2021 Topps Inception Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

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.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Jordan Holloway RC Magenta #’ed/99

Parallels:

  • Manny Machado Green
  • Starling Marte Green

Base:

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

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.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic:

  • Manny Machado Opening Day Game-Used Memorabilia Relic

Parallels:

  • 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

Inserts:

  • 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.

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

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

Hobby Oddities: 2013 Topps Qubi

Both MLB and the NFL received the “Qubi” treatment from Topps in 2013. What is Qubi you ask? Qubi is a series of collectible rubber stampers.

Found inside each pack is (1) player-themed rubber stamp cube. The bottom contains an ink-filled lid, while the top is clear and has multiple images of that specific player. Rubber stamps range from Player Portraits, Club Logos, and Replica Signatures. There are (75) rubber stamps for baseball, and (60) for football.

Products like this are more of a novelty. You’ed never see group breakers selling spots for them. There are no autographs, relics, short prints, and/or photo variations. They just look cool sitting on your desk, and make for a nice conversation piece.

I’m not sure of the lifespan of the ink. If you opened a sealed pack today there is a good chance that the ink could be dried-up.

Locating individual rubber stamps and sealed packs/boxes is quite easy and affordable.

2020 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Art/Garbage Pail Kids/Pop-Culture fans

Garbage Pail Kids have quite the cult following. Fans of these cute, violent, vulgar, destructive, and flat out disgusting characters were very happy to hear that another Chrome set would be hitting the market.

The artwork used in 2020 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome comes from the Series 3 set which was originally released in 1986. (9) new pieces of art were created too. Precious Pete #AN4a and/or Gollum Gary #AN4b is one of the new pieces of artwork that I really enjoy. It shows him drooling over a box of Garbage Pail Kids Chrome. I love to see card products depicted on the actual cards themselves.

A complete base set consists of (100) cards – (50) “A” names and (50) “B” names. (50) select Garbage Pail Kids characters have C-Name Variations. C-Name Variations are difficult to pull, falling 1:101 packs. Parallels only apply to “A” and “B” names. The C-Name Variations do not have parallels. Parallels of “A” and “B” Garbage Pail Kids include – Refractor, Atomic (Blaster), Green #’ed/299, Green Wave #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Purple Wave #’ed/250, Prism #’ed/199, X-Fractor #’ed/150, Black #’ed/99 (Hobby), Orange #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50 (Hobby), Red #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Outside of the parallels and C-Name Variations there are Artist Autographs that you can pull. These are limited to (25) copies. Artists include Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Smokin’ Joe, Tom Bunk, and Joe Simko.

Given that the C-Name Variations and Artist Autographs are difficult finds, when it comes down to it the refractors are going to be your main hits.

Garbage Pail Kids are pop-culture at it’s finest. They’re even better when they’re parodying something else.

Famed author R.L. Stine is currently writing a book series based on the Garbage Pail Kids. Book #1 Welcome to Smellville is out now. Book #2 Thrills And Chills will be coming out next. I reached out to R.L. Stine earlier this year to see if we’ll ever get a Garbage Pail Kids/Goosebumps crossover.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

C-Name Variation:

  • Melting Mel #101c

Parallels:

  • Liberty Libby #113b Black Refractor #’ed/99
  • Precious Pete #AN4a X-Fractor #’ed/150
  • Rod Wad #84b Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Creamed Keith #97b Green Refractor #’ed/299
  • Les Vegas #117b Green Wave Refractor #’ed/299
  • Revved Upton #AN3b Refractor
  • Apple Cory #121a Refractor
  • Purchased Percy #AN6b Refractor
  • Berserk Kirk #116b Refractor
  • Juicy Jessica #105a Refractor
  • Beaky Becky #99a Refractor
  • Basking Robin #101b Refractor
  • Target Margaret #111a Refractor

2020 Topps WWE Finest Wrestling Hobby Box Break & Review x 2!

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Refractor Nuts

2020 Topps WWE Finest is every wrestling fan’s dream! It is the stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun! Woo! Woo! Woo!

