2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Edition Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Nostalgia Fan

Collectors have been waiting a long time to get their hands on 2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Edition. After numerous delays it has finally arrived.

Legendary hobby innovator Sy Berger designed the original 1952 Topps set at his kitchen table. I don’t believe anyone knew the historical significance of this moment. Those cards set the tone of the hobby for the next seven decades. Its difficult to comprehend that cases of the High Number series were disposed of in the ocean because they didn’t sell well.

The base set consists of a massive (700) cards. Subjects include rookies, current stars, and Hall of Famers. Parallels include Refractor, Prism (Mega Box exclusive), Black & White Mini-Diamonds (Lite Box exclusive), X-Fractor, Aqua Wave, Blue Mini-Diamonds #’ed/199, Red Atomic #’ed/100, Green/Yellow 70th #’ed/99, Rose Gold Mini-Diamonds #’ed/75, Platinum 70th Mini-Diamonds #’ed/70, Gold/Rose Gold 70th Wave #’ed/50, Orange/Yellow 70th #’ed/25, Black/Gold 70th #’ed/10, Black/Red 70th Mini-Diamonds #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1. Even more parallels were planned, but due to supply chain issues Topps decided to cut back.

You are guaranteed (1) autograph per hobby box. Parallels include Refractor #’ed/199, Aqua #’ed/150, Blue Prism #’ed/99, 70th Platinum Wave #’ed/70, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Pink #’ed/15, Black #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Lucky box breakers will find the Mickey Mantle Topps 1952 Recreate insert. These fall 1:11,416 packs. Since Topps obtained the rights to use Mickey Mantle’s image again they haven’t shoved him down our throats. That might be part of the deal with his estate. Last year we saw the 2021 Topps X Mickey Mantle Collection. Perhaps 2022 Mickey Mantle will receive the Sapphire treatment.

One issue that I noticed is the centering. Some of the cards are drastically off center.

This is a fun product to open. Very simple. Iconic design with lots of colored parallels.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Dean Kremer RC Blue Prism Auto #’ed/99

Parallels:

  • Tom Seaver Red Atomic Refractor #’ed/100
  • Sterling Sharp RC Rose Gold Mini-Diamonds #’ed/75
  • Mike Clevinger X-Fractor
  • Jose Canseco Aqua Wave Refractor
  • Don Mattingly Refractor
  • Willie Calhoun Refractor
  • Alex Verdugo Refractor
  • Edwin Diaz Refractor
  • Shane Greene Refractor
  • Roberto Clemente Refractor

2 Responses

  1. That Seaver is pretty sweet!

  2. Why are there issues with the Mickey Mantle cards? Pealing from bottom like a clear coat.
    Is Topps doing something about them?
    Or they taking them back and reprinting?
    Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: