2020/21 Upper Deck SP Game Used Edition Hockey Hobby Box Break

The first box I decided to break from my Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness Package was a box of 2020/21 Upper Deck SP Game Used Edition Hockey.

Inside each box there is (1) pack of (6) cards. You should find (4) hits per box. Turns out the base cards are serial numbered to the player’s jersey number. This actually makes some of the base cards rarer than the parallels.

The Sedin base, and Duchene Banner Relic look really cool.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Kieffer Bellows Authentic Rookies Base Blue Auto


  • John Klingberg Base Silver Jersey Relic
  • Matt Duchene 2020 NHL Winter Classic Banner Year Relic
  • Patrick Kane 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Fabrics Relic


  • Lucas Carlsson Authentic Rookies Blue Burst #’ed/199


  • Henrik Sedin Legends #’ed/33

2021 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

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.


Here is what I pulled:


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

Finest Rookies Design Variation:

  • Jo Adell


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Patrick Bailey Chrome Prospect


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


  • 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.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Marco Verratti Archival Autographs Sapphire #’ed/75


  • Joshua Kimmich Museum Autograph Relic #’ed/75


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


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


  • 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.


Here is what I pulled from (2) boxes:


  • 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


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

2021 Topps Inception Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Risk takers

Whoa! Look what I got my hands on to open. Its time to take a roll of the dice, and open a box of 2021 Topps Inception Baseball.

The Inception brand has always been a big hit or miss product. Each box comes with (1) pack of (7) cards. Inside each pack you should find (4) base, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph or autograph/relic.

(100) cards make up the base set. Parallels include Green, Purple #’ed/150, Magenta #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Orange #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, and Inception Black #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Rookie and Emerging Star, Autograph Short Prints, Dawn of Greatness, and Silver Signings.

Autograph/relics include Autograph Patch, Autograph Jumbo Patch, Autograph Game Socks, Autographed Jumbo Hat Patch, Autograph Laundry Tag Book, Autograph Letters Book, Autograph MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Book, Autograph Team Logo Patch Book, Dual Autograph Relic Book, and Gameday Gear Autograph Relic Book.

I’ve always enjoyed the artistic look of Inception. Opening individual boxes can be a massive gamble ($200 per box). Joining a team break and/or opening this product up by the case might yield some more successful results. Over the years I’ve pulled some incredible cards from Inception, including my first button relic a few years ago.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Jordan Holloway RC Magenta #’ed/99


  • Manny Machado Green
  • Starling Marte Green


  • Mike Trout #60
  • Nick Madrigal RC #56
  • Dane Dunning RC #61
  • Brandon Lowe #59

2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition Box Pop-Ups At Local Card Show

And the plot thickens…

Over the weekend I reported about how an eBay seller seemed to have singles listed that look to have come from 2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition. Pretty interesting considering this product hasn’t even been announced by Topps yet.

Blowout Cards forum user ybomber attended a local card show over the weekend where a dealer had at least (1) box of 2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition for sale. These are either completely legit or someone did a fantastic job counterfeiting the entire line. I’m thinking they are the real deal though.

One major difference between the 2019/20 and 2020/21 set is where they were printed. The 2019/20 set was printed in Canada, whereas the 2020/21 set looks to have been printed in Italy. Many of their non-U.S. sports products have switched to being printed in the Italy facility.

How it made it out of Italy and on the U.S. streets already is the big mystery. Maybe Topps plans to release it soon. When it is officially released it looks to be another Topps online-exclusive. Most likely Topps 582 Montgomery Club members will get first dibs.