If you enjoyed the refractor-filled goodness of 2020 Topps Chrome WWE, you should have a lot of fun with 2020 Topps WWE Finest. This is the first time the WWE has received the Finest treatment. Each master box comes with (2) mini-boxes. Inside each mini-box you’ll find (6) packs, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph. That’s a total of (12) packs, (4) parallels, and (2) autographs per master box.

The base set consists of (100) cards covering both the Men’s Division and Women’s Division for WWE and NXT stars. Parallels include – Refractor, X-Fractor (Blasters), Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Orange Refractor #’ed/50, Black Refractor #’ed/25, Gold Refractor #’ed/10, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Cards #101-#125 are part of the Extended Base set (Short Prints). People like The Big Show, Kane, John Cena, The Rock, Bret “Hit Man” Heart, Goldberg, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin have cards in here. Even Gronk got a card! Parallels of the SPs include Gold #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1.

Both Finest and Chrome are a refractor lovers paradise. The main difference between the two are how the photos are displayed. Chrome goes full bleed and leaves the background intact. Finest crops out the background and swaps in a shiny patterned backdrop.

Pulling a SuperFractor is always atop the mind’s of collectors. Its incredibly difficult to do, but exciting when it happens. The SuperFractors found in 2020 Topps WWE Finest are a bit toned-down. What I’m trying to say is that the pattern doesn’t overtake the card and become the main focus. Very nice looking!

Autographs include Finest Autographs, Decade’s Finest Debuts Autographs, Decade’s Finest Returns Autographs, Decade’s Finest Superstars Autographs, and Finest Tag Teams Autographs.

Inserts include Decade’s Finest Debuts, Decade’s Finest Returns, Decade’s Finest Superstars, Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin, and Finest Tag Teams.

I really like how the Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin cards came out. They’re in the shape of a skull.

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club have been offered some interesting non-baseball products to purchase so far for the 2021 membership – Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Sapphire Edition, 2019/20 UEFA Champions League Chrome Sapphire Edition. I wouldn’t put it past Topps to see them come up with a WWE Chrome Sapphire Edition or something along that line. Just something to think about.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled from (2) master boxes:

Autos:

  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Sasha Banks
  • AJ Styles Decade’s Finest Debut
  • The Miz/John Morrison Finest Tag Teams

Parallels:

  • Rezar Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Lacey Evans Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • (2) Roman Reigns Refractor
  • (2) Cameron Grimes RC Refractor
  • (2) Damian Priest RC Refractor
  • (2) Akam Refractor

Inserts:

  • Zamboni Mayhem Finest Careers Die-Cuts Steve Austin
  • Booker T Finest Returns
  • Goldberg Finest Returns
  • The Rock Finest Returns
  • Samoa Joe Decade’s Finest Debut
  • AJ Styles Decade’s Finest Debut
  • Daniel Bryan Decade’s Finest Superstars
  • Kofi Kingston Decade’s Finest Superstars
  • Erik/Ivar Finest Tag Teams
  • Kyle O’Reilly/Bobby Fish Finest Tag Teams
  • Billie Kay/Peyton Royce Finest Tag Teams
  • The Miz/John Morrison Finest Tag Teams

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 Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

2020 has been a weird and crazy year.  And its not even over yet.  Opening a pack of baseball cards might seem like a normal thing, but I believe everyone could use a little normal right now.

During this pandemic we’ve seen interest in sports cards reach an all-time high.  Mike Trout’s 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Auto Superfractor #’ed 1/1 recently sold for $4 million.  With headlines and widespread media coverage such as that other people will want to try and get in on the action too.  This will cause prices to rise.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option in this era of expensive products, 2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball might be just right for you.  With (36) packs per box, and (7) cards per pack, that pack busting itch can surely get scratched.  It is possible to find big hits, but nothing is guaranteed in each box.  This is why the box price is significantly lower compared to other products.

The main base set mimics that of the 2020 flagship set design.  (200) cards make up the base set.  White Sox star rookie Luis Robert has a very difficult short print to pull.  It looks just like the base set but falls 1:360 packs or roughly 1:10 boxes.

Base set parallels include Red Foil (Target), Purple Foil (Meijer), Blue Foil (2,020 copies), Opening Day Black Foil #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  The Luis Robert short print does NOT have any parallels.

