Preview: 2011 Topps Update & Highlights Baseball

As always, Topps is here at the end of the season to bring you all the highlight of the past season with all the big games, big trades, and big rookies to make an impact on the 2011 baseball season.

The base design is the same as Topps Series I and II, just a forewarning. Each box will contain 1 autograph or 1 relic card and the full set is 330 cards.

But you can find 192 players with cards on their new teams, 55 rookies who were not in Series I or II, and some highlights from the season including the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby, and some Record Breakers this season.

For the base cards, there are parallels numbered to 1, 50, 60, and 2011. Again, you will find diamond parallels as well with all their sparkly goodness. As has been seen over the past few seasons, you will be able to find inserts featuring relics from the All-Star game including regular jersey and patch cards, some of them autographed. You will also be able to find the Topps 60 continuity program once again with relics and autographed versions.

So really, there isn’t much difference between this product or Topps Series I and II besides the addition of several rookies, some different Topps 60 cards, and some highlights from throughout the season.

This product should be out today, October 5th, 2011, for just under $60.

Topps Signs Deal With Roberto Clemente

Well not Bob Clemente himself as he died in a tragic accident many years ago, but Topps has signed a multi-year deal with the Clemente estate to feature him on Topps cards once again.

In 2012 Topps products, you will find Roberto Clemente cut signatures and relics in several products starting with Topps Series I baseball. Clemente is added to the also newly signed Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

Roberto Clemente has remained highly collectible throughout the years and Topps is proud to bring you closer to this former Pittsburgh Pirates star than ever before. I really hope Topps does a nice job paying tribute to a great player who was taken away from us way too early.

Topps Says Hey!

Willie Mays is back with Topps.

Topps has signed a multi-year agreement with Willie Mays to bring his autographs to his fans and card collectors around the world. This mean you will be finding Willie Mays autographs in products soon, starting with 2012 Topps Series I baseball. He is also already slotted for Tribute, seen below, and Gypsy Queen baseball.

I, for one, am excited to see The Say Hey Kid return to signing baseball cards. I know his autograph has always been hard to get, so expect collectors who decide to sell the earlier cards to get a good return on these autographs. Topps will also be making relics from his former uniforms as well.

Expect this blog to start covering more big industry news like this from all the top sports card companies. It’s been long overdue and I want to keep everyone up to date on as much information as I can.

Preview: 2011 Topps Supreme Football

Topps is bringing back 2011 Topps Supreme football for it’s sophomore season after a successful rookie campaign. Will it face the sophomore slump? Or will it continue its success on the field and be a MVP candidate?

I’m thinking the latter. This product looks loaded with some great autographs and memorabilia cards. I’m impressed and would consider this, so far, to be a must get football product this season. It reminds me of the Upper Deck Ultimate Collection brand which has been a staple at that company and is always a favorite with collectors.

Let’s start with a standard box break and go from there. Each box/pack should yield one autographed card that is numbered, one autographed relic card or relic card that is numbered, one parallel, and two base cards. This is a great upgrade over last year where some boxes only had a plain old jersey card.

There are 16 boxes in a case, but every box will have some sort of different type of case hits. Per case there are four autographed relics, four autographed rookie cards, one multi-autographed card, one single player autograph, one additional autograph of those listed, and five Supreme relics. So that means 11 out of the 15 boxes in the case should have two autographs while the other 5 will have some nice relic pieces. Oh, and a surprise, Red Zone autographs of the rookies in the Rookie Premiere will be randomly inserted, not messing with these ratios, as a bonus! That works for me! I would of bought Supreme last year if it was like this so instead I picked up singles.

Every card is numbered (except regular base) in some form. Topps is famous for it’s parallels so as with most every Topps product, every card will be paralleled in some fashion.

The autographs and relics can also be found from single player relics and autographs all the way up to eight player relics or autographs in book form!

Honestly, this looks to be one of the must buy football products of the season. And at around $100, it is right in the right price range for most serious collectors. The only problem about this product? It doesn’t come out until January 2012, but that means there is plenty of time to save the pennies!

January can’t come soon enough. I mean, check out this checklist!

Preview: 2011 Topps Prime Football

Yeah, I’m still under the weather. But now I have all this time that I can either sleep with the medications they’ve given me or stay awake and wait until this passes. I like to be awake, so why not preview the last professional football product from my September 2011 releases?

Topps Prime football releases again this year, but looking a little better in the design department. Last year’s product was okay, I mean it wasn’t terrible and the base design was great, but this year the Topps design team has stepped it up a bit. I would say it looks kind of like some Exquisite designs of old, with some new ideas.

Each box will feature 1 autographed relic card, 1 autographed rookie, and 2 relics cards. The relics they use for this product again feature quite the variety. You can find gloves, footballs, wristbands, patches, and both home and away jerseys. A wide variety for such a mid-range product, which is a great thing as if you’re going to rip a box and get relics it is nice to get something different for once.

You can also find 1 insert per pack which is designed like the regular relic cards, just without the relic. You will also find 1 rookie per pack and 4 veterans. With a total of 10 packs per box, this looks to be a solid mid-range product with the potential for some great hits like booklets, autographed patches, and great relic pieces.

This product is set to release on September 28, 2011, for a price around $85 right now.