2011 Topps: The Good, The Bad, The Tradebait

I bought a Walmart blaster Thursday night on my lunchbreak. I’m still torn on 2011 Topps. Overall, I like it. The design is nice and clean, the foil is readable, and some of the inserts are neat. Plus, the gold cup is back. That silver cup last year was atrocious, and I think Topps should go back to the presses and reprint the All-Star Rookies from last year, substituting the gold cup for the silver, and send them out to all who hated the silver. I know, that will never happen. But at least they went back to the gold this year.

But there’s also some things about this year’s set that I don’t like. The blasters are too insert-heavy. I’m not a big fan of the two-packs-per-blaster with store-specific parallels (Target has throwbacks, Walmart has black borders). The manufactured patches are a bit of a stretch. And Stephen Strasburg has a gold cup on his card.

How exactly does that happen for a guy who only appeared in 12 games? Yes, he’s the greatest pitcher ever. I get that. But still…only 12 games???

The patch cards don’t really work for me this year either.

I was a Heyward fan last year. Not sure if I will be this year or not. But in any case, I don’t really like this card. I haven’t seen any checklists for these cards yet, so I’m not sure which Reds are featured…but if you have a Redleg patch that you want to trade for SayHeyward, make the offer.

Another insert that I’m torn on is the Kimball Champions. My first exposure to them was on eBay, and I instantly fell in love with them. Then I pulled a couple, and they are so…tiny.

I know there is an Aroldis Chapman in the Kimball Champion set, so if you want to make a trade for either or both of these guys, let me know.

And then there are the Diamond Anniversary super shiny parallels. I don’t really care for them. They are nicer looking than I thought they would be, but I’m still not super excited about them.

Enough of the negative, already. Let’s get on to some positive.

The photography in the set is pretty good so far. I love this shot of Reds sometimes catcher Ramon Hernandez’s broken bat…

That, to me, is just a great essence-of-the-game shot. You don’t see a whole lot of those types of cards anymore. Now it’s all the boring shortstop-throwing-to-first-on-a-routine-grounder photos (see Rollins above) or pitcher-getting-ready-to-release-the-ball photos (see Strasburg above and Cueto below).

I’m back to the negative again. Sorry. It just stings when you spend $20 on something and feel empty afterwards. OK, let’s get back to the positive…more Reds cards!

But wait…I’m not done. Read the title of the post again: “The Good” (covered), “The Bad” (covered), and “The Tradebait” (only kinda covered).

So yeah, the Heyward patch is on the block, as are the Kimball Champions and everything else listed below…


