The Topps Chrome 2011 Cubs have arrived. While I'm not all that into the whole chrome thing, I do have all of the Cubs since the first Chrome release in 1996. As mentioned by others, the 2011 cards do not have the same curling problem that last year's cards did. This year's have only a slight curl. My question is why should there be any curl to the cards at all?
There are a total of nine Cubs included in this year's 220 card set. Several big names are missing....Ryan Dempster, Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto...and were replaced by guys who did little for the team this year....Tyler Colvin, Andrew Cashner, Marcos Mateo. I think Topps locked in their Chrome checklist a little too early in the season.
All nine have already been featured in either the base set or the factory team set. I'll show the Chrome card side by side with its parallel card from the earlier set
Darwin Barney's card is the only one that has a new picture. I like the Chrome picture better.
The two newer Cubs, Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, have Chrome cards that match the Factory Team set. Both of these are mediocre Photoshop jobs.
The other six all have Chrome cards borrowed from the base set.
Topps also released a bunch of different colored refractor parallels and I won't be chasing any of them. In a rare instance of restraint, Topps didn't put out platinum diamond chrome cards. Too bad...it would have been fun to get one just for the name: Diamond Anniversary Platinum Chrome Atomic Refractor. (They did put our canary platinum cards that are 1/1 and going for crazy prices.)