Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Coffee Break:2021 Topps Big League Baseball Hobby Box

*takes a sip of a new coffee brand today and gets ready to rip a new...I suppose...product as well.*

My wife recently bought me a few different Keurig Coffee Pods to try. It wasn't like I am sick of drinking Green Mountain Dark Roast decaf every day but it would be nice to add another one into the rotation.

However, finding the right flavor hasn't been easy.

I used to drink tons of caffeine but after I started having heart racing issues, my father and a cardiologist took me off caffeine completely. Which at first was a challenge, but my body adjusted. But, finding the right coffee took some time. I tried many early on and most were too bland. There was no coffee flavor so it was like drinking creamer water. Finally have discovering Green Mountain Dark Roast, life has been good.

Other than that one, the only other one I can tolerate is Dunkin' Decaf.

So today, I went to flavortown and tried a Guy Fieri decaf coffee called unleaded. Great choice of name by the way.

And this one was a winner. Nice smooth dark coffee flavor. It will be a perfect addition to my rotation.

Speaking of rotation, it appears we rotated years with the latest Topps product release in 2021, yes you read that right, Topps Big League baseball.

*takes a sip before moving onto today's break*
Every hobby box of 2021 Topps Big League Baseball comes with 18 packs of 10 cards. Each box has no guarantees and runs about $40.

The base set is 300 cards deep with veterans,


And plenty of subsets.

I like the simple design and there is some fun photography as well.

You can find the following parallels in Big League,
Electric Blue, Orange, Rainbow Foil /100, Green Foil /75, Black & White /50, Blue Foil /25, Black Foil /15, and Red Foil 1/1.
Rainbow Foil /100

Orange Parallels that fall one-per-pack. I was happy with the Judge find.

Defensive Wizards was my favorite insert line from Big League. A great looking design. There are 15 cards in this set that fall 1:4 packs.

Art Of The Game falls 1:4 packs and has 23 cards in the set to collect

Souvenirs falls 1:4 packs and has 30 cards to collect.

Wanted. This was my 2nd favorite design from the product, and hey look, another Judge for the collection. There are 15 of these to collect at 1:4 packs.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

This was a fun break that is definitely aimed for team, set and kid collectors. This isn't for the big home run hitter though there are some big home run cards to chase. The autographs at 1:67 packs isn't really too bad of odds.

Thoughts on today's cards welcomed in comments.

Have a great Tuesday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*


  1. Recently switched to decaf myself, think I'll try some of that unleaded gourmet quality sh!t! Big league is a big hit in my opinion. When I hit a numbered parallel or an actual autograph I feel rewarded as opposed to buying flagship or a higher end product and being disappointed 4 out 5 times. The Inserts are meh, however the base design is simple & effective.

  2. For the price, the set is awesome. For the interminable wait period, 1952 Topps would barely suffice. If you are a collector that wants the latest, with so many players in out of date uniforms, it's probably not for you. If you just want a fun set, then Big League is great as always.

    The biggest issue I have is with the "rookie cards." I know these guys were rookies in 2021, but most have cards in 2022 sets that were released before this one that do NOT qualify as rookie cards. It just weird to get a new Jake Cronenworth rookie now.

  3. With state testing this week... I've doubled up my normal caffeine intake. Had a cold brew from Starbucks to kick the day off... and started the afternoon off with a trenta peach green tea lemonade. It'll be the same tomorrow... and Thursday.

    As for Big League... it's okay. Like you, Defensive Wizards are my favorite insert. Was originally going to order a box, but figured I'd just save my money for Series 2.

  4. Hopefully they keep the price point low for this set going forward. Thanks for showing off the cards!


Cards and coffee go together like PB&J, so don't you and leaving a comment below. Take a sip and let me know your thoughts!