Grand Cards: The Team We Have

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Team We Have

This is the follow up to "The Team We Had", which examined the 2010 Topps Factory Team Set and all of its flaws. Well, I've got good news: 2011 is much better.

Take a look:

#DET1 Miguel Cabrera

#DET2 Magglio Ordonez

#DET3 Brandon Inge

#DET4 Max Scherzer

#DET5 Brad Penny

#DET6 Ryan Raburn

#DET7 Carlos Guillen

#DET8 Austin Jackson

#DET9 Jhonny Peralta

#DET10 Rick Porcello

#DET11 Brennan Boesch

#DET12 Joaquin Benoit

#DET13 Justin Verlander

#DET14 Jose Valverde

#DET15 Alex Avila

#DET16 Victor Martinez

#DET17 Comerica Park

For one, ALL of these players are currently on the Tigers 25-man roster. This is a huge win. Of course, to make it happen, there are some pretty bad photoshop jobs, but that is something for another post. On pure roster capture, this gets an A+ (They even have Ryan Raburn and Alex Avila!!)

All of the Tigers who are in Series 1 see their photos replicated here. It remains to be seen whether the other photos will be rehashed in Series 2. In the past the factory set and Series 2 pictures have been different, but we'll have to wait and see.

The best part of the whole set is the great shot of a FULL Comerica Park with full-on Whale Building in frame. A Stadium Card is perfect for a team set, and as someone who has an affinity for Stadiums in general, I'm tempted to buy this for all the teams just to get all the stadiums (Note to my wife: I won't)

On balance, the 2011 Topps Team Set blows 2010 out of the water. For any fan of the team (or their team) it gets my wholehearted recommendation.

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