Box Break: 2009 Topps Retail Mini Cereal Box

2009toppscerealMade a trip to the shop today to buy cards, but wound up purchasing only supplies. So I stopped at Toys R Us on the way home and walked away with one of these 2009 Topps Retail Mini Cereal Boxes — not to be confused with the hobby cereal boxes, which contain a cool binder and sheets. It was a fresh case of 12 boxes so I had my choice of Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth or Ted Williams. Because I’m a Sox fan you know damn well I’m choosing Teddy Ballgame. I figure even if the contents of the box suck, the packaging will serve as a cool little decoration for my work desk.

The big draw to these boxes are the exclusive Legends chrome refractors. In addition to one of those, you also get 55 other cards, mainly base with an insert or two sprinkled among them. Essentially this is the equivalent of buying five loose searched retail packs (there’s no relics or autos), only you’re guaranteed something cool — the refractor.

For the sake of not wasting your time with a bunch of base, I’ll leave out them out. Among them were a few Red Sox — which is awesome for my collection — and a few other so-so ones picturing Tim Lincecum, Evan Longoria and ~my hero~ Jeff Baker. The inserts included a Cliff Lee Turkey Red, George Sisler Legends of the Game and a Justin Morneau Topps Town.

While there was nothing to write home about there, the box did yield these two beauties:

2009 Topps Munson variation

2009 Topps Munson variation

2009 Topps Legends Chrome Refractor Babe Ruth

2009 Topps Legends Chrome Refractor Babe Ruth

Kind of ironic that my box — featuring Ted Williams, a Red Sox — would feature two cool Yankees cards. Not a bad box/pack for $10, figure that Munson variation — variation cards are about two per face in Hobby boxes, here they are seeded 1 in 17 mini ceral boxes — should at least get my money back should I decide to sell it.

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