Topps Prime 9: A Week 7 update


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ ongoing hobby shop redemption-card promotion, Prime 9, is beginning its seventh week with this week’s selection being Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.

Collectors who ripped into hobby boxes of 2011 Topps Series 2 should have found Prime 9 redemptions at a rate of two per box. The redemption cards do not disclose the player, but rather the week that the card should be taken to their closest participating HTA hobby shop to be exchanged for the player’s card, which is a Refractor printed on Chrome stock.

And, of course, if collectors fill out the entry form on the back, they’ll have a chance to win a trip to the World Series.

The Prime 9 players are not a surprise — you can see all nine above — but the order they are available to collectors participating in the program is. (Unless, of course, your participating hobby shop simply sold off the cards — which has happened, putting a damper on the program.)

Past weeks’ players include:

Week 1 — Johnny Bench

Week 2 — Albert Pujols

Week 3 — Jackie Robinson

Week 4 — Derek Jeter

Week 5 — Mike Schmidt

Week 6 —  Hank Aaron

Week 7 — Mickey Mantle

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


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  1. Rob Mazetta 2 September, 2011 at 09:49

    These cards are gorgeous. I heard that these are topps pick for the best 9 players at said position. I’m surprised Mays was not on here… I dunno, Mantle was a great player, but i’d go so far as saying Mays should have been on this (afterall, mantle is everywhere!) Just saying.. Still, an awesome set to collect ( i have all the redemption cards!)

  2. Andrew Meeusen 2 September, 2011 at 13:16

    I went in to redeem my Week 4 one at one of the local card shops in the area, and they just gave me all nine cards right then and there…. As a promotion, this has been a flop for Topps, but the cards still look really nice!

  3. chrisolds 2 September, 2011 at 13:32

    Yeah, personally, I wouldn’t bother with a promotion like this one. Too easy to abuse, ignore or give ’em all out, making it rather pointless.

  4. KeithS 3 September, 2011 at 11:34

    Worst promotion ever. Have four worthless redemption cards for weeks 7,8, and 9 cause all the hobby stores in San Antonio are either closed or don’t have any. Personally feel ripped off by Topps on this one.

  5. actual collector 4 September, 2011 at 17:39

    you should have to buy something from the hobby shop you are going to redeem the cards at because people buy online and at walmart and then want the hobby shops to give them cards and send them in. It seems like alot of hassle for the few remaining hobby shops around to help out the retail buyers and online cheapees!

  6. Don Whalen 5 September, 2011 at 07:49

    I don’t live near a hobby shop and I think it sucks that those who collect don’t have the opportunity to redeem these. There should be some way you can mail them in to hobby shops…poor promotion.

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