News and Notes: 2011 Topps Football Sets, UD in Minnesota

2011 Topps football hobby factory sets are in the works for later this fall. The company released some details about the product Tuesday.  The shrink-wrapped gift boxes will cost dealers about $30.  Sets will include 440 cards plus a hobby-exclusive five-card pack of numbered red parallel cards.

Topps 2011 hobby factory football card setThe sets are scheduled to be released the first week in October.

Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez adorns the front of the box.  (Ed. note:  Has any Super Bowl quarterback gotten less hobby love than the Packers’ multi-talented Aaron Rodgers?  He rarely even appears in pre-season promotional images.  Strange.)

Here are the facts straight from the company:

• Veterans: 262
• Rookies: 110
• All-Pro: 2010 NFL First Team All-Pros
• Team Cards: 32 cards featuring each team in the league
• Rookie Premiere: 30 elite 2011 NFL Rookies pose for a team photo
• Record Breakers: They made the record book in 2010
• Super Bowl Champions: The Packers and the Lombardi Trophy
• League MVP: Tom Brady
• 2010 Rookies Of The Year: Sam Bradford & Ndamukong Suh

Here’s the dope including the 2011 Topps football checklist:  Complete Sets Hobby Sell Sheet


Upper Deck will be at the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, manning a booth Friday and Saturday. They’ve produced an event-exclusive, six-card set comprised of former first-round NHL Draft picks and current Minnesota Wild standouts that can be had by opening up three packs of any 2010-11 Upper Deck or O-Pee-Chee hockey cards at the booth (with the exception of Victory).

The six players who comprise the special redemption set are: Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin, Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brent Burns. The six-card sets will be redeemed for as long as supplies last.

The company will host an autograph-signing with Brent Burns of the Minnesota Wild from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. Burns will be signing an oversized (5” x 7”) Upper Deck trading card for  fans who visit the Upper Dck booth. No other items will be permitted.

Pre-orders will also be taken for Upper Deck’s 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup 30-card Box Set.

Other kid-friendly events are planned.