I have heard of some crazy pulls including Blue, Orange and Red refractors, autographs, Hosmer RCs and a hand-full of SPs from the Topps packs.
I have now opened 4 value boxes (3 from two different Walmarts and one from a Target) and while I have not hit some of those amazing “once-in-a-lifetime” hits I can say that I am happy with what I have pulled. First I have pulled three Red Harper cards and a Silver Harper Bowman Chrome card, apparently the Gold version is the hardest version to pull. I actually prefer the look of the Red version because the coloring works better with the Nationals team colors.
Some of the pulls from the Topps Update packs include 4 Kimball Champions (Hank Aaron, 2x Jose Reyes and a Cliff Lee), 3 Topps 60 (George Sisler, Bert Blyleven and Kyle Drabek), 5 Diamond parallel, 5 Cognac parallels, 2 Gold parallels and a CC Sabathia Topps Town.
The Bowman Chrome pulls include a double shot of Manny Machado Chrome Throwback and a Matt Dominguez Chrome Futures Die-Cut.
For me, the highlight of the 4 boxes is this guy, a 2011 Topps Update Roy Campanella SP Cognac. You really have to dig the stache that Campy is sporting.
I can not say that 4 boxes is really a reasonable sampling but from my side of things it does not seem that the Value boxes are really stacked but at $11 a box I would be willing to continue opening boxes to see if there is any truth to the rumor.