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Old 07-05-2011, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default TOPPS ANNOUNCES 32nd NATIONAL VIP SET!

TOPPS ANNOUNCES 32nd NATIONAL VIP SET
"NATIONAL TRIBUTES" SET COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1961 TOPPS HI NUMBER ALL-STARS


The much-awaited 2011 Topps National VIP Set has been announced. Always a collectors favorite, this years set continues the tradition of producing a 50th Anniversary version of an earlier Topps issue. The 2011 set will be produced in the style of the coveted high number 1961 All Stars and will be sequentially numbered as a continuation of the original set.
Labeled as "National Tributes", the set will include 5 different cards.



Leading off will be a special combination card of the "M & M Boys", Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris who in 1961 staged an historic race to see who would be the first to surpass Babe Ruth's magical record of 60 homers in a single season. We all know that Roger outlasted Mickey to set the new record which stood for 37 years. In addition to the Mantle/Maris Combo, an individual card of the great Yankee Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle will be produced. Joining the Mick in the set will be former Dodger Great Jackie Robinson. Robinson, who retired in 1956 rather than accepting a trade to the rival New York Giants, would be elected to the Hall of Fame the next year in his first year of eligibility. Also in the 1961 "National Tributes" set will be Lou Gehrig. Gehrig had passed away 20 year earlier in 1941. Gehrigs storied career was the topic of a full-length motion picture and his record of 2130 consecutive games played was thought to be unbeatable until Cal Ripken surpassed it in 1995. Gehrig still holds the career record for Grand Slams with 23 (Alex Rodriguez has 22). The final card of the set is a very unusual card. An avid Red Sox fan, President John F Kennedy will complete the 2011 Topps National Tributes set. Kennedy attended games whenever he could and threw out the first pitch in Washington's Griffith Stadium on April 10, 1961.
VIPs will each receive one 4-card pack of the 1961 Topps Tributes, while SuperVIPs will receive two packs.

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