It’s called National Baseball Card Day but in reality, there are all kinds of summer days in which Topps and Major League Baseball are putting free cards into the hands of collectors and fans who might be interested.
The 2021 edition of the annual program marks a full fledged return after last year’s unusual circumstance.
Hobby shops that participate in the program will have free five-card packs to hand out with no purchase necessary. There are 30 cards on the basic checklist with one player from each MLB team represented. Autographs are possible (see the checklist below).
Spend $10 on Topps cards at your local store and you’ll get a 31st card (Fernando Tatis). Return on August 14 and make another $10 buy and you’ll pick up a 32nd card (Alec Bohm).
The other element of National Baseball Card Day are the in-stadium giveaways. Those cards are slightly different than the ones in the hobby shop packs. About half of the teams have held their promotion already with the rest coming up in the first part of this month (check your favorite team’s promotional schedule). The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are the only clubs not participating in NCBD stadium giveaways, according to the Topps list.
You can see a list of participating hobby shops below along with the checklist.