Will your eyes see the twinkle in 2011 Topps Baseball? (Updated)

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By Chris Olds | Editor

The first boxes of 2011 Topps Baseball have been ripped and the first reports of oddball findings are coming in, too.

The most notable previously unannounced finds are cards that have the twinkle or sparkle of a diamond digitally placed into the photograph of the card.

Topps reps are officially mum on the issue for now — expect an announcement soon — but cards confirmed to have this variation (so far) include: Roy Halladay, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Chipper Jones, Aroldis Chapman, Chris Carpenter, Mariano Rivera, Miguel Cabrera, Brent Morel, Alex Rios, Kyle Drabek, Jared Weaver, Justin Upton, Victor Martinez, Brian Matusz, Ubaldo Jimenez, Roy Oswalt, Jose Bautista, Justin Morneau, Brett Anderson, Desmond Jennings, Tommy Hunter and Chase Utley.

Given some of the names on the list, it might be an SP set that parallels all 330 cards in the set. However, they won’t be found easily. Brent Williams, an Arkansas-based dealer who specializes in breaking cases in bulk, has seen the cards fall one per case.

He pulled six through his first six cases and that held true for another breaker he is in contact with.

“I know of 22 other cases that each had 21 total,” he said.

The cards are also found in retail packs.

We’ll have more in 2011 Topps here soon — a Box Busters preview gallery will come later and our video will come soon (our Busters boxes are stuck somewhere in a snow drift.

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

Update: These cards have been confirmed.

3 Jon Lester
5 Joey Votto
15 David Wright
20 Hanley Ramirez
25 Carl Crawford
35 Shin-Soo Choo
40 Justin Upton
42 Mariano Rivera
44 Martin Prado
50 Alex Rodriguez
60 Andrew McCutchen
61 David Price
70 Kyle Drabek
75 Jered Weaver
78 Mike Stanton
80 Desmond Jennings
100 Albert Pujols
102 CC Sabathia
108 Zack Greinke
110 Aroldis Chapman
120 Mat Latos
128 Manny Ramirez
140 Brett Anderson
150 Miguel Cabrera
165 Jeremy Hellickson
166 Josh Johnson
169 Chipper Jones
174 Roy Oswalt
177 Brian Matusz
195 Nick Markakis
200 Ichiro Suzuki
208 Clay Buchholz
209 Carlos Santana
210 Brian Wilson
214 Chase Utley
216 Jose Baustita
218 Victor Martinez
236 Nelson Cruz
240 Andre Ethier
241 Wandy Rodriguez
247 Starlin Castro
250 Carlos Gonzalez
255 Torii Hunter
269 Stephen Drew
270 Ubaldo Jimenez
271 Adam Dunn
275 Clayton Kershaw
290 Ike Davis
293 Justin Morneau
294 Luke Scott
299 Chris Carpenter
300 Roy Halladay
307 Alex Rios
315 David Ortiz
320 Michael Young
322 Brent Morel
330 Derek Jeter


  1. Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I pulled a Hanley Ramirez today. I can provide scans if anyone at Beckett wants to see. :)

  2. Abe Doctor
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    DIAMOND CARDS! It seems that these cards are roughly 1:432 packs or 1 per case…what are some Topps cards from 2010 baseball that have roughly the same hobby pack odds. I want to gauge the value. Thanks for any help.

  3. Phillies816
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Bought 4 Hobby boxes and landed the Joey Votto Sparkle SP. The diamond sparkle is on his helmet. I was pretty happy with that. I would trade it for the Chase Utley one in a heartbeat though

  4. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    how do you identify the sp cards with the diamond on them??????

  5. Mark Preston
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    DIAMOND GIVEAWAY SET – a question..

    I have the 660 card giveaway prize set from Topps.
    The box has a different design. Is there any difference in the cards?
    Or, are they identical to the “regular” factory sets?
    I read that there was a different foil stamp, “exclusive to this set”, is that true?

    I also have read that people have been waiting long for the delivery of their set. Not me. I’m in NY, Topps shipped it from Delaware. 3 days after ordering.

    Guess I’ll have to look through the mass of 2011 topps I have, didn’t know about the sparkle cards. What’s funny, is that I hit like zero decent inserts, and the two I hit were the SAME player & card, a game jersey from I believe it’s Marlon Byrd. Good gosh!!
    First Topps I ever bought were from a machine, like the stickers & “tattoos” are in, in supermarkets & whatnot. They were a penny each, and the year was 1957. I was 9.
    And now I can go sit and ask myself why I’ve been a Pittsburg Pirate fan for 51 years..

    Thankyou, good hunting!

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