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

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

2021 Topps Series 2 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Picking up where Series 1 left off, 2021 Topps Series 2 Baseball consists of (330) cards (331-660). Parallels include Royal Blue (Walmart), Rainbow Foil (1:10), Gold Foil (1:2 Jumbo), Gold #’ed/2021, Green Foil #’ed/499, Advanced Stat #’ed/300, Orange Foil #’ed/299, Red Foil #’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. (100) select cards have Clear parallels #’ed/10.

It wouldn’t be a flagship set without photo variations. And Series 2 has plenty of them. Personally, the easiest way for me to identify them is by checking the small CMP code on the back. I’ve also recognized that many photo variations come out of the pack face down. So if you open a pack and the card is flipped over you might want to give it a closer look.

  • Base – #423
  • SP Short Print Variations – #441
  • SSP Super Variations – #442
  • SSSP Ultra Variations – #443

Its important to note that the CMP code on the Advanced Stat parallels end in #444. But these are serial numbered to (300) copies, so checking the CMP code isn’t really necessary.

Autographs include 70 Years of Baseball Autographs, 70 Years of Baseball Dual Autographs, 70 Years of Topps Baseball Autographs, 1986 Topps Baseball Autographs, 1986 Topps All-Star Baseball Autographs, DH Debuts Autographs, Juan Soto Highlights Autographs, Significant Statistics Autographs, Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts Autographs, Zero to Sixty Autographs, and Cut Signatures.

Autograph/Relics include 2021 Rookie Card Patches Manufactured Relics Autographs, Commemorative World Series Rings Relic Autographs, Major League Material Autograph Relics, Significant Statistics Autograph Relics, Topps 70th Anniversary Logo Manufactured Patch Autographs, and Topps Reverence Autograph Patch.

Relics include 1986 Topps Baseball Relics, 1986 Topps All-Stars Baseball Relics, In the Name Relics, Major League Material Relics, and Significant Statistics Relics.

Manufactured Relics include 2021 Rookie Card Patches, Commemorative World Series Rings Relics, and Topps 70th Anniversary Logo Patch.

Inserts include 70 Years of Topps Baseball, Chrome 70 Years of Topps Baseball, 1965 Topps Redux, Chrome 1965 Topps Redux, 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary, 1986 Topps All-Star Baseball 35th Anniversary, DH Debuts, Home Run Challenge, Juan Soto Highlights, Significant Statistics, Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts, Zero to Sixty, and Sketch Cards.

Between the SP Variation, relic, and autograph, I’d say this box was very well balanced. That box topper autograph was by far the biggest surprise.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Larry Walker 1986 Topps Baseball Game-Used Bat Relic

Auto:

  • Tyler Glasnow Silver Pack Box Topper 1986 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor Auto #’ed/25

SP Variation:

  • Giancarlo Stanton #642

Parallels:

  • Brailyn Marquez RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Blue
  • Derek Dietrich Advanced Stat #’ed/300
  • Jeff Samardzija Green Foil #’ed/499
  • Adrian Morejon Gold #’ed/2021
  • San Francisco Giants Rainbow Foil
  • Danny Jansen Rainbow Foil
  • Edwin Encarnacion Rainbow Foil

Inserts:

  • Kirby Puckett Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts
  • Yordan Alvarez Topps Home Run Challenge
  • David Ortiz 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Whit Merrifield 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Freddie Freeman Significant Statistics
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Significant Statistics
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 1986 Topps All-Star Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Clayton Kershaw 1986 Topps All-Star Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Mark McGwire 1986 Topps All-Star Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Francisco Lindor 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Jo Adell RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • David Wright 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Carlos Correa 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Alejandro Kirk RC Silver Pack Box Topper 1986 Topps Chrome 35th Anniversary
  • Matt Olson Silver Pack Box Topper 1986 Topps Chrome 35th Anniversary
  • Willson Contreras Silver Pack Box Topper 1986 Topps Chrome 35th Anniversary

2021 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Refractor Fans

What would the hobby look like without our beloved refractors? Probably pretty dull. Topps changed the card industry landscape when they introduced the refractor to collectors with 1993 Topps Finest Baseball. Today those early refractors from 1993 still command some insane prices. Nobody in 1993 would have thought those boxes would be worth upwards of $1,000 today.

I’ve been a big fan of the Topps Finest brand going all the way back to the beginning. Even through those years where the cards came with those peel-off covers (I never peeled them off).

A Master Hobby Box of 2021 Topps Finest Baseball consists of (2) mini-boxes. Each mini-box has (6) packs, and (1) autograph.

Opening a box of 2021 Topps Finest Baseball reminds me of a bag of M&M’S. Lots of color! The amount of refractors nearly doubled compared to previous years. For those of you who enjoy building rainbows of your favorite players it could take some serious time when it comes to this set.

