2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

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A favorite for many, 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball brings collectors another update of the long-running product.

Similar to last year's flagship set, there is an anniversary to celebrate. This time, Topps is honoring 70 years of baseball cards with a party for 50 fans. Very lucky collectors can find one of the 25 tickets inserted in random Series 1 packs.

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See also: 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base / Parallels

The new flagship collecting season begins with 330 base cards, including top veterans and rookies, as well as Future Stars, League Leaders, Team Cards and World Series Highlights subsets.

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The 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist also works in the standard selection of parallels, plus the all-new Platinum Anniversary edition.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base Parallel Breakdown

  • Gold Foil - 1:2 packs (Jumbo)
  • Rainbow Foil - 1:10 packs
  • Gold - #/2,020
  • Vintage Stock - #/99
  • Independence Day - #/76
  • Black - #/70 (Hobby/Jumbo)
  • Platinum Anniversary - #/70
  • Mother’s Day  - #/50
  • Father’s Day - #/50
  • Memorial Day - #/25
  • Clear Variation - #/10 (Hobby)
  • Platinum - 1/1
  • 70th Anniversary Printing Plates - 1/1

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2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Inserts

Moving to the inserts, most of the choices are new, as well. Featuring current players and retired legends, 70 Years of Topps Baseball covers seven decades of designs in the 70-card set.

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The History of Topps turns the focus to Topps itself via 10 cards that look back at key moments and subjects from Topps' past. In addition, Topps Through the Years works in 25 stars on some of the most iconic designs from the Topps portfolio.

Yet another cardboard celebration is on tap with 1986 Topps Baseball's 35th anniversary.

Part of a 70-card continuation line, the Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts insert aims to identify the 70 greatest players on Topps cards. Series 1 has the first 25 players in the set.

However, it's not all about the action on the field. Stars in Service features top players who also give back.

These five inserts come as Blue, Black (#/299), Platinum Anniversary (#/70), Red (#/10), and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Taking inspiration from the 1990 Topps Double Header cards, Topps Double Headers pairs the rookie card and final Topps card for 25 key names.

And, finally, collectors can dive into the new season of Home Run Challenge with one card per Hobby/Jumbo box.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Autographs

Of course, there are hits to be found in 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball, including debuting 70 Years of Baseball Autographs and 70 Years of Baseball Dual Autographs (#/5). Single-player parallels include Black (#/199), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25) and Platinum (1/1).

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There's also the on-card 1986 Topps Baseball Autograph line, with Black (#/199), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25 - Hobby) and Platinum (1/1 - Hobby/Jumbo) versions.

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Collectors can revisit the 2020 season in the Postseason Performance Autograph (#/50 or less) and World Series Champions Autograph (#/50 or less) sets. These include Red (#/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

Other choices include 70 Years of Topps Baseball Autographs (#/10 or less), Stars in Service Autographs (#/10 or less) and Topps Platinum Players Die-Cuts Autographs (#/10 or less), plus Cut Signatures (1/1).

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2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Relics / Auto Relics

Like always, the memorabilia selection includes commemorative relics exclusive to Hobby and Jumbo boxes. 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball offers Iconic Card Patches with the 50 all-time best cards in Topps history redone as jumbo patches. Meanwhile, Spring Training Cap Logo Patches is for current stars.

Look for Blue, Black (#/299), Platinum Anniversary (#/70), Red (#/10), Gold (1/1), and Autograph (#/10 or less) editions.

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Standard relics consist of 1986 Topps Baseball Relics, Major League Material Relics, Postseason Performance Relics (#/99), World Series Champion Relics (#/99) and the one-of-one In the Name Relics with game-worn nameplates.

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That leaves only the auto relics, including Major League Material Autograph Relics (#/50 or less), Postseason Performance Autograph Relics (#/50 or less), World Series Champion Autograph Relics (#/50 or less) and Topps Reverence Autographed Patch (#/10 - Hobby/Jumbo). These signed cards add Red (#/5) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

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2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Buybacks / Sketch / Topper

In addition, collectors can find rare buyback and sketch cards in 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball. With one card each from all 70 years, the one-of-one History of Topps Baseball Buyback cards come encased. Hand-drawn versions include standard Sketch cards and Shaped Sketch cards. The shaped edition is limited to 70 total cards that are exclusive to Hobby/Jumbo boxes.

