Over the course of the next year, you’ll be faced with many tough decisions on what to do with some of your favorite cards. Opting to sell a particular card you’ve become attached to? Hopefully, those profit margins ease the pain! Turning down good short-term profits in hopes for a bigger score down the road? Here’s to your judgment being sound! As you know there are many not-so-easy decisions one must make in this hobby. But the one we’re focused on today is this: What are the best baseball card boxes to buy in 2021?
Year in and year out there are dozens of different boxes for collectors to consider. As you can imagine, trying to narrow your purchase down to just one or two isn’t always easy. Hey, it’d be nice to just buy them ALL but we know baseball card boxes don’t come cheap! Decisions, decisions. While it won’t be easy, we’ll attempt to bring a little clarity to the situation. So for what it’s worth, here’s our list of Best Baseball Card Boxes to Buy 2021!
Best Baseball Card Boxes to Buy 2021: Top 5
2021 Bowman Baseball (Pre-Order on eBay)
2021 Bowman Baseball is rolling out within the next couple of months and there will certainly be plenty of collectors rushing to get their hands on a box. And why wouldn’t they? It’s only one of the most anticipated boxes of the year and will include all of your favorite stars such as Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr. In addition to the mainstays, you’ll also find 3 Bowman Chrome autograph cards per box along with a variety of up and coming rookies and prospects.
Card to Target: Aaron Sabato 1st Bowman Prospect Card
2021 Topps Chrome (Buy Topps Chrome Cards on eBay)
While it won’t be until later this summer that this box is finally available, we’re excited nonetheless. The box includes the best players from the earlier Topps Series 1 and Series 2 releases and crams them all into one chromed-out box of cards. In each box, you’ll find 2 autographs and a whopping 8 refractors. That’ll get the blood pumping. Oh, and by the way, did we mention the highly anticipated 1986 insert will be included? Enough said.
Card to Target: Juan Soto 1986 Topps Insert
2021 Bowman Chrome (Buy Bowman Chrome on eBay)
We haven’t been able to track down any information on when to expect this box but if it’s like last year it won’t be until later in the season. However, rest assured it’s coming. The question is, will have the patience to wait for it?
At any rate, the box is always one of the most anticipated items on the baseball trading card calendar and features a second run of the game’s top-rated prospects (ones that weren’t available in the earlier Bowman Baseball release). On top of that, you’ll see plenty of rookies, autographs, inserts, and rare parallels. The wait is worth it!
Card to Target: To Be Determined
2021 Topps Heritage (Pre-Order on eBay)
This one hits the shelves in March of 2021 and continues Topps’ tradition of making a fan-favorite “throwback” set. As far as the perks go you can expect to find 1 autograph OR memorabilia card in each box. We wish it was one of each but you can’t win ’em all. Plenty of great cards from a set that has carved out its own little niche in the market.
Card to Target: Nolan Ryan & Shohei Ohtani Auto-Patch
2021 Donruss Baseball (Pre-Order on eBay)
We couldn’t let our Best Baseball Card Boxes to Buy 2021 list end with only Topps and Bowman making the cut. There’s ALWAYS room for Donruss if you ask us! Especially the 2021 Donruss collection with its 1987 retro-style cards. Remember the classic 1987 Donruss Barry Bonds rookie card? Who could forget! The nostalgia is gonna be off the charts in this collection.
In addition to the retro cards, you’ll find some cool inserts such as “The Rookies” and “Unleashed”. And don’t forget each hobby box will include 2 autographs, 1 patch, and a jaw-dropping 29 parallels. Pure excitement.
Card to Target: Babe Ruth 1987 Donruss Retro Memorabilia
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Best Baseball Card Boxes to Buy 2021 Investment Strategy
Here we normally offer our take on the risk associated with going short, medium, or long on an investment strategy with a certain card or player. However, when it comes to boxes, it’s a bit different. For starters, you never know what you’re going to get in the box. Secondly, you can’t predict how many “hot prospects” will emerge as elite MLB talent in the following years.
When it comes to buying hobby boxes, just have fun! Sure, you might end up in the red, but you can be certain it’ll sure be a whole lot of fun ripping open those fresh packs. Just be sure to open them CAREFULLY. In addition to the pageantry of opening pack after pack, the surprise factor can’t be overlooked. Think back to your best pull and try to recall the thrill. Hard to find a better reason to take a chance on one of these boxes than that!
However, if you do decide to make an “investment” out of it, be prepared to STAY THE COURSE. You could get several “duds” in a row, creating a hole that almost seems impossible to dig yourself out of. But right when you’re about to cut your losses you pull that ultra-rare refractor autograph out of the next box suddenly you’ve made all your money back AND THEN SOME. Just be careful and set a limit on how much you’re willing to spend chasing. Trust us, it can be a VERY slippery slope!
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