2021 Topps Heritage Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Its time to hop in the DeLorean and travel back to the year 1972. Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash, video game fans were introduced to Pong, and The Godfather dominated theaters.

Seeing people wait outside of Target hoping to get their hands on the latest trading card release is becoming quite common today. And that’s just for retail blasters, hangers, and fat packs. I feel very fortunate to have been able to rip into this hobby box of 2021 Topps Heritage Baseball.

The 2021 Topps Heritage Baseball set is modeled after the 1972 Topps Baseball set. That means lots of bright colors, and classic Hollywood cinema font.

A massive (500) cards make up the 2021 Topps Heritage Baseball set. Subsets include Boyhood Photos of the Stars, In Action, League Leaders, Rookie Stars, MLB Awards, and Playoff Highlights.

Its important to note that the Cavan Biggio #216 base card did not make it in due to a production error. If you go looking for it, you won’t find it. Topps has mentioned that they’ll include it within the 2021 Topps Heritage High Number set which comes out later this year. With all of that being said, you will find the Mini version #’ed/100 and French Back variation in here.

The last (100) cards (#401-#500) are Short Prints. Parallels are short and sweet – Red Border (3 per Target Mega Box), Black Border (50 copies), and Flip Stock (5 copies). (132) cards from the base set have Mini parallels #’ed/100, and (100) cards from the base set have Chrome parallels. It shouldn’t surprise you that the Chrome cards come in various colors too – Blue Sparkle (3 per Walmart Mega Box), Purple Hot Box (Hobby/Blaster), Base Refractor #’ed/572, Red #’ed/372, Black #’ed/72, Gold #’ed/5 (Hobby), and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

A staple of the Heritage brand are the variations. Heritage wouldn’t be the same without them. Variations to look for this year include Action Image, Error, Nickname, Team Name Color Swap, Missing Stars, Alternative, and French Back. CMP codes are traditionally the best way to identify these variations. But over the last few years Topps has just labeled the card back (usually around the card number) which type of variation it is. This holds true for 2021 Topps Heritage except for the French Back variations. I’ve also realized that Heritage variations tend to be facing downward in the pack.

Hobby boxes should yield (1) autograph or relic. Usually its a relic. In the past I’ve only pulled (2) autographs from Heritage boxes.

A very solid box in my opinion. Tons to look for between the hit, variations, and all of the rookies. Honestly, all I wanted to pull was an Alec Bohm base rookie. I was able to do a little better than that.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Xander Bogaerts Clubhouse Collection Game-Used Memorabilia

Variation:

  • Alec Bohm RC Action Image #11

Short Prints:

  • Yoshi Tsutsugo #415
  • Kwang-Hyun Kim #443
  • Jake Arrieta #442
  • Zack Britton #494
  • Lance McCullers Jr. #428
  • Edwin Encarnacion #413
  • Joe Jimenez #491
  • Robinson Cano #426

Inserts:

  • The Great One – Roberto Clemente #17
  • Baseball Flashbacks 1972 – Johnny Bench
  • News Flashbacks 1972 – 1972 Winter Games Kick Off In Japan
  • Then And Now – Dick Allen/Jose Abreu #12
  • New Age Performers – Casey Mize RC #16
  • New Age Performers – Keston Hiura #24
  • David Peterson RC Jumbo 1972 Topps Box Topper

Tigers 2021 Topps Series 1 Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Casey Mize 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball RC Major League Material Relic. Good luck!!!

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2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Seven decades. That’s how long Topps has been making baseball cards. Quite the accomplishment, and there is no sign of them slowing down. 70 years ago it all started with the 1951 Topps Red/Blue Back set.

In case you haven’t noticed, sports cards have drastically gained popularity over the last year. COVID-19 changed everything. While stuck at home people rediscovered their old collections, and searched for various forms of alternative entertainment. Sports fans looking for that gambling fix turned to cards hoping to pull that life altering hit they can watch drive-up bids on eBay, and brag to their friends.

Almost everyday we see another card reach into the seven figures. Sales of this magnitude attract lots of national media coverage. This only fuels the popularity. Its awesome to see sports cards talked about in the mainstream media. I truly believe its something we’re going to see more of in the future. Prices rise because of the increased popularity, but luckily there are lots of ways to enjoy this hobby which don’t necessarily have to break the bank. Buy smart. Just because everyone else is spending a lot doesn’t mean you have too. Collect what you enjoy, and can afford. Don’t worry about what others are doing and end up getting in over your head.

