Well today I'm ready to show a couple of them off, and I decided to do both of these at once because they're relatively small at nine cards each, plus they're related--the complete versions of Topps' 2011 and 2012 Prime Nine promotions.
First up is the 2011 set, which was subtitled "Player of the Week Refractors."
|Happy belated Jackie Robinson Day, everybody!|
The set works pretty well if you don't think of it as Topps' version of the All-Century Team or something like that. And obviously they didn't do that or all NINE cards would have been Yankees. Anyway, these are shiny, Refractory, purdy cards that were available at select hobby shops that year for collectors that pulled their redemption cards (two per hobby box, says SportsCardRadio). I complain about redemptions pretty often, but a card that drives collectors to hobby shops to pick up free cards they don't have to wait for is a logical way to do it, and for this I salute the company (a rare honor these days). And to keep the lovefest going, I'm even willing to say that the player selection here is pretty reasonable as well. Personally, I would have gone with Ripken over Jeter, but Jeter's plenty deserving himself, so I'll abide.
The following year, Topps went homerunnier, Yankee-er and curvier with its Home Run Legends set:
|Chrome cards are bendier than Bender "Bending" Rrrrrodriguez!|
Also, it's nice to see Banks get a little more recent hobby love. His 512 HR tie him with Eddie Mathews for 21st overall, and that total best such legends as Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Chipper Jones, and Carl Yazstrzemski.
All in all, I'm happy to declare both of these promotional sets a victory for Topps. They're shiny Refractors that came from a fairly well handled promotion and highlight some players that deserve plenty of attention (and Reggie Jackson).
I'll scan more of the sets Mike sent my way in the future when my posts get boring or I'm lacking for content--and if you go back and look at that first post, you'll see I have plenty left!