2021 Leaf Pro Set College Football Blaster Box Break

It has been years since I opened a box of Pro Set cards. When I got into collecting in the mid to late 90’s Pro Set was already out of business. But that didn’t stop me from buying older packs.

Pro Set was originally founded by Ludwell Denny in 1988. Between 1988 and 1994 they made licensed cards for the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, and PGA Tour. Their parody “Flopps” set was an attempt at getting into MLB cards in 1992, but that didn’t get very far. Other sports and entertainment properties followed. After 1994 Pro Set went bankrupt.

Leaf Trading Cards announced in February 2021 that they had acquired the Pro Set trademark. Since then the Pro Set name has made a comeback on a variety of products.

This was another impulse buy at Walmart. A 2021 Leaf Pro Set College Football Blaster Box comes with (2) autographs and a 10-card set.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Agiye Hall
  • George Karlaftis

10-Card Set:

  • Bryce Young #1
  • C.J. Stroud #2
  • Carson Strong #3
  • D.J. Uiagalelei #4
  • Isaiah Spiller #5
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux #6
  • Malik Willis #7
  • Matt Corral #8
  • Quinn Ewers #9
  • Spencer Rattler #10

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

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 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

2021 Topps Chrome Black Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Risk Takers

This one is for you risk takers. After a successful debut in 2020, Topps Chrome Black returns for 2021.

Inside each box you will find (4) cards – (1) encased autograph, (1) parallel, and (2) base.

The base set consists of (100) cards. Parallels include Refractor #’ed/199, Purple #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Atomic #’ed/99, Blue #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Magenta #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs come in two different formats – Topps Chrome Black Autographs, and Super Futures Autographs. The Topps Chrome Black Autographs parallels include Refractor #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1. Super Futures Autographs are serial numbered to (99) with parallels that include Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

Unlike other Topps Chrome products which utilize the flagship set design, Topps Chrome Black does it’s own thing. The photographs are glossy while the backgrounds have a matte finish. I did not open a box of this stuff last year, so this is the first time I’ve seen these cards in person. Other collectors weren’t kidding when they mentioned how sharp these cards look in person.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Bert Blyleven Refractor #’ed/150

Parallel:

  • Corey Seager Blue #’ed/75

Base:

  • Daulton Varsho RC #9
  • Elvis Andrus #24

2021 Topps Holiday Mega Box Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Relic/Autograph/Christmas Fans

The base set consists of (220) cards. Parallels include Metallic, and Gold Metallic #’ed 1/1.

Short Print Photo Variations offer some fun holiday elements to watch out for. I always check the CMP codes when identifying them:

  • Base – #420
  • SP – #426
  • Rare – #427
  • Super Rare – #428

Each Walmart-exclusive box should contain a relic, autograph, or autograph/relic.

One insert set comes in the form of MLB Star Ornament Die-Cuts.

Its a niche product. Some people enjoy it a lot, while others won’t touch it at all. I find it to be a fun holiday spin on cards. The base design this year reminds me of The Matrix code. Perhaps its a bit of subliminal marketing given that the new Matrix movie, The Matrix Resurrections, comes out later this month.

For $21.98 I’d say my box was more than decent. The SP’s fall (1:7) packs, and I was able to pull two from this 10-pack box. And the two I pulled are of very popular players.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Cody Bellinger Relic

Short Print Photo Variations:

  • Mike Trout Santa Belt #27
  • Juan Soto Santa Belt #100

Parallels:

  • Tyler Stephenson RC Metallic #141
  • Ryan Mountcastle RC Metallic #174
  • Shane Bieber Metallic #130

Insert:

  • Pete Alonso MLB Star Ornament Die-Cut

2021 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Chrome Fans/Autograph/Photography Fans

The base set comes in at a whopping (400) cards. Parallels include Refractor (1:4), Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Wave (1:112), Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

(25) players have 1991 Topps Stadium Club Design Variations. CMP codes can be used to identify them. Base end in #783. 1991 Topps Stadium Club Design Variations end in #841. They fall (1:4) packs. Given that the variations use the classic Topps Stadium Club logo on the front picking them out should be quite easy. Variation parallels include Wave, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Base Autographs, 1991 Stadium Club Design Variation Autographs, Beam Team Autographs, and Lone Star Signatures.

Inserts include Beam Team, Crystal Ball, and Virtual Reality.

A single hobby box should have (14) packs with an insert or parallel per pack. (1) on-card autograph per box.

Like peanut butter & jelly, Bert & Ernie, and Sonny & Cher, Stadium Club and Chrome just belong together. The Chrome stock and incredible photographs make for an enjoyable box break. It doesn’t matter if you pull a big hit or not. That’s the best thing about both Stadium Club and Stadium Club Chrome.

Between the on-card autographs, photography, Chrome stock, and price, I would vote Stadium Club and/or Stadium Club Chrome for product of the year. You’re guaranteed a TON of nice looking cards to add to your collection. It appeals to so many collectors.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Luke Voit Base Auto

Parallels:

  • Jo Adell RC Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Alex Gordon Refractor
  • Brandon Woodruff Refractor
  • Derek Jeter Refractor
  • Edward Olivares RC Refractor

1991 Topps Stadium Club Design Variations:

  • Aaron Judge #255
  • Clayton Kershaw #71
  • Shohei Ohtani #37

Inserts:

  • Juan Soto Crystal Ball #11
  • Eloy Jimenez Virtual Reality #12
  • Cristian Pache RC Beam Team #22
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Beam Team #11
  • Ken Griffey Jr. Beam Team #6
  • Bo Bichette Beam Team #16

2021 Topps Update Series Baseball Hobby Box Break

How about another hobby box of 2021 Topps Update Series Baseball? I opened one a few weeks ago, but lets do another.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Tarik Skubal RC Major League Material Relic Black #’ed/199

Parallels:

  • Kolten Wong Advanced Stat #’ed/300
  • Chris Archer Green Foil #’ed/499
  • Adam Cimber Gold #’ed/2021
  • Travis Blankenhorn RC Rainbow Foil
  • Tony Watson Rainbow Foil

Photo Variation:

  • Andres Gimenez RC SP #US65

Inserts:

  • Dave Winfield Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes RC Topps Black Gold
  • Logan Gilbert RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Nick Madrigal RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Dylan Carlson RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Willie Mays 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Manny Machado 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Matt Olson 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Joey Gallo 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Jacob deGrom 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Juan Soto 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Jared Walsh 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Adam Wainwright 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Ramon Laureano 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Bo Jackson 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Nick Castellanos 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Kyle Seager 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Shohei Ohtani 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Bo Jackson Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Josh Donaldson Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Cody Bellinger Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Taylor Trammell RC Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary

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.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • 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

Rookies:

  • 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