Completed insert set – 2011 Topps Lineage Rookies

29 01 2012

The real point of Lineage was the insert sets – most of which are fairly large and quite difficult to complete.  Except the Rookies set, which is only 19 cards and comes 4 per box.

Info about the set:

Set description:  “Twenty 2011 Rookies displayed on cards featuring the standard 1980’s rookie design.”  As with the other Topps Lineage products, this set is in tribute to an older oddball set from the past.  The design mentioned is also the same that was on the All-Star Glossy inserts.  There is a yellow oval with the year at the top, a red, white and blue banner with “Rookies” at the top, a white border and the player name in yellow at the bottom.  The Rookie sets these cards pay homage to started in 1987 as a 1-per card insert into jumbo packs, continuing for a 5-year stretch until 1991.  Starting with Jose Canseco as the big name, finishing with Frank Thomas.   They were 22-card inserts the first 3 years, then 33 cards in 1990 and 1991. 

This year’s version actually has 19 cards – 20 were originally intended, but card #15 was not released.  My guess is some player was going to be included but didn’t get the call up to the majors like Topps has expected.  While the earlier sets contained rookies from the previous year, this year’s set contains players who are rookies in the 2011 season.

Set composition:  19 cards, 1:6 hobby odds (2011 Topps Lineage)

Hall of Famers: None – only current players.

How I put the set together:

  • 8 cards from my two hobby boxes
  • 1 card from a group break I bought on eBay
  • 5 cards from trades
  • 5 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:  In general, I like this product because of the throwback to older oddball Topps sets.  This is probably not my favorite design – but I’m definitely glad they included it.  I wish some of the other sets were more like the size of this one – as opposed to a bunch of 50-card insert sets!  Also, since this product came out a little later in the baseball season, I wish they could have gotten surprise rookies like Mark Trumbo and Ivan Nova into the set.

Card that completed my set:  #TR1 – Freddie Freeman

I got this in a trade from reader Kyle at about the same time I bought the 5 cards from Sportlots.

Highest book value:  #TR8 – Craig Kimbrel

We’ll see if this holds up.  The other Rookie of the Year – Jeremy Hellickson – is a starter and I think will have more staying power.

Best card (my opinion):  #TR2 – Chris Sale

This is easily the best action shot from a set that doesn’t have many

My Favorite Reds card:  #TR4 – Aroldis Chapman

The only Red in the set.




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11 12 2012
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