(100) cards make up the Base Set. Parallels include Refractor, Sky Blue #’ed/300, Purple #’ed/250, Purple/Aqua Vapor #’ed/250, Aqua #’ed/199, Aqua Shimmer #’ed/175, Blue #’ed/150, Green Speckle #’ed/125, Green #’ed/99, Rose Gold #’ed/75, Rose Gold Mini-Diamond #’ed/50, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Purple/Pink Vapor #’ed/3, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

(25) cards #101-#125 consist of the Extended Base Set. I like to think of them as Short Prints. Parallels include Gold #’ed/50, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

(20) cards which fall 1:12 packs make up the Finest Rookies Design Variation set. In my opinion, these really aren’t variations of the base counterpart. Traditionally a variation contains the same card number as the base. That isn’t the case here. Instead the card numbers resemble more of something you’ed see on an insert. An alternative background is the main visual difference when compared to the base version.

Autographs include Finest Autographs, Finest Mystery Redemption Autograph, Finest Rookies Design Variation Autographs, 1997 Topps Finest Masters Autographs, Finest Careers Die-Cut Autographs, Finest Legacies Autographs, Finest Moments Autographs, and Finest Originals Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1997 Topps Finest Masters, Finest Career Die-Cut, and Finest Legacies.

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club greatly enjoy buying the limited edition counterparts to mainstream products. Despite not having any Sapphire parallels in the 2021 Topps Finest Baseball set, we most likely won’t be seeing a Topps Finest Sapphire Edition. Instead we should be seeing a follow-up to last year’s 2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Deivi Garcia RC
  • Brady Singer RC Green Wave Refractor #’ed/99

Finest Rookies Design Variation:

  • Jo Adell

Parallels:

  • Ian Anderson RC Rose Gold Refractor #’ed/75
  • Paul Goldschmidt Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Nick Madrigal RC Aqua Refractor #’ed/199
  • Luis Robert Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Jose Altuve Refractor
  • Lewin Diaz RC Refractor
  • Chris Sale Refractor
  • Alex Bregman Refractor

Inserts:

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Finest Legacies
  • Kyle Lewis Finest Legacies
  • Mike Trout 1997 Topps Finest Masters
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC 1997 Topps Finest Masters
  • Trevor Story 1997 Topps Finest Masters
  • Shane Bieber 1997 Topps Finest Masters

Rookies:

  • Alec Bohm #16
  • Jesus Sanchez #70
  • Nick Madrigal #14
  • Casey Mize #73
  • Jazz Chisholm #40
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes #38
  • Brailyn Marquez #37
  • Cristian Pache #97
  • Andres Gimenez #10
  • Luis Garcia #80
  • Lewin Diaz #56
  • Alejandro Kirk #74

2021 Bowman Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Prospect/Rookie

Can you believe it? There it was. Sitting all alone on the shelf at Walmart. This lonely HOBBY box of 2021 Bowman Baseball. How did it get there? Why was it there? Do other Walmart stores have hobby boxes? I fought through a major crowd just to get my hands on it. I didn’t have time to hesitate. Reaching out I grabbed the box, and ran like hell. I nearly lost an eyeball.

Just kidding. I didn’t find this Hobby box of 2021 Bowman Baseball at Walmart. But wouldn’t that be the talk of the town if I did. Shopping for cards at retail outlets such as Walmart and Target has become a full-contact sport. Things have become so violent Target switched to selling cards strictly online for the foreseeable future.

2021 Bowman Baseball is the first of the big three rookie/prospect sets to be released throughout the year. Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft being the other two. As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I’m always excited for the limited Sapphire Editions.

The main base set consists of (100) cards. It is a good mix of both veterans and rookies. Parallels include Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(150) Paper Prospects make up the prospect checklist. Parallels include Camo, Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Each of the (150) Paper Prospect cards has a Chrome counterpart. Chrome parallels include Atomic, Refractor #’ed/499, Speckle #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Fuchsia #’ed/199, Fuchsia Shimmer #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Shimmer #’ed/150, Aqua #’ed/125, Aqua Shimmer #’ed/125, Green #’ed/99, Green Shimmer #’ed/99, Green Mini-Diamond #’ed/99, Yellow Mini-Diamond #’ed/75, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Shimmer #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Shimmer #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Shimmer #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Available in Hobby boxes are (20) Chrome Prospects Prospector’s Die-Cut variations. These look like gold nuggets, and are limited to (49) copies each.

Autographs include Chrome Prospect Autographs, Paper Prospect Autographs, Chrome Rookie Autographs, 1991 Bowman Autographs, Bowman Scout’s Top 100 Autographs, Dual Bowman Prospects Autographs, Positional Promise Autographs, ROY Favorites Autographs, Ultimate Autograph Book, Under Armour All-American Game Autographs, and 1991 Bowman Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1991 Bowman, Bowman Scout’s Top 100, Futurist, Positional Promise, ROY Favorites, and Talent Pipeline.