regular white-border base…no silly sparklies
2 Jake Westbrook (Cardinals)
4 Jason Kubel (Twins)
18 Kevin Milwood (Orioles)
19 Derek Lowe (Braves)
21 Michael Cuddyer (Twins)
22 Barry Zito (Giants)
33 Max Scherzer (Tigers)
37 Vicente Padilla (Dodgers)
40 Justin Upton (Diamondbacks)
43 Brendan Ryan (Cardinals)
45 Hunter Pence (Astros)
46 Hong-Chih Kuo (Dodgers) (x2)
56 Johan Santana (Mets)
57 Mark Trumbo (Angels)
67 Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers)
74 Tyler Clippard (Nationals)
75 Jered Weaver (Angels) (x2)
76 Tom Gorzelanny (Cubs)
77 Tim Hudson (Braves)
80 Desmond Jennings (Rays)
82 Johnson/Wainwright/Hallady LL
83 Greg Halman (Mariners)
84 Roger Bernadina (Nats) (x2)
85 Jack Wilson (Mariners)
89 Placido Polanco (Phillies)
92 Chris Narveson (Brewers)
95 Pedro Alvarez (Pirates) (x2)
97 Carlos Gomez (Brewers)
101 Gregor Blanco (Royals)
103 Cliff Lee (Rangers)
107 Aubrey Huff (Giants)
108 Zack Greinke (Royals…why not the Brewers???)
114 Russell Martin (Dodgers)
118 Howie Kendrick (Angels)
119 Jason Bay (Mets)
124 Sabathia/Lester/Price LL
125 Evan Meek (Pirates)
126 Padres team card
132 Brian Duensing (Twins)
139 Eric Young Jr (Rockies)
141 Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies) checklist
146 Roy Hallady (Phillies) Cy Young (x2)
147 Jon Niese (Mets)
148 Ricky Romero (Blue Jays)
149 David Aardsma (Mariners)
152 Baltimore Orioles team card
158 Casey Blake (Dodgers)
160 Josh Tomlin (Indians)
167 Clay Hensley (Marlins)
176 Daniel Hudson (Diamondbacks)
178 Heath Bell (Padres)
184 Brandon Morrow (Blue Jays)
188 Pablo Sandoval (Giants)
190 Coco Crisp (A’s) (x2)
193 Cory Luebke (Padres)
194 Andres Torres (Giants)
197 Aaron Hill (Blue Jays)
203 Dillon Gee (Mets)
206 Chase Headley (Padres)
208 Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) (x2)
210 Brian Wilson (Beach Boys…er, Giants)
212 Pedro Feliz (Cardinals)
214 Chase Utley (Phillies)
218 Victor Martinez (Red Sox) (x2)
220 Todd Helton (Rockies)
221 Scott Hairston (Padres) (x2)
224 Milton Bradley (Mariners)
226 Jose Guillen (Giants)
227 Nate McLouth (Braves)
239 Jhoulys Chacin (Rockies)
242 Brad Lidge (Phillies)
244 Mike Aviles (Royals)
245 Neil Walker (Pirates)
246 John Lannan (Nats)
260 Freddy Sanchez (Giants)
264 Ryan Perry (Tigers)
274 Michael Brantley (Indians)
278 Marco Scutaro (Red Sox) (x2)
279 Nick Swisher (Yankees)
284 Reid Brignac (Devil Rays)
285 Hank Conger (Angels) (x2)
288 Matt Capps (Twins)
292 Darren Ford (Giants)
294 Luke Scott (Orioles)
296 John Buck (Blue Jays)
297 Jason Jaramillo (Pirates) (x2)
303 Emilio Bonifacio (Marlins)
306 Cabrera/Rodriguez/Bautista LL
307 Alex Rios (White Sox)
308 Ian Desmond (Nationals)
310 Alex Gonzalez (Braves)
311 James Shields (Rays)
312 Gaby Sanchez (Marlins)
315 David Ortiz (Red Sox)
319 Atlanta Braves team card (x2)
323 CJ Wilson (Rangers)
324 Boston Red Sox team card
327 Cristian Guzman (Rangers)
328 David Price CL (most wins in franchise history)

diamond anniversary parallel
31 Erick Aybar (Angels)
39 Ian Kennedy (Diamondbacks)
55 Matt Joyce (Rays)
119 Jason Bay (Mets)
199 Jimmy Rollins (Phillies)
227 Nate McLouth (Braves)
285 Hank Conger (Angels)

black border wally world exclusive
1 Ryan Braun (Brewers)
3 Jon Lester (Red Sox)
162 Ronny Cedeno (Pirates)
182 Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers)
224 Milton Bradley (Mariners)
314 Ryan Kalish (Red Sox)

topps 60
T60-1 Ryan Howard (Phillies)
T60-16 Carl Crawford (Rays)
T60-22 Clay Buchholz (Red Sox)
T60-48 Buster Posey (Giants)

topps town (all codes unused by me)
TT-4 Brett Anderson (A’s)
TT-7 Joe Mauer (Twins)
TT-8 Jose Reyes (Mets)
TT-12 Mat Latos (Padres)
TT-13 Chase Utley (Phillies)
TT-15 David Wright (Mets)
TT-16 Nick Markakis (Orioles)
TT-19 Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
TT-24 Josh Johnson (Marlins)
TT-25 Ryan Howard (Phillies)
TT-28 David Ortiz (Red Sox)
TT-29 Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies)
TT-33 Victor Martinez (Red Sox)
TT-34 Felix Hernandez (Mariners)
TT-40 Buster Posey (Giants)
TT-41 Carlos Santana (Indians)
TT-47 Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)

diamond duos
DD-HF Jason Heyward & Freddie Freeman (Braves)
DD-RS Hanley Ramirez & Mike Stanton (Marlins)

history of topps
HOT-5 1972 Topps Goes Public

60 years of topps
60YOT-35 Dave Winfield (Yankees) 1986 (x2)
60YOT-50 Manny Ramirez (Indians) 2001

