinals
Harrison BaderAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-HBCardinals
Harrison BaderAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-HBCardinals
Jack FlahertyAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-JFCardinals
Jack FlahertyAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-JFCardinals
Matt CarpenterBase65Cardinals
Miles MikolasAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-MMCardinals
Miles MikolasAuto – Inception Silver SigningsSS-MMCardinals
Miles MikolasAuto Relic – Inception Auto Jumbo PatchIAJ-MMCardinals
Miles MikolasAuto Relic – Inception Auto Letter Patch BookIALP-MMCardinals
Miles MikolasAuto Relic – Inception Auto PatchIAP-MMCardinals
Miles MikolasAuto Relic – Inception Auto Team Logo PatchIATL-MMCardinals
Patrick WisdomAuto – Base Rookie and Emerging StarRES-PWCardinals
Paul GoldschmidtBase38Cardinals
Yadier MolinaAuto – Inception Legendary DebutLDA-VGCardinals
Yadier MolinaAuto – Inception Short PrintSPA-YMCardinals

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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