2021 Topps Finest Flashbacks Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Parallel Fans

Topps introduced Finest Flashbacks during the summer of 2020. Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club (like myself) were allowed to pre-order up to (3) boxes at a cost of $55 per box before the general public. The product was an extreme hit. Boxes guaranteed (1) refractor. But collectors quickly discovered Topps had loaded these things up. Most boxes contained a lot more than (1) parallel. Combining that with random on-card autographs, the classic 1993 Topps Finest design, and you can easily see why these are now selling for $500 a piece on the secondary market.

Its no surprise that Topps brought back Finest Flashbacks in 2021. Topps 582 Montgomery Club members were once again allowed to pre-order before the general public. This time however the limit was (1) box, and the cost was $200 per box. Most people expected a price increase based on what the previous year’s boxes are currently selling for.

2021 Topps Finest Flashbacks utilizes the 1994 Topps Finest design. Boxes contain (18) packs, and you’re guaranteed (1) refractor per box. For the most part though you should find a lot more than that. Most boxes are loaded with parallels.

The main set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Refractor (1:18), Gold #’ed/50 (1:18), Prism #’ed/35 (1:26), Black #’ed/25 (1:36), Red #’ed/5 (1:175), and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1 (1:865).

Cards #201-220 are Short Prints and should fall (1:18) packs. Parallels for these include Refractor, Gold #’ed/50 (1:176), Prism #’ed/35 (1:251), Black #’ed/25 (1:350), Red #’ed/5 (1:1,729), and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1 (1:8,822).

Autographs are difficult to pull. About (1:320) packs or (1:18) boxes contains an autograph. Every autograph is #’ed/25 or less. You also have a chance at pulling original 1994 Topps Finest Buyback Autographs.

As I was hoping, my box delivered A LOT more than what is guaranteed. In the words of Han Solo “Never tell me the odds.” Very colorful break.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Alex Verdugo Black Refractor #’ed/25
  • Carlos Santana Black Refractor #’ed/25
  • Blake Snell Prism Refractor #’ed/35
  • Clayton Kershaw Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Xander Bogaerts Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Mark McGwire SP Refractor
  • Marco Gonzales Refractor

Short Print:

  • Greg Maddux #209


  • Brady Singer #178
  • Ryan Mountcastle #88
  • Estevan Florial #53
  • Sixto Sanchez #167
  • Luis Campusano #47
  • Kohei Arihara #43
  • Dylan Carlson #21
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes #144
  • Leody Taveras #170
  • Sam Huff #161
  • Andres Gimenez #85
  • Cristian Pache #127
  • Dane Dunning #38
  • Tyler Stephenson #190

2021 Topps Update Series Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Update Series wraps-up the flagship products for the year. It all started with Series 1 last winter. Then Series 2 in the summer. Finally Update Series in the fall.

Before you even ask, I’ll come right out and say it. Wander Franco does NOT have rookie cards in here. His first cards featuring the classic rookie card logo will be found in 2022 Topps Series 1.

The base set consists of (330) cards. Parallels include 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 Hot Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Powder Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, 70th Anniversary #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1. (100) cards have Clear parallels #’ed/10.

Photo Variations can easily be identified using the CMP codes:

  • Base – #395
  • SP – #416
  • SSP – #417
  • SSSP – #418

The Advanced Stat cards which are #’ed/300 have a CMP code that ends in #419. Collectors treat these more as a parallel than a variation.

Autographs include 1986 Topps Baseball Autographs, 70 Years of Topps Baseball Autographs, Baseball Stars Autographs, Baseball Stars Dual Autographs, Topps Black Gold Autographs, Topps Cards That Never Were Autographs, Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts Autographs, and Cut Signatures.

Autograph/Relics include 2021 MLB All-Star Game Commemorative Sleeve Logo Patch Autographs, 70th Anniversary Manufactured Logo Patch Autographs, All-Star Stitches Autographs, All-Star Stitches Jumbo Autographs, All-Star Stitches Dual Autographs, Major League Material Autographs, and Topps Reverence Autographed Patch.

Relics include 2021 MLB All-Star Game Commemorative Sleeve Logo Patch, Topps 70th Anniversary Manufactured Logo Patch, All-Star Stitches, All-Star Stitches Jumbo, All-Star Stitches Dual, All-Star Stitches Triple, Major League Material Relics, Own the Name Relics, and Sketch Cards.

Inserts include 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary, 1992 Topps Redux, 1992 Topps Redux Chrome, 2021 MLB All-Stars, 70 Years of Topps Baseball, Topps Black Gold, Topps Cards That Never Were, Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts, Topps Tek 70th Anniversary Box Topper, and 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Box Topper.

