Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 Topps Baseball Series 2, An All About Cards Review and Box Break Recap

2011 Topps Baseball Series 2 is the continuation of what will become the master release of Topps Baseball Cards for this year.  There are a few insert additions and Series 2 puts an emphasis of the greats of the game, but for the most part, what applies to Series 1 applies to Series 2.

Like Series 1, Series 2 falls under our classification of trading cards because of its reasonable price point and base/insert card foundation.  While hits can be found even in single retail packs, those who’s primary purpose is pulling hits from this product will most likely be looking to increase their odds with purchases that are hobby exclusives, some with multiple box orders or even by the case.  The hobby box we opened for this review 36 packs with 10 cards per pack and each box yields one autograph or relic card.

Here is a look at the cards we found in our box.
 Joe Mauer base card, front and back

Parallels of the base set include...
 Diamond Platinum cards

 Gold Border Cards #/2011

 Kenley Jansen Black Border #/60

New inserts for Series 2

 These great looking Diamond Stars

Prime 9 Redemption cards.  Follow this link for more information on the Prime 9 Program

 and Before There Was Topps featuring cards from other companies prior to 1952

Returning insert cards include...

 Diamond Duos

 Topps 60

 Our favorite, Kimball Champions, this time concentrating on past greats of the game.

 60 Years of Topps

60 Years of Topps comes paralleled with the Original Backs of the cards like this Jim Palmer we pulled.

 Toppstown Codes

and Diamond Giveaway Codes

And our hit for the box...
this Tyler Colvin Topps 60 Relic card.  

Overall Look
Still love the design and the photography.  The look of the new insert set Diamond Stars is in a tight race with Kimball Champions for the best looking cards in the entire set. 

Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets.
Series 1 provided the base cards for most of the star players of the MLB.  Topps has upped the ante on Series 2 by adding a wide range of Hall of Famers on cards like Kimball Champions and a brand new subset, Legends Platinum Anniversary cards, that keeps the checklist on par with Series 1.

Do the hits hold up?
No big changes here.   The hits work for this release.

Will you want to collect them all?
It still holds true that Topps Baseball Cards are THE cards to collect for the widest variety of collectors.   Especially with this being an Anniversary edition, most will want to collect a master set.

 4 1/2 out of 5

2011 Topps Baseball Series 2 continues to work well for both beginning and seasoned collectors.  Your Baseball collection is incomplete without them.

Review box provided by Topps

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