Wave 4 of the 2021 Topps 206 release finally reached collectors after a bit of a delay, and just shortly before Wave 7 was solicited. The print run (9927 packs) is down a bit from previous waves, perhaps in part because there aren’t really exciting rookies in this round. This time, Sovereign is back, replacing Polar Bear, and Drum replaces Lenox Brown.
Once again, this box features a single pack containing ten cards, two of which are parallels.
While this release was a bit delayed, at least it looks more like a traditional NXT release than the reconfiguration at the end of 2020. That delay does mean it comes at a bit of an awkward time, though, as WWE has recently released a number of the wrestlers featured in this product. It’s a little sad to see those cards pop up, but we’re going to focus on the positive and stars who are still competing.
Two of those stars show up on the box! The 100 card base set again features events from the year in NXT, along with a few possible parallels. There is also a roster insert set, labeled “We Are NXT” containing 62 different superstars. A box advertises 18 packs with 7 cards per pack, and includes 2 autographs per box.
The original planned release for these cards was pushed back from a July release into mid August. That’s not a drastic change, but it does put it after the MLB trade deadline. That was one of the things that jumped out, when seeing recently traded players on their old teams. This happens all the time with late summer releases, however, as there’s just not enough lead time to fix them.
This release doesn’t change very much year to year, and even the base design looks very similar. It feels like this year there is less non sport fun included, but that may just be because of the choice of subjects. One thing that stood out as unusual was the collation. Normally, in a hobby box like this, you are unlikely to find duplicates. This time, two of the limited inserts ended up being duplicates. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s surprising to see.
A box contains 24 packs, with 8 cards per pack. It also advertises 3 hits, which can include autographs, relic cards, rip cards, printing plates, and book cards.
Wave Three of 2021 Topps 206 released in late July. It follows the same format as the first two waves. This time with a print run of 12425 packs, which is up slightly from the first last wave. For this series, Sovereign backs are being replaced by Polar Bear.
Once again, a box contains a single pack with ten mini cards, two of which are parallels. Last year, every pack had two Piedmont parallels, with any other parallels being a third in the pack, so this year, Piedmonts are not nearly as plentiful. There is no guarantee of any hits in this release, although some autographs are possible.
The second of ten waves from 2021 Topps 206 is here. Production is down significantly from Wave 1, to 11788 packs. That’s a little less than half the Wave 1 print run. These are open for order for three weeks, and print to order, so the demand seems to have softened a bit.
This wave features 50 cards. This time it substitutes American Beauty parallel backs in to replace the Old Mill parallels from Wave 1. Each box contains a single pack with ten cards, two of which are parallels.