2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Seven decades. That’s how long Topps has been making baseball cards. Quite the accomplishment, and there is no sign of them slowing down. 70 years ago it all started with the 1951 Topps Red/Blue Back set.

In case you haven’t noticed, sports cards have drastically gained popularity over the last year. COVID-19 changed everything. While stuck at home people rediscovered their old collections, and searched for various forms of alternative entertainment. Sports fans looking for that gambling fix turned to cards hoping to pull that life altering hit they can watch drive-up bids on eBay, and brag to their friends.

Almost everyday we see another card reach into the seven figures. Sales of this magnitude attract lots of national media coverage. This only fuels the popularity. Its awesome to see sports cards talked about in the mainstream media. I truly believe its something we’re going to see more of in the future. Prices rise because of the increased popularity, but luckily there are lots of ways to enjoy this hobby which don’t necessarily have to break the bank. Buy smart. Just because everyone else is spending a lot doesn’t mean you have too. Collect what you enjoy, and can afford. Don’t worry about what others are doing and end up getting in over your head.

With people paying record prices for cards, widespread media coverage, and a killer rookie class it shouldn’t be a surprise that people were eagerly waiting to dive into 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball.

The main base set consists of (330) cards. (50) of those cards are of new rookies. Many players made their MLB debut in 2020 which carried their rookie cards over to 2021. Players wearing masks, and cardboard cutouts in the stands all remind us of how we enjoyed the game in 2020. You can clearly see these elements reflected in this product. Parallels include: Royal Blue (Retail), Rainbow Foil, Gold Foil (Jumbo), Gold #’ed/2021, Green #’ed/499, Advanced Stat #’ed/300, Orange #’ed/299, Red #’ed/199, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/70 (Hobby/Jumbo), Platinum Anniversary #’ed/70, Mother’s Day Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, 70th Anniversary #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1. It should also be noted that (100) cards have Clear parallels #’ed/10 found exclusively in Hobby boxes.

Looking for photo variations has been a top priority for years. Whether its a Hobby, Jumbo, Blaster, or Hanger, you’ve got a shot at finding them. I’ve found the easiest way to identify them is by checking the CMP code on the back.

  • Base – #213
  • SP – #230
  • SSP – #231
  • SSSP – #232

There are numerous inserts to keep an eye out for. Two of my favorites include The History of Topps, and Topps Through the Years.

The History of Topps is exactly what it sounds like. Its a 10-card set that focuses of the history of the Topps Company. From the founding of the company by the Shorin Family, all the way to commemorating Topps Project 2020. Garbage Pail Kids fans should look at card #5. It commemorates when the Garbage Pail Kids were first introduced. The front pictures the Mike Trout of Garbage Pail Kids, Adam Bomb. Collectors shouldn’t overlook this card.

Topps Through the Years showcases iconic card designs. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking the autographs and relics pictured on these cards are the real thing. THEY’RE JUST PICTURES OF CARDS! I’ve seen this happen on eBay already. (30) cards you would love to own make up this set.

A Hobby box will yield (1) relic or autograph. Jumbos contain at least (1) autograph and (2) relics. If hits are what you’re looking for, I’d suggest going for the Jumbos. Blasters/Hangers might be more affordable for those who aren’t so hit focused.

Setting the tone for the rest of the year’s MLB products is Series 1’s job. We’ll be seeing the 2021 design on a lot of products – Series 2, Update Series, Chrome, and I’m sure we’ll be getting a Chrome Sapphire Edition.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Casey Mize RC Major League Material

Parallels:

  • Matt Chapman Green #’ed/499
  • Ryan Castellani RC Gold #’ed/2021
  • Travis d’Arnaud Rainbow Foil
  • Johnny Cueto Rainbow Foil

Inserts:

  • Mariano Rivera Platinum Players Die-Cut
  • Shohei Ohtani Topps Through The Years
  • CC Sabathia Stars In Service
  • Eloy Jimenez Home Run Challenge
  • Kyle Schwarber Home Run Challenge
  • Bo Bichette 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Roberto Clemente 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Wade Boggs Topps Double Headers
  • Luis Robert 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Keston Hiura 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Hank Aaron 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Sonny Gray 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Kris Bryant 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Whit Merrifield 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Bryce Harper 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack
  • Keibert Ruiz RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack
  • Spencer Howard RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack
  • Cristian Javier RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack

Rookies:

  • Alec Bohm #277
  • Nick Madrigal #197
  • Andres Gimenez #53
  • Deivi Garcia #41
  • Humberto Mejia #139
  • Cristian Javier #183
  • Triston McKenzie #319
  • Nick Heath #122
  • Ryan Castellani #177
  • Blake Taylor #228
  • Edward Olivares #32
  • Beau Burrows #123
  • Nate Pearson #113
  • Sixto Sanchez #25
  • Casey Mize #321
  • Mitch White #270
  • Dane Dunning #231
  • Luis Garcia #298
  • Evan White #151
  • Kris Bubic #238
  • Cristian Pache #187
  • Isaac Paredes #65
  • Santiago Espinal #243
  • Daulton Varsho #10
  • Eddy Alvarez #326
  • Tyler Stephenson #153
  • Jo Adell #43
  • Ryan Mountcastle #143
  • Chadwick Tromp #221
  • Daniel Johnson #103
  • Bobby Dalbec #26
  • Ian Anderson #239
  • Keibert Ruiz #256
  • Anderson Tejeda #144
  • David Peterson #78
  • Brandon Bielak #193
  • Dylan Carlson #285
  • Joey Bart #12
  • Monte Harrison #126
  • Codi Heuer #311
  • Leody Taveras #264
  • Jesus Sanchez #269
  • Kodi Whitley #145
  • James Kaprielan #167

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