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Do you want to know how crazy things are right now in the world of sports cards? Boxes of 2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball sold out quicker on the Topps website than 2021 Bowman 1st Edition. Granted, 2021 Bowman 1st Edition was put up for sale without any kind of warning. Whereas on release day for products such as Opening Day its common for Topps to list some boxes on their site for sale. Opening Day was a bit more predictable. Despite that, its mightily impressive that Opening Day sold out so quickly. With the price of sealed wax at an all time high, it wouldn’t surprise me if people snagged them up thinking they would be a big flip on the secondary market. Opening Day traditionally isn’t that type of product, but in today’s world we truly can’t predict what is and isn’t normal anymore.

Opening Day is usually one of the more affordable products. Like everything else prices are a bit higher this year. A hobby box will run about $60. Each hobby box comes with (36) packs with (7) cards per pack. Hits such as autographs and relics aren’t guaranteed per box either.

The base set consists of (220) cards utilizing the 2021 Topps flagship design. Only (2) parallels to look for – Blue Foil Opening Day Edition, and Opening Day 1-of-1 (Black Foil).

Photo variations are available, but quite difficult to pull. (30) cards from the base set have variations, and fall 1:531 packs. There are two ways you can identify them. All variations have the Opening Day logo in the top-right corner. Another way is to check the CMP code on the back.

  • Base – #312
  • Variation – #334

As I mentioned before you’re not guaranteed any autographs and/or relics per hobby box. That’s why Opening Day is so affordable compared to other releases. With that being said, it is possible to find a hit.

Half of the photo variation checklist subjects have autographed versions. The odds of pulling one are about 1:26,600 packs.

My favorite autographed cards are the Ballpark Profiles. These highlight various broadcasters around Major League Baseball. One of these years I hope to see Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy get a card in here. The mascot autographs have always been fun too.

Relics come in all forms ranging from your basic memorabilia card, mascot relics, and even cards containing infield dirt.

Inserts are more than plentiful. Two of the inserts use the 2021 Topps flagship design – Dugout Peeks, and Walk This Way. Please don’t think of them as photo variations. Dugout Peeks fall 1:1,595 packs, and Walk This Way 1:321 packs.

Fun is what Opening Day has always been about. Hoping for that life altering pull can happen, but its not the main purpose for opening a box.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Manny Machado Opening Day Game-Used Memorabilia Relic


  • Roughed Odor Blue Foil Opening Day Edition
  • Kris Bubic RC Blue Foil Opening Day Edition
  • Cody Bellinger Blue Foil Opening Day Edition
  • Ozzie Albies Blue Foil Opening Day Edition


  • Hank Aaron Outstanding Opening Day
  • Billy Williams Outstanding Opening Day
  • Bryce Harper Outstanding Opening Day
  • Ivan Rodriguez Outstanding Opening Day
  • Bob Feller Outstanding Opening Day
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day
  • Cincinnati Reds Opening Day
  • New York Mets Opening Day
  • Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day
  • Washington Nationals Opening Day
  • Boston Red Sox Opening Day
  • Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day
  • Derek Jeter Legends Of Baseball
  • Stan Musial Legends Of Baseball
  • Kirby Puckett Legends Of Baseball
  • Jackie Robinson Legends Of Baseball
  • Rickey Henderson Legends Of Baseball
  • Willie Mays Legends Of Baseball
  • Roberto Clemente Legends Of Baseball
  • Ichiro Legends Of Baseball
  • Johnny Bench Legends Of Baseball
  • Ozzie Smith Legends Of Baseball
  • Tony Gwynn Legends Of Baseball
  • Randy Johnson Legends Of Baseball
  • Toronto Blue Jays Mascot
  • Mr. Met Mascot
  • Sluggerrr Mascot
  • Rangers Captain Mascot
  • Wally The Green Monster Mascot
  • Billy The Marlin Mascot
  • Blooper Mascot
  • Orbit Mascot
  • Slider Mascot
  • Clark Mascot
  • Mariner Moose Mascot
  • Fredbird Mascot

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.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Xander Bogaerts Clubhouse Collection Game-Used Memorabilia


  • 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


  • 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

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.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Casey Mize RC Major League Material


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


  • 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


  • 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
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