2021 Bowman Sterling Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Rookie/Prospect

I remember when Bowman Sterling made it’s hobby debut back in 2004. Guys like Matt Bush, Huston Street, and Matt Tuiasosopo were all the rage. I can’t believe it has been 17 years already.

Bowman Sterling is and has always been a very high-end product. This hobby-exclusive brand comes with (5) mini-boxes. Each containing (1) pack with an autograph.

The base set consists of (101) cards. (50) Prospects and (51) Rookies. Parallels include Refractor #’ed/199, Speckle #’ed/99, Magenta #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Black Atomic #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Although Short Prints aren’t something you usually see in high-end products such as this, there is one to watch out for. Jarred Kelenic of the Mariners has a Prospect card #BSP-41, and a Rookie #BSR-105. His Rookie is a difficult card to pull even though it looks just like a base card. He was called up right before the yearly Rookie Card cutoff date, and his rookies have popped-up sporadically in products.

Autographs include Prospect Autographs, Rookie Autographs, Sterling Recollection Autographs, Sterling Tender Autographs, Dual Refractor Autographs, and Triple Refractor Autographs.

Sterling Recollections is the only insert.

I thoroughly enjoy the design of this year’s set. That smokey-painted team logo really catches the eye. On-card autographs are an additional plus.

If you’re looking for veteran content, Sterling Recollections is the place for that.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Kevin Alcantara Prospect Speckle Refractor Auto #’ed/99
  • Yolbert Sanchez Prospect Wave Refractor Auto #’ed/125
  • Alexander Ramirez Prospect Refractor Auto #’ed/150
  • Bobby Miller Prospect Auto Redemption
  • Dillon Dingler Prospect Auto

Parallels:

  • Kristian Robinson Prospect Magenta Refractor #’ed/75
  • Alejandro Kirk RC Refractor #’ed/199

Base:

  • Nate Pearson RC #60
  • Brailyn Marquez RC #100
  • Nick Madrigal RC #88
  • Anderson Tejeda RC #57
  • Cristian Pache RC #62
  • (2) Jesus Sanchez RC #53
  • (2) Evan White RC #77
  • Alejandro Kirk RC #68
  • Akil Baddoo RC #93
  • Bobby Dalbec RC #98
  • Spencer Howard RC #97
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC #61
  • Austin Hendrick Prospect #43
  • Hunter Greene Prospect #35
  • Robert Hassell Prospect #12
  • Nick Gonzales Prospect #16
  • Matthew Allan Prospect #46
  • Drew Waters Prospect #22
  • MacKenzie Gore Prospect #10
  • Austin Martin Prospect #50
  • Adley Rutschman Prospect #3

2021 Bowman Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Rookie/Prospect

The second major prospecting set has been released. Regular Bowman came out a few months ago, and Bowman Draft will come out later this year.

Who’s going to be the next Mike Trout? Ohtani? Harper? Lots of people would like to tell you what they think. In the end nobody really knows. Don’t let anyone attempt to push you into buying a specific player. Collect what you enjoy.

You will find that 2021 Bowman Chrome comes in three different formats. A hobby box comes with (2) autographs, HTA Choice has (3) autographs, and the new LITE doesn’t guarantee any autographs. The LITE version is the only place to find the B&W Mini-Diamond parallels.

(100) cards make up the base Bowman Chrome set. This is where you’ll find veterans and 2021 rookies. Parallels include Refractor #’ed/499, Fuchsia/Pink #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Due to a printing error, the Yellow #’ed/75 parallels came out orange. How did this happen? Nobody knows. That means there are (100) Orange parallels. You can still distinguish them apart from the serial numbering.

(15) of the rookies have Photo Variations. Checking the CMP codes is the easiest way to identify them.

  • Base – #598
  • Photo Variation – #622

An additional (100) cards make up the Prospect base set. Parallels include B&W Mini-Diamond (1:2 LITE), Shimmer (1:12 packs), Refractor #’ed/499, Speckle #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Shimmer #’ed/250, Fuchsia/Pink #’ed/199, Fuchsia/Pink Shimmer #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Aqua #’ed/125, Green #’ed/99, Green Shimmer #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Shimmer #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Shimmer #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Shimmer #’ed/5, Black Shimmer #’ed 1/1, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Chrome Prospect Autographs, Chrome Rookie Autographs, Base Rookie Image Variation SP Autographs, 2020 Summer Camp Autographs, 2020 Summer Camp SP Autographs, 40-Man Futures Autographs, Bowman Ascensions Autographs, Dawn of Glory Autographs, Prime Chrome Signatures, and All-American Game Autographs.