With (330) cards and all the parallels, Update Series is a set collector’s paradise. I enjoy the look of the Topps Black Gold, and 1992 Topps Redux Chrome cards. They came out looking really sharp.

A Hobby box should yield (1) autograph or relic. A Jumbo should provide (1) autograph and (2) relics.

My box turned out to be very well balanced. Traditionally, I pull a one-color relic from flagship products such as this. An autograph, SP photo variation, and low-numbered parallel of a popular rookie came out of this box.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Luis Alexander Basabe RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary Auto

Photo Variation:

  • Logan Gilbert RC SP #US318


  • Akil Baddoo RC Platinum Anniversary #’ed/70
  • Daniel Lynch RC Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary Green #’ed/99
  • Adrian Houser Gold #’ed/2021
  • Chad Pinder Gold #’ed/2021
  • Andres Gimenez RC Rainbow Foil
  • Drew Smyly Rainbow Foil


  • Aaron Judge Topps Black Gold
  • Paul Molitor Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts
  • Albert Pujols Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Alex Kirilloff RC Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Francisco Lindor Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Roberto Clemente 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Brady Singer RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Bobby Dalbec RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Johnny Bench 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Ted Williams 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Ozzie Smith 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Jarred Kelenic RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Larry Walker 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Alek Manoah RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Brent Honeywell Jr. RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Brandon Crawford 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Nolan Arenado 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Nelson Cruz 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Bo Bichette 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • J.D. Martinez 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 2021 MLB All-Stars

Card of the Day: Cy Young 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #153

2021 Topps Archives Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Retro Design Fans

The base set consists of (300) cards. Designs from 1957, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1991, 2001, 2011, and futuristic 2091 Topps baseball sets have been used. Parallels include Rainbow Foil #’ed/150, Green #’ed/125, Silver #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Red Hot Foil #’ed/50, Blue Foil #’ed/25 (Hobby), Orange Hot Foil #’ed/15 (Hobby), and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1.

A hobby box should yield (2) on-card autographs. In addition to those autographs there are a TON of short prints and variations to watch for. I like using the CMP codes.

  • Base – #267/287
  • Greason – #040
  • 1983 Mantle (#7) – #041
  • 1991 Mantle (#107) – #042
  • 2011 Mantle (#207) – #043
  • 1962 Green Tint – #297
  • 1973 Icon – #297
  • 1983 Father/Son – #297
  • 1991 Image Variations – #297
  • Buffalo Blue Jays – #298
  • Emblem (1991, 2001, 2011, 2091) – #298

Autographs include Fan Favorites Autographs, Fan Favorites Premium Autographs, 1963 Topps Peel-Off Autographs, 1989 Topps Big Minis Autographs, 1989 Topps Big Foil Autographs, 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars Autographs, 1994 Topps Draft Pick Autographs, and Topps Originals Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1963 Topps Peel-Offs, 1989 Topps Big Minis, 1989 Topps Big Foil, 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars, 1994 Topps Draft Picks, Topps Archives Movie Poster, and Movie Poster Mini-Posters Box Toppers.

Please be on alert that all 1989 Topps Big Minis come with autograph authentication messages printed on them. Whether they’re autographed or not, they’ve got the COAs on there. This was an accident addressed by Topps which I wrote about.

Archives continues to be a key place for on-card autographs and retro designs. In addition to current stars and Hall of Famers, Archives is still the place to go for those autographs of obscure players who don’t have many autographed cards. Some of them haven’t had autographs made for a really long time.

As a Phillies fan, it would be great to see former pitcher Larry Andersen and current broadcaster Tom McCarthy have autographs in Archives. Scott Rolen too.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Ken Griffey Fan Favorites Purple Auto #’ed/150
  • Ron Washington Fan Favorites Auto


  • Victor Robles Blue Foil #’ed/25


  • Matt Olson 1989 Topps Big Minis
  • Nick Madrigal 1994 Topps Draft Picks
  • Alex Kirilloff 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Ke-Bryan Hayes 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Cristian Pache 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Jake Cronenworth 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Ryan Mountcastle 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Mike Trout 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Francisco Lindor 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Bryce Harper 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Juan Soto 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Mookie Betts 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Like Father Like Son Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • Murders’ Row Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Red Machine Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Three Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Red Machine Movie Poster Mini-Posters Box Topper

ALERT: Watch Out When Buying These 2021 Topps Archives Baseball Autographs

Archives Baseball means retro designs and on-card autographs.

