Monday, October 17, 2011

2011 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Box Break Recap and Review

There are certain card releases that collectors can’t wait to open. Topps Triple Threads is one of them.  Year after year, collectors clamor for this product. This year, 2011 Topps Triple Treads Baseball comes with a major change, an additional hit per mini box. So each mini box now contains one autographed relic and one relic card, bringing the total number of hits per master box to four.

Topps Triple Treads Baseball falls under our premium cards category.  Each box contains two mini boxes with 7 cards per mini. In addition to the autographed relic and relic card, each mini contains sequentially numbered base cards in regular and shorter printed parallels.

Here are all of the cards we pulled from our box.

Base Cards #/1500
 Stan Musial - Front and back

 Darryl Strawberry,  Mel Ott

 Carlos Santana,  Rickey Henderson

Roy Campanella

Sepia Parallels #/625
 Johnny Bench,  Josh Johnson

Emerald Parallel #/249
Tony Gwynn

The Hits
 Starlin Castro Gold Unity Auto Relic #25,  Fergie Jenkins Gold Unity Relic #/9 

Redemption Card - Ian Desmond Rookie/Future Phenoms Auto Relic Gold #/25

 Matt Kemp Letter Plus Relics Booklet Card #/3 - Front

Matt Kemp Letter Plus Relics Booklet Card #/3 - Inside

Overall Look
I’m not the biggest fan of the base card design here.  The contrasting patterns and lines are not that appealing to me.  In addition, there is some photography that has already been used earlier in the year in other releases.  But Triple Threads makes up for this ten fold in the design of the hit cards.  Kudos to Topps for the unity cards with interlinking backgrounds.  Take a look at the Castro and Jenkins cards above.  When you put them side by side, they form two thirds of Wrigley Field.  Great idea that separates these hit cards from others issued this year.  The other hit cards look great too.

Quality and Variety of Players
The majority of the checklist is high quality and in line with the feel of Triple Threads from years past.

Do the Hits satisfy? 
It is funny, some of the hits here are so desirable, it can make you loose sight that the other hits are really good too.  Are some of the sayings cheesy?  Yes and anything that brings fun to collecting is good by me.  (But there are some real groaners.)

Will you keep coming back for more?
For some collectors, this is a special occasion box, one that they look forward to each year.  For collectors with deep products, a case is an easy purchase that should yield some monster hits.

4 1/2 out of 5

2011 Topps Triple Threads Baseball delivers again this year while upping its game.

Review box provided by Topps


  1. Are the base cards for trade?

    I could use the Ott for the Giants collection and the Rickey for the player collection.

    LMK what you might need in return if they are FT.

    Thanks! Adam

  2. I like these a lot, and am looking forward to busting one of these.

    That Kemp is gorgeous!

  3. I'd never be able to justify buying a box of this, but that Kemp is amazing!

  4. God damn that Kemp is magnificent! I would legitimately kill to own a card as pretty as that.

  5. Sick Matt Kemp booklet!