First look: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for 2011 Triple Threads on Saturday, the sixth installment of the high-end line that will pack a bit more inside this year when it arrives in late-July.

How much more? Two hits per pack.

That’s right, each pack will now include an autographed Relic and an additional Relic inside — the equivalent of a full box in past years. Each box will include one single Unity Relic (more on that in a second), one Autographed Unity Relic, one Autographed Triple Relic and one Triple Relic.

New this year will be Unity Relics where the background images for a group of players are shared and can be joined to gether to form a larger image. They will be found one per pack in standard and autographed forms. Since they only have one Relic piece, the “triple threads” theme only holds true if collectors complete a trio.  The Unity Relic checklist alone will include 243 players with 27 different backgrounds. The cards will be limited to just 36 copies with rarer Sapphire (/10), Gold (/25) and Emerald (/50) parallels.

Also new are Flashback Relic cards, which show players in the past as a rookie and also in the present … oh, and two new faces in the Topps lineup appear here too — Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax.

Every 18-box case will include one 1/1 Autograph Triple Relic and a Triple Autograph Triple Relic card.

See a preview gallery — and more — after the jump.

Base cards will be found three per pack with a 100-card base set to be found. There will be two parallels per pack as well, with Platinum 1/1s and printing plates as well as Sapphire, Gold, Emerald and Sepia parallels.

The rookies and future stars component was perhaps improved in last year’s release and this year’s also includes a meaty young presence as there will be Rookies and Future Phenoms Pairs booklet cards (an autographed triple Relic card on each panel) as well as standard autographed triple Relics.Each of these sets will once again include on-card autographs with more than 40 players found as single cards and six booklets.

Among the high-end inclusions for autographed triple Relics are Jumbo Plus Autograph Relics that have the player’s autograph and two Relic pieces on one panel and a jumbo swatch on the other. Letter Plus Autograph Relics will include a letter patch. There are several subsets in the triple Relic area, including Bat Knob Booklets, Bat Nameplate Booklets, All-Star tag and patch booklets and more.

Also back are the Presidential Cut Above Relics and Legends Cut Above Relics which will include a cut autograph with memorabilia pieces. There also will be dual Cut Above cards that make booklets out of said cards featuring two players.

The standard autographed triple Relic checklist will include more than 90 players with a signature and three memorabilia swatches. The standard cards will be limited to 18, while the Golds are limited to nine, Sapphires are limited to three and there are three 1/1 versions to chase — printing plates, Platinums and Woods.

The Flashback Relics are what Topps bills as a “double-fronted” card with one side showing the player as a rookie and the other one later in his career (or today if an active player). Among the 30 players set to appear here include Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig and Mel Ott.

Examining the preliminary checklist, it’s interesting to note that Joe DiMaggio appears on card No. 100 in the base set.

Among the other notable signers besides Aaron and Koufax in the product are (starting with younger players): NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Jeremy Hellickson, Pedro Alvarez, Jay Bruce, Starlin Castro and Aroldis Chapman.

Among the veterans and Hall of Famers to be found on autograph cards are Joe Mauer, Rickey Henderson, Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, Juan Marichal, Stan Musial, Roberto Alomar, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, the late Duke Snider, Cal Ripken Jr., John Smoltz, Carlton Fisk, Nolan Ryan, Larry Walker, Ozzie Smith, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Ryne Sandberg, Ryan Howard, Willie McCovey, Mike Schmidt and Albert Pujols.

Some of the combos cards feature strong groupings as well. A sampling? Aaron-Koufax, Aaron-Heyward, Bench-Mauer-Posey, Schmidt-Rodriguez-Longoria, Ryan-Halladay-Hernandez and Sandberg-Dawson-Castro.

More than 60 players appear on a wide array of All-Star Relics, while the bat nameplates and knob sets are quite small at just 25 players total. Notables appearing on bat knob cards will include Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson, Roy Campanella, Tony Gwynn, Musial and Jackson among others, while nameplates will include Pujols, Robinson Cano, Gehrig, Cobb, Mantle, Darryl Strawberry, DiMaggio and Howard.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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Wow! whats the price point?