60 years of topps (original backs)
100 Vladimir Guerrero (Expos) 2002
406 Paul Molitor (Brewers) 1980

kimball champions
KC-3 Carlos Santana (Indians)
KC-4 Johan Santana (Mets)
KC-17 Chris Carpenter (Cardinals)
KC-21 Shin-Soo Choo (Indians)

walmart diamond cards
BDW15 Roy Halladay (Phillies)

throwback manufactured patch card
TLMP-JH Jason Heyward (Braves) 1980 patch

The drill is simple: I want Reds. Below is the list of Reds in the set (the ones I have and the ones that I get will be crossed out). I prefer to trade base-for-base, insert-for-insert, parallel-for-parallel. Make an offer, send an e-mail to jasontcarter at gmail d0t com.

Reds in 2011 Topps
5 Joey Votto (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel / stupid sparkle)
63 Edinson Volquez (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
98 Bronson Arroyo (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
110 Aroldis Chapman (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel / stupid sparkle)
113 Arthur Rhodes (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
134 C. Gonzalez/J. Votto/O. Infante LL (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
138 A. Pujols/C. Gonzalez/J. Votto LL (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
142 Johnny Cueto (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
191 Jay Bruce (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
192 Reds (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
198 Johnny Bench (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
211 Joey Votto MVP (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
228 Scott Rolen (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
233 Ramon Hernandez (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
249 Aaron Harang (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
317 Yonder Alonso (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
318 A. Pujols/A. Dunn/J. Votto LL (white border / black border / throwback / diamond parallel)
KC-16 Aroldis Chapman (kimball champions)
KC-34 Joey Votto (kimball champions)
T60-14 Barry Larkin (topps 60)
60YOT-12 Frank Robinson 1963 (60 years of topps / original back)
60YOT-16 Tony Perez 1967 (60 years of topps / original back)
60YOT-44 Barry Larkin 1995 (60 years of topps / original back)
60YOT-57 Johnny Cueto 2008 (60 years of topps / original back)
DD-VG Joey Votto/Adrian Gonzalez (diamond duos)
DD-SC Tom Seaver/Aroldis Chapman (diamond duos)
DD-LJ Barry Larkin/Derek Jeter (diamond duos)
TT-17 Aroldis Chapman (topps town)
TT-46 Joey Votto (topps town)

About JT

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Posted on February 5, 2011, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I believe the only Reds Manupatch is Joey Votto with a ’54 Reds logo.

  2. I’d like to claim all the diamond parallel cards. I know I have #134 (white border) for trade. Maybe I could throw in some other Reds or keep digging for something else you might like to go with that one?

  3. Thanks for the info on the Votto card, HC.

    Nachos, the Diamonds have all been claimed already. Sorry.

  4. What do you want for the two Wal mart parallel Red Sox??

  5. AdamE, what kind of Reds do you have to offer?

  6. e-mail me your address to ajpca07 at hotmail dot com. I’ll mail you our some stuff and if you like it enough send me the black parallels and whatever other Red Sox stuff you think it fair.

  7. Daniel SungRok

    Hi I’d like to trade for five of the cards you’ve listed.

    I’ll send 28 of the 2011 Topps Opening Day base cards that you need, three of which are Mascot cards: #5, 17, 22, 23, 28, 39, 49, 53, 59, 88, 89, 99, 107, 116, 118, 127, 130, 135, 136, 139, 151, 196, 202, 215, 219, M-14, M-15, & M-16.

    The five cards I’d want are:
    “black border” Ryan Braun (#1); “topps 60” Buster Posey (#T60-48); “60 Years of Topps – Original Back” Paul Molitor 1980 (#406); & base card of Desmond Jennings (#80).

    Let me know. Thanks.


  8. Daniel SungRok

    Oh, and the Carlos Santana #KC-3. Thanks!


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