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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

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2021 Little League World Series Pin Pickups

Pins! Pins! Pins! Williamsport, PA is flooded with people from all over the country thanks to the Little League World Series. They, and many local businesses have lots of pins available to buy/trade.

So far for 2021 I’ve added (24) new pins to my collection. Stops made in Williamsport included Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, Winner, Rise and Shine Nutrition, Genetti Hotel, Clothier, Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, Dolly’s Diner, Buffalo Wild Wings, Robert M. Sides, and Taco Bell. One of the major pin manufacturers, Infiniti Pins, is setup in a conference room at the local Holiday Inn. Tons going on in there. People making trades, and freebies.

Even though the official Little League Store & Museum is closed (despite the Little League World Series taking place) merchandise for this year’s games can be found at the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, and online.

When it comes to Little League pins, I follow the Little League Pin Traders Club on Facebook. People are constantly showing off new pins they’ve found, and updating lists of places that have pins. Very good resource.

Honestly, I’m surprised we haven’t seen PSA, BGS, and SGC grading Little League pins yet. Vintage pins have been graded for years. It seems like an untapped market along with bobbleheads.

Although it wasn’t the plan at first, I began to purchase duplicate pins to flip. Except for a few, most Little League pins need to be obtained in person. Buying them directly from the source online isn’t really an option. If you’re a collector and not in the area, eBay and trading groups are you’re best places to go. The best pins to flip are newer ones which haven’t been listed for sale yet. Doing this while the Little League World Series is going on helps a lot too.

Pin Highlight: 2020 Little League World Series ESPN Robo Cam Pin

Thanks to COVID-19 the 2020 Little League World Series did not take place. That certainly didn’t stop individuals and businesses from making their pins for fans to collect.

Pins have been a big part of the Little League World Series for years. Some of the more desirable pins come from various people who work for ESPN. When, where, and who distributes them is a total mystery to me. They just seem to popup and find their way into circulation.

A staple ESPN pin that seems to comeback year to year are the ones in the shape of the robo cams. The pin pictured below is what would have been making it’s rounds at the Little League World Series in 2020.

What makes this pin so special is the logo. This is the only pin that I’ve seen which contains the logo which would have been used for the 2020 Little League World Series. Usually the Little League store would sell logo merchandise, but they did very little of that last year. No pins for sure. Little League chose to use the same logo for 2021. The main difference is the year change.

Two of these pins have popped up for sale so far. Both auctions could easily have been for the exact same pin, and sold for close to $50 each time.

2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Wildman on being the lucky winner of the Marco Verratti 2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Archival Autographs Sapphire Parallel Auto #’ed/75. Once Wildman sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP. Thanks!

2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Marco Verratti 2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Archival Autographs Sapphire Parallel Auto #’ed/75. Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 4, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Soccer Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: UEFA Fans/Autograph/Relic/Risk Takers

Look what I got my hands on. Its a box of 2020/21 Topps UEFA Champions League Museum Collection Soccer. This is by far the most expensive box of cards I’ve ever opened. Boxes are currently listed for $525.

Quite the quick and expensive break. Inside each box you’ll find (1) pack. Each pack contains (8) cards – (3) base, (2) parallels, (1) autograph, (1) autograph/relic, and (1) relic.

The base set consists of (75) cards. Parallels include Copper #’ed/99, Sapphire #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Ruby #’ed/25, and Emerald #’ed 1/1.

Autographs include Archival Autographs, Archival Dual Autographs, Framed Autographs, and Lore of the League Autographs.

Autograph/Relics include Museum Autograph Relics, Museum Autograph Jumbo Relics, Museum Framed Autograph Patch, and Single Player Triple Relics Autographs.

Relics include Meaningful Material Single Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Relics, Momentous Material Prime Patch Relics, Single Player Triple Relics, and Triple Player Team Crest Relics.

If you’ve opened this product before, the 2020/21 version should feel familiar. At $525 you’re taking a massive risk. However, if you pull one of those major hits it will pay off immensely. Like a lot of high-end products, busting by the case or joining a group break may yield better results.

With rookies such as Eduardo Camavinga, Pedri, and Edouard Mendy it gets me really excited for 2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Marco Verratti Archival Autographs Sapphire #’ed/75

Auto/Relic:

  • Joshua Kimmich Museum Autograph Relic #’ed/75

Relic:

  • Timo Werner Momentous Material Jumbo Relic Gold #’ed/50

Parallels:

  • André Onana Gold #’ed/50
  • Tyler Adams Copper #’ed/99

Base:

  • Serge Gnabry #74
  • Achraf Hakimi #11
  • Paulo Dybala #12

2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition Box Pop-Ups At Local Card Show

And the plot thickens…

Over the weekend I reported about how an eBay seller seemed to have singles listed that look to have come from 2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition. Pretty interesting considering this product hasn’t even been announced by Topps yet.

Blowout Cards forum user ybomber attended a local card show over the weekend where a dealer had at least (1) box of 2020/21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Sapphire Edition for sale. These are either completely legit or someone did a fantastic job counterfeiting the entire line. I’m thinking they are the real deal though.

One major difference between the 2019/20 and 2020/21 set is where they were printed. The 2019/20 set was printed in Canada, whereas the 2020/21 set looks to have been printed in Italy. Many of their non-U.S. sports products have switched to being printed in the Italy facility.

How it made it out of Italy and on the U.S. streets already is the big mystery. Maybe Topps plans to release it soon. When it is officially released it looks to be another Topps online-exclusive. Most likely Topps 582 Montgomery Club members will get first dibs.