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.
Topps is following up their successful relaunch of the 206 brand with another set for 2021. Unlike the five series in 2020, they’re releasing ten series for 2021. That’s going to make it a rather large set, reminiscent of the original tobacco set from 1909. This set is once again print on demand, and solicits sale for three weeks. The first series is down quite a bit from the 2020 run, at only 26,844 packs. That’s lower than four of the five series from last year.
Topps recreates many of the advertisement backs for this release again. It looks like future series will change a bit of the configuration, with some special feature for each series. For now, each series is featuring 50 base cards, plus five possible autographs, although they are rare. Unlike last year, which advertised two Piedmont backs per pack, plus any additional variants, this year, each pack will contain ten cards, including a total of two parallels. In packs with rarer backs, you will only find one Piedmont back.
This release brings to a close the 2020 Topps Total set with the ninth wave. The configuration continues on from the rest of the release, with red, black, and gold parallels, along with randomly inserted autographs and a retired veteran. The print run for this series is almost double every other wave, at 7638 packs. This appears largely because of the inclusion of highly touted rookie Luis Robert in this wave.
The increased print run means a tougher time getting any of the numbered parallels. There seems to be only one major flub in this wave, with a player name being reused on back to back cards. Each pack contains ten base cards, with any inserts or parallels being additional cards in the pack.
This series wraps up the 206 release for the year with a final 50 cards. Again, we have a lot of the normal advertising back variants, along with a “blank back” parallel #/10. Production is up from the previous series, to 29,341 packs, in part because of the presence of one of the hot rookies this year, Luis Robert.
This series feels a little more star heavy, and brings in some interesting names from the past, like Jose Canseco and Derek Jeter. It’s once again the same configuration as the previous releases. Each box contains ten cards, guaranteeing two Piedment back parallels. Any additional parallels or inserts come out of the base portion, unlike another on demand release like Topps Total.