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

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2021 Topps Baseball Japan Edition Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

I had to hop on Sports Card Info’s private jet, fly to Japan, and hunt down this box. When I returned to the states I found out Fanatics purchased Topps. Get ready for the return of Topps Chrome Football and Basketball! We’re in for a fun ride.

This isn’t the first time Topps has made a special version of a flagship set for a specific country. In 2020 we saw Topps Baseball UK Edition. Soccer fans got 2020-21 Topps UEFA Champions League Japan Edition. This is however the first Japan Edition for the Topps Baseball flagship set.

As of right now, you can buy a box directly off of the Topps Japan site for about $87. I don’t believe they’re shipping internationally though.

The base set consists of (220) cards. Parallels include Cherry Blossoms #’ed/99, Jade Green #’ed/75, Purple #’ed/50, Gold #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Platinum #’ed 1/1. Cherry Blossoms and Jade Green are exclusive to this product. Each card comes with the Japanese flag on it.

Relics come in the form of Japan Comes To MLB Manufactured Patch, and MLB In Japan Manufactured Patch.

There is only one type of Autograph Set.

Inserts include Japan Comes To MLB, and MLB In Japan.

Despite not being guaranteed an autograph or relic in every box, I found this break to be more entertaining when compared to other flagship boxes. I found a decent amount of low-numbered parallels. The names may not be the most appealing, but that is just hit or miss.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Yohan Ramirez RC Gold #’ed/25
  • Trea Turner Purple #’ed/50
  • Trevor Bauer Jade Green #’ed/75
  • Cristian Javier RC Cherry Blossoms #’ed/99
  • Orlando Arcia Cherry Blossoms #’ed/99

Inserts:

  • Shogo Akiyama Japan Comes To MLB
  • Yu Darvish Japan Comes To MLB
  • Shohei Ohtani Japan Comes To MLB
  • Matt Chapman MLB In Japan
  • Hideki Matsui MLB In Japan
  • Derek Jeter MLB In Japan

2021 Topps Allen & Ginter Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Refractor Fans

Everything is better when it gets Chromed! It works for Stadium Club, so why not for Allen & Ginter?

Allen & Ginter Chrome made it’s debut in 2020. I did not have the opportunity to open a box last year. I did however watch a lot of people open their boxes, and they looked like a lot of fun. For 2021 I was able to get my hands on a box.

The base set consists of (300) cards. Parallels include Refractor, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, X-Fractor, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Each card in the main set has a Base Mini counterpart. You will find (1) Base Mini card per pack. Parallels include Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Inserts include Mini Rookie Design Variations, Mini World Leaders, and Mini World’s Largest.

Autographs much like the X-Fractors are case hits.

Its a very simple product. The cards look even better in hand.

Will we ever see a Sapphire Edition? Probably not. Combining two products is enough. Three can get a little crowded.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Javier Baez Base Mini Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Hank Aaron Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Manny Machado Refractor
  • George Brett Refractor
  • Shohei Ohtani Refractor
  • Ian Anderson RC Refractor

Inserts:

  • Cristian Pache Mini Rookie Design Variation
  • Garrett Crochet Mini Rookie Design Variation
  • Scott Morrison Mini World Leaders
  • Saara Kuugongelwa Mini World Leaders
  • Lee Hsien Loong Mini World Leaders
  • El Capitan Mini The World’s Largest
  • Cruise Ship Mini The World’s Largest

Base Minis:

  • Hank Aaron #1
  • Jason Biggs #212
  • David Peterson RC #130
  • Buzz Bissinger #262
  • Brooks Robinson #83
  • Peter Yan #273
  • Nate Pearson RC #113
  • Jackie Robinson #36
  • Jose Ramirez #77
  • Codi Heuer RC #290

2021 Topps 582 Montgomery Club Set #5

The fifth an final set of the 2021 Topps 582 Montgomery Club membership has arrived.

(20) cards make up the final set, plus (1) autograph. This is the set members could vote on as to who they wanted included in it.

Auto:

  • Evan White RC Auto

Set:

  • Ronald Acuña Jr. #1
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC #2
  • Luis Robert #3
  • Shohei Ohtani #4
  • Mike Trout #5
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC #6
  • Fernando Tatís Jr. #7
  • Jarred Kelenic RC #8
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #9
  • Bo Bichette #10
  • Juan Soto #11
  • Aaron Judge #12
  • Bryce Harper #13
  • Jazz Chisholm RC #14
  • Mookie Betts #15
  • Jo Adell RC #16
  • Bobby Dalbec RC #17
  • Jonathan India RC #18
  • Alec Bohm RC #19
  • Dylan Carlson RC #20

On November 16, 2021 current members had the opportunity to renew their membership for 2022 for $300. New members had to pay $600.

