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 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

2021 Topps Update Series Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set

Update Series wraps-up the flagship products for the year. It all started with Series 1 last winter. Then Series 2 in the summer. Finally Update Series in the fall.

Before you even ask, I’ll come right out and say it. Wander Franco does NOT have rookie cards in here. His first cards featuring the classic rookie card logo will be found in 2022 Topps Series 1.

The base set consists of (330) cards. Parallels include Rainbow Foil (1:10), Gold Foil (1:2 Jumbo), Gold #’ed/2021, Green Foil #’ed/499, Advanced Stat #’ed/300, Orange Foil #’ed/299, Red Foil #’ed/199, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/70 (Hobby/Jumbo), Platinum Anniversary #’ed/70, Mother’s Day Hot Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Powder Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, 70th Anniversary #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1. (100) cards have Clear parallels #’ed/10.

Photo Variations can easily be identified using the CMP codes:

  • Base – #395
  • SP – #416
  • SSP – #417
  • SSSP – #418

The Advanced Stat cards which are #’ed/300 have a CMP code that ends in #419. Collectors treat these more as a parallel than a variation.

Autographs include 1986 Topps Baseball Autographs, 70 Years of Topps Baseball Autographs, Baseball Stars Autographs, Baseball Stars Dual Autographs, Topps Black Gold Autographs, Topps Cards That Never Were Autographs, Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts Autographs, and Cut Signatures.

Autograph/Relics include 2021 MLB All-Star Game Commemorative Sleeve Logo Patch Autographs, 70th Anniversary Manufactured Logo Patch Autographs, All-Star Stitches Autographs, All-Star Stitches Jumbo Autographs, All-Star Stitches Dual Autographs, Major League Material Autographs, and Topps Reverence Autographed Patch.

Relics include 2021 MLB All-Star Game Commemorative Sleeve Logo Patch, Topps 70th Anniversary Manufactured Logo Patch, All-Star Stitches, All-Star Stitches Jumbo, All-Star Stitches Dual, All-Star Stitches Triple, Major League Material Relics, Own the Name Relics, and Sketch Cards.

Inserts include 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary, 1992 Topps Redux, 1992 Topps Redux Chrome, 2021 MLB All-Stars, 70 Years of Topps Baseball, Topps Black Gold, Topps Cards That Never Were, Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts, Topps Tek 70th Anniversary Box Topper, and 1986 Topps Baseball 35th Anniversary Chrome Box Topper.

With (330) cards and all the parallels, Update Series is a set collector’s paradise. I enjoy the look of the Topps Black Gold, and 1992 Topps Redux Chrome cards. They came out looking really sharp.

A Hobby box should yield (1) autograph or relic. A Jumbo should provide (1) autograph and (2) relics.

My box turned out to be very well balanced. Traditionally, I pull a one-color relic from flagship products such as this. An autograph, SP photo variation, and low-numbered parallel of a popular rookie came out of this box.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Luis Alexander Basabe RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary Auto

Photo Variation:

  • Logan Gilbert RC SP #US318

Parallels:

  • Akil Baddoo RC Platinum Anniversary #’ed/70
  • Daniel Lynch RC Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary Green #’ed/99
  • Adrian Houser Gold #’ed/2021
  • Chad Pinder Gold #’ed/2021
  • Andres Gimenez RC Rainbow Foil
  • Drew Smyly Rainbow Foil

Inserts:

  • Aaron Judge Topps Black Gold
  • Paul Molitor Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts
  • Albert Pujols Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Alex Kirilloff RC Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Francisco Lindor Topps Chrome 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Roberto Clemente 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Brady Singer RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Bobby Dalbec RC 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Johnny Bench 70 Years of Topps Baseball
  • Ted Williams 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Ozzie Smith 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Jarred Kelenic RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Larry Walker 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Alek Manoah RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Brent Honeywell Jr. RC 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary
  • Brandon Crawford 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Nolan Arenado 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Nelson Cruz 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Bo Bichette 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • J.D. Martinez 2021 MLB All-Stars
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 2021 MLB All-Stars

2021 Topps Archives Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Retro Design Fans

The base set consists of (300) cards. Designs from 1957, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1991, 2001, 2011, and futuristic 2091 Topps baseball sets have been used. Parallels include Rainbow Foil #’ed/150, Green #’ed/125, Silver #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Red Hot Foil #’ed/50, Blue Foil #’ed/25 (Hobby), Orange Hot Foil #’ed/15 (Hobby), and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1.