With people paying record prices for cards, widespread media coverage, and a killer rookie class it shouldn’t be a surprise that people were eagerly waiting to dive into 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball.

The main base set consists of (330) cards. (50) of those cards are of new rookies. Many players made their MLB debut in 2020 which carried their rookie cards over to 2021. Players wearing masks, and cardboard cutouts in the stands all remind us of how we enjoyed the game in 2020. You can clearly see these elements reflected in this product. Parallels include: Royal Blue (Retail), Rainbow Foil, Gold Foil (Jumbo), Gold #’ed/2021, Green #’ed/499, Advanced Stat #’ed/300, Orange #’ed/299, Red #’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. It should also be noted that (100) cards have Clear parallels #’ed/10 found exclusively in Hobby boxes.

Looking for photo variations has been a top priority for years. Whether its a Hobby, Jumbo, Blaster, or Hanger, you’ve got a shot at finding them. I’ve found the easiest way to identify them is by checking the CMP code on the back.

  • Base – #213
  • SP – #230
  • SSP – #231
  • SSSP – #232

There are numerous inserts to keep an eye out for. Two of my favorites include The History of Topps, and Topps Through the Years.

The History of Topps is exactly what it sounds like. Its a 10-card set that focuses of the history of the Topps Company. From the founding of the company by the Shorin Family, all the way to commemorating Topps Project 2020. Garbage Pail Kids fans should look at card #5. It commemorates when the Garbage Pail Kids were first introduced. The front pictures the Mike Trout of Garbage Pail Kids, Adam Bomb. Collectors shouldn’t overlook this card.

Topps Through the Years showcases iconic card designs. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking the autographs and relics pictured on these cards are the real thing. THEY’RE JUST PICTURES OF CARDS! I’ve seen this happen on eBay already. (30) cards you would love to own make up this set.

A Hobby box will yield (1) relic or autograph. Jumbos contain at least (1) autograph and (2) relics. If hits are what you’re looking for, I’d suggest going for the Jumbos. Blasters/Hangers might be more affordable for those who aren’t so hit focused.

Setting the tone for the rest of the year’s MLB products is Series 1’s job. We’ll be seeing the 2021 design on a lot of products – Series 2, Update Series, Chrome, and I’m sure we’ll be getting a Chrome Sapphire Edition.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Casey Mize RC Major League Material

Parallels:

  • Matt Chapman Green #’ed/499
  • Ryan Castellani RC Gold #’ed/2021
  • Travis d’Arnaud Rainbow Foil
  • Johnny Cueto Rainbow Foil

Inserts:

  • Mariano Rivera Platinum Players Die-Cut
  • Shohei Ohtani Topps Through The Years
  • CC Sabathia Stars In Service
  • Eloy Jimenez Home Run Challenge
  • Kyle Schwarber Home Run Challenge
  • Bo Bichette 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Roberto Clemente 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Wade Boggs Topps Double Headers
  • Luis Robert 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Keston Hiura 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Hank Aaron 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Sonny Gray 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Kris Bryant 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Whit Merrifield 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary
  • Bryce Harper 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack
  • Keibert Ruiz RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack
  • Spencer Howard RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack
  • Cristian Javier RC 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Silver Pack

Rookies:

  • Alec Bohm #277
  • Nick Madrigal #197
  • Andres Gimenez #53
  • Deivi Garcia #41
  • Humberto Mejia #139
  • Cristian Javier #183
  • Triston McKenzie #319
  • Nick Heath #122
  • Ryan Castellani #177
  • Blake Taylor #228
  • Edward Olivares #32
  • Beau Burrows #123
  • Nate Pearson #113
  • Sixto Sanchez #25
  • Casey Mize #321
  • Mitch White #270
  • Dane Dunning #231
  • Luis Garcia #298
  • Evan White #151
  • Kris Bubic #238
  • Cristian Pache #187
  • Isaac Paredes #65
  • Santiago Espinal #243
  • Daulton Varsho #10
  • Eddy Alvarez #326
  • Tyler Stephenson #153
  • Jo Adell #43
  • Ryan Mountcastle #143
  • Chadwick Tromp #221
  • Daniel Johnson #103
  • Bobby Dalbec #26
  • Ian Anderson #239
  • Keibert Ruiz #256
  • Anderson Tejeda #144
  • David Peterson #78
  • Brandon Bielak #193
  • Dylan Carlson #285
  • Joey Bart #12
  • Monte Harrison #126
  • Codi Heuer #311
  • Leody Taveras #264
  • Jesus Sanchez #269
  • Kodi Whitley #145
  • James Kaprielan #167

