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2020 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team & Hopefuls Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Relic/Olympic Fans

Do you know what the secret is to being an Olympic athlete? LITTLE CHOCOLATE DONUTS!

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games were postponed last year thanks to COVID-19. This obviously postponed the release of 2020 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team & Hopefuls. Even though everything about this product screams 2020, I see many people referring to it as a 2021 product. It makes sense as to why seeing that the cards were printed in 2021, and have a 2021 copyright date.

We don’t get to see many standalone Olympic products. They’re usually reserved only for years when the Olympics are actually taking place. Although it isn’t uncommon for Olympians to show up in other products like Allen & Ginter. Its a welcomed change of pace as these athletes who can become superstars overnight usually don’t have that many cards made.

The base set consists of (76) cards. Parallels include Bronze (1 per pack), Silver (1:4), U.S. Flag #’ed/299, Gold #’ed/99, and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1. Watch carefully for those Gold parallels. The gold color is quite similar to the Copper ones and can easily be missed. Check the back to see if they are serial numbered to (99) copies to make sure. I almost missed mine.

Every hobby box comes with (24) packs containing (8) cards per pack. On average you should find (3) hits per box. One of those hits should be an autograph.

Autographs include your regular autographs that mirror that of the base cards. You will also find Olympic Champions Autographs which feature past winners.

Relics include Achievement Medallions Commemorative Relics, Team USA Memorabilia Pieces, and USOC Insignia Commemorative Relics.

Inserts include For Pride and Country, New to the Games!, and U.S. Olympic Heroes.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see this product receive the Sapphire treatment?

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Kathleen Baker Base Auto #’ed/350

Relics:

  • Matt Grevers Team USA Memorabilia Pieces
  • Robbie Hummel Team USA Memorabilia Pieces

Parallels:

  • Brooke Raboutou Gold #’ed/99
  • Rose Lavelle U.S. Flag #’ed/299
  • Cat Osterman #9 Silver
  • Maggie Steffens #68 Silver
  • Brooke Raboutou #29 Silver
  • Damon Huffman #44 Silver
  • Michael Andrew #22 Silver
  • Kelsi Dahlia #18 Silver
  • Vashti Cunningham #60 Copper
  • Megan Rapinoe #20 Copper
  • Carlin Isles #5 Copper
  • Megan Rapinoe #33 Copper
  • Kyle Snyder #38 Copper
  • Alex Morgan #61 Copper
  • Mariel Zagunis #75 Copper
  • Monica Aksamit #64 Copper
  • Lilly King #74 Copper
  • Alex Morgan #21 Copper
  • Matt Grevers #17 Copper
  • David Brown #62 Copper
  • Rose Lavelle #11 Copper
  • Simone Manuel #27 Copper
  • Cat Osterman #9 Copper
  • Sam Mikulak #72 Copper

Inserts:

  • Lilly King U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Sam Mikulak U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Matt Grevers U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Jessica Long U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Carissa Moore U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Kathleen Baker U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Robbie Hummel U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Rose Lavelle U.S. Olympic Heroes
  • Haylie McCleney New To The Games!
  • Kareem Maddox New To The Games!
  • Damon Huffman New To The Games!
  • 3-On-3 Basketball New To The Games!
  • Tom Schaar New To The Games!
  • Robbie Hummel New To The Games!
  • Ryan Murphy For Pride & Country
  • David Boudia For Pride & Country
  • Madison Hughes For Pride & Country
  • Lilly King For Pride & Country
  • Alex Morgan For Pride & Country
  • Kathleen Baker For Pride & Country
  • Jordan Burroughs For Pride & Country
  • Johnny Hooper For Pride & Country

Card of the Day: Simone Biles 2016 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Hopefuls #38

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Under The Tree: 1977-80 Pro Sports Marketing NFL Action Team Mates

Remember the days of flipping through a catalog and circling all the stuff you wanted for Christmas? Those days are long gone.

Sold exclusively through the Sears and J.C. Penney Christmas catalogs between 1977 and 1980 were the Pro Sports Marketing NFL Action Team Mates. Measuring 7.5″ tall, these NFL-themed action figures came with two sets of interchangeable numbers, removable helmet, football, playbook, and display stand. They aren’t player specific, but you could certainly place whatever jersey number you wanted on them and pretend it was Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, etc…

Figures which have never been removed from their box can easily come in pieces. Small rubber bands were used to hold the limbs together. Over the years these rubber bands can disintegrate leaving you with a box of loose body parts.

Today these figures are highly sought after. Triple digit sales are not uncommon for loose figures. Individual parts even have a strong demand.

Compared to the collectible figures we have today, these look quite generic. For a long time this is how sports action figures looked. When these were released, we were still years away from Starting Lineup figures.

I wonder if any of these guys found their way over to Barbie’s Dream House and told Ken to take a hike?

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