Completed insert set – 2011 History of Topps

7 01 2012

I’ve only completed one 2011 Topps insert set thus far – and it’s a fairly small one with hardly any baseball players at that!  History of Topps was an insert set that Topps released in its 2011 Series 1 product.

Info about the set:

Set description:  “An overview of Topps from its nascency, and the milestones and events that complete its history.”  The cards are made to look like the pages of a book, with a picture of something representative of the specified event shown diagonally on each card.

Set composition: 10 cards, 1:18 hobby odds (2011 Topps series 1)

Hall of Famers:  11.  Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews are featured on the card for the 1957 Topps set.  Juan Marichal is showcased on the card for the 1974 Topps Traded set.  Ryne Sandberg, George Brett, Cal Ripken, Ozzie Smith, Nolan Ryan, and Mike Schmidt are all shown on the 1989 Bowman card.  Mantle is also featured with a bunch of cards on the 2009 “exclusive license” set.

How I put the set together:

  • 2 cards from a series 1 hobby box
  • 2 cards from a series 1 HTA jumbo
  • 1 card from a series 1 blaster
  • 2 cards from trades
  • 2 cards from a card show
  • 1 card from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:

I read a bit on the blogosphere about people not liking it when it came out – but I don’t think it’s too bad.  It’s a set that makes sense in 2011 as they are celebrating their 60th anniversary.  I only think they should have made it a 20-card set.  I think everything they included makes complete sense:

  • 1938 – Topps is founded by the Shorin family
  • 1951 – First cards are sold
  • 1952 – Sy Berger creates the first complete set
  • 1957 – Topps sets the card size standard
  • 1972 – Topps goes public
  • 1974 – First Topps Traded set
  • 1989 – Topps reintroduced Bowman
  • 1994 – Topps moves from Brooklyn to NYC
  • 2007 – Eisner & Co. buy into Topps
  • 2009 – Topps receives MLB exclusive

But I would have added:

  • 1954 – Topps issues its first professional hockey card set
  • 1956 – Topps issues its first professional football card set
  • 1958 – Topps issues its first professional basketball card set
  • 1960’s – Topps creates the first inserts (Stamps, Baseball Bucks, Stick-Ons, Embossed)
  • 1981 – Topps introduces “Hit to Win” baseball card contest
  • 1991 – Topps introduces Stadium Club
  • 1992 – Topps creates Topps Gold, the first parallel baseball insert set (They could also talk about their first autograph card – Brien Taylor)
  • 1993 – Topps introduces Finest (there are so many things they could say about this)
  • 1996 – Topps “retires” card #7 for Mickey Mantle
  • 2001 – Topps introduces the Heritage brand

Card that completed my set: #HOT8 – Topps moves from Brooklyn to NYC

I got this card in a trade with a reader of my blog.

Highest book value:  They are all the same value.

Best card (my opinion): #HOT3 – Sy Berger creates the first complete set

Hard to go against this one.

My Favorite Reds card:  There aren’t any.

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17 09 2012
Completed insert set – 2011 Before there was Topps « Lifetime Topps project

[…] already finished the History of Topps set and posted about it back in January.  That was a series 1 insert set; Topps created a similar set for series 2 that […]

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