Relics include Chrome Auto Relics, and AFL Flashbacks Relics.

Inserts include 2020 Summer Camp, 2020 Summer Camp Short Print, 40-Man Futures, Bowman Ascensions, and Dawn of Glory.

I really enjoy the look of the Chrome Auto Relics. How would you liked to have been the person to pull this?

A few years from now we could all be looking back on products such as this and say “I wish I would’ve held onto cards of player XYZ.”

I’d say this box was well balanced. The Miguel Bleis autograph is a really nice hit. Lots of people appear to think he’s going to be good. A nice variety of colored refractors also came out of this box.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Alexander Vizcaino Prospect Refractor Auto Redemption
  • Miguel Bleis Prospect Auto

Parallels:

  • Garrett Mitchell Prospect Gold Shimmer Refractor #’ed/50
  • Shane McClanahan RC Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Ronny Mauricio Prospect Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Spencer Torkelson 2020 Summer Camp Atomic Refractor #’ed/150

Inserts:

  • Kevin Alcantara Dawn of Glory
  • Jasson Dominguez Bowman Ascensions
  • Adley Rutschman 2020 Summer Camp
  • Francisco Alvarez 2020 Summer Camp
  • Emerson Hancock 40-Man Futures
  • Max Meyer 40-Man Futures
  • Cole Wilcox 40-Man Futures
  • Yoelqui Cespedes 40-Man Futures

2021 Topps Fire Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Enjoys Colorful Shiny Foil/Art

I have had a lot of good luck with the Fire brand over the years. In 2018 I pulled an Ronald Acuña Jr. RC Purple Parallel #’ed/99. 2019 brought a Pete Alonso RC Auto. 2020 I didn’t bust any. 2021 the luck continued with a nice Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Orange Parallel Auto #’ed/99.

This Target-exclusive brand comes in two different formats. A hobby box guarantees (2) autographs, while Blasters are the only place you can find the Gold Minted Parallels.

Artist Tyson Beck makes his return lending his artistic talents to this product. The horizontally-designed Scorching Signatures offer a blast of colorful, on-card autograph goodness. They are a tougher pull, but look really cool.

A complete base set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Gold Minted (4 per Blaster), Flame (1:4), Orange #’ed/299 (1:20), Green #’ed/199 (1:30), Purple #’ed/99 (1:60), Magenta #’ed/25 (1:236), Onyx SSP (1:241), and Inferno #’ed 1/1 (1:6,013).

Autographs include Base Autographs, Dual Autographs, Triple Autographs, and Scorching Signatures.

Inserts include Fired Up, Flame Throwers, Rookie Ignition, Smoke & Mirrors, and We Have Liftoff.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Tucker Davidson RC Auto
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Orange Auto #’ed/99

Parallels:

  • Rafael Marchan RC Green #’ed/199
  • Walker Buehler Orange #’ed/299
  • Sam Huff RC Flame
  • Corey Seager Flame
  • Michael Conforto Flame
  • Tarik Skubal RC Flame
  • Joey Bart RC Flame

Inserts:

  • Sixto Sanchez RC Flame Throwers
  • Jo Adell RC Rookie Ignition
  • Triston McKenzie RC Rookie Ignition
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC Rookie Ignition
  • Mike Clevinger Smoke & Mirrors
  • Stephen Strasburg Smoke & Mirrors
  • Luis Robert We Have Liftoff
  • Cody Bellinger We Have Liftoff
  • Alex Bregman Fired Up
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Fired Up

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break

How about we open another hobby box of 2021 Topps Chrome Baseball. Be sure to check out my review of the last box I opened.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Alex Vesia RC Auto
  • Triston McKenzie RC Auto

Parallels:

  • Trevor Bauer Magenta Refractor #’ed/399
  • Dansby Swanson Prism Refractor
  • Kevin Kiermaier Prism Refractor
  • Jon Lester Prism Refractor
  • Salvador Perez Prism Refractor
  • Jorge Alfaro Refractor
  • Yordan Alvarez Refractor
  • Lance McCullers Refractor
  • Austin Riley Refractor
  • J.T. Realmuto Refractor
  • Jose Altuve Refractor
  • Sherten Apostel RC Refractor
  • Daulton Varsho RC Refractor

Inserts:

  • Gerrit Cole Prismic Power
  • Edgar Martinez Béisbol
  • Ketel Marte Béisbol
  • Luis Robert Future Stars
  • Brendan McKay Future Stars
  • Dylan Cease Future Stars
  • Aaron Judge 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Jo Adell RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary

2021 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/MiLB Fans

I’ve been attending MiLB games for years. Mainly focusing on days where they giveaway bobbleheads. This year I was able to attend a few Harrisburg Senators games. In June they gave out a bobblehead of Trea Turner, and in August a bobblehead of Ryan Zimmerman.

It all depends on where you live. But I think more fans have access to attending MiLB games versus MLB. I know that’s the case for me.

MiLB products such as Topps Pro Debut showcase key players from the present and past who have played for those teams which are in your backyard. This continues in 2021.

The base set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.

If opening an HTA Jumbo box the 200-card base set has Chrome counterparts. Parallels for those include Refractor #’ed/99, Aqua #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1. I especially enjoy the way these look on the cards which utilize the 1991 Topps Baseball design. Will we see a Sapphire Edition?

Photo variations are tough pulls. Finding one in a hobby box falls 1:340 packs. The best way to identify them is to check the CMP codes:

  • Base – #758
  • Variation – #784

Autographs include Base Autographs, Future Cornerstones Autographs, Major Scale Autographs, MiLB Legends Autographs, and The Cogeneration Autographs.

Inserts include Major Scale, MiLB Legends, The Cogeneration, and Make Your Pro Debut Winner.

My personal favorite cards out of this year’s set are the MiLB Legends inserts. Scott Rolen in his Reading Phillies uniform, Vladimir Guerrero in his Harrisburg Senators uniform, and Todd Helton in his New Haven Ravens uniform all bring back memories to when I really got into this hobby.

The hobby is currently on fire. It might be the hottest it has ever been. A hobby box yields (4) autographs, and costs $100. One of the more affordable options right now if you’re looking to purchase a box.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Nick Loftin
  • Landon Knack
  • Yordys Valdes
  • Justin Toerner Blue #’ed/150

Parallels:

  • David Calabrese Blue #’ed/150

Photo Variation:

  • Adley Rutschman #2

Inserts:

  • Hank Aaron MiLB Legends
  • Miguel Tejada MiLB Legends
  • Chipper Jones MiLB Legends
  • Nomar Garciaparra MiLB Legends
  • Bobby Witt Jr. The Cogeneration
  • Wander Franco The Cogeneration
  • Grayson Rodriguez The Cogeneration
  • Hunter Greene The Cogeneration
  • Adley Rutschman Major Scale
  • Wander Franco Major Scale
  • Jeff Whitworth Make Your Pro Debut Winner

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Chrome Fans

Chrome continues to be king. Box busters love looking for that cardboard bling.

A hobby box of 2021 Topps Chrome Baseball comes with (24) packs. Each hobby box should come with (2) autographs.

Balance is the perfect word to describe this box. In addition to the autographs, a wide variety of parallels and inserts were found. The parallels pulled are of some highly watched rookies too – Cronenworth, Adell, and Mountcastle. Throw in a Gold Wave, Tatis Jr. Prism, and a Freeman Negative, and you’ve got a nice balance of color.

That’s the best thing about Topps Chrome. If your autographs aren’t that recognizable, the parallels can easily make up for it.