A hobby box should yield (2) on-card autographs. In addition to those autographs there are a TON of short prints and variations to watch for. I like using the CMP codes.

  • Base – #267/287
  • Greason – #040
  • 1983 Mantle (#7) – #041
  • 1991 Mantle (#107) – #042
  • 2011 Mantle (#207) – #043
  • 1962 Green Tint – #297
  • 1973 Icon – #297
  • 1983 Father/Son – #297
  • 1991 Image Variations – #297
  • Buffalo Blue Jays – #298
  • Emblem (1991, 2001, 2011, 2091) – #298

Autographs include Fan Favorites Autographs, Fan Favorites Premium Autographs, 1963 Topps Peel-Off Autographs, 1989 Topps Big Minis Autographs, 1989 Topps Big Foil Autographs, 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars Autographs, 1994 Topps Draft Pick Autographs, and Topps Originals Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1963 Topps Peel-Offs, 1989 Topps Big Minis, 1989 Topps Big Foil, 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars, 1994 Topps Draft Picks, Topps Archives Movie Poster, and Movie Poster Mini-Posters Box Toppers.

Please be on alert that all 1989 Topps Big Minis come with autograph authentication messages printed on them. Whether they’re autographed or not, they’ve got the COAs on there. This was an accident addressed by Topps which I wrote about.

Archives continues to be a key place for on-card autographs and retro designs. In addition to current stars and Hall of Famers, Archives is still the place to go for those autographs of obscure players who don’t have many autographed cards. Some of them haven’t had autographs made for a really long time.

As a Phillies fan, it would be great to see former pitcher Larry Andersen and current broadcaster Tom McCarthy have autographs in Archives. Scott Rolen too.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Ken Griffey Fan Favorites Purple Auto #’ed/150
  • Ron Washington Fan Favorites Auto

Parallels:

  • Victor Robles Blue Foil #’ed/25

Inserts:

  • Matt Olson 1989 Topps Big Minis
  • Nick Madrigal 1994 Topps Draft Picks
  • Alex Kirilloff 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Ke-Bryan Hayes 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Cristian Pache 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Jake Cronenworth 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Ryan Mountcastle 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Mike Trout 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Francisco Lindor 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Bryce Harper 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Juan Soto 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Mookie Betts 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Like Father Like Son Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • Murders’ Row Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Red Machine Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Three Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Red Machine Movie Poster Mini-Posters Box Topper

2021 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Minor League Baseball fans

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. A lot of people have a better connection with Minor League teams because in many cases its the only opportunity they have to see a professional baseball game in person.

The base set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Blue #’ed/99, Green #’ed/75, Black #’ed/50, Flip Stock #’ed/25, Gold #’ed/18, and Red #’ed 1/1.

Cards #201-#220 are Short Prints.

There are two types of variations to watch out for – Image and Frame Color. Image variations have a CMP code that ends in #900. Whereas the Frame Color variations have a CMP code that end in #901. The Frame Color variations also state “Frame Color” beneath the card number on the back.

Autographs include Real One Autographs, Real One Dual Autographs, 1972 Topps Pack Cover Autographs, Base Image Variation Autographs, and 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Autographs.

Inserts include 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars, 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards, 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Cards, and 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Cards.