Product Highlight: 2006 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Baseball

A lot has changed for Upper Deck since 2006.  The company that revolutionized the industry with it’s first set in 1989 no longer makes licensed baseball cards.  Today they stick with their NHL, various entertainment properties, and memorabilia products.  They still make some of the best looking cards in the hobby. Later this year they plan to release some new golf products. Something we haven’t seen much of since 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.

Upper Deck didn’t issue 2006 Exquisite Collection Baseball as a standalone product.  Instead they inserted mystery redemption cards within five of their other sets.  The products you could pull one of these redemption cards out of includes UD2, Ovation, Legendary Cuts, SPx, and Fleer Tradition. Your best chance at pulling one was in a box of SPx (1:2 boxes).  The redemption cards have long since expired, but the cards which were redeemed still live on.

What did one of these mystery redemption cards guarantee you?  Collectors that redeemed them would most likely receive an autograph, relic, or autograph/relic numbered to no more than (65) copies.  Some lucky people received full-sized pieces of autographed memorabilia.  Upper Deck even threw in a meet and greet, custom Exquisite Baseball box, and a chance to win a free box of every Upper Deck/Fleer baseball product released in 2007.

It was a blast to pull one of these.  I got mine from a pack of SPx.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to sell the redemption or redeem it.  In the end, I couldn’t sell it thinking that someone might get a Babe Ruth Cut Signature.  After punching in the code, I got a really neat looking Manny Ramirez Exquisite Memorabilia/Maximum Patch #’ed/25.

When it comes to rookies, Justin Verlander and Cole Hamels are the most notable names that stick out today.

2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Refractor Nuts

2020 has been a crazy year for sports cards. We’ve seen some incredible pulls, and big $$$ sales. With a ton of prospects making their debut this year, get ready for a slew of new rookie cards coming in 2021. Personally, I’m looking forward to rookie cards of Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm.

It has been twenty years since Stadium Club Chrome was a standalone product. In May of 2000 collectors received their first taste of what Chrome-styled Stadium Club cards would look like. Over the last few years collectors have enjoyed the Stadium Club Chrome inserts found within the main Stadium Club set.

2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome consists of (400) cards. That is (100) more cards compared to the standard Stadium Club product. Parallels include – Refractor, X-fractor (Blaster), Wave Refractor (1:113 packs), Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25 (Hobby), Red Refractor #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Autographs, Beam Team Autographs, and Lone Star Signatures.

Inserts include Beam Team, Emperors of the Zone, and Power Zone.

Photography has always been the driving force with this brand. On-card autographs on chrome stock with various refractors to chase takes it to a whole new level. Very eye appealing especially when the photo Topps used has a brightly colored background.

This product’s return has been highly anticipated ever since it was first announced. It appeals to a variety of collectors. Even if you don’t pull a life altering hit you’re guaranteed to find some attractive cards you can add to your collection.

2020 certainly is the year for Chrome. Everything seems to be getting a Chrome edition. It won’t be long until we see Stadium Club Chrome Sapphire Edition.

When in doubt, Chrome it out.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Mike Brosseau RC

Parallels:

  • Derek Jeter Wave Refractor
  • Manny Machado Refractor
  • Shun Yamaguchi RC Refractor
  • Ozzie Smith Refractor
  • Kolten Wong Refractor
  • Travis Demeritte RC Refractor
  • Brandon Woodruff Refractor
  • Hunter Renfroe Refractor

Inserts:

  • Luis Severino Emperors of the Zone
  • Chipper Jones Power Zone
  • Gavin Lux RC Beam Team
  • Justin Verlander Beam Team
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Beam Team
  • Luis Robert RC Beam Team

Notable Rookies:

  • Yordan Alvarez RC #69
  • Nico Hoerner RC #253

2020 Topps Brooklyn Collection Baseball Box Break

I passed on Brooklyn Collection last year, but I decided to pull the trigger on a box this time around.

Very nice looking cards. Each box comes with (7) cards – (3) base, (2) parallels, and (2) on-card autographs. Its a good mixture of rookies, current stars, and Hall of Famers. Of all the players on the checklist, Mike Schmidt stands out the most. He hasn’t had a new Topps autographed card for a long time.

