2021 Topps Rip Review

The 2021 Topps Rip Review gives you the verdict on the Topps release featuring cards you can rip. Click to find out if this is a buy. an exclusively online product, which the company is now releasing for the second time. The Montgomery Club gets first dibs on the product on the day of release, October 7th.

You know what a rip card is if you have even a passing acquaintance with the Allen & Ginter release. If not, they are cards that can be literally ripped open and contain a mini-card inside. Part of the fun (or frustration) with Allen & Ginter rip cards is that you cannot be sure until you rip what is inside. Therefore, you may tear a valuable card to get something of lesser value. Therefore, collectors sometimes face a difficult choice if they like the card on the outside.

Topps Rip doesn’t entirely create the same dilemma. After all, you are buying this product to rip it. I mean, it is literally in the name. Nonetheless, Topps makes it a bit harder by numbering the cards on the outside. With many cards numbered /50 or lower, it is a low print run product.

Release Formats Of 2021 Topps Rip

  • 4 rip cards per box
  • $100 per box for Montgomery Club members
  • Presells for $189
Topps Rip has only one release format (get sealed Topps Rip 2021 boxes on eBay).

How Do You Rip 2021 Topps Rip Cards?

If you have ever ripped Allen & Ginter cards, you may think you know how it’s done. However, the Topps Rip cards are sturdier and more challenging to open cleanly.

Carefully, of course. The cards are intended for ripping from the back at the center of the card. Then you can peel out the sides and unleash the mini-card within. When you peel the strip in the center, get a good grip on the sides, as this will increase your leverage and make the mini-card removal easier.

The process of ripping the cards is pretty straightforward in theory. But the cards offer some resistance, and it can be tempting to use too much force and damage the mini-card. One of the main issues is the use of fingernails. It can be tempting to use your nails to get a grip on the inside while ripping. But avoid that at all costs, as you may leave a dent on the card.

In some cases, you may lose grip on the strip in the middle. Once you do so, it becomes challenging to tear open carefully without damaging the mini-card. But remember, do not stick a finger inside to make the hole bigger, and avoid using any implements like a screwdriver or scissors.

Instead, stick tenaciously to the middle strip until it gives. After all, that part was designed to rip so it would surrender quicker than the sides.

2021 Topps Rip Checklist

Keep in mind that the base set in Topps Rip refers to the bigger cards. You know, the ones you rip to get to the coveted mini-cards.

Base Set Checklist

The set numbers 100 cards in total. The players in the base set are mostly current players, but some legends such as Tom Seaver and Hank Aaron are also represented. With veterans and Hall-of-Famers scattered throughout the list, it is relatively light on rookies. Nonetheless, Joey Bart, Alec Bohm, and Casey Mize are there. But that is it.

The base card set comes in the following parallels:

  • Black #/50
  • Purple #/25
  • Green #/15
  • Blue #/10
  • Gold #/5
  • Red 1/1
The unripped cards can be numbered quite low (look for unripped 2020 Topps Rip cards on eBay).

Mini Base Set Checklist

The mini base cards are generally more desirable than the base cards. This is because there are more parallels on this set, including orange and blank back, which are not present in the regular base checklist. The parallels are also generally lower-numbered and therefore of increased value.

The mini base set also numbers 100 cards. Much like the other base set, it offers a mix of veterans and retired legends such as Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson.

However, there is a significant difference. It includes several rookies excluded from the main base set. They include Alex Kiriloff, Bobby Dalbec, Dylan Carlson, Jazz Chisholm, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Trevor Rogers, and even Yermin Mercedes. Meanwhile, it also has the RC’s represented in the other set, such as Alec Bohm. So the better rookie class is yet another incentive to rip the cards.

  • Black #/40
  • Purple #/25
  • Green #/15
  • Blue #/10
  • Gold #/5
  • Orange #/3
  • Red 1/1
  • Blank Back 1/1

Mini Base Image Variations Set Checklist

One in every five boxes of 2021 Topps Rip includes an image variation. There are 100 overall, with one for every card present in the mini base set. There are no parallels or autos in the variation set.

Mini Autographs Set Checklist

The top draw for ripping the cards are, as always, the autos lurking inside. Since there are no autos in the regular base set, ripping is a no-brainer. Topps promises one auto in every two boxes on average. So for you hardcore John Hancock chasers, that is an investment of $200 per auto.

There are 68 auto cards overall. They include the following parallels:

  • Blue #/10
  • Gold #/5

Is the auto list any good? Let’s take a look.

The autos are exclusively found on the mini-cards (look for Topps Rip autos on eBay).

Veteran And Retired Player Autos

The elite young players of the game are well represented, with Vlad, Acuna, and Soto in the mix. But Shohei Ohtani and Tatis are notably absent. There are also some strong legends like Griffey Jr. and Jeter on the list. So, it’s a pretty good one overall.