The base set consists of (220) cards. Parallels include Refractor (1:3), Sepia (2 per Blaster), Pink (2 per Blaster), Prism (1:6), Negative, Magenta #’ed/399, Magenta Speckle #’ed/350, Purple #’ed/299, Aqua #’ed/199, Aqua Wave #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Wave #’ed/99, Blue Wave #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Wave #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Wave #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Wave #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

How could you have such a popular product like this in today’s hobby without photo variations? You can’t. Topps made sure you have plenty to look for. I always check the CMP codes to see if I’ve pulled any:

  • Base – #310
  • Variation SP – #350
  • Variation SSP – #356

Variation SPs have Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1 parallels. The Variation SSPs do not have any parallels.

Autographs include Rookie Autographs, Dual Rookie Autographs, 1986 Topps Baseball Autographs, Béisbol Autographs, Future Stars Autographs, and Prismic Power Autographs.

Relics include Captain’s Cloth Chrome Relics, and Captain’s Cloth Chrome Relic Autographs.

Inserts include 1986 Topps Baseball, Béisbol, Future Stars, and Prismic Power.

Other versions of Topps Chrome Baseball this year include Topps Chrome LITE, Sapphire Edition, and Ben Baller Edition.

Topps Chrome LITE offers (16) packs per box. Each box guarantees (4) Black & White Mini-Diamond parallels. Black & White Mini-Diamond Rookie Autograph parallels can also be found.

Sapphire Edition should be coming down the line soon.

Ben Baller recently announced his Topps Chrome boxes should arrive in October.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Jonah Heim RC Auto
  • Ryan Jeffers RC Purple Refractor Auto #’ed/250

Parallels:

  • Charlie Morton Gold Wave Refractor #’ed/50
  • A.J. Puk Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Freddie Freeman Negative Refractor
  • Evan White RC Prism Refractor
  • Adonis Medina RC Prism Refractor
  • Aaron Judge Prism Refractor
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Prism Refractor
  • Jake Cronenworth RC Refractor
  • Jo Adell RC Refractor
  • Kris Bubic RC Refractor
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC Refractor
  • Chris Paddack Refractor
  • Wilson Ramos Refractor
  • Jorge Alfaro Refractor
  • Josh Hader Refractor

Inserts:

  • Cody Bellinger Prismic Power
  • Jesús Luzardo Béisbol
  • Yasmani Grandal Béisbol
  • Randy Arozarena Future Stars
  • Brusdar Graterol Future Stars
  • Brendan McKay Future Stars
  • Mike Trout 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Casey Mize RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Brady Singer RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Juan Soto 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary

2020 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team & Hopefuls Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/Olympic Fans

Do you know what the secret is to being an Olympic athlete? LITTLE CHOCOLATE DONUTS!

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games were postponed last year thanks to COVID-19. This obviously postponed the release of 2020 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team & Hopefuls. Even though everything about this product screams 2020, I see many people referring to it as a 2021 product. It makes sense as to why seeing that the cards were printed in 2021, and have a 2021 copyright date.

We don’t get to see many standalone Olympic products. They’re usually reserved only for years when the Olympics are actually taking place. Although it isn’t uncommon for Olympians to show up in other products like Allen & Ginter. Its a welcomed change of pace as these athletes who can become superstars overnight usually don’t have that many cards made.

The base set consists of (76) cards. Parallels include Bronze (1 per pack), Silver (1:4), U.S. Flag #’ed/299, Gold #’ed/99, and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1. Watch carefully for those Gold parallels. The gold color is quite similar to the Copper ones and can easily be missed. Check the back to see if they are serial numbered to (99) copies to make sure. I almost missed mine.

Every hobby box comes with (24) packs containing (8) cards per pack. On average you should find (3) hits per box. One of those hits should be an autograph.

Autographs include your regular autographs that mirror that of the base cards. You will also find Olympic Champions Autographs which feature past winners.

Relics include Achievement Medallions Commemorative Relics, Team USA Memorabilia Pieces, and USOC Insignia Commemorative Relics.

Inserts include For Pride and Country, New to the Games!, and U.S. Olympic Heroes.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see this product receive the Sapphire treatment?

