Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 Topps American Pie Trading Cards Hobby Box Break Recap and Review

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.

Base Set
 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

Hirsute History
 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

The Hits
 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

Overall Look
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.  

1 comment:

  1. That coin card is sweet. I'm not sure if I'd bust this product, but I'd love to take a few of these cards into the bathroom for some toilet reading.