Guide to 2021 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the number of 2021 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards is big. The fact that most 2020 debuts were held back from late-season releases may have hurt products then. But it’s making for a deep crop in 2021 sets.

2021 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards - Jo Adell

2021 Topps Series 1 has 50 RCs on it 330-card checklist. And there’s still Series 2 to come later in the year with several key names, likely to help spread things out. Finally, Update Series will wrap up the year, likely with some 2021 debuts.

Flagship Topps doesn’t usually have the most valuable Rookie Cards. They’re definitely not the rarest. Yet, they are the most popular in the hobby. With so many lines out there, each with its own angle and identity, Topps Baseball benefits from a combination of history, tradition and accessibility. For collectors looking for just one RC of a player, Topps is often the place to go.

2021 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards By the Numbers

Here’s how the 2021 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards break down in Series 1:

Total RCs: 50

1st Round Draft Picks: 16

Top 5 Draft Picks: 5

Top 10 Draft Picks: 6

Youngest Player: Luis Garcia (DOB: May 16, 2000)

Oldest Player: Eddy Alvarez (DOB: January 30, 1990)

Total 2021 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards by Team:

Based on Series 1 only.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks – 2
  • Atlanta Braves – 2
  • Baltimore Orioles – 1
  • Boston Red Sox – 1
  • Chicago White Sox – 3
  • Chicago Cubs – 0
  • Cincinnati Reds – 1
  • Cleveland Indians – 2
  • Colorado Rockies – 1
  • Detroit Tigers – 4
  • Houston Astros – 3
  • Kansas City Royals – 4
  • Los Angeles Angels – 1
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 2
  • Miami Marlins – 5
  • Milwaukee Brewers – 0
  • Minnesota Twins – 0
  • New York Mets – 2
  • New York Yankees – 2
  • Oakland Athletics – 1
  • Philadelphia Phillies – 2
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – 0
  • San Diego Padres – 1
  • San Francisco Giants – 2
  • Seattle Mariners – 1
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 2
  • Tampa Bay Rays – 0
  • Texas Rangers – 2
  • Toronto Blue Jays – 2
  • Washington Nationals – 1

2021 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide

Age refers to how old players were when 2020 Topps Series 1 came out.

10 Daulton Varsho

Arizona Diamondbacks, C
Age: 24
Drafted: 2017, 2nd round supplemental
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12 Joey Bart

San Francisco Giants, C
Age: 24
Drafted: 2018, 1st round (2nd overall)
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25 Sixto Sanchez

Miami Marlins, P
Age: 22
Drafted: n/a
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26 Bobby Dalbec

Boston Red Sox, 3B
Age: 25
Drafted: 2016, 4th round
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32 Edward Olivares

Kansas City Royals, OF
Age: 24
Drafted: n/a
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41 Deivi Garcia

New York Yankees, P
Age: 21
Drafted: n/a
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43 Jo Adell

Los Angeles Angels, OF
Age: 21
Drafted: 2017, 1st round (10th overall)
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53 Andres Gimenez

New York Mets, SS
Age: 22
Drafted: n/a
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65 Isaac Paredes

Detroit Tigers, 3B
Age: 21
Drafted: n/a
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78 David Peterson

New York Mets, P
Age: 25
Drafted: 2017, 1st round (20th overall)
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88 Albert Abreu

New York Yankees, P
Age: 25
Drafted: n/a
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92 Tarik Skubal

Detroit Tigers, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2018, 9th round
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103 Daniel Johnson

Cleveland Indians, OF
Age: 25
Drafted: 2016, 5th round
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113 Nate Pearson

Toronto Blue Jays, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2017, 1st round (28th overall)
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122 Nick Heath

Kansas City Royals, OF
Age: 27
Drafted: 2016, 16th round
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123 Beau Burrows

Detroit Tigers, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2015, 1st round (22nd overall)
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126 Monte Harrison

Miami Marlins, OF
Age: 25
Drafted: 2014, 2nd round
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139 Humberto Mejia

Arizona Diamondbacks, P
Age: 23
Drafted: n/a
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143 Ryan Mountcastle

Baltimore Orioles, 1B
Age: 23
Drafted: 2015, 1st round (36th overall)
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144 Anderson Tejeda

Texas Rangers, SS
Age: 22
Drafted: n/a
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145 Kodi Whitley

St. Louis Cardinals, P
Age: 25
Drafted: 2017, 27th round
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151 Evan White

Seattle Mariners, 1B
Age: 24
Drafted: 2017, 1st round (17th overall)
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153 Tyler Stephenson

Cincinnati Reds, C
Age: 24
Drafted: 2015, 1st round (11th overall)
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167 James Kaprielian

Oakland Athletics, P
Age: 26
Drafted: 2015, 1st round (16th overall)
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169 Brady Singer

Kansas City Royals, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2018, 1st round (18th overall)
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177 Ryan Castellani

Colorado Rockies, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2014, 2nd round
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183 Cristian Javier

Houston Astros, P
Age: 23
Drafted: n/a
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187 Cristian Pache

Atlanta Braves, OF
Age: 22
Drafted: n/a
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193 Brandon Bielak

Houston Astros, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2017, 11th round
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197 Nick Madrigal

Chicago White Sox, 2B
Age: 23
Drafted: 2018, 1st round (4th overall)
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205 Luis Patiño

San Diego Padres, P
Age: 21
Drafted: n/a
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221 Chadwick Tromp

San Francisco Giants, C
Age: 25
Drafted: n/a
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228 Blake Taylor

Houston Astros, P
Age: 25
Drafted: 2013, 2nd round
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231 Dane Dunning

Chicago White Sox, P
Age: 26
Drafted: 2016, 1st round (29th overall)
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238 Kris Bubic

Kansas City Royals, P
Age: 23
Drafted: 2018, CBA (40th overall)
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239 Ian Anderson

Atlanta Braves, P
Age: 22
Drafted: 2016, 1st round (3rd overall)
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243 Santiago Espinal

Toronto Blue Jays, 2B
Age: 26
Drafted: 2016, 10th round
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244 Spencer Howard

Philadelphia Phillies, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2017, 2nd round
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256 Keibert Ruiz

Los Angeles Dodgers, C
Age: 22
Drafted: n/a
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264 Leody Taveras

Texas Rangers, OF
Age: 22
Drafted: n/a
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269 Jesus Sanchez

Miami Marlins, OF
Age: 23
Drafted: n/a
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270 Mitch White

Los Angeles Dodgers, P
Age: 26
Drafted: 2016, 2nd round
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277 Alec Bohm

Philadelphia Phillies, 3B
Age: 24
Drafted: 2018, 1st round (3rd overall)
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285 Dylan Carlson

St. Louis Cardinals, OF
Age: 22
Drafted: 2016, 1st round (33rd overall)
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298 Luis Garcia

Washington Nationals, SS
Age: 20
Drafted: n/a
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311 Codi Heuer

Chicago White Sox, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2018, 6th round
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319 Triston McKenzie

Cleveland Indians, P
Age: 23
Drafted: 2015, CBA (42nd overall)
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321 Casey Mize

Detroit Tigers, P
Age: 23
Drafted: 2018, 1st round (1st overall)
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324 Nick Neidert

Miami Marlins, P
Age: 24
Drafted: 2015, 2nd round
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326 Eddy Alvarez

Miami Marlins, SS
Age: 31
Drafted: n/a
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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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1 comment

  1. JR 15 April, 2021 at 14:33

    Great article! Did notice however that the count is off on the Royals. Should say 4 instead of 3 rookies :)

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