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Kathleen Baker Base Auto #’ed/350

Relics:

  • Matt Grevers Team USA Memorabilia Pieces
  • Robbie Hummel Team USA Memorabilia Pieces

Parallels:

  • Brooke Raboutou Gold #’ed/99
  • Rose Lavelle U.S. Flag #’ed/299
  • Cat Osterman #9 Silver
  • Maggie Steffens #68 Silver
  • Brooke Raboutou #29 Silver
  • Damon Huffman #44 Silver
  • Michael Andrew #22 Silver
  • Kelsi Dahlia #18 Silver
  • Vashti Cunningham #60 Copper
  • Megan Rapinoe #20 Copper
  • Carlin Isles #5 Copper
  • Megan Rapinoe #33 Copper
  • Kyle Snyder #38 Copper
  • Alex Morgan #61 Copper
  • Mariel Zagunis #75 Copper
  • Monica Aksamit #64 Copper
  • Lilly King #74 Copper
  • Alex Morgan #21 Copper
  • Matt Grevers #17 Copper
  • David Brown #62 Copper
  • Rose Lavelle #11 Copper
  • Simone Manuel #27 Copper
  • Cat Osterman #9 Copper
  • Sam Mikulak #72 Copper

Inserts:

  • Lilly King U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Sam Mikulak U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Matt Grevers U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Jessica Long U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Carissa Moore U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Kathleen Baker U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Robbie Hummel U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Rose Lavelle U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Haylie McCleney New To The Games!
  • Kareem Maddox New To The Games!
  • Damon Huffman New To The Games!
  • 3-On-3 Basketball New To The Games!
  • Tom Schaar New To The Games!
  • Robbie Hummel New To The Games!
  • Ryan Murphy For Pride & Country
  • David Boudia For Pride & Country
  • Madison Hughes For Pride & Country
  • Lilly King For Pride & Country
  • Alex Morgan For Pride & Country
  • Kathleen Baker For Pride & Country
  • Jordan Burroughs For Pride & Country
  • Johnny Hooper For Pride & Country

2021 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/High-End Hits

For those of you who are risk-taking, hit-focused box breakers, the Museum Collection brand is right up your alley. This hobby-exclusive product contains (4) mini-boxes per master box. Each mini-box contains a hit.

The base set consists of (100) cards. Parallels include Copper, Sapphire #’ed/150, Amethyst #’ed/99, Ruby #’ed/50, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Archival Autographs, Atelier Autographed Book, Museum Framed Autographs, Superstar Showpieces, Dual On-Card Autographs, Triple On-Card Autographs, and Canvas Collection Original Player Autographs.

Autograph Relics include Single-Player Signature Swatches Dual Relic Autographs, Single-Player Signature Swatches Triple Relic Autographs, Autographed Jumbo Lumber Bat Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Autographs, Momentous Material Dual Jumbo Patch Autograph Book, Museum Framed Autograph Patch, and Museum Framed Dual Autograph Patch Book.

Relics include Meaningful Materials Relics, Dual Meaningful Material Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Relics, Museum Memorabilia, Jumbo Lumber Bat Nameplate Relics, Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics, Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics, and Four-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics.

Inserts include Canvas Collection Reprints, Canvas Collection Originals, and Canvas Collection Originals Shaped Sketch.

Atelier Autographed Books are new for 2021, and came out nice. These contain two large photos of that player’s home stadium. As a Phillies fan I’d like to see what the Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins books look like. FYI – the word “atelier” means a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic:

  • Joey Gallo Single-Player Signature Swatches Dual Relic/Auto #’ed/249

Auto:

  • Trevor Bauer Archival Autographs #’ed/200

Relics:

  • Kyle Seager Meaningful Materials Relics Copper #’ed/35
  • Charlie Blackmon Single-Player Primary Pieces Quad Relics Copper #’ed/75

Parallels:

  • Ken Griffey Jr. Copper
  • Andrew McCutchen Copper
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Copper
  • Jose Ramirez Sapphire #’ed/150

Insert:

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Canvas Collection Reprints

Base:

  • Buster Posey #51
  • Xander Bogaerts #31
  • Clayton Kershaw #38
  • Robin Yount #16
  • Randy Arozarena #87
  • Jacob deGrom #25
  • Max Scherzer #72
  • Ron Santo #9
  • Rickey Henderson #43
  • Brady Singer RC #94
  • Alec Bohm RC #75

2020/21 Upper Deck NHL Star Rookies Box Set Hockey Hobby Box Break

The fifth and final box I decided to break from my Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness Package was the 2020/21 Upper Deck NHL Star Rookies Hockey Box Set.