A ton of hype surrounds young prospects today. Its important to collect what you want, and not to worry about what others are pushing on you. In today’s hobby, everyone thinks they know who the next Mike Trout or Fernando Tatis, Jr. will be.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Patrick Bailey Chrome Prospect

Parallels:

  • Keston Hiura Orange #’ed/25
  • Taylor Trammell Chrome Prospect Fuchsia Shimmer #’ed/199
  • Tyler Freeman Chrome Prospect Atomic

Inserts:

  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 1991 Bowman
  • Casey Mize RC 1991 Bowman
  • Joey Bart RC 1991 Bowman
  • Travis Swaggerty/Oneil Cruz/Blake Weiman Talent Pipeline
  • Shea Langeliers/Braden Shewmake/Drew Waters Talent Pipeline
  • Andres Gimenez Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Jake Cronenworth Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Luis Garcia Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Reid Detmers Futurist
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Futurist
  • Francisco Alvarez Futurist
  • Nick Gonzales Futurist
  • Josh Jung Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Corbin Carroll Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Shea Langeliers Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Andres Gimenez Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Oneil Cruz Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Brandon Marsh Bowman Scout’s Top 100

Other Notable Cards:

  • Blaze Jordan 1st Bowman Prospect #71
  • Maximo Acosta 1st Bowman Prospect #7
  • Aaron Sabato 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #125
  • Austin Martin 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #87
  • Blaze Jordan 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #71
  • Maximo Acosta 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #7

2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Soccer Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: UEFA Fans/Autograph/Relic/Risk Takers

Look what I got my hands on. Its a box of 2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Soccer. This is by far the most expensive box of cards I’ve ever opened. Boxes are currently listed for $525.

Quite the quick and expensive break. Inside each box you’ll find (1) pack. Each pack contains (8) cards – (3) base, (2) parallels, (1) autograph, (1) autograph/relic, and (1) relic.

The base set consists of (75) cards. Parallels include Copper #’ed/99, Sapphire #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Ruby #’ed/25, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Archival Autographs, Archival Dual Autographs, Framed Autographs, and Lore of the League Autographs.

Autograph/Relics include Museum Autograph Relics, Museum Autograph Jumbo Relics, Museum Framed Autograph Patch, and Single Player Triple Relics Autographs.

Relics include Meaningful Material Single Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Relics, Momentous Material Prime Patch Relics, Single Player Triple Relics, and Triple Player Team Crest Relics.

If you’ve opened this product before, the 2020/21 version should feel familiar. At $525 you’re taking a massive risk. However, if you pull one of those major hits it will pay off immensely. Like a lot of high-end products, busting by the case or joining a group break may yield better results.

With rookies such as Eduardo Camavinga, Pedri, and Edouard Mendy it gets me really excited for 2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Marco Verratti Archival Autographs Sapphire #’ed/75

Auto/Relic:

  • Joshua Kimmich Museum Autograph Relic #’ed/75

Relic:

  • Timo Werner Momentous Material Jumbo Relic Gold #’ed/50

Parallels:

  • André Onana Gold #’ed/50
  • Tyler Adams Copper #’ed/99

Base:

  • Serge Gnabry #74
  • Achraf Hakimi #11
  • Paulo Dybala #12

(2) 2021 Topps Tier One Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/Risk Taker

If you’re looking for another quick break that boosts the number of hits per box 2021 Topps Tier One is right up your alley.

Forget about putting a base set together, because there isn’t one. Tier One is all about the hits. Inside each box you’ll find (1) pack housing (3) cards – (2) autographs and (1) relic. Its common for a few boxes per case to have an extra hit.

Small boxes like this focused mainly on the hits can be hit or miss. Some boxes have the potential to have major pulls, while others are a bit more down to earth. Its always a gamble, especially with today’s premium prices.

Patches, bat barrels, bat knobs, and on-card autographs are what truly drive this brand. Some cards contain sticker autographs, but for the most part they are hard signed. I’ve pulled very few paint-pen signatures in the past, and was lucky to pull one this time. When I think of Tier One paint-pen autographs are the first thing to pop in my head. Dark backgrounds, animated signatures, and color ink really makes these autographs pop.

Autographs include Break Out, Clear One, Dual Clear One, Next Level, Prime Performers, Tier One, Tier One Talent, Dual Autographs, Triple Autographs, and Cut Signatures.

Autograph/Relics include Autograph Tier One Relics, Dual Autograph Tier One Relic Book, Autographed Prodigious Patches, Perfect Contact Autographed Bat Relics, Signature Tools Autograph Relics, Tier One Autographed Bat Knobs, Tier One Autographed Limited Lumber, Tier One Autographed Uniform Button Relics, and Cut Signatures Relics.

Relics include Prodigious Patches, Tier One, Tier One Legends, Tier One Uniform Button, Tier One Bat Knobs, and Tier One Limited Lumber.

Opening Tier One by the case or joining a group break might yield the best overall results. As mentioned before, individual boxes can be hit or miss. Luckily this year’s rookie class has a lot of potential which can help balance out most boxes.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled from (2) boxes:

Autos:

  • Torii Hunter Tier One Talent Bronze Ink #’ed/25
  • Luis Garcia RC Break Out #’ed/300
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC Break Out #’ed/150
  • Jake Cronenworth RC Break Out #’ed/300

Relics:

  • Chris Taylor Tier One #’ed/399
  • Brandon Belt Tier One #’ed/399