Posted March 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
Jordan Gohman

Nice looking set of cards, has Topps set a price point for packs and boxes? I really like many of the Topps higher end lines, but for the casual hobby collector many have been out of reach.

Posted March 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

why dont they show all the bad hits as well, this gallery will have people thinking every box will contain something sweet when they hardly ever have anything or note.

Posted March 13, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink
Patrick McCollough

Nice looking set but expensive. I will likely get som singles if any since I am mainly a set collector.

Posted March 13, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

Yeah so what are they gonna do double the price? Now you won`t even be able to buy a box of them unless you make 200,000 a year!!! Ridiculous already. Only millionaires can collect cards anymore. At least the nice ones.

Posted March 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

I give up, never bought a box of Triple Threads before and never will, card collecting isn’t worth it nowadays.

Posted March 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink
Nathan Crandell

I am with everyone else…expensive. I would image that a box will cost 250. I will definitely save my card allowance for a couple of months for one of these, or tell my wife I am buying a car, lol.

Posted March 14, 2011 at 2:25 am | Permalink

Nothing Special IMHO

Posted March 14, 2011 at 7:46 am | Permalink

OH MY GOSH what I would do for that Phillies booklet!!! Wow!!! That Lee is gorgeous as well! Hopefully Ill be rich enough to buy these type of cards sometime during my life :)

Posted March 14, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink
tim w

i think that unless you score a 1 of 1, which in my experience is never, these and any other cards are virtually worthless. i collect cards only for their resale value. just collecting because theyre cool is a thing of the past. with the rediculously high price per pack on cards nowadays investment potential is the only standard for which i base my card buying on anymore. and with this release i can see that these packs and boxes will be outrageously over priced. i buy pack after pack and never get the “gold” if you will when it comes to rare and sought after cards so i have been discouraged from buying any of these “high end” crap packs.

Posted March 14, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

once these are a couple of months old they will be worthless. we all need to make a stand and quit buying. and let a couple more go under hopefully panini they are hands down trash. i just let other people buy these and wait and buy them a couple months latter on ebay for next to notthing. it wont be long there all gonna go under for selling over priced junk.

Posted March 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

For anyone to say that these cards are awesome, you are crazy. If you cant afford them thats one thing but dont try to act like they arent the best looking cards. Card collectors are so miserable! ITs a hobby relax!

Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

i disagree steve thats just just a huge patch with a tiny frame. these will have creases and will damage so easy. it will be the usual 150 to 200 price tag with about a 50 return on avarage. i know its just a hobby but why throw money out the window. i completely quit collecting football looks like all cards are next.

Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink
Peter Angeles

Right now, I am wishing that Topps is the Monopoly of the NBA trading cards and not Panini! I can’t wait until Panini is done and gone. Bye bye Panini!

This Triple Threads is so sweet!!!

Posted March 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink
James McGee

What is the price?

Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
kim tagliaterra

where is the legendary lineup card

Posted April 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink
danny hutchens

triple threads is one of my all time favorites. i just hope they don’t go out of sight pricewisw the way 2011 tribute has gone. everyone needs to remember that when these companies preview their products they show the cards that are almost impossible to pull. saying that, i will definitely try to purchase several boxes as long as the price stays reasonable.

Posted April 28, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

That’s so cool and it’s the same price as last year but it comes with double the hits!

Posted April 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

For everyone wondering….The price will remain the same as last years which at the shop i go to is $90 a pack or $175 for the 2 pack box. Go big or go home.

Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

I bought a box of 2010 TTT Baseball and came out with a 1/1 platinum parallel Honus Wagner Base and Manny Ramirez 1/1 White Whale Auto/Printing plate triple relic. I hope 2011 has the same awesomeness as last year and I’m definitely buying a box!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted June 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

Man what about that Albert Pujols bat plate WOW!!! It will take a miracle to get that card I want it so bad

Posted July 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

Autographs…jerseys…hall of famers..rookies…got to love the hooks…be carefull before you bite..Like the stock market…collecting is not for the faint of heart or your grandchildren. Gotta have fun with it and leave the ROI to the investers!

Posted December 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

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