Collectors picking up singles on the secondary market need to carefully watch what they are buying.

Due to a printing error, every 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis insert comes with the “Topps Certified Autograph Issue” message printed on the front. The COA which states “The signing of all Topps autograph cards is witnessed by Topps representatives to guarantee authenticity.” also appears on the back.

The 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis come in two different formats – autographed and non-autographed. Only the autographed cards are suppose to have the COAs. Unfortunately the non-autographed inserts also have the COAs printed on them, and made their way into the product.

As you can imagine, printing COAs onto cards that weren’t meant to be autographed opens the door for a lot of scammers. Nothing is stopping someone from forging the player’s signature, and passing it off as a pack-pulled autographed card.

The following list of players have legitimate 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis autographs:

  • Byron Buxton
  • Bryce Harper
  • Barry Larkin
  • Christian Yelich
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Frank Thomas
  • Ichiro
  • Joe Carter
  • Joe Mauer
  • Juan Soto
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes
  • Kyle Lewis
  • Luis Robert
  • Mariano Rivera
  • Mike Trout
  • Pete Alonso
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Rod Carew
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Yordan Alvarez

That same list of (22) players in addition to (28) others also have non-autographed 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis. Those non-autographed cards with the accidental COAs printed on them are what scammers will take advantage of.

Legitimate 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis autographs are hand-numbered to (20) copies. It wouldn’t take much for a scammer to hand-number a card they forged a signature on.

Unless you pull the card directly from the pack and/or are an autograph expert, purchasing any of the (22) 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis autographs on the secondary market could be an authenticity gamble. You just can’t tell if it came from Topps autographed or was signed by a scammer. Obviously, if you find an autograph out in the wild of someone who isn’t on the above list it most definitely is a fake.

Topps did alert collectors about this mistake.

A similar situation happened with 2018 Panini Illusions Football.

2021 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Minor League Baseball fans

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. A lot of people have a better connection with Minor League teams because in many cases its the only opportunity they have to see a professional baseball game in person.

The base set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Blue #’ed/99, Green #’ed/75, Black #’ed/50, Flip Stock #’ed/25, Gold #’ed/18, and Red #’ed 1/1.

Cards #201-#220 are Short Prints.

There are two types of variations to watch out for – Image and Frame Color. Image variations have a CMP code that ends in #900. Whereas the Frame Color variations have a CMP code that end in #901. The Frame Color variations also state “Frame Color” beneath the card number on the back.

Autographs include Real One Autographs, Real One Dual Autographs, 1972 Topps Pack Cover Autographs, Base Image Variation Autographs, and 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Autographs.

Inserts include 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars, 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards, 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Cards, and 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Cards.

With the price of sealed wax at an all-time high, a box of 2021 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball might just be the most affordable choice. A hobby box contains (18) packs, and guarantees (2) on-card autographs. As of this writing, a box will run you under $70.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Endy Rodriguez Real One Auto
  • Jose Tena Real One Auto


  • Gabriel Moreno Green #’ed/75

Short Prints:

  • Max Meyer #213
  • Liover Peguero #204
  • Noelvi Marte #202


  • Riley Greene 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • Austin Hendrick 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • CJ Abrams 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • Mick Abel 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • CJ Abrams 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Box Topper
  • Garrett Mitchell 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Box Topper
  • Max Meyer 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Box Topper
  • Joe Mauer 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars
  • Willie Mays 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars
  • Paul Konerko 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars
  • JJ Bleday 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards
  • Ed Howard 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards
  • Tyler Soderstrom 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards
  • Adley Rutschman 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards

2021 Bowman Platinum Baseball Mega Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Rookie/Prospect/Autograph

Shiny foil! Bowman Platinum is back as a Walmart exclusive. A Mega box contains (20) packs and guarantees (2) autographs. Blasters are the only place to find the Ice Foil parallels.

The base set consists of (200) cards. (100) veterans/rookies and (100) top prospects. Parallels include Ice Foil (Blaster), Foilboard #’ed/299, Aqua Ice Foilboard #’ed/250, Pink #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Icy Foil #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Foilfractor #’ed 1/1.

Both veterans/rookies and top prospects have photo variations. CMP codes continue to be the easiest way to identify them. Base veterans/rookies have a CMP code that ends in #631. Base top prospects have a CMP code that ends in #644. Photo variations for both end in #678. So, if you pull a card that has a CMP code that ends in #678 you’ve got a photo variation.

