Imagine a set that is made up of base cards, each one just as desirable as the next, insert cards that mix humor with nostalgia and hit cards that go from celebrity to sublime. You’ve just imagined 2011 Topps American Pie Trading Cards, a set that makes you remember why you collected cards in the first place.
Topps American Pie falls under our classification of trading cards. Hobby Boxes contain 24 – 8 card packs and feature 3 memorabilia cards.
Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.
World War II Ends, front & back
Firs Scrabble Boards, The Beatles Play Shea Stadium, Saturday Night Fever Released
The Miracle On Ice - The USA Hockey Team, DVD Introduced, Kanye Interrupts Taylor Swift
Base Card Parallels
Diners Club Is First Credit Card, Gary Cooper, First Burger King
Seinfeld Premieres, Unabomber Arrested, Martha Stewart Indicted
Grady The Cow Spotlight Parallel #/76
The Soul Patch, The Bob
Sideburns, The Fauxhawk
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Chuck Berry, Charlie Chaplin
Christopher Reeve, George Carlin
Vincent Price, Richard Pryor
Johnny Cash, Mister Rodgers
Fads & Fashions
3D Movies, Telephone-Booth Stuffing, Go-Go Boots
Pet Rocks, Big Hair, The Atkins Diet
1979 Topps Star Trek The Motion Picture Buyback Card, Vulcan Starship, front & back
Tia Carrere Memorabilia Card, Butch Patrick Memorabilia Card
Walt Disney American Pie Coin Collection with a 1966 Quarter #/25
The design is really working here. With thematic attention paid to the different decades and good write-ups on the backs of the cards, this base set looks great. The Inserts and Memorabilia cards are just as smart looking.
Quality and Variety of checklist.
There is good coverage of key events throughout the decades in the fields of entertainment, political history, pop culture, sports and technology. Topps did a nice job with their selection of stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but an even better selection of the stars included on the memorabilia and auto cards providing just the right amount of ‘pop culture kitsch” needed for a set like this. The buyback cards are iconic and the heavier hits like the coin cards and the specialty cards like the Statue of Liberty foundation relic cards are great bonuses.
Do the hits hold up?
The hits fit perfectly with the tone of this set with Hollywood Sign Letter patch cards and Hollywood Walk of Fame Patch cards. The same holds true for the coin and stamp cards. There are some impressive hits to pull like cut autos and auto/relics but even an “Eddie Munster” relic card is satisfying.
Will you want to collect them all?
Most likely the older you are, the more you will appreciate these cards, but regardless of age, collectors will want them all.
5 out of 5
2011 Topps American Pie Trading Cards are completely fun to look at and collect.