(2) 2021 Topps Finest Basketball Hobby Box Break

The Topps 582 Montgomery Club was never advertised as a way for flippers to make money. I think a lot of members need to be reminded of that. Early on Topps underestimated the demand for some of the pre-sale items offered to members first, and didn’t price them accordingly. This led to a side effect where you could flip products on a regular basis, and make good money doing so. Overtime Topps has kept an eye on what some of these products sell for on the secondary market, and have priced them closer to what it looks like the public is willing to pay. With that being said, its still possible to flip some of these pre-sales. 2022 Topps Series 1 1st Edition Baseball being a good example.

I took a chance on a few 2021 Topps Finest Basketball boxes offered to members a few weeks ago. Images of this product began to popup on social media last summer, but we weren’t too sure what they were going to be used for. Its the first Finest Basketball product issued since the 2007-08 NBA season. Given that Topps currently does not have an NBA license you won’t find team names and/or logos on these cards. All cards picture the subjects in street clothes.

After a few failed attempts at flipping these boxes (they don’t sell for much more than what they cost) I decided to bust them open. A demand for these cards exists because its the first Finest Basketball cards made in over a decade. The demand would be stronger if they were pictured in their NBA uniforms.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Toni Kukoč
  • Vince Carter

Parallels:

  • Dan Majerle Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • James Worthy Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Horace Grant Pink Refractor #’ed/75
  • Shawn Kemp Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Isiah Thomas Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Kurt Rambis Speckle Refractor #’ed/199
  • Kurt Rambis Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Tim Hardaway Atomic Refractor #’ed/299
  • Detlef Schrempf Refractor
  • Steve Kerr Refractor
  • Scott Burrell Refractor
  • Steve Smith Refractor
  • Earl Boykins Refractor
  • James Worthy Refractor

2022 Topps Heritage Baseball Hobby Box Break

Steel City Collectibles recently held a contest for a Topps Prize Pack which included a hobby box of 2022 Topps Heritage Baseball. I WON!!!

Here are the results of my box break:

Relic:

  • Yadier Molina Clubhouse Collection Relic

Variation:

  • Alex Bregman Team & Name Color Swap #104

Parallel:

  • Carlos Rodon Chrome Refractor #’ed/673

Short Prints:

  • Ty Cobb #471
  • Ehire Adrianza #438
  • Brusdar Graterol #480
  • Edward Olivares #436
  • Codi Heuer #418
  • Matt Peacock #491
  • Kwang Hyun Kim #490
  • Alek Manoah #430

Box Topper:

  • Joe Coleman Original 1973 Topps Stamped Buyback #120
Other prizes included a Steel City Collectibles box cutter, Topps keychain, Topps foam finger, and Bowman backpack.

2021 Wild Card Alumination Football Blaster Box Break

Another impulse buy from Walmart.

Wild Card is one of those manufacturers from the early 90’s who was around for about as long as Pro Set and Action Packed. Thanks to their multi-tiered Stripe cards collectors were introduced to the hobby’s first parallels. Today some of those rare Stripe parallels of popular players can sell for big money. Even the long expired redemption cards.

2021 saw the return of the Wild Card brand. Their new products range from affordable retail blasters all the way to high-end sets. All licensed by the IPL (Independent Player Licensed).

A retail blaster box of 2021 Wild Card Alumination Football contains (32) cards. You should receive (4) parallels per box. Retail exclusive cards include Ocular (50+ parallels), Splintered (8 parallels), Light Show (6 parallels), and Starbright (8 parallels). Blasters are the only place you’ll find the Blue Groovin’ inserts. 1:20 boxes contain a Red Pack. Red Packs can contain exclusive low-numbered parallels.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Trey Lance Ocular Purple #OC-6
  • Travis Etienne Ocular Red #OC-9
  • Rashod Bateman Splintered Blue #SP-17
  • Penei Sewell Light Show Purple #LS-29
Error – Front says “QB”, but he is a RB

Base:

  • Trevor Lawrence #ABC-1
  • Jayson Oweh #ABC-31
  • (2) Justin Fields #ABC-2
  • (2) Javonte Williams #ABC-40
  • (2) Amon-Ra St. Brown #ABC-68
  • (2) Greg Rousseau #ABC-19
  • Ian Book #ABC-51
  • Chuba Hubbard #ABC-24
  • Tylan Wallace #ABC-69
  • Ernest Jones #ABC-50
  • Joe Tryon #ABC-62
  • Azeez Ojulari #ABC-43
  • Jevon Holland #ABC-42
  • Robert Rochell #ABC-60
  • Trey Sermon #ABC-41
  • Michael Carter #ABC-37
  • Hunter Long #ABC-30
  • Amari Rodgers #ABC-45
  • Elijah Mitchell #ABC-53
  • Tyson Campbell #ABC-63
  • Terrace Marshall Jr. #ABC-13
  • Patrick Surtain II #ABC-14
  • Sam Ehlinger #ABC-26
  • Dayo Odeyingbo #ABC-36

2021 Leaf Pro Set College Football Blaster Box Break

It has been years since I opened a box of Pro Set cards. When I got into collecting in the mid to late 90’s Pro Set was already out of business. But that didn’t stop me from buying older packs.

Pro Set was originally founded by Ludwell Denny in 1988. Between 1988 and 1994 they made licensed cards for the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, and PGA Tour. Their parody “Flopps” set was an attempt at getting into MLB cards in 1992, but that didn’t get very far. Other sports and entertainment properties followed. After 1994 Pro Set went bankrupt.

Leaf Trading Cards announced in February 2021 that they had acquired the Pro Set trademark. Since then the Pro Set name has made a comeback on a variety of products.

