(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

(2) 2021 Topps Big League Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Big League Baseball is a blast to open. The retro design (not based on a past set) is refreshing. I think it would be fun to see it get a limited online-exclusive Chrome release.

The base set consists of (300) cards. Four subsets make up the overall base set – Veterans & Rookies, Big League Best, Award Winners, and Highlights. Parallels include Electric Blue (blaster exclusive), Orange (1 per pack), Rainbow Foil #’ed/199, Green Foil #’ed/75, Black & White #’ed/50, Blue Foil #’ed/25, Black Foil #’ed/15, and Red Foil #’ed 1/1.

Nice to see a manager card. We don’t see them as often as we use to.

Autographs include Base Autographs Electric Blue (blaster exclusive), Art of the Game Artist Autographs, Big League Autographs, Defensive Wizards Autographs, Opening Act Autographs, Souvenirs Autographs, and Wanted Autographs.

Inserts include Art of the Game, Defensive Wizards, Home Team Traditions, Souvenirs, Wanted, and Value Blaster Box Cutout Cards.

In addition to blasters and hobby boxes, fans of the Big League Baseball brand also have Collector’s Boxes. A Collector’s Box contains (1) exclusive Super7 action figure. There are (4) types of package variations that you can pull – 1983 Topps Cardback Design, 1983 Topps Cardback Design Image Variation, 1959 Topps Cardback Design, and 1959 Topps Cardback Design Image Variation. Each of these has a Gold parallel #’ed 1/1.

Topps has worked with Super7 in the past. 2020 Big League Baseball also offered Super7 figures. Other Topps properties that Super7 has made figures for include Garbage Pail Kids and Mars Attacks.

For a product that doesn’t guarantee any hits per box, I think I did pretty well for two boxes. The easiest autographs to pull (Big League Autos) fall 1:65 packs. Between two hobby boxes I had (36) packs. That gave me less than a 50% chance at pulling one autograph. I ended up pulling three. Lets not forget a few numbered parallels too. I really beat the odds on these to hobby boxes.

Fun and very affordable.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Dylan Cease Big League Auto
  • Ramon Laureano Big League Auto
  • Jose Urquidy Big League Auto

Parallels:

  • Max Kepler Blue Foil #’ed/25
  • J.P. Crawford Green Foil #’ed/75
  • Wil Myers Rainbow Foil #’ed/199
  • Alejandro Kirk RC Orange #231
  • Sixto Sanchez RC Orange #142
  • Anthony Rizzo Orange #202
  • Kenta Maeda Orange #244
  • Carlos Carrasco Orange #197
  • Bryan Reynolds Orange #243
  • Luis Patiño RC Orange #174
  • Ha-Seong Kim RC Orange #85
  • NL Batting Leaders Orange #246
  • Alex Verdugo Orange #168
  • Mike Brosseau Orange #152
  • Trevor Story Orange #101
  • Elvis Andrus Orange #120
  • Sonny Gray Orange #79
  • Gerrit Cole Orange #8
  • Rafael Marchan RC Orange #181
  • Mookie Betts Orange #67
  • NL Saves Leaders Orange #265
  • Keibert Ruiz RC Orange #143
  • Walker Buehler Orange #92
  • Austin Hays Orange #46
  • Adonis Medina RC Orange #216
  • Brandon Woodruff Orange #62
  • Brandon Lowe Orange #47
  • Austin Meadows Orange #133
  • Shohei Ohtani Orange #114
  • Michael Conforto Orange #49
  • Marcell Ozuna Orange #208
  • Pete Alonso Orange #16
  • Kyle Schwarber Orange #7
  • Daz Cameron RC Orange #166
  • Blake Snell Orange #194
  • Yu Darvish Orange #146
  • Cavan Biggio Orange #78
  • Willson Contreras Orange #111
  • Evan Longoria Orange #44

Inserts:

  • Kyle Lewis Wanted #5
  • (2) Mookie Betts Wanted #2
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. Wanted #9
  • Kevin Kiermaier Wanted #14
  • Christian Yelich Wanted #4
  • Mike Yastrzemski Wanted #11
  • Juan Soto Wanted #15
  • Christian Yelich Souvenirs #18
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Souvenirs #24
  • (2) Javier Baez Souvenirs #7
  • (2) Alex Bregman Souvenirs #14
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Souvenirs #27
  • Mookie Betts Souvenirs #16
  • Rafael Devers Souvenirs #6
  • (2) Sixto Sanchez RC Art of the Game
  • Gleyber Torres Art of the Game
  • (2) Alec Bohm RC Art of the Game
  • Austin Meadows Art of the Game
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Art of the Game
  • Shane Bieber Art of the Game
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Defensive Wizards #10
  • (2) Francisco Lindor Defensive Wizards #5
  • Yadier Molina Defensive Wizards #7
  • Willson Contreras Defensive Wizards #15
  • Javier Baez Defensive Wizards #2
  • Cody Bellinger Defensive Wizards #13
  • Anthony Rizzo Defensive Wizards #9
  • Nolan Arenado Defensive Wizards #4
  • J.T. Realmuto Defensive Wizards #6
  • Matt Chapman Defensive Wizards #3

(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