2021 Topps x Sports Illustrated Baseball Covers History

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The history between Sports Illustrated and Topps goes back to the magazine’s first issue in 1954. Inside was a sheet of 27 baseball cards featuring some of the game’s biggest stars. 2021 Topps x Sports Illustrated Baseball flips it around, creating cards out of some of the magazine’s memorable baseball covers.

The fronts are basically cover recreations with an additional frame with the player’s name and year of publication.

2021 Topps x Sports Illustrated Baseball 1 Mike Trout

Card backs offer a little more insight with a write-up and the exact issue date.

Every week, two new cards drop exclusively on the Topps website. Each is available for just one week. At that time, the sales window closes. It’s a print-on-demand product meaning that print runs are based on how many are purchased.

When complete, the set will have 70 cards. This stays with the 70th Anniversary theme Topps is using in 2021.

Individually, cards cost $9.99 through the Topps site or $17.49 for a bundle of both cards for the week. Lots of five, ten or 20 copies of the same card are available at a discount. Collectors can also look to eBay and find cheaper rates during the sales window. A handful of dealers offer pre-sales where they buy in bulk and immediately sell cards that are still available to order closer to $5.50-$6 each. Once they receive their cards from Topps, these dealers send them out. It takes a little longer, but the savings can be significant.

This isn’t the first time that Sports Illustrated covers have made their way onto baseball cards. For example, in 1998 and 1999, Fleer produced a handful of SI-branded sets, some of which incorporated classic covers onto inserts.

2021 Topps x Sports Illustrated Baseball at a glance:

Release date (subject to change): March 16, 2021
Set size: 70 cards (when complete)

2021 Topps x Sports Illustrated Baseball Checklist

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Base Set Checklist

This checklist will continue to grow as new cards are released. Print runs will be added when available. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

1 Mike Trout (August 27, 2012) – 17,936
2 Duke Snider (June 27, 1955) – 4,386
3 Larry Walker (June 11, 2001) – 2,061
4 Kirby Puckett (April 6, 1992) – 2,676
5 Vladimir Guerrero (May 1, 2000) – 1,808
6 Boston Red Sox (November 10, 2004) – 2,858
7 Mickey Mantle (June 18, 1956) – 4,750
8 Greg Maddux (April 14, 1995) – 2,107
9 Mookie Betts (November 12, 2020) – 2,590
10 Derek Jeter (June 21, 1999) – 2,525

11 Stan Musial / Ted Williams (July 8, 1957) – 2,103
12 Ken Griffey Jr. (May 7, 1990) – 2,732
13 George Brett (October 5, 1992) – 1,452
14 Darryl Strawberry (July 11, 1988) – 1,474
15 Hank Aaron (April 15, 1974) – 2,057
16 Nolan Ryan (May 1, 1989) – 1,885
17 Al Kaline (May 11, 1964)
18 Aaron Judge (May 15, 2017)

Autographs

12A Ken Griffey Jr. – Yellow /25, Orange /10, Red /5, Silver 1/1
16A Nolan Ryan – Yellow /25, Orange /10, Red /5, Silver 1/1

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Team Sets

2021 Topps x Sports Illustrated Team Set Checklists

Want to know what cards your favorite team has in 2021 Topps x Sports Illustrated Baseball? Here’s the checklist broken down by team. Scroll through or click below to go directly to that team.

Please note that parallels are not included here. Please check the main checklist in the other tab for parallel specifics.

Arizona Diamondbacks Checklist

None yet.

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Atlanta Braves

8 Greg Maddux (April 14, 1995) – 2,107
15 Hank Aaron (April 15, 1974) – 2,057

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Baltimore Orioles

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Boston Red Sox

6 Boston Red Sox (November 10, 2004) – 2,858
11 Stan Musial / Ted Williams (July 8, 1957) – 2,103

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Chicago Cubs

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Chicago White Sox

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Cincinnati Reds

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Cleveland Indians

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Colorado Rockies

3 Larry Walker (June 11, 2001) – 2,061

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Detroit Tigers

17 Al Kaline (May 11, 1964)

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Houston Astros

None yet.

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Kansas City Royals

13 George Brett (October 5, 1992) – 1,452

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Los Angeles Angels

1 Mike Trout (August 27, 2012) – 17,936

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Los Angeles Dodgers

2 Duke Snider (June 27, 1955) – 4,386
9 Mookie Betts (November 12, 2020) – 2,590

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Miami Marlins

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Milwaukee Brewers

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Minnesota Twins

4 Kirby Puckett (April 6, 1992) – 2,676

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Montreal Expos

5 Vladimir Guerrero (May 1, 2000) – 1,808

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New York Mets

14 Darryl Strawberry (July 11, 1988) – 1,474

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New York Yankees

7 Mickey Mantle (June 18, 1956) – 4,750
10 Derek Jeter (June 21, 1999) – 2,525
18 Aaron Judge (May 15, 2017)

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Oakland Athletics

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Philadelphia Phillies

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Pittsburgh Pirates

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San Diego Padres

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San Francisco Giants

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Seattle Mariners

12 Ken Griffey Jr. (May 7, 1990) – 2,732
12A Ken Griffey Jr. – Autograph

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St. Louis Cardinals

11 Stan Musial / Ted Williams (July 8, 1957) – 2,103

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Tampa Bay Rays

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Texas Rangers

16 Nolan Ryan (May 1, 1989) – 1,885
16A Nolan Ryan – Autograph

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Toronto Blue Jays

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Washington Nationals

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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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7 comments

  1. Bill Lubsen 16 March, 2021 at 13:27

    When will TOPPS start printing PETE ROSE cards??? I know, I know, I know about the contract between MLB & Topps regarding eligible players but come on already!!! Pete has had over 20 SI covers and we aren’t going to see one of them reproduced in this new set. Bummer! The one with Ernie Bank & Rose would be sweet. Two great players in game action! Every year Topps puts out RETRO cards to insert in the yearly set without ROSE is a waste in my opinion. His cards still draw on the market and the newer versions would as well. Somebody’s leaving some money on the table and it ain’t Pete, he’s getting his. Fans like me are the ones missing out…and Topps because I’m not buying this set unless Pete Rose suddenly appears in it down the road!

    • Ryan Cracknell 16 March, 2021 at 16:23

      @Bill – As long as Rose is banned by MLB, it’s unlikely he’ll be in any MLB products no matter who is making them.

  2. JP Caillault 23 April, 2021 at 20:38

    Topps advertised these cards with this statement:

    For every card, a White w/ Red stripes – /70, Canary Yellow – /25, Orange – /10, Red – /5 and Silver – /1 card will be randomly inserted into print runs.

    Except for the Griffey autos, I haven’t seen any parallels for sale on eBay. Did Topps not print them?

  3. goblue98 4 May, 2021 at 13:16

    @JP Caillault. I think that these are not on eBay because the only way you know if you get these cards, is when they actually ship it to you. I don’t think these are live yet from what I have seen.

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