Topps kicks off the baseball card season and launches a Formula 1 product while Upper Deck’s high-end favorite arrives and Panini brings out three new releases.
It’s a fairly busy couple of weeks for new products and here’s a roundup of what to look for in your local shop or online.
2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball
Topps puts plenty of promotional effort behind its flagship set’s debut each winter as fans and collectors eat up what’s seen as a tiny glimpse of spring. Series 1 is usually produced in large enough quantities that it’s readily attainable but prices are higher this year.
The formula remains much the same with Hobby and Jumbo boxes joined by retail blaster boxes, fat packs and 24-pack retail boxes available online. Topps is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its baseball cards so expect to see plenty of content related to that.
We’ve got a checklist and complete info on the set here.
2020 Donruss Optic Football
The shiny version of Donruss, hobby boxes of 2020 Optic will carry 20 packs with four cards in each and 12 boxes to a case.
A typical box will yield one autographed card, 14 rookie cards, six Rated Rookies, ten parallels and four inserts.
Look for on-card Rated Rookie autographs of Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young and other members of the 2020 class.
Hobby boxes are online for around $850.
2020-21 Panini Certified Basketball
Hobby boxes of 2020-21 Certified will carry ten packs with five cards per pack. Each case will contain 12 boxes.
Look for two autographs per box, including one rookie. The rest of the box will have an average of ten parallels along with eight inserts or insert parallels and base cards.
2019-20 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey
For high-end hockey collectors, release day for The Cup is akin to a national holiday and while we’re already into a new season, this product is part of last season’s release stable.
Six super premium cards are packed in a tin box with two autograph patch cards in each, on average, along with an array of relic cards and low serial-numbered goodies.
Rookie cards from The Cup are usually the most sought after cards of the season.
Upon release, prices should be at around $1,000 per box.
2020 Topps Dynasty Formula 1
Topps’ new deal with F1 includes a racing version of its Dynasty product with a single autographed card per box.
Autographed relic cards from all F1 drivers are expected to be on the checklist including superstar Lewis Hamilton as well as team principals. Every card pulled will be numbered to 10 or less.
There’s been a lot of interest in the new Topps F1 releases, with the expectation of international interest. One seller is offering a five-box case of Dynasty for $9,999.
2020 Panini Limited Football
Limited boxes will have three packs, with five cards per pack. Panini is promising one Rookie Patch Autograph or Ring of Honor Autograph along with an additional autograph card, a memorabilia card, and one parallel.
Booklet cards are in the mix here. Many–but not all–of the autographs will be on-card.
Boxes are selling for around $400.