2011 Topps Baseball Will Feature Real Diamonds

Topps has provided more images and some details on what its 2011 baseball cards will look like and what kind of cards we can expect.

The basic design was revealed earlier this month.

2011 Topps Platinum Diamond Anniversary Parallel JeterOn the heels of last year’s Million Card Giveaway, Topps will celebrate its 60th anniversary with several newly created insert lines.  The biggest splash, however, revolves around the inclusion of actual diamonds on some of its cards.

Like last year, Diamond Giveaway code cards will be inserted one per six packs.   Collectors will win something when revealing each code online with the grand prize being an actual diamond embedded card.

The online promotion will be supported by a $2 million dollar public relations and advertising campaign.

Topps’ 2011 Series One base set will again be 330 cards, featuring 264 veterans, 30 rookies and several subset cards.  2011 Topps Glove Leather Joey Votto

2011 Topps Baseball  insert sets will include Glove Leather Relic Cards, limited to one per case and one per gumbo box.

There will also be a scarce Diamond Die Cut series, a 60 Years of Topps set, Gold, Black and Platinum Parallel cards and 60th anniversary  autograph cards featuring on-card congratulatory messages from players.  The latter will be limited to 60.

2011 Topps Kimball Champions BraunTopps is also introducing Kimball Champion2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Halladays, a set based on the N184 set issued in 1888.

Topps will release its 2011 baseball base product via packs  late this coming winter.

Series Two and factory sets will be released later in the season.

Here’s the 2011 Topps Baseball Checklist