Topps has given collectors a sneak peek of the new 2021 Series 1 set designs, after a recent reveal via their Twitter and Instagram accounts.
They’ve made a mock-up of Jo Adell’s card, with the Los Angeles Angels outfielder seen as one of the top prospects in the major leagues this season.
It’s an anniversary year for Topps, so there’s lots of hype surrounding the release, but is it worth the wait for what is sure to be an expensive set?
Here’s everything we know so far about the new Topps 2021 Series 1 design, along with theories about what the future will hold for the flagship cards.
Topps 2021 Series 1 Design: What we know so far
Nothing has been 100% decided as of now, but Topps has given collectors a good idea in terms of what to expect from Series 1. As well as Series 1, the design will have an impact on how Series 2, Update, Chrome, and Topps Sapphire releases look in the future.
There’s a shiny ‘70 Topps logo at the top, and the company is tipped to go hard during an important year.
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The card is the first in five years to feature four white borders, while Adell has an RC logo found at the bottom of the card, so it’s likely that the set will feature the latest range of rookies. (It also means that Adell probably won’t see an official rookie card release until Series 1.)
A bunch of stripes in the middle do clutter the card, but nowhere near the same extent as other flagship, Topps sets from the past. The player name and position info is also really small and slanted to fit within one of the diagonal stripes near the team logo, in the bottom left corner.
It looks like it could be one of the cleaner Topps releases, so it bodes well for now.
Topps 2021 Series 1: Overall
It was always going to be an expensive box, but early indications suggest that the Topps 2021 Series 1 design is going to lead with strong prices, which have worked to generate hype and interest from collectors.
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The preview shows off a nice action shot of Adell, but some of the design choices are a bit questionable, and it would have been nice to see a range of throwback cards that really celebrated the history of Topps and their impact on the collectible hobby over the years.
The borders will also split opinions, but that’s more a matter of personal preference, and it won’t ruin the set in terms of value or prestige.
There’s no word on parallels or what else we can expect from the set, but it’s likely they have plans to excite hobbyists with a host of special cards.