Review: 2011 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

I went to the store the other day for some bubble mailers and I saw some of these 2011 Topps MLB Sticker Collection packs and the sticker book that comes with it and thought, why not? For $1 per pack and $2 for the sticker book it was a cheap thrill that lasted longer then opening most boxes because I had to peel the sticker and find the spot for it to go.

Then I was thinking, hey, it’s a sports card product right? Why not review it? So I brought out my trusty camera, took out my sticker book, and snapped some photos for those who may be interested in trying to put this set together whether you 8 or 50 years old. Just don’t stick a card in the wrong spot in the sticker book, so you have to know your numbers to be able to do this correctly. Or those who can’t put stickers inside the lines like I apparently can’t in the photos below. It’s my big hands! I swear it to you!

Base:

Teams:

Legends:

Design:

While the sticker design looks average at best, the foils looked great. The team and legends stickers are foil cards and not only look better, they feel like better quality stickers when you peel them and place them in your sticker book. And speaking of the sticker book, I actually really like the design of that myself. The interior pages are colorful and provide a great color photograph of a star on your favorite team.

Checklist:

Now this is a big checklist, but is it too big for a sticker book? It contains all the stars of your favorite players at 9 per team, all the team logo stickers, and 9 legend stickers. As this product is mainly focused towards children, will they be trying to complete the set this size? Either way, it’s great for low end set collectors as it provides a challenge to put together or great for kids.

Value:

How can you not give this value a 5 stars? $1 per pack of stickers gives you a ton of stickers and $2 just for the book itself isn’t bad either. There isn’t any frills or anything with this product like other sticker products, but it doesn’t really need it for what the product is and who the target audience is. It may be harder to get the older crowd involved in stickers, but sometimes you gotta go back and just do something for the kids and this does a great job of bringing kids back into collecting.

Overall:

Is it just me or do you feel kind of weird walking into a store and grabbing packs of stickers and a sticker book at 25 years old? This product is definitely designed for kids, but I can see adults picking up this product as a fun set to put together whether they stick the stickers in the book or just collect the stickers. At $1 per pack and $2 for the book you aren’t going to break the bank putting this set together and the foils really stand out, although they are harder to get. I would of liked to see maybe a foil variation of the base card to mix things up a bit, but overall, a solid product.

Poor Pedroia, he has no Red Sox to be stuck on him.

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.

Preview: 2011 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball

I’m just warning you right now, this is a different type of preview from the normal. You’ll see why just by the way I’m writing.

We are in pennant race season in Major League Baseball and Topps is bringing out…Topps Heritage Minor League baseball? Really? Honestly, I don’t even want to preview this but since everyone in the country has such a love affair with prospects nowadays like Bryce Harper, Topps thought it would be a good time to try and make money off the MiLB. And honestly, I don’t know why. Well I do, but don’t see the point.

Last year we had Strasburg-mania and this year is Harper-mania and next year will be “insert name here”-mania. This seems to be happening a lot recently in baseball. With people jumping all over trying to get these newest rookies like they are the next Ted Williams, Topps has definitely tried to ruin rookie cards even more.

It’s funny, I’m looking at this product sell sheet and there is like 6 different pictures of Bryce Harper on it with autographs and game used pieces. Sure, you get 2 autographs and 1 relic a box in this Heritage themed product, but every card isn’t Bryce Harper and certainly every card will not be Bryce Harper. But everyone wants Bryce Harper like he’s some sort of “Chosen One”. Have you seen his AA stats?

This product will be hobby only and will contain 24 packs per box and as I said will contain 2 autographs, 1 relic, and 4 parallels per box. But it will have Bryce Harper in it! And of course, other great prospects like Manny Banuelos, Luke Jackson, and some Dustin Ackley.

But none of these cards have the rookie logo on them because they are minor league cards. Hey, guess what? Everyone is going to start calling these rookie cards now because some of them are the first cards of these players. Rookie cards were already screwed up in 2006 when the modern rookie logo rules were put into place and now we are stuck with minor league cards put out by a top producer of sports cards. Just more of a headache.

Anyway, enough rambling, this product comes out on September 21, 2011, for around $65. The one thing I like is at least the price is lower than most products out there. I would have pictures of what the cards look like, but I don’t want photos of Bryce Harper on this blog and that’s apparently the main reason to buy this product, according to the Topps sell sheet as seen above.

Preview: 2011 Topps Chrome Baseball

Every year collectors transition from Topps flagship to Topps Chrome. Basically, it’s the same product but with the famous Topps Chrome technology. With Chrome technology you get the shininess of the cards plus all the different refractors and this is no different than in the past.

Every box will feature two on-card rookie autographs. There are 20 different rookies and you can find these in up to 6 different refractor versions plus a printing plate version. You may also find more of the Topps 60th Anniversary autographed cards featuring 3 different players and an inscription, usually congratulating Topps on their 60th birthday.

Other than the autographs you can find a 220 card base set with 170 top veterans you found in Topps Series I and II as well as 50 rookies. You can find these in 7 different paralleled refractors as well as the printing plates.

The inserts this time around, which Topps has been lacking on in the past are Chrome Heritage cards based on the 1962 design and Vintage Chrome based off the 1996 design (I wasn’t aware 1996 was vintage, but I still liked that design).

Also, only found in hobby boxes, are black bordered parallels in which some of them have autographs of the 20 rookies, giving you more chances to pull rookie autographs. And lastly, there will be randomly inserted redemptions for autographs from the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. These can also be found in 6 parallels and printing plates.

After all of this, personally I would wait for Topps Finest baseball.

You can find this product in stores on September 7, 2011, for a price around $65.

Preview: 2011 Topps Platinum Football

2011 Topps Platinum is coming back again, but this time, I’m not too impressed.

I really like what Topps has done with most of their other products. Some Photoshop work here and there to make the rookies look like they are actually pictured in NFL jerseys. Or even used some photos from the Rookie Premiere with their team jersey on. But from what the sell sheet looks like, it will just be college team photos with the logos edited out. Nothing on the sell sheet mentions any other changes to the photos like the others have, so I am assuming this is how the cards will be delivered. That is disappointing.

While I enjoy most of the designs with die-cut parallels, rookie jumbo patches, and the rookie on-card autographs, I still can’t get past the images of the players on the cards. It’s just a personal thing for me, if you have access to the licensing of NFL logos and players wearing those NFL logos, why aren’t you using them?

You will get 3 hits per box. 2 being on card rookie refractor autographs and another being an autographed refractor patch card. Plus you will get one rookie refractor card per pack. So again, a ton of rookies. As always, there will be a ton of refractor versions as well. You can find green, blue, white, gold, superfractor, and printing plates.

Replacing your on card autographs may be dual, triple, or hexagraph cards. That’s 2, 3, or 6 autographs on one card.

The regular autographed patch cards are kind of disappointing as far as the checklist goes. There are only a few veterans on that list compared to a ton of rookies. I know more rookies means a less price for a product but the lack of veterans really takes away from some of the people who may buy this product. This seems to be reoccurring thing with Topps recently and I don’t like it too much.

You will find 20 packs per box and 5 cards per pack according to DACW.

This product should hit store on September 7, 2011 for a price around $86 dollars or so.

Here’s a checklist so you can see what I’m talking about.