  • Andrew Benintendi – Kansas City Royals
  • Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees
  • Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves
  • Cal Ripken Jr. – Baltimore Orioles
  • Daz Cameron – Detroit Tigers
  • Derek Jeter – New York Yankees
  • DJ LeMahieu – New York Yankees
  • Devin Williams – Milwaukee Brewers
  • David Wright – New York Mets
  • Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox
  • Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
  • Greg Maddux – Atlanta Braves
  • George Springer – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
  • Ichiro Suzuki- Seattle Mariners
  • Ivan Rodriguez – Texas Rangers
  • Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
  • Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
  • Jim Palmer – Baltimore Orioles
  • J.T. Realmuto – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Juan Soto – Washington Nationals
  • Ken Griffey Jr. – Seattle Mariners
  • Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers
  • Kyle Lewis – Seattle Mariners
  • Lucas Giolito – Chicago White Sox
  • Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox
  • Luke Voit – New York Yankees
  • Larry Walker – Colorado Rockies
  • Mickey Moniak – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
  • Mo Vaughn – Boston Red Sox
  • Mike Yastrzemski – San Francisco Giants
  • Nolan Ryan – California Angels
  • Ozzie Smith – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Pete Alonso – New York Mets
  • Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Paul Molitor – Milwaukee Brewers
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. – Atlanta Braves
  • Randy Arozarena – Tampa Bay Rays
  • Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox
  • Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Robin Yount – Milwaukee Brewers
  • Shane Bieber – Cleveland Indians
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros
No Ohtani autos in the 2021 Topps Rip release (get Shohei autos on eBay).

Rookie Autos

The rookie auto list is pretty good, including standouts like Ke’Bryan Hayes and Alec Bohm. The addition of an Alex Kirilloff auto is a particularly appealing one. But we would have liked to see a Jazz Chisholm or Trevor Rogers, among other notable omissions.

  • Alec Bohm – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Alex Kirilloff – Minnesota Twins
  • Bobby Dalbec – Boston Red Sox
  • Brady Singer – Kansas City Royals
  • Casey Mize – Detroit Tigers
  • Cristian Pache – Atlanta Braves
  • Dylan Carlson – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Dane Dunning – Texas Rangers
  • Deivi Garcia – New York Yankees
  • David Peterson – New York Mets
  • Estevan Florial – New York Yankees
  • Garrett Crochet – Chicago White Sox
  • Ian Anderson – Atlanta Braves
  • Joey Bart – San Francisco Giants
  • Jake Cronenworth – San Diego Padres
  • Kohei Arihara – Texas Rangers
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes – Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Luis Patiño – Tampa Bay Rays
  • Nick Madrigal – Chicago White Sox
  • Nate Pearson – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Sam Huff – Texas Rangers
  • Sixto Sanchez – Miami Marlins
  • Triston McKenzie – Cleveland Indians
The Alex Kirilloff auto is one to look out for (get Kirilloff autos from eBay).

The Value Of 2021 Topps Rip

Topps Rip is a new release line, dating back only one year. Therefore, we do not have too much depth of comparison to ascertain the value of these cards. It is also unclear if this will be a popular release long-term (especially with the imminent Fanatics takeover of baseball cards). But, we will do our best.

Unopened Wax Value

You can get an unopened 2020 box online for $115 on eBay. With the 2021 release preselling for $155, it does not seem to be a smart hold. However, it may end up being a rare or nostalgic favorite. It is hard to tell. However, my hunch is that this is not a product with long-term value.

Singles Value

Topps Rip includes a good amount of low-numbered cards and autos. How much do they fetch on the open market? Will you be able to return the investment?

Let’s look at some 2020 Topps Rip cards that sold on eBay for relatively high prices.

Shohei Ohtani 1/1 $500
Bryce Harper Auto #/5 $160
Tom Glavine 1/1 Blank Back $155
Nolan Ryan #/75 unripped $150

I noticed when perusing Topps Rip sales that almost all of them were “best offer” sales. That indicates that owners had trouble getting the posted prices for the cards. Indeed, even the highest prices Topps Rip cards get are not all that impressive. Remember that autos are one in every two boxes, and most autos aren’t worth much. So I don’t see much potential in making significant money on singles from these boxes, but it is not impossible.

Bottomline Of The 2021 Topps Rip Review 

Personally, I am not a fan of mini-cards in any variety. If you share that view, this product isn’t for you. Similarly, my desire to rip open cards is limited. Finally, there is a chance of damaging the cards when you rip them open. So I am not a fan of this product.

As it currently stands, the value of Topps Rip, both in terms of wax and singles, is unimpressive. Therefore, we would give it a miss at current resale prices unless you absolutely love ripping cards and mini-cards.

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim is a former history and political science professor at UCLA. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary. Shai also worked as a diplomat and journalist on three continents.