Brooklyn Collection is an online-exclusive product only available to Topps 582 Montgomery Club members.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Kris Bryant #’ed/25
  • Steve Carlton Purple Parallel #’ed/10

Parallels:

  • Bo Bichette RC Blue #’ed/40
  • Derek Jeter Black #’ed/75

Base:

  • Jose Altuve #46
  • Francisco Lindor #24
  • Babe Ruth #31

2020 Onyx/Futera Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball Pack Break

Look what I was able to get my hands on. This is a pack of the new 2020 Onyx/Futera Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball. It continues to blow my mind seeing two card manufacturers come together and work on a single product.

This high-end release comes with (4) packs per display box. Housed inside each pack are (6) cards. Every pack contains an autograph, relic, or autograph/relic.

The base set consists of only (50) cards. There are (3) types of Heritage parallels that you can pull – Bronze #’ed/15, Silver #’ed/11, and Gold #’ed/6.

Every hit is limited to (10) copies or less. Autographs are all on-card. No stickers.

Futera’s metal-framed cards have always been my favorite. A lot more detail and attention goes into them compared to other metal-framed cards found in competitor’s products. Very ornate.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Luis Rodriguez Phenoms 24ct Gold-Plated Framed Auto #’ed/8

This card was signed on April 16, 2020 in the Dominican Republic.

Parallel:

  • Robert Puason Silver Heritage #’ed/11

Base:

  • Leonel Valera #43
  • Nolan Ryan #49
  • Ichiro Suzuki #50
  • Cristian Santana #38

2020 Futera/Onyx Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball Is Here

Futera and Onyx are at it again. For a second year in a row collectors get to enjoy their Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball set.

This week marks the release of this product. Some breakers have begun to open it, and singles have started to surface on the secondary market. Card companies collaborating on a single product certainly isn’t something you see today.

(4) packs come in every display box. Inside each pack is an autograph, relic, or autograph/relic. You can even use the empty display box as a storage container when your finished.

2020 Futera/Onyx Unique Prospects & Legends is packed with some incredible looking cards. Very ornate and fancy! They make the coolest looking gold-plated metal framed cards.

2020 Topps Rip Baseball Box Break

These online-exclusive products from Topps are really fun to open. As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I never pass them up.

2020 Topps Rip Baseball arrives with (1) pack per box. Each pack contains (4) Rip Cards. Inside each Rip Card is an exclusive mini base card, exclusive mini image variation base card, or exclusive mini autograph card.

Deciding to tear open that Rip Card is a big decision. Unless it is someone like Mike Trout, if the card is #’ed/99 I’d rip it.

Here is what I pulled:

Rip Cards:

  • Mike Trout Purple Parallel #’ed/25
  • Juan Gonzalez Black Parallel #’ed/50
  • Larry Doby Base #’ed/99
  • A.J. Puk RC Base #’ed/99

I decided to rip the A.J. Puk and Larry Doby cards. Inside I discovered the following:

  • Robin Yount Mini Image Variation #18
  • Barry Larkin Mini Image Variation #5

I consider myself fairly lucky for pulling the Juan Gonzalez Black Parallel #’ed/50, and extremely lucky for finding the Mike Trout Purple Parallel #’ed/25. I won’t be ripping those any time soon. I’m not going to push my luck.

2020 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball Box Break

Allen & Ginter X. Sounds like a secret government organization that specializes in tracking the hot dog eating habits of panda bears. But its not. Instead, Allen & Ginter X is the online-exclusive, black background, parallel version of the regular Allen & Ginter product.

Honestly, I bought this box as a Topps 582 Montgomery Club member just to flip. I had it up for sale for a couple of weeks and never received a single reasonable offer. So I took it as a sign from the card gods to rip it.

I’m very satisfied with what I got. Quite solid.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Courtney Hansen Silver Frame Gold Ink Mini #’ed/5

Parallel:

  • Keston Hiura Red Mini #’ed/5

Short Prints:

  • Gary Sheffield #331
  • Bob Feller #330
  • Trevor Hoffman #321
  • Juan Gonzalez #315
  • Sparky Anderson #346
  • Ryan Howard #329
  • Phil Rizzuto #308
  • Andruw Jones #318
  • Jack Morris #343
  • Dwight Gooden Mini #314

Notable Rookie:

  • Luis Robert #256