OK, I won’t lie… I was after the Mike Trout rookie!
Aside from the thrill of ripping open some brand new packs, fresh from a sealed box, it was really the prospect of getting my hands on this season’s hottest ticket in the form of his nicest rookie card – at least in my humble opinion anyway!
(You can insert some pun at this stage about ‘Trout Fishing’… I was going to but – you know – a bit too obvious really…)
Anyways, I bought a retail blaster of 2011 Topps Update off eBay from Strictly Mint, and really took my time with this one when it finally arrived… savouring every pack as I opened it and pouring over the cards inside!
The box breaks down into 10 packs containing 8 cards per pack plus a special pack containing a manufactured Commemorative Patch…
So, fancy knowing what I got???
Throwback Patch Card
Rickey Henderson – San Diego Padres
Robinson Cano – All-Star (Platinum Diamond Anniversary)
Charlie Furbish RC
Javy Guerra RC
Drew Storen (Topps Town)
Hanley Ramirez (Cognac Diamond Anniversary)
Joel Hanrahan – All-Star
Prince Fielder – All-Star
Hank Aaron – Kimball Champions Mini
Dustin Ackley – All-Star
Carlos Pena (Gold Parallel)
Andre Ethier (Platinum Diamond Anniversary)
J.D. Martinez RC
Craig Kimbrall – All-Star
Cody Eppley RC
Diamond Giveaway Promotion
Willie McCovey (Topps 60)
Brian Wilson – All-Star
Lonnie Chisenhall RC
Daniel Moskos RC
Grady Sizemore/Shin-Soo Choo (Diamond Duos)
Andrew McCutchen – All-Star
David Ortiz – All-Star
Paul Molitor – Kimball Champions Mini
Jonny Venters – All-Star
David Ortiz – All-Star (HR Derby)
Yadier Molina – All-Star
C.J. Wilson (Platinum Diamond Anniversary)
Jake Westbrook (Cognac Diamond Anniversary)
Michael Pineda – All-Star
Paul Konerko – All-Star
Tyler Chatwood RC
Jerry Sands RC (Cognac Diamond Anniversary)
Pee Wee Reese (Topps 60)
Jacoby Ellsbury – All-Star
Miguel Montero – All-Star
Matt Holliday – All-Star
Ryan Adams RC
Eric Hosmer RC
Alex White RC
Rogers Hornsby (Topps 60)
Andre Ethier – All-Star
Troy Tulowitzki – All-Star
OK… OK… So I didn’t get the bloody Trout rookie!!! What can I say?
However, overall it was a pretty cool box with a fair spread of inserts, rookies and base cards!!
The base cards are nice and sharp, with some gorgeous full colour photography. I’ve been really impressed recently with the Topps base sets for these reasons and the 2011 set doesn’t let the side down.
Here are some overall thoughts –
The ‘sparkly’ Diamond Anniversary are OK if you like that sort of thing. There a bit too gaudy looking for my tastes but are OK for completists or player collectors
The Topps 60 inserts are my favourite! If there wasn’t so many I might consider putting a set together. Nice to see Baseball legends in full colour on these cards, although I’m a bit put out by the Rogers Hornsby card… 11 years as a Cardinal and they put a picture of him on a card in his bloody Cubs uniform??? What’s that all about??
Those manufactured patch cards are DAMN ugly!! ‘Nuff said!! Shame really as it’s always nice to pull a card with Rickey Henderson on 🙂
Nice selection of rookie cards!!
So, not a bad box when all’s said and done!
In summary –
Best Card – Eric Hosmer Rookie card
Worst Card – Rogers Hornsby – Sorry, it’s that Cubs uniform…
Best Insert – Topps 60 – Looks like a great set to build
Worst Insert – Diamond Anniversary parallels – a little too much ‘sparkle’ for my liking!
Overall Rating – 8/10
As usual, if any of you see any cards that you might be interested in then let me know and they’re yours! If we can maybe sort out a trade then even better!!