Topps 2021 Update Series Baseball Checklist, Box Info, Release Date
2021 Topps Update Series Baseball concludes a year-long cardboard party to commemorate the company’s 70th anniversary in the sport.
Connected to the flagship lines of Series 1 and Series 2, some elements are retained. Others are exclusive to Update.
Hobby boxes continue to promise an autograph or keepsake card while hobby jumbo boxes have one autograph and two total keepsake cards or relics made.
Topps 2021 update series baseball checklist preview
The basic set contains 330 cards. Similar to the Topps Traded versions of the time, collectors can expect to find vets with new teams and rookie callbacks early in the season. All-Star Game highlights and festivities are also on the checklist.
The parallels include:
- Gold Foil – 1: 2 hobby jumbo packs (hobby jumbo only)
- Rainbow Foil – packs 1:10
- Gold – / 2021
- Foilboard green – / 499
- Foilboard orange – / 299
- Foilboard red – / 199
- Vintage Stock – / 99
- Independence Day – / 76
- Black – / 70 (hobby and hobby jumbo only)
- Platinum Anniversary – / 70
- Powder Blue Father’s Day – / 50
- Mother’s Day Hot Pink – / 50
- Memorial Day Camp – / 25
- Printing plates – 1/1
- 70th birthday – 1/1
Clear Hobby-only versions are also available, but for only 100 cards. These have ten copies each.
Several levels of variations also come back for some cards.
Continuity and nostalgia play among the many sets of inserts in the 2021 Topps update series.
Among the returning inserts of Series 1 and 2, there are 70 years of Topps Baseball. These use a variety of company designs but with different players so they are not reprints. Some of them also have autographs, which are numbered up to 10 or less.
Topps cards that have never been roll back and fill some notable gaps in previous Topps baseball sets. These also have Blue, Black (/ 299), Platinum Anniversary (/ 70), Red (/ 10) and Gold (1/1) versions. Some also benefit from signature treatment (/ 10 or less).
1986 Topps Baseball finishes its race. Like 70 years of Topps Baseball, these are new cards, but they stick to one design. Veterans, rookies, and stars of the past are all on the checklist. Parallels include blue, black (/ 299), platinum anniversary (/ 70), red (/ 10), and gold (1/1).
The latest 20 cutouts for Platinum Topps players can be found in the update bundle. This brings the total configuration to 70 suitable cards. The blue, black (/ 299), platinum anniversary (/ 70), red (/ 10), and gold (1/1) parallels can be found with autographs (/ 10 or less).
Topps Black Gold takes it back to the iconic 1993 insert set when it comes to design. While the original set doesn’t have any parallels, this one certainly does with additional Blue, Black (/ 299), Platinum Anniversary (/ 70), Red (/ 10), and Gold (1/1) versions. . Some cards also have autographs (/ 10 or less).
Topps Tek 70th Anniversary sees the return of the acetate brand, this time in the form of an insert. Only in the hobby jumbo packs there are two per box. These are packaged separately in their own packaging.
Art lovers can find original illustrations on randomly inserted sketch cards, which are exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.
At the hobby level, the 2021 MLB All-Star Game Commemorative Round logo patch cards are the Relic content made by Update. The parallels are available in black (/ 199), gold (/ 50), red (/ 10) and platinum (1/1). Some also have autographs (/ 10 or less).
Autographs and souvenir cards
The themes of autographs and memories are taken from series 1 and 2.
Baseball Star Autographs take a holistic approach with a checklist of current players, rookies and former stars. The parallels include black (/ 199), gold (/ 50), red (/ 25), and gold (1/1). Dual Autograph versions are also available with prints of 5 and less.
1986 Topps Baseball Autographs gets one final installment. Like baseball stars, the checklist takes a multigenerational approach. Ink on card can also be found here.
Topps Reverence Autograph Patch Cards, another place with solid signatures, are back, but exclusive to the hobby and hobby jumbo packs. The basic versions have ten copies with additional red (/ 5) and platinum (1/1) parallels also available.
The cutoff signatures are in Topps Update, but good luck finding one. They are all unique.
Major League gear makes up most of the memorabilia. These have samples and pieces of equipment used by the game. Parallels include black (/ 199), gold (/ 50), red (/ 25), and platinum (1/1), which is exclusive to hobby and jumbo hobby. There are also autographs (/ 50 or less) that have their own levels of red (/ 25 or less) and platinum (1/1).
Own Name Relics, which are only in the two hobby setups, have letter patches taken from nameplates. Each is one on one, although some players may have more than one letter.
The 2021 Topps Baseball Silver Packs program continues in the update. Once again, there is a bonus pack in each hobby box and two in the hobby jumbo.
These have exclusive cards that are not found in the regular packs. If they continue with what was started in Round 1 and Round 2, they will be special patterned cards from 1986 Topps Baseball Chrome.
Overview of the Topps Update 2021 Series Baseball Cards:
Release date (subject to change): October 13, 2021
Cards per pack: Hobby – 14, Hobby Jumbo – 46
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Hobby Jumbo – 10
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Hobby Jumbo – 6
Set size: 330 cards
What to expect in a Topps Update Series 2021 Baseball Recreation Box:
- Autographs, souvenir cards or manufactured relics – 1 total
- Rainbow Foil Parallels – 2
- Silver Packs – 1
What to expect in a hobby jumbo box:
- Autographs – 1
- Souvenir cards or manufactured relics – 2 in total
- Topps Tek 70th Anniversary – 2
- Parallel to Gold Leaf – 5
- Silver Packs – 2
Recent Baseball Sets from the Topps Update Series:
The full Topps 2021 update series checklist and squad rosters will be uploaded as soon as they become available, likely shortly before the set’s release.