Before I start let me just say that even the wrappers look better than in previous years. I'm not a fan of Lincecum or the Giants (esp. since they knocked out my Braves in the playoffs last year), but I dig the wrappers. Notice the big exclusive MLB trading card starburst? Yes Topps, we all know you are the only one in the biz w/ the license. There are 10 inserts/parallel sets this year! Some of them are sequentially numbered like the blue parallels and the printing plates and 60th Anniversary autograph Continuity. Autographs are seeded 1:480 packs while other inserts are easier to come across such as Superstar Celebrations (1:4), Spot the Error (1:6), Stadium Lights (1:9), Mascots (1:4) and Presidential First Pitch (1:6). My personal favorite are the Opening Day Stars (1:12) as they have a cool 3D vibe like the Topps 2020 cards had.
#137 Joel Pineiro
#204 Carlos Beltran
#046 Yadier Molina
#077 Koji Uehara
Rangers Captain - Mascots #M-23
Alex Rodriguez - Opening Day Stars #ODS-3
Scans don't do these cards justice!
I love the 2011 Topps design so it doesn't bother me that the Opening Day cards share the same design. I like the Opening Day logo and the lack of silver foil stamping works. The only drawback is the player's position can sometimes be hard to see/read as with Chris Johnson above. The silver used for the lettering isn't very dark. I also like the addition of Topps Series 2 preview cards along with players shown in their new team's uniforms (even if they are air brushed). For $.99 a pack you really can't go wrong. I'll be building the set to put aside for my daughter in the future. I'll be building the insert sets for me!