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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2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks Hits A Home Run With Collectors

As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I was able to purchase (3) boxes of the new online-exclusive 2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks for $55/box.  The design pays tribute to 1993 Topps Finest which introduced collectors to the Refractor.

Not only is the design a nod to the original set, this new version also consists of (199) cards and contains (1) refractor per box.  With that being said, most people ripping find at least (2) refractors on average.  Parallels include Base Refractors, Gold Refractors #’ed/50, Black Refractors #’ed/25, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  Even though the Base Refractors aren’t serial numbered, its speculated that no more than (50) copies exist for each card.

Opening a single box doesn’t guarantee an autograph.  Autographs fall about 1:6 boxes.  Base Autograph parallels include Base Refractor #’ed/20, Gold Refractors #’ed/15, Orange Refractors #’ed/10, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  Base All-Stars Autographs are #’ed/20, and have parallels which include Gold Refractors #’ed/15, Orange Refractors #’ed/10, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.

Andre Dawson, Ivan Rodriguez, John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, and Roberto Alomar each have original Autograph Buybacks #’ed/20 or less.

Inserts come in the form of All-Stars Jumbo Box Toppers.

(18) packs come in a single box.

Pack Odds

Base Parallels:

  • Refractor (1:18)
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/50 (1:18)
  • Black Refractor #’ed/25 (1:36)
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5 (1:176)
  • Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:880)

Autograph Parallels:

  • Refractor #’ed/20 (1:296)
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/15 (1:381)
  • Orange Refractor #’ed/10 (1:573)
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5 (1:1,138)
  • Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:5,765)

The odds of finding an Autograph Buyback is (1:2,260).

Given that the odds of pulling a non-autographed Superfractor are (1:880) packs should tell you how limited this product actually is.  Normally that number is in the thousands.

This was a no-brainer buy for me.  Where else are you guaranteed (2) cards #’ed/50 or less for the price of $55/box?  The answer is nowhere.

Nostalgic design.  Colorful, low-numbered parallels.  On-card autographs.  It doesn’t surprise me that these boxes are selling for hundreds on the secondary market.  Nobody knows what the ceiling will be for these boxes.