This type of purchasing behavior doesn't help people like my friend "J," though, who owns a brick and mortar sports card shop in Northern California. It's just easier and cheaper for him to stock and sell Topps (and Panini and Upper Deck to a lesser extent) products to the masses than stuff from lesser known brands. So, once in a while I'll visit his store and buy some Topps (usually Bowman) cards from him. Solidarity! Bros!
Here's some highlights from a semi-recent 2013 Chrome Baseball box I got from my friend:
already own a Yasiel Puig prospect auto. It'd be awesome to have Hyun-Jin Ryu's rookie auto too.
second Felix autograph card. I didn't even know these existed in 2013 Chrome. Imagine my surprise when I opened the surprisingly thick pack and found this dude in there. Awesome! I think the patch is from the Seattle Mariners away jersey? What portion exactly?
Speaking of the Mariners... it'll be super bananas if they manage to pull off signing Robinson Cano! Payday.