With the price of sealed wax at an all-time high, a box of 2021 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball might just be the most affordable choice. A hobby box contains (18) packs, and guarantees (2) on-card autographs. As of this writing, a box will run you under $70.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Endy Rodriguez Real One Auto
  • Jose Tena Real One Auto

Parallels:

  • Gabriel Moreno Green #’ed/75

Short Prints:

  • Max Meyer #213
  • Liover Peguero #204
  • Noelvi Marte #202

Inserts:

  • Riley Greene 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • Austin Hendrick 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • CJ Abrams 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • Mick Abel 1972 Topps Venezuelan Stamp Card
  • CJ Abrams 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Box Topper
  • Garrett Mitchell 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Box Topper
  • Max Meyer 1972 Topps Baseball Poster Card Box Topper
  • Joe Mauer 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars
  • Willie Mays 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars
  • Paul Konerko 1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars
  • JJ Bleday 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards
  • Ed Howard 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards
  • Tyler Soderstrom 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards
  • Adley Rutschman 1972 Topps Pack Cover Cards

2021 Topps Gold Label Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph

The base set consists of (100) players. Those (100) players are spread across three different classes – Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. Class 1 being the easiest cards to pull, and Class 3 being the most difficult. Each Class has the same (100) subjects. The only difference are the photos. If you put the entire set together it would technically be (300) cards.

Class 1 Parallels:

  • Black 1:2
  • Blue #’ed/150
  • Purple #’ed/99
  • Red #’ed/75
  • Gold #’ed 1/1

Class 2 Parallels:

  • Black 1:6
  • Blue #’ed/99
  • Purple #’ed/75
  • Red #’ed/50
  • Gold #’ed 1/1

Class 3 Parallels:

  • Black 1:20
  • Blue #’ed/50
  • Purple #’ed/35
  • Red #’ed/25
  • Gold #’ed 1/1

Autographs include Framed Autographs, Framed Dual Autographs, and Auric Framed Autographs.

Autographed/Relics come in the form of Golden Greats Framed Autograph Jumbo Relics.

Relics include Gold Prospect Relics, and MLB Legends Relics.

Lots of foil and on-card autographs. The metal-framed cards which have been a staple to this brand for some time continue to look great. Every hobby box should contain at least (1) autograph.

One thing I noticed is that the Black parallels seem to be losing their ink. Its really noticeable on the Class 1 Black parallels. Not so much on Class 2 and Class 3. The ink on the front seems to easily leak on to the back of the other cards. Perhaps the ink wasn’t dry enough before the pack out. If picking up singles (especially online) be sure to see all sides of the cards.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Joey Bart RC Framed Auto

Parallels:

  • Ichiro Class 1 Blue #’ed/150
  • Alex Bregman Class 1 Black
  • Pete Alonso Class 1 Black
  • Trevor Bauer Class 1 Black
  • Chipper Jones Class 2 Black
  • David Ortiz Class 2 Black

Base:

  • Shane Bieber Class 1 #16
  • Yordan Alvarez Class 1 #45
  • Brady Singer RC Class 1 #58
  • Xander Bogaerts Class 1 #62
  • Bo Bichette Class 1 #27
  • Joey Bart RC Class 1 #98
  • Nolan Arenado Class 1 #71
  • Andrew Vaughn RC Class 1 #4
  • George Springer Class 1 #77
  • Anthony Rendon Class 1 #100
  • Juan Soto Class 1 #30
  • Yadier Molina Class 1 #50
  • Kyle Lewis Class 1 #35
  • Joey Gallo Class 1 #18
  • David Ortiz Class 1 #93
  • Austin Meadows Class 1 #23
  • Mike Trout Class 2 #52
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Class 2 #55
  • Javier Baez Class 2 #83
  • Roberto Clemente Class 2 #42
  • Freddie Freeman Class 2 #92
  • Tony Gwynn Class 2 #12
  • Xander Bogaerts Class 3 #62
  • Tarik Skubal RC Class 3 #79
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Class 3 #32
  • Casey Mize RC Class 3 #68