This was another impulse buy at Walmart. A 2021 Leaf Pro Set College Football Blaster Box comes with (2) autographs and a 10-card set.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Agiye Hall
  • George Karlaftis

10-Card Set:

  • Bryce Young #1
  • C.J. Stroud #2
  • Carson Strong #3
  • D.J. Uiagalelei #4
  • Isaiah Spiller #5
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux #6
  • Malik Willis #7
  • Matt Corral #8
  • Quinn Ewers #9
  • Spencer Rattler #10

2021 Topps Gallery Baseball Blaster Box Break

Impulse buy! I gave a blaster box of 2021 Topps Gallery Baseball a try from Walmart.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Spencer Howard RC Rainbow Foil
  • Nolan Ryan Rainbow Foil
  • Brooks Robinson Printer Proof
  • Will Clark Printer Proof
  • Corbin Burnes Printer Proof
  • Trey Mancini Printer Proof

Inserts:

  • Javier Baez MLB Originals
  • Ian Anderson RC Next Wave

Notable Rookies:

  • Akil Baddoo #74
  • Joey Bart #187
  • Jo Adell #95

2021 Topps Update Series Baseball Hobby Box Break

How about another hobby box of 2021 Topps Update Series Baseball? I opened one a few weeks ago, but lets do another.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Tarik Skubal RC Major League Material Relic Black #’ed/199

Parallels:

  • Kolten Wong Advanced Stat #’ed/300
  • Chris Archer Green Foil #’ed/499
  • Adam Cimber Gold #’ed/2021
  • Travis Blankenhorn RC Rainbow Foil
  • Tony Watson Rainbow Foil

Photo Variation:

  • Andres Gimenez RC SP #US65

Inserts:

  • Dave Winfield Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Topps Black Gold
  • Logan Gilbert RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Nick Madrigal RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Dylan Carlson RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Willie Mays 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Manny Machado 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Matt Olson 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Joey Gallo 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Jacob deGrom 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Juan Soto 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Jared Walsh 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Adam Wainwright 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Ramon Laureano 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Bo Jackson 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Nick Castellanos 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Kyle Seager 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Shohei Ohtani 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Bo Jackson Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Josh Donaldson Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Cody Bellinger Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Taylor Trammell RC Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary

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

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

2020 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Hobby Box Break

The fourth box I decided to break from my Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness Package was a box of 2020 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions.

Inside each box you’ll find (20) packs. On average you should find (3) hits per box. Hits from a box of Goodwin Champions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Autographs, relics, stamps, currency, etc…

Here is what I pulled:

Relics:

  • Jasson Dominguez Memorabilia – Baseball – E – 1:42
  • Historic United States Currency Relics – 1905 Indian Head Cent – E – 1:987

3-D Lenticulars Splash of Color:

  • Stevie Wisz #122 – Tier 1 – 1:34

Parallels:

  • Vince Russo Splash of Color #131
  • Jamie Dwyer Splash of Color #106
  • Erica Hosseini Splash of Color #109
  • Jhenny Andrade Splash of Color #113
  • Scarface Splash of Color #146
  • James Holzhaur Mini Goudey Wood Lumberjack

Inserts:

  • Nick Lucena Goudey
  • Christian Coleman Goudey
  • Theo Maledon Goudey
  • Wayne Gretzky Goudey
  • Megan Rapinoe Goudey

Mini Inserts:

  • Brendan Bayliss Goudey
  • Casey Mize Goudey

Base Minis:

  • Jinh Yufrey #54 (Horizontal)
  • Timothy Weah #65 (Horizontal)
  • Darius Garland #10

Notable Base:

  • Casey Mize #7
  • Jasson Dominguez #95 (Horizontal)
  • Jasson Dominguez #45
  • Wander Franco #30
  • Wander Franco #80 (Horizontal)
  • Joe Burrow #41
  • Joe Burrow #91 (Horizontal)
  • Deni Avdija #93 (Horizontal)
  • Jaime Munguia #68 (Horizontal)
  • Deni Avddija #43
  • Timothy Weah #65 (Horizontal)
  • Jaime Munguia #18
  • Bianca Andreescu #27
  • Bianca Andreescu #77 (Horizontal)
  • Theo Maledon #2
  • R.J. Hampton #97 (Horizontal)
  • Rose Lavelle #28
  • Rose Lavelle #78 (Horizontal)
  • R.J. Hampton #47
  • Timothy Weah #15
  • Wayne Gretzky #40
  • Wayne Gretzky #90 (Horizontal)
  • Michael Jordan #51 (Horizontal)
  • LeBron James #100 (Horizontal)

2020/21 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey Hobby Box Break

The third box I decided to break from my Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness Package was a box of 2020/21 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey.

Inside each box you’ll find (6) packs. (1) autograph, and (1) additional autograph or relic should be found.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Sam Reinhart Base Red Foil Jersey

Auto/Relic:

  • Ty Dellandrea Rookie Renditions Gold Spectrum Patch Auto #’ed/49

Parallels:

  • Gustav Lindstrom Rookie Super Stage Blue Foil #’ed/499
  • Connor McMichael Rookie Renditions Blue Foil #’ed/399
  • Ty Dellandrea Rookie Renditions Red Foil #’ed/799
  • Morgan Geekie Base Rookie Premieres Uncommon Level 2 #’ed/499

Inserts:

  • Timothy Liljegren Rookie Renditions
  • Shane Bower Rookie Renditions
  • Ryan McLeod Rookie Renditions
  • Gabe Vilardi Rookie Renditions
  • Liam Foudy Rookie Super Stage
  • Gage Quinney Rookie Super Stage