If you’re looking for the best baseball card packs to buy in 2021, you’re not alone. Not in the least bit. We are two months into the baseball season and there is no doubt that pack-ripping fever is sweeping the country. Yes, baseball card enthusiasts everywhere are looking for that special pack card that just may hold the gem they’ve been looking for. And when it comes to quality options, there are quite a few collections that could fit that description. But that’s not exactly what we’re looking for. No, we’re looking for the BEST OF THE BEST. Here are our thoughts on the matter!
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Best Baseball Card Packs to Buy 2021: Brand History
When it comes to getting the jump on the game’s top prospects, the first place you need to look is Bowman Chrome. In addition to being known for its collection of rising stars, Bowman Chrome has plenty of ongoing appeal due to its prestigious history. It has been around for nearly 25 years now and came to the table in its debut season with some awesome rookie cards from players such as Lance Berkman, Adrian Beltre, and Roy Halladay. Then things REALLY went nuts in 2001 when autographs came into the picture. That year the card that really put Bowman Chrome on the map is the 2001 autographed rookie card of Albert Pujols. Today, the card is worth well over $20,000 in the right condition.
Another card that has to be on our Best Baseball Card Packs to Buy 2021 list is Topps Chrome. The storied history of Topps Chrome is unquestionable. Therefore we’re expecting the same great quality which has become standard for the brand. Released around the same time as the first Bowman Chrome collection, this baseball card debuted in 1996. A year that just so happens to hold what will end up being one of the most sought-after cards of the year: a Derek Jeter rookie card. Another rookie to look for in the first Topps Chrome set is the natural hitter Todd Helton. Oh, and another rookie card you may have heard of from the debut Topps Chrome year? How about this LEGENDARY Kobe Bryant rookie card!
Last but not least, we’re eagerly waiting in joyful anticipation for is 2021 Bowman Inception. Eight years ago, this card was conjured up with the idea of showcasing the top prospects in baseball in a more refined and stylish manner. However, a switch to putting the Inception line under the Topps brand led to the card deviating from its original objective as it began featuring mostly post-debut rookies. However, the iconic Bowman Inception brand is set to relaunch in the fall of 2021 and the spotlight will be turned back on the prospects. Like it should be!
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Best Baseball Card Packs to Buy 2021: Top 3
2021 Bowman Chrome (Check Price)
As previously mentioned, the 2021 Bowman Chrome is loaded with all the big-name future stars of the game. There is an extensive baseline of cards and plenty of parallel options as we mentioned earlier. However, what we did not mention earlier is all the sweet inserts such as “40-Man Futures”, “Dawn of Glory”, and “Ascensions”. As the name suggests, these cards feature players that are poised to make their debuts in the big leagues sooner rather than later.
As far as buying options go we highly recommend the 2021 Bowman Baseball Mega Box. You’ll get two 5-card Chrome packs and an additional four 10-card Bowman Baseball packs all for somewhere around $50. On top of that, it’s the only buying option we have at the moment since Bowman Chrome isn’t due out until later this summer!
2021 Topps Chrome (Check Price)
The standard pack has 4 cards only. Something we’ve become accustomed to with the flagship collections. If you’re not satisfied with only 4 cards, explore the idea of grabbing a full hobby box. Or better yet, the mega box that has FIVE cards in each pack and a total of 10 packs per box. You know what they say, the more lines in the water the bigger chance you have to catch the BIG kahuna. Actually, we just doubled checked and a kahuna is NOT a fish. Scratch that.
Just like Bowman, 2021 Topps Chrome will have many interesting inserts that feature future MLB star players. Hence the name “Future Stars”. Additionally, the collection has a debuting insert theme entitled “Beisbol”. This insert focuses on the great Latin American players in the game and featuring lively, almost jovial colors throughout. This can be seen in the Ronald Acuna Jr card featured above. In addition to the vibrant colors of Venezuela, there is also an outline of the country prominently displayed at the bottom right-hand side of the card. Again, this is a collection that features rookies so were excited to see which players will emerge as the breakout stars of this set.
2021 Bowman Inception (Check Price)
If a pack of 2021 Bowman Inception is what you’re after, you’ll need to grab an entire hobby box. Why? Because a hobby box is JUST ONE pack. However, each pack contains 7 cards and 2 of them are guaranteed to be autographed so the risk could end up paying off very nicely.
The newly relaunched Bowman Inception brand will feature some of the best prospects in baseball with cards that are made to seem like these guys are ready to conquer the baseball universe with just one swing. The cards are absolutely dripping with prestige as you can see by the premium foil stock. Additionally, in a truly artistic fashion many of the colors in each card match with the jerseys worn by the players. Safe to say the powerful imagery in each card will be hard to ignore.
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Best Baseball Card Packs to Buy 2021: Honorable Mentions
2021 Topps Heritage (Check Price)
Topps Heritage is a collection we look forward to year in and year out. And while it isn’t on the level of our Top 3 from earlier, it certainly has its advantages. For starters, it arrives far sooner than the three on our list. The sooner the better we always say! Secondly, it’s far less expensive. For instance, a pack of these should cost you well under $10. In fact, you should be able to find those monster 20 card packs for under $10 as well.
Of course, price isn’t everything. Topps Heritage is a CAN’T-MISS in terms of style. Every year the brand harkens back to a bygone era of a baseball card collection and replicates one of the fan favorites from that time. By the way, Heritage also has some incredibly sought-after cards. Mike Trout and Hank Aaron are two of the most popular cards in the set and some go for more than $1,000. Not bad for a collection that many treat as an appetizer to the main course.
2021 Topps Gypsy Queen (Check Price)
While it doesn’t quite make our Best Baseball Card Packs To Buy 2021 list, this one is certainly no slouch. Long live the queen! Gypsy Queen is back and as good as ever with a fresh lineup of all the best veterans and rookies that 2021 has to offer. Each hobby pack includes 8 cards so you’ll have a decent amount of chances for a big hit. Need more? The hobby box gives you plenty of chances for that huge score with 24 packs in each box for a total of 192 cards. All day long!
2021 Panini Absolute (Check Price)
Even though Panini is not an officially license baseball card brand, this collection should not be left off the list. And the main reason for that? That incredibly rare KABOOM! insert you see above. While your chances of ripping one out of the pack isn’t great, there are BIG dollar signs in your future if you do. For instance, the Tatis Jr. shown here recently sold for more than $2,000. Pretty good considering it’s not even a rookie card!
Besides the inserts, you’ll have a chance at plenty of autographed cards from both current players and MLB legends. Like Bowman Inception, this is an incredibly limited collection so you’ll only get 2 packs per hobby box with 10 cards per pack. You’ll be paying between $200 and $300 per box but there are some very valuable cards here that could make the price more than worth it. Batter up!