Every box contains the same 25-card set of rookies. Randomly inserted, and quite difficult to pull are autographs. Another big thanks to Upper Deck as all of these boxes were really fun to open.

Here is what I pulled:

25-Card Set:

  • Alexis Lafrenière #1
  • Connor McMichael #2
  • Olli Juolevi #3
  • Nick Robertson #4
  • Liam Foudy #5
  • Timothy Liljegren #6
  • Ty Dellandrea #7
  • Gabe Vilardi #8
  • Josh Norris #9
  • Philipp Kurashev #10
  • Arthur Kaliyev #11
  • Thomas Harley #12
  • Ty Smith #13
  • Dylan Cozens #14
  • K’Andre Miller #15
  • Peyton Krebs #16
  • Victor Soderstrom #17
  • Nils Hoglander #18
  • Ian Mitchell #19
  • Cal Foote #20
  • Bowen Byram #21
  • Alexander Romanov #22
  • Tim Stützle #23
  • Ilya Sorokin #24
  • Kirill Kaprizov #25

2021 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Fun Photography

The base set consists of (300) cards. Parallels include Red Foil, Black Foil, Sepia, Black & White, Blue Foil #’ed/50, 30 Years (30 copies), Rainbow Foilboard #’ed/25, First Day Issue (10 copies), Members Only (1 per case), Photographer’s Proof (1:2 cases), and Gold Rainbow Foil #’ed 1/1.

Unique photography is at the core of the Stadium Club brand. Photo variations are best identified using the small CMP code found on the back.

  • Base – #244
  • Chrome – #280
  • Photo Variation – #289
  • Rookie Design Variation – #291
  • Design Variation – #545

Chrome parallels include Refractor (1:4 boxes), Orange #’ed/99, Pearl White #’ed/30, Gold Minted (1 per case), and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Autographs, Base Design Variation Autographs, Chrome Autographs, Beam Team Autographs, Lone Star Signatures, Stadium Club Greats Autographs, Superstar Duos Autographs, Virtual Reality Autographs, and Oversized Base Autograph Topper.

Inserts include Beam Team, Instavision, Stadium Club Greats, Superstar Duos, Triumvirates, Virtual Reality, Oversized Base Topper, and Oversized Base Master Photo Variation Topper (1 per Blaster).

Stadium Club continues to be one of the most well-rounded products on the market. Even if your two guaranteed autographs per hobby box aren’t life altering, the great photography and simple card design drastically make up for it. Of all the Topps baseball products, I believe the photography in Stadium Club could carry this product alone without any hits. Every single box will provide you with some incredible new cards to add to your collection.

Coming later this year is 2021 Topps Stadium Club Chrome. The Chrome cards are so popular in the main Stadium Club set they will receive another product dedicated strictly to them. They truly are some of the best looking cards to come out of this product. Will we see a Sapphire Edition?

A very long time ago Topps issued special promotional cards using the Stadium Club brand during the National Sports Collectors Convention. I’d really like to see this done again. I know the Bowman Chrome cards they’ve used for the wrapper redemption program are popular, but I think the Stadium Club brand has a lot of potential too.

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY STADIUM CLUB!

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Sixto Sanchez RC Oversized Base Auto Topper #’ed/10
  • Kris Bubic RC Auto
  • Tarik Skubal RC Auto

Parallels:

  • Alex Bregman Stadium Club Chrome Refractor
  • Anthony Rendon Stadium Club Chrome
  • Joey Gallo Black Foil
  • Salvador Perez Black Foil
  • Keibert Ruiz RC Red Foil
  • Kris Bubic RC Red Foil
  • JaCoby Jones Red Foil
  • Willson Contreras Red Foil
  • Ryan Jeffers RC Red Foil
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Red Foil
  • Eloy Jimenez Red Foil

Inserts:

  • Pete Alonso Triumvirates
  • Kyle Lewis Beam Team
  • Aaron Judge/Gerrit Cole Superstar Duos
  • Ryne Sandberg Stadium Club Greats
  • Jose Canseco Stadium Club Greats
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Virtual Reality
  • Matt Olson Virtual Reality