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.
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.