In 2021 club members received some great deals on online-exclusive products such as 2020 Topps Chrome Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire Edition, 2019/20 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition, and 2020 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Sapphire Edition. With a bunch more in between.

I see print runs and price increases for 2022. If Topps decides to bring back some of those products which people were able to flip for big profits on the secondary market last year, I don’t see those same products performing the same way. Topps will look at what last year’s boxes are currently selling for, and price the next round of products based on that. The next Topps Chrome Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire Edition won’t be $50 per box. The next Topps Chrome Formula 1 Sapphire Edition won’t be $99 per box. Prices will go up, and the profit margin to flip them will be down.

Topps could surprise us with some products that haven’t received the Sapphire treatment yet. Star Wars and WWE Sapphire Editions would be huge hits. That’s saying Topps can get the WWE Sapphire Edition out before Panini takes over the license.

The 2022 MLB rookie class is shaping up nicely. Wander Franco is leading the pack and will receive his first rookie card logo cards. Some other prospects have a chance of getting called up too. Product will be in demand. Maybe not as much as 2020 and 2021 due to inflation/lack of stimulus checks, but I renewed my membership so I can easily access the online-exclusive products.

After 2022 things will get interesting now that Fanatics plans to take over the card industry.

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2021 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Continuing where 2021 Topps Heritage left off, 2021 Topps Heritage High Number takes us back to the summer of 1972.

The base set consists of (225) cards. The last (25) cards #701-725 are Short Prints. Parallels include Black Border #’ed/50, and Flip Stock #’ed/5.

It should be noted that card #216 of Cavan Biggio has now been printed. This card was meant for the regular Topps Heritage set released earlier this year, but didn’t make it in due to an error.

(100) cards have Chrome parallels. Chrome parallels include Purple Hot Box, Refractor #’ed/572, Red Border #’ed/372, Black Border #’ed/72, Gold Border #’ed/5 (Hobby), and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

(54) cards have Base Minis #’ed/100, and (97) cards have French Text Back O-Pee-Chee versions.

Image Variations include Action, City Uniform/Throwback, Error, Missing Stars, Nickname, and Team Color Swap. The Image Variation type is listed beneath the card number on the back. No need to check the CMP codes.

Autographs include Real One Autographs, Real One Dual Autographs, 1972 World Series Champion Autographs, and 1972 Cut Signatures.

Autograph Relics include Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relics, and Clubhouse Collection Dual Autographed Relics.

Relics include Clubhouse Collection Relics, Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics, Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics, and Clubhouse Collection Quad Relics.

Inserts include 1972 World Series Highlights, 1972 Topps Venezuela Stamps, Award Winners, Combo Cards, Now and Then, Roberto Clemente 3,000, and Rookie Performers.

Box Toppers include 1972 Topps Oversized, 1972 Topps Oversized Autographs, 1972 Baseball Posters, and 1972 Topps Originals.

Waiting for every collector inside a hobby box is (1) autograph or relic. Most likely a relic from the Clubhouse Collection is what you will find. But if you’re really lucky you might find an autograph or other high-end hit.

I’ve been opening some really well-balanced boxes recently. This one is right up there. I pulled an autograph, Chrome Black Border #’ed/72, and a very decent 1972 Topps Originals Buyback Box Topper.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Geraldo Perdomo RC Real One Auto

Parallel:

  • Amed Rosario Chrome Black Border #’ed/72

Short Prints:

  • Wil Crowe RC #705
  • Tommy Kahnle #713
  • Keegan Akin RC #714
  • Lance Lynn #709
  • George Springer #716
  • Drew Rasmussen RC #704
  • Christian Arroyo #720
  • Rafael Marchan RC #718

Inserts:

  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Rookie Performers
  • Johnny Bench 1972 World Series
  • Walk-Off Home Run September 3, 2020 Now and Then
  • Home Run Robbery September 14, 2020 Now and Then
  • Roberto Clemente 3,000 #13
  • Roberto Clemente 3,000 #8
  • Tug McGraw 1972 Topps Originals Buyback Box Topper #163

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