Photo variations are rather difficult to find, but do exist.  I find the best way to identify them is by checking the CMP code found on the card backs.

  • Base – #579
  • Photo Variation – #601
  • Canada Variation – #591 (exclusive cards found only in Canadian blister packs)

(15) subjects have autographs on these variations.

Autographs include Opening Day Autographs, Ballpark Profile Autographs, Diamond Relic Autographs, Mascot Autographs, Mascot Autograph Relics, and Walk This Way Autographs.

Relics include Opening Day Relics, Diamond Relics, Major League Mementos Relics, Mascot Relics, and Mascot Commemorative Patch Relics.

Inserts include Dugout Peeks, Mascots, Opening Day, Spring Has Sprung, Team Traditions and Celebrations, The Lighter Side of Baseball, Walk This Way, and 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview.

No autographs or relics for me in this box.  Then again, this product doesn’t guarantee any per box either.  The rarest card I pulled would be the Nolan Arenado Walk This Way insert which falls 1:369 packs.

As a Phillies fan its neat to see Phillies Public Address Announcer Dan Baker receive his first baseball card found in the Ballpark Profile Autographs set.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Gerrit Cole Blue Foil #21
  • Luis Castillo Blue Foil #125
  • Eric Hosmer Blue Foil #83

Inserts:

  • Nolan Arenado – Walk This Way
  • Seattle Mariners – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • New York Yankees  – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • Boston Red Sox – Team Traditions and Celebrations
  • Mookie Betts – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Javier Baez – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Juan Soto – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Bo Bichette  – 2020 Topps Sticker Collection Preview
  • Ted Williams – Spring Has Sprung
  • Rafael Devers – Spring Has Sprung
  • Ken Griffey Jr. – Spring Has Sprung
  • Mark McGwire – Spring Has Sprung
  • Bernie Brewer – Mascots
  • Blooper – Mascots
  • Mariner Moose – Mascots
  • Rangers Captain – Mascots
  • Billy The Marlin – Mascots
  • Mrs. Met – Mascots
  • Slider – Mascots
  • Cincinnati Reds – Opening Day
  • Kansas City Royals – Opening Day
  • San Diego Padres – Opening Day
  • (2) Seattle Mariners – Opening Day
  • (2) Tampa Bay Rays – Opening Day
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Opening Day
  • Miami Marlins  – Opening Day
  • (2) Texas Rangers – Opening Day
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Opening Day
  • Minnesota Twins – Opening Day
  • New York Yankees – Opening Day
  • Toronto Blue Jays – Opening Day
  • Oakland Athletics – Opening Day
  • Philadelphia Phillies – Opening Day
  • Washington Nationals – Opening Day

Hobby Oddities: It’s Academic Player Erasers

It’s Academic, Inc. has been around for over twenty years.  They make tons of supplies which can be used in a school or office environment.  Book covers, locker accessories, and scissors are just a small taste of what they’re known for.  Over the years, they’ve worked with all kinds of licensed brands to help sell their products.  At one time (it doesn’t look like it anymore) they had a deal with the MLBPA.  One of their products to come out of this deal was a line of Player Erasers.  These are exactly what they sound like.  Pencil erasers in the shape of your favorite baseball players.  The checklist features twenty players, which seems a lot more extensive than what you’d expect from a product such as this.

  • Sammy Sosa
  • Mark McGwire
  • Derek Jeter
  • Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Mike Piazza
  • Jeff Bagwell
  • Craig Biggio
  • Frank Thomas
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Ken Caminiti
  • Bobby Bonilla
  • Albert Belle
  • Kenny Lofton
  • Roberto Alomar
  • Jim Thome
  • Chuck Knoblauch
  • Bernie Williams
  • Paul O’Neill
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Juan Gonzalez

Seeing that the deal was only with the MLBPA and not MLB, team names and logos had to be left off.  I see them as more of a novelty.  A good conversation piece to sit on your desk.  As far as functionality, I’m not 100% sure how well they worked as an eraser.  On the back of the package, they advise you to rub-off the portion of the eraser you plan to use on a piece of scratch paper first in order to remove the decorative coating.  Otherwise you’ll end up with streak marks.  Given the checklist, I’d say these were released in the late 90s.