Veterans/Rookies with Photo Variations:

  • Jo Adell #5
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. #9
  • Joey Bart #14
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. #55
  • Mike Trout #61

Top prospects with Photo Variations:

  • Heston Kjerstad #40
  • Nick Gonzales #87
  • Austin Martin #90
  • Austin Hendrick #91
  • Spencer Torkelson #92

Autographs include Top Prospect Autographs, Meteoric Autographs, Platinum Die-Cuts Autographs, Platinum Etchings Autographs, Precious Elements Autographs, and Renowned Rookies Autographs.

Autograph relics include Platinum Patches Autographs, Platinum Pedigree Autographs, and Platinum Pieces Autographs.

Relics include Platinum Patches and Platinum Pedigree.

Inserts include Meteoric, Platinum Die-Cuts, Platinum Etchings, Precious Elements, and Renowned Rookies.

Fun box to break. Be very careful when flipping through your cards. My two autographs were easily stuck to other cards. I almost missed one of them.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Yolbert Sanchez Top Prospect Auto
  • Jordan Diaz Top Prospect Auto


  • Xander Bogaerts Foilboard #’ed/299
  • Max Kepler Gold #’ed/50


  • Max Meyer Meteoric
  • Luis Patino RC Meteoric
  • Garrett Mitchell Precious Elements
  • Robert Hassell Precious Elements
  • Marco Luciano Precious Elements
  • Austin Hendrick Precious Elements
  • Clarke Schmidt RC Renowned Rookies
  • Nick Madrigal RC Renowned Rookies
  • Luis Garcia RC Renowned Rookies
  • Jarred Kelenic RC Renowned Rookies

2021 Topps Gold Label Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph

The base set consists of (100) players. Those (100) players are spread across three different classes – Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. Class 1 being the easiest cards to pull, and Class 3 being the most difficult. Each Class has the same (100) subjects. The only difference are the photos. If you put the entire set together it would technically be (300) cards.

Class 1 Parallels:

  • Black 1:2
  • Blue #’ed/150
  • Purple #’ed/99
  • Red #’ed/75
  • Gold #’ed 1/1

Class 2 Parallels:

  • Black 1:6
  • Blue #’ed/99
  • Purple #’ed/75
  • Red #’ed/50
  • Gold #’ed 1/1

Class 3 Parallels:

  • Black 1:20
  • Blue #’ed/50
  • Purple #’ed/35
  • Red #’ed/25
  • Gold #’ed 1/1

Autographs include Framed Autographs, Framed Dual Autographs, and Auric Framed Autographs.

Autographed/Relics come in the form of Golden Greats Framed Autograph Jumbo Relics.

Relics include Gold Prospect Relics, and MLB Legends Relics.

Lots of foil and on-card autographs. The metal-framed cards which have been a staple to this brand for some time continue to look great. Every hobby box should contain at least (1) autograph.

One thing I noticed is that the Black parallels seem to be losing their ink. Its really noticeable on the Class 1 Black parallels. Not so much on Class 2 and Class 3. The ink on the front seems to easily leak on to the back of the other cards. Perhaps the ink wasn’t dry enough before the pack out. If picking up singles (especially online) be sure to see all sides of the cards.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Joey Bart RC Framed Auto


  • Ichiro Class 1 Blue #’ed/150
  • Alex Bregman Class 1 Black
  • Pete Alonso Class 1 Black
  • Trevor Bauer Class 1 Black
  • Chipper Jones Class 2 Black
  • David Ortiz Class 2 Black


  • Shane Bieber Class 1 #16
  • Yordan Alvarez Class 1 #45
  • Brady Singer RC Class 1 #58
  • Xander Bogaerts Class 1 #62
  • Bo Bichette Class 1 #27
  • Joey Bart RC Class 1 #98
  • Nolan Arenado Class 1 #71
  • Andrew Vaughn RC Class 1 #4
  • George Springer Class 1 #77
  • Anthony Rendon Class 1 #100
  • Juan Soto Class 1 #30
  • Yadier Molina Class 1 #50
  • Kyle Lewis Class 1 #35
  • Joey Gallo Class 1 #18
  • David Ortiz Class 1 #93
  • Austin Meadows Class 1 #23
  • Mike Trout Class 2 #52
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Class 2 #55
  • Javier Baez Class 2 #83
  • Roberto Clemente Class 2 #42
  • Freddie Freeman Class 2 #92
  • Tony Gwynn Class 2 #12
  • Xander Bogaerts Class 3 #62
  • Tarik Skubal RC Class 3 #79
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Class 3 #32
  • Casey Mize RC Class 3 #68

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:


  • 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


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


  • 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.


Here is what I pulled:


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


  • 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


  • 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