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First look: 2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball & 60th Anniversary ring by Chris Olds
January 14, 2011, 3:29 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps unveiled the first glimpses at its second series of 2011 baseball cards on Friday, marking the first public unveiling of a 60th Anniversary diamond ring that will only be produced in limited quantities and found via Topps Diamond Dig redemption code cards as part of the company’s anniversary celebration.

However, one lucky reader of Beckett Baseball will have the chance to put one of the rare rings on his or her finger, too, via a contest in the pages of our magazine coming later this spring.

While the new series will supplement Series 1, which arrives in roughly a month, new for Series 2 will be Diamond Anniversary parallels, a Before There Was Topps insert card set, a Diamond Stars insert set, Hall of Fame buybacks, Topps 60 dual Relics and a new batch of Topps Attax cards.

The Diamond dig cards will be found one in every six packs and can unlock the diamond ring, a vintage pack of cards, a card with an actual diamond embedded into the cardboard or one of a few other options. Codes found on the cards will be entered at www.diamondtopps.com where fans can also collect virtual rings and other anniversary-themed cards.

Each 36-pack hobby box will include one autograph or Relic, while every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box will pack an autograph and two Relics inside when it arrives on June 6.

More to come. See images after the jump.

Also new for 2011 will be 60th Anniversary Sketch Cards, which will focus on some of the most memorable cards in Topps’ history — 1/1s that will only be found in hobby boxes — the likes of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and the 1953 Topps Jackie Robinson cards among them.

Among the autograph signers for this series, based on the tentative checklist, are: Al Kaline, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, Stan Musial, Mike Schmidt, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, Eddie Murray, Hank Aaron and Paul Molitor for starters.

Among those signing for the second wave of the 60th Anniversary-related autographs are: Jason Heyward, Tom Seaver, Aroldis Chapman, David Price, Ryne Sandberg, Roy Oswalt, Carlton Fisk, Bernie Williams, Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez, while other players appearing on standard autograph cards will include Dwight Gooden, Ralph Kiner, David Wright, Starlin Castroi, Albert Pujols, Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez among others.

The Relic lineups are quite deep with hobby-only jumbo patches to be found — all part of a larger 60th Anniversary themed set like 2010’s Peek Performance that included a few versions as well as signed cards — and a deep mix of retired and Hall of Famer Relics. Some of the legends on those cards include Gwynn, Boggs, Musial, Schmidt, Koufax and new Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven.

The base set, like Series 1, will consist of 330 cards — with a lot of players presently TBD as there will be a little baseball played between now and release.

There will be 10 Cut Signature cards inserted into the product — players TBD — along with the second wave of the Kimball Champions inserts, cards modeled after a vintage tobacco set from the 1800s, that also were found in Series 1. Also back will be 25 base card variations (a staple of recent years) where a retired legend takes the place of a current player via a short-printed version.  A new twist on these, though, will be that the SPs have parallels — Platinum Diamond and 1/1 Canary Diamond versions.

We’ll have more on this product closer to its release on Beckett.com.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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Great..

Now Topps does bling. Whats next grills?

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