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

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Yankees ’21 Topps Finest Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Dan H on being the lucky winner of the Deivi Garcia 2021 Topps Finest RC Auto. Once Dan H sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP. Thanks!

Card of the Day: Jazz Chisholm 2021 Topps Finest #40

Yankees ’21 Topps Finest Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Deivi Garcia 2021 Topps Finest RC Auto. Good luck!!!

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2021 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Refractor Fans

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.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

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

Finest Rookies Design Variation:

  • Jo Adell

Parallels:

  • 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

Inserts:

  • 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

Rookies:

  • 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

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