2011 Topps American Pie
What I pulled--
Foil Board – Hands Across America, Richard Pryor, Apple Macintosh Released, Frank Sinatra, Gene Roddenberry, First Color
Spotlight – TV Dinners (#31/76)
Hollywood Walk of Fame – Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Jimi Hendrix, Groucho Marx, Errol Flynn, Miles Davis, James
Cagney, Dean Martin
Hirsute History – Muttonchops, Mohawk, Caesar, Beehive
Fads and Fashions – Mood Rings, Trucker Hats, Tickle Me Elmo, Rickie Tickie Stickers, Macarena, Zoot Suits
Buyback – Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr The Beatles Third Series Card #129
American Pie Relics – Justin Willman, Paul Teutul Sr., Carmen Electra
I got very excited when I heard Topps was resurrecting the old American Pie product, but moving it away
from Baseball into the non-sports area.
And Topps didn’t let me down.
I’m a huge fan of pop culture, and American Pie has tons and tons and tons of it. With cards broken down
by decade, and each decade with a different design, the content is almost secondary. But the content is
really where this set just into high gear. Whether it is cards about celebrities, inventions, events or more, if
it happened over the last 70 or so years, it feels like it is covered here.
Topps doesn’t stop there, however. The insert sets are wonderful and ingenious. Some of the biggest
names in entertainment history are featured in Hollywood Walk of Fame. Great (and some not-so-great) hairstyles are the
subject of Hirsute History. Want more? How about one buyback from the vast trove of past show business sets in each box. As
a huge Beatles fan that just made the pilgrimage to Abbey Road on a recent trip to London, the Ringo Starr/Paul McCartney
card I pulled was a thrill.
And to top it all off, each box carries three hits. There are autographs, coins, relics and more scattered throughout the product. I
pulled three basic relics, but given that one of the was a piece of leather, well, something, from Carmen Electra, you won’t be
hearing me complain one bit.
Weaknesses? Just one..the foil board parallels can be a little difficult to differentiate from the base cards. I had to look at a
couple of them from a number of angels to tell they actually were the parallel.
This one is a great product, no matter how you look at it. I didn’t complete a full set, but plan on filling in all of the holes to make
sure I do. And then, I’ll use it as a learning tool for my son when he gets old enough, so he can see some of the great
moments I’ve lived through…and plenty of the ones we all wish we could forget. I won’t be forgetting about this one, and am
happy Topps decided to remember it, as well........................