Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Cardboard Review:2021 Topps Series 2 Hobby Box Baseball

Topps continues it's 70th birthday celebration in Series 2.

Like most 70 year old's, its invited most of its usual friends (the ones still alive or can still remember) to the party with a few surprise guests.

I showed the offerings from my Series 1 break earlier this year to kickoff the baseball card season, now time to show off the Series 2 offerings to show off the midseason. Hard to think we are almost to July already.

It's breaking time! (it's like the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger phrase but with a cards)
Each Hobby Box of 2021 Topps Series 2 Baseball comes with 24 packs of 14 cards. Each box guarantees one autograph or one relic card and boxes are currently running $90. 

Each box also offers one Silver pack which comes with four cards.

There are 100 cards in the set to chase with multiple parallels and autographs. The parallels you can find are ,Blue /150, Green /99, Purple /75, Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Here is my rip,
Not too bad! Harper, Lewis and Hayes are not bad finds at all. I still have never been lucky enough to land an autograph from these packs.

The base card set carries over the same design as Series 1 as most expect.
The set is 330 cards deep. Consisting of veterans you didn't find in Series one especially those that changed teams in the offseason.

The subsets also continue on with Future Stars, team and showing off baseball fun along with

rookies now found in Series 1 as well.

There are also plenty of parallels in flagship this year that it will make you think it's Topps Chrome in disguise.

Here are the offerings for Series 2, Royal Blue (Liar,Liar comes to mind with this parallel), Rainbow Foil, Gold Foil, Gold /2021, Green Foil /499, Advanced Stat /300, Orange Foil /299, Red Foil /199, Vintage Stock /99, Independence Day /76, Black /70, Platinum Anniversary /70, Mother’s Day Pink /50, Father’s Day Blue /50, Memorial Day Camo /25, 70th Anniversary 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Rainbow Foil falls 1:!0 packs

Gold Bordered falls 1:14 packs

Red Foilboard falls 1:135 packs. These are quite stunning in person but reminds me a lot of the Bowman Ice parallels.

As always with Topps, Inserts are aplenty.
I feel like we have had years and years of these '86 Topps inserts, but here they are again. There are 50 more of these to collect falling at 1:8 packs.

70 Years of Topps inserts. These cards revisit former Topps brands and the checklist is you guessed it, 70 cards. These fall 1:8 packs.

Home Run challenge! I haven't ever attempted one and don't plan to because my luck is bad on guessing. I will be giving this code away though so stay tuned for that giveaway. These fall one-per-box on average or 1:24 packs.

Zero to Sixty falls 1:32 packs making it harder to find than other inserts in this break. There are 20 cards to collect.

Significant Statistics fall 1:28 packs but this one is a much tougher black parallel falling 1:1191 packs. Had no idea when I pulled it but did see that it was numbered to /299. There are 25 cards to collect in the set.

More Topps 86....this time in All Star form. Another 50 of these to collect as well falling 1:8 packs.

Platinum Players fall 25 cards and 1:24 packs. This is a continuation set from Series 1 and appears to be the only die cut set in the product. I can't wait to see if these make it as a chrome insert.

DH Debuts makes it debut at 1:65 packs. These have 15 cards in the set to chase.

Now time to reveal my hit. 9 times out of 10 these hits will be a relic card but my box said...
NOT TODAY! Though it is a pitcher auto which to me is equal to a relic. These 86 autographs fall 1:220 packs.

I will always pick up flagship Topps, it's the centerpiece of any baseball card collection I do however prefer to grab retail of it as I don't care about the hit aspect and it's much of a lesser gamble. I will take one hit, though a manufactured relic, at $20 then spend $90 on a hobby box.

With retail always being sold out though, some collectors may find themselves forking out the extra to find any.

My box landed me a few tough , but despite that, the value to cost ratio is way off. If you're like me though, it's not about the value, it's about the fun.

Your thoughts on Series 2, the 86 inserts or my break are welcomed below. Stay tuned for some giveaways from this break on the blog and on Twitter.


  1. Haven't given much thought to Series 2 flagship mainly because I can't find any... and refuse to pay over msrp for it. I think my best bet will be stumbling across a complete factory set one day at the flea market.

  2. The inserts are so boring. The most interesting ones are the '86s and that's a rerun design.

  3. Congratulations on hitting an autograph. I will always buy topps baseball.

  4. I always open up Topps Series 1 every year, as I've done since the late 1960s.

    This year's cards are the best, but I'll get all the Tigers players if course, and that includes, obviously, as many Matt Boyd cards as possible.

    Good Job. 👍

  5. Looks like a fun rip. Not a fan of the base design this year but its not terrible. Im a Braves fan so the Davidson is cool to me. Thank you for sharing your break

  6. Nice ink you know me if Insend the auto and give the others to someone else!

  7. Yep, not paying 90 bucks for a box for Series 2. Thanks for showing it off!