There was a major scoop released on Mojo and Beardy’s blog <link>.  They outscooped everyone on this Topps release.  It’s a little tongue in cheek humore from Topps and Parker Brothers:

From The Mojo Beard Blog:

This looks like it’s going to be a fairly high-end product, with a limited print run. Every single card in the set is a refractor, and they’re all serially numbered. The base set is complicated, as each of the addresses in the iconic board game are represented in card form, and work as a series of parallels. The more expensive and exclusive the property, the lower the numbering on the card will be.

Along with plenty of shine, collectors can also look forward to an impressive, although yet to be determined autograph checklist. All autographs with the exception of the 1/1 Free Parking parallels will only be available via redemption, and there’s also another catch… you won’t know who you have pulled an autograph card of until you redeem it online.

This is also the first ever set to feature game-used memorabilia from baseball’s barnstorming era, as all of the railroad cards feature exhibition game worn memorabilia of some of the game’s most iconic players including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Satchel Paige!

Topps got cute with the Water Works theme, and turned it into a relic set featuring game used home run balls from shots that splashed themselves into San Francisco’s famous McCovey Cove.

Each box of Topps Monopoly will include 4 packs of 4 cards, 3 of which will be base cards, and one game used, redemption card or 1/1 autograph. That’s 4 pretty nice hits per box, but from the looks of it, this set is too rich for my blood, especially since some of the redemption cards are actually for nothing at all. In fact, Topps is now flaunting the fact that some boxes will be shorted hits.

Along with these risky redemptions are some of the most beautiful, on-card 1/1 autographs I have seen in a long time. Topps didn’t mention the insert ratios for any of these cards yet, but if the set is only as large as the number of properties in the game, I can’t imagine these being more than one per 4 or 5 cases. I’m already drooling over this one, but there’s no way I’ll ever be able to afford it, and we all know I’m not gonna pull it.

There have also been some video breaks of people who found them randomly inserted into boxes (supposedly one blaster was sent to each Walmart with some of the promo cards), the above cards were found in the box.

Part one of break:

Part two of break:

So after reading all this and I know you are as psyched about this release as I am, there was some fine print from the mojo beard blog:

*Yes, this is a joke. Topps, Parker Bros.,  please don’t sue!

I was crushed, both my wife and I were.  She even gave the green light to go and try to get some of these cards.  Beardy you got me and about half of the card collectors out there with this one.  I really want to put a set like this together.


8 responses »

  1. Marc says:

    Anyone else see the fake email addresses on those redemption cards? ‘toppsredemptionssuckass’ bahahaha

  2. Eric L says:

    It wouldn’t be so tragic if it wasn’t such a fantastic idea for a set. I missed the fine print when I first saw the post and was halfway through the comments before I fully realized the point of the post. This just proves that people in the card blogosphere are freaking awesome.

  3. Mike D says:

    I sense a viral movement coming. This was a brilliant idea and something that could have been a very worthwhile chaser – even just to build a “game board” for display. There could be so many different ways to customize the board, maybe by division (NL EAST, NL CENTRAL, etc.) or even by teams (making the community chest and chance cards redemptions for prospects needed to fill spots like Ventnor and Illinois) and railroad cards could be heritage players from a team – say for the Cubs the four railroad cards could have been Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Hack Wilson. Each position on the board carries a player listing – one player for each of the 30 MLB teams – with Park Place and Boardwalk likely being a star or coveted player with a low print number.
    Not only would this idea be something that is unique, but also brings in interest to Parker Bros. products and, I believe, would encourage people to trade. Maybe a pipe dream there, but it’s something. Who’s with me?

  4. Mike D says:

    Oh, for the game board itself, one could get one through sending in Topps retail or hobby wrappers or maybe it could be a box topper on HTA boxes.

  5. Carlos says:

    After I saw this and failed to realize it was fake… and went to Walmart looking… I thought about asking you to make this set for a fee of course. Let me know if you can replicate this (Marlins Players Only) and if it is feasible, how much it would cost.


  6. Jonathan says:

    Here is a true story. I was in Target and a packsearcher was going through all the A&G… I looked down and he had every 2011 Topps blaster upsidedown.

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