Among the other odds and ends, Hobby Jumbo boxes are home to the 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars Box Toppers. These feature 25 players, while the on-card Autograph parallel is numbered to 10 or less.

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2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Silver Packs Promo

Bringing chromium to the equation, the 2021 Topps Series 1 Silver Packs Promo promises one pack per Hobby box and two per Hobby jumbo box. Collectors can chase limited parallels and autographs in the bonus packs.

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Flagship Design

Still skewing to a more modern style, the Jo Adell rookie card mock-up showcases the return of a full border for the first time in several years. While there have been partial borders in recent series, the last full border came in 2015.

Collectors will also likely notice the 70-year logo in silver in place of the standard Topps logo.

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At first glance, the diagonal nameplate does make it a little tough to pick out the name.

Naturally, we are curious about the back, as well, but that image was not provided.

If you are wondering how the design compares to previous styles, check out the Topps flagship gallery from 1951 to 2021 to get a full rundown of the many looks used by Topps over the years.

Do you have any thoughts about the 2021 design? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Estimated Release Date: February 10, 2021
Hobby Configuration: 14 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
HTA Jumbo Configuration:
 46 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 6 boxes per case

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph or Relic Card
  • 1 Silver Pack

2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Jumbo Box Break

  • 1 Autograph Card
  • 2 Relic Cards
  • 2 Silver Packs

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents are subject to change. 

 

 

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Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Reviews

  1. Am I the only person who thinks these look a bit Bowman-esque?

  2. I don’t like it as much as 2018 and 2019, which are among my favorite recent Topps designs, but overall, I think it looks good! I wonder if running the nameplate horizontally along the bottom would help? In any case, I’ll be happy to open packs of these in 2021.

  3. I am not a fan. It seems the Topps design lately tries to touch upon the futuristic look and can the name be any smaller? The one positive is the border is white according to the picture.

  4. these cards with borders are nice, they look like something from donruss, still better than cards since 2016.

  5. Design is way too busy, and the players name is too small and lost in one of many weird geometric”stripes”

  6. ** Looks like Donruss with logos. Still better than horrible 2020 design.

  7. I like the return of white borders since 2014 but the geo shapes is distracting and the name fonts are barely legible. I hope this is only a concept and they correct it. Almost has the modern Bowman feel to it.

  8. I also agree that white borders should be back as it is a lot easier to trade and sell raw cards without that excessive scrutiny

  9. Lots of room to improve these cards. I agree with those asking why all the geometric lines and shapes on these cards. What purpose do they serve. In my opinion they make the cards look very busy and cheep. They are baseball cards,not works of art. Concentrate on the player not the artistic view.You really don’t need all of the injected junk on them. Just keep the borders and fix the rest.

  10. Too much junk on the front of the card and name barely legible. Nothing will ever take the place of the cards from the 60’s and 70’s.

  11. I like the look. Much better than the awkward 2020 cards. Each year should stand out from all the other years and these do that. Don’t make a mistake like the ’98 thru ’00 when the designs all look alike. I look forward to them.

  12. Just awful. The digital design is bad. Can’t read the player’s name. Not distinctive enough from year to year.

  13. I think it looks ok. Better than 2020. I’ll probably crack a jumbo box.

  14. I have high hopes for this one. Don’t let us down AGAIN, topps. Give us a good bang for our buck, that’s all we ask for.

  15. BELIEVE that Topps, lost it ORINGALITY, Doesn’t look like BASEBALL CARD,More less could sell it as NHL CARD,FOOTBALL CARD!!! Sorry,Topps Miss the Mark on this one,have better design that Today’s Kids NOT going to gravitate to these Baseball cards!!! Got a Great design for next year and 75th Anneriversary too! Saw cards from 1990’s lost and confused design,wrote to Late Sy Berger,that autographs Too expensive and Under taking tracking the players,in turn years later tackle the Autographs!! IF you send me adress that I can send my idea and design!! GUARANTEED, have kids enjoying collecting Topps Baseball cards AGAIN!! BUT you,Topps it’s not for Adults it’s for the kids,losing the WAR on this one!! Topps,look from Vintage and Furture combination of both will do you do you,JUSTICES, BE ON TOP AGAIN!! Sincerely S.D.K

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