2011 Topps Chrome
What I pulled--
Refractors – Prince Amukamara, Ricky Stanzi, Chris Cooley, Matt Ryan, Edmond Gates, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, Tyron
Black Refractor – Matt Schaub (#180/299)
Blue Refractor – Leonard Hankerson (#165/199)
Diamond Refractor – Steve Johnson (#4/139)
Gold Refractor – Tandon Doss (#19/50)
Rookie Recognition – Daniel Thomas, Julio Jones
Superlative Rookies – Ryan Williams
Finest Freshman – Vincent Brown, Ryan Williams, Jordan Todman, Randall Cobb
Bowman Chrome Rookies – Christian Ponder, Ryan Mallett
Rookie Autograph – Akeem Ayers
Something went askew with Topps Chrome Football that I don’t understand.
When the Baseball version of Chrome came out, the cards were beautiful. The white frames on the
Chrome just popped. So y question is this…
Where did the white borders go for Football?
It sounds like a smallish detail, but it is far, far from that. It makes a card that jumps off the stock become
bland and, well, boring.
If I hadn’t felt so strongly about the Baseball design, I might feel otherwise. Frankly, the design for the
Topps 2011 base brands is one of the best in recent years, which is saying something. And the breakdown of this product is
solid. There are lots of Refractors, although the base Refractors don’t stand out enough from the base cards. But there are
lots of colors and varieties and numbering to the Refractors, which will make player collectors very, very happy.
There are also plenty of inserts to increase the variety of cards, and the inserts, although exclusively slanted towards rookies,
offer a nice array of styles and designs, and I do especially like the die-cuts. The autograph checklist is also solid.
But I can’t get past the basic flaw in this product. To me, it is a big one, and it really drops the grade of what is an otherwise