2021 Topps Big League Baseball Makes a Case for Fun

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2021 Topps Big League Baseball isn’t your hits-centric release chock full of autographs and other low-numbered delights — and the price tag to reflect it. And while the more modest price may be a bonus for young collectors, Big League continues its shift away from necessarily being a “kids” product like it was framed in its 2018 debut. And there’s some irony because this is a product that includes toys.

Like 2020 Topps Big League, there are two different box configurations, traditional hobby and hobby collector. As far as the cards go, the only difference between the is the number of packs. However, hobby collector boxes also come with a retro-style figure from Super7.

2020 Topps Big League Baseball Checklist Details

The base set lands with 300 cards, which is bigger than many but not exactly comprehensive. Besides the expected star vets and rookies, the checklist includes such subsets as Award Winners, Highlights and Big League Best.

The design is relatively clean and may bring some 1982 Topps vibes for some thanks to the swooping nameplate.

2021 Topps Big League Baseball Base

Parallels come in a handful of colors:

  • Orange
  • Rainbow Foil – /100
  • Black and White – /50
  • Blue Foil – /25
  • Black Foil – /15
  • Red Foil – 1/1

Autographs and Inserts

Similar to Opening Day, autographs aren’t a guarantee at the hobby box level. However, they are found in a couple of spots on the checklist.

Big League Autographs covers a broad spectrum of players.

2021 Topps Big League Baseball Big League Autographs

Young players make up Opening Act Autographs.

In addition to their base versions, both of these have Electric Orange (/25) and Red Foil (1/1) parallels.

2021 Topps Big League Baseball has a few other insert sets that flesh out the checklist.

Defensive Wizards (1:4 packs) is the lone returning theme. Spotlighting players with slick gloves, these ooze ’80s with their aesthetic.

2021 Topps Big League Baseball Defensive Wizards Mookie Betts

This isn’t the only insert set to focus on defense. Wanted (1:4 packs) follows suit with more players known for their prowess with the glove.

Taking over from the Star Caricatures is Art of the Game (1:4 packs), which take an artistic look at MLB players.

Home Team Traditions digs into some of the ballpark fun found around the league.

Finally, there’s Souvenirs (1:4 packs), which highlights power hitters and their long home runs that give fans in the stands something to take with them.

Defensive Wizards, Souvenirs and Wanted also have autograph versions for select cards. These are tough, though, with just 25 copies each.

Super7 Figures

Hobby collector boxes are smaller that hobby boxes as far as packs go. They have just five compared to regular hobby’s 18. However, the smaller number of baseball cards is made up for with an action figure.

For the second year in a row, Topps is partnering with Super7 for this. A total of ten figures are available, however there are a few different types of packaging cards to expand the chase:

  • 1983 Cardback
  • 1959 Cardback – 1:4 boxes
  • 1983 Image Variation Cardback – 1:10 boxes
  • 1959 Image Variation Cardback – 1:20 boxes

On top of these, all four of these have one-of-one Gold versions.

2021 Topps Big League Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 10, Hobby Collector – 10
Packs per box: Hobby – 18, Hobby Collector – 5
Boxes per case: Hobby – 20, Hobby Collector – 16
Set size: 300 cards
Release date: May 19, 2021

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Art of the Game – 4
  • Defensive Wizards – 4
  • Souvenirs – 4
  • Wanted – 4
  • Parallels – 18

What to expect in a hobby collector box:

  • Parallels – 5
  • Super7 Figures – 1

The full 2021 Topps Big League Baseball checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set’s release.

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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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3 comments

  1. David A. DeStefano 3 December, 2020 at 13:04

    Hey Ryan,

    Are the League Leaders back as a subset? Topps did a great job with them last year!

  2. JDonovan 3 December, 2020 at 19:19

    I hope they have a better mix of teams with the figures this time around. Last year there were only 4 teams represented with 5 figures.

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