Completed insert set – 2011 Topps Diamond Stars

9 03 2012

The Diamond Stars set was inserted in 2011 Topps series 2.  It was a pretty cool looking set that used the “sparkly” design effect that Topps used for the Diamond Platinum parallel cards for all the 2011 Topps sets.

Info about the set:

Set description:  “25 of the greatest players of today are fittingly honored on premium cards.”  As mentioned, Topps used the diamond look that was used on the background of the Platinum Diamond parallels.  The main background of the card is blue, with a red diamond surrounding an up-close image of the player.

Set composition:  25 cards, 1:6 (2011 Topps series 2)

Hall of Famers: None – only current players.

How I put the set together:

  • 5 cards from series 2 HTA jumbo box
  • 1 card from a series 2 retail pack
  • 1 card from a series 2 blaster
  • 1 card from a trade
  • 7 cards from eBay / card shows
  • 10 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:  I like the design of this insert set, and I like the “sparkly” technology.  Topps was a little overboard with all the insert sets from the 2011 base set, but this is one I wouldn’t cut.  At 25 cards, it’s collectible, too.

Card that completed my set:  DS14 – Miguel Cabrera

One of 5 cards I picked up from a Sportlots purchase in January.

Highest book value:  DS10 – Albert Pujols

Best card (my opinion):  DS19 – Josh Hamilton

The red jersey Hamilton is sporting goes well with this design.  Close behind is the Longoria card, for the same reason – his light blue Rays jersey looks sweet, too.  Hamilton’s picture is on a swing follow-through, so that puts it over the Rays’ 3rd baseman.

My Favorite Reds card:  DS5 – Joey Votto

He’s the only Red in the set.

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4 responses

9 03 2012
Baseball Cards Rule

Congrats. That’s a great looking set.

9 03 2012
chuckneo

Thanks! Yeah – it looks pretty nice all lined up and scanned in.

10 03 2012
topher

I’m looking at this and all I can think is…

GLITTER!!

11 03 2012
chuckneo

There’s quite a bit – probably more here than that Black Diamond set I posted earlier.

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