Topps has announced plans for what is expected to be its first high-end set for next season. The company offered a few sample images and information to dealers late last week. 2011 Topps Tribute Baseball is set for release in early April. Back on the schedule for a third straight year, it's a hobby exclusive product with all autograph and relic cards numbered to 99 or less.
Six parallel cards are promised per box, all numbered to 399 or less.
Each pack contains three Topps Tribute Baseball cards, one Parallel card and one Autographed or Relic card. The biggest innovation will be new multi-relic cards. Topps also says it will have an "enhanced" retired player checklist.
There will be a Tribute Rookies Book Card, which will include up to 10 autographs and memorabilia pieces in a booklet card consisting of multiple pages.
The autograph checklist includes Stan Musial, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Cal Ripken Jr., Albert Pujols, Nolan Ryan, Don Mattingly, Willie McCovey, Alex Rodriguez, Ozzie Smith, Buster Posey, Ryan Howard and many others.