2021 Topps Home Run Challenge Details and How to Play


The 2021 Topps Home Run Challenge marks the fourth year for the predictor-style promotion.

Collectors will find special insert cards in packs of 2021 Topps Series 1 and Series 2 Baseball. The front has one of 30 different players. The contest part involves predicting the day that player will hit a home run.

2021 Topps Home Run Challenge Mike Trout

How to Play

Once you have the card and a date in mind, the next step is to the Topps Home Run Challenge website. There, you enter the code on the back into the website along with the date you think they’ll go long. Correct guesses qualify collectors for special parallel not available in packs. Guess wrong? You’ve still got the insert entry card — albeit with a scratched off code.

It’s advantageous to not enter dates too early. Once it’s activated, there’s no changing things. So if a player gets hurt or a game is postponed, you’re out of luck. Entries are based on the date, not a specific game.

The team shown on the front of the card doesn’t matter, either. In fact, a handful of players were part of offseason moves so they’re not shown on their new teams. These include Francisco Lindor and Kyle Schwarber. It’s also possible players could be part of trades after the season starts. According to Topps, prize parallels will have new photos for those on different teams.

For Series 1, 2021 Topps Home Run Challenge entry cards are 1:14 hobby packs and 1:10 hobby jumbo packs. They’re also in the retail packs.

Parallels aren’t the only prize in the 2021 Topps Home Run Challenge. A special draw is also part of the promotion that includes a grand prize trip to the 2022 Home Run Derby in Los Angeles.

2021 Topps Home Run Challenge Checklist

30 cards.

HRC-1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
HRC-2 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves
HRC-3 Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
HRC-4 J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
HRC-5 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
HRC-6 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
HRC-7 Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
HRC-8 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox
HRC-9 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
HRC-10 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
HRC-11 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros
HRC-12 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
HRC-13 Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals
HRC-14 Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
HRC-15 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

HRC-16 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
HRC-17 Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins
HRC-18 Pete Alonso, New York Mets
HRC-19 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
HRC-20 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
HRC-21 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
HRC-22 Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
HRC-23 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
HRC-24 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
HRC-25 Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
HRC-26 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
HRC-27 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
HRC-28 Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds
HRC-29 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
HRC-30 Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics


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. Glen Turner 13 February, 2021 at 17:52

    Just when I think TOPPS can’t get any worse TOPS does. I am 71 years old & have been collecting since 1960. Anyone over 50 years old needs a magnifying glass to read the pplayer’s name. If it wasn’t for the TOPPS HERITAGE i would have stopped collecting TOPPS cards several years ago.
    I have complete sets from 1951- about 1993 when TOPPS went crazy with the designs & card stock.
    Gmlen R Turner, Jr.

  2. charles kostrzewski 27 April, 2021 at 21:02

    I have the HRC8 card Eloy jimenez card but he is out for 5 to 6 months. I can’t enter the Home Run Challenge and win a prize or win a chance to go to the home run derby 2022. What do i do? do i get a concelation prize and how do i go about finding out?

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 April, 2021 at 21:50

      @Charles – From the article, “Once it’s activated, there’s no changing things. So if a player gets hurt or a game is postponed, you’re out of luck. Entries are based on the date, not a specific game.”

      Basically, there’s no carryover to next year.

  3. Larry 14 June, 2021 at 23:05

    I guessed the correct day for a Joey Gallo HR , but haven’t been able to redeem the card. I keyed in the scratch off code, and that is the code that I have been trying to use after the homerun was hit, but to no avail. Does anyone know the solution? Thanks, Larry

  4. Fred 25 August, 2021 at 14:28

    Larry,I had the same problem.I guessed a correct date for a Stanton HR,scratched the back of my card and entered the code.No good.I then texted customer service with my problem.They had me send a picture of my card and gave me the correct code.(this was done prior to picking a date for possible HR).my account now has my entry pending..hope this helps you.

  5. T 16 October, 2021 at 00:45

    Dean…… I had same question. I sent a message to Topps customer service. Took quite some time for a reply. When they finally sent reply, I was told if I picked a correct date for the player to hit a HR then I would be notified in approximately 2 months from the date I made the correct call on the players HR. Unfortunately Topps gives no website to check if you picked correctly…..which is ridiculous IMHO. True to their word….. I picked the correct date for Javier Baez HRW-6. My notification was a shipment notification from Topps that something is on the way to my address. I assume it’s a special parallel card not found in packs of 2021 Topps Baseball cards.
    The the the that’s All Folks! 😃 Happy Collecting! T

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