2012 Topps Update

2012 Topps Update Series is the finale in the flagship Topps lineup and always follows Series One and Series Two. 2012 Topps Update features all of the roster moves throughout the season and does a good job of chronicling the season with special highlight cards of the season and the All-Star Game. For years, this set consists of 330 base cards and includes traded players, rookie call-ups, every 2012 MLB All-Star Game selection, the 2012 Home Run Derby participants, record breakers, and rookie debuts. Nothing chronicles baseball history like Topps and every collector should add this set to their collection to remember the very best of 2012. Here is the breakdown of what you should expect to find inside 2012 Topps Update:

PARALLEL CARDS

BLACK PARALLEL CARDS: 330 different black bordered parallel cards sequentially numbered to 61. These rare cards are only found in hobby and Home Team Advantage packs.
PLATINUM PARALLEL CARDS: 330 different platinum bordered parallel cards are numbered one of one and are extremely hard to find in packs.
GOLDEN MOMENTS PARALLEL CARDS: All 330 cards can be found on a special shimmering gold foil. These cards are inserted one in four packs.
WOOD PARALLEL CARDS: Each one of the base cards is printed on wood stock to give them a vintage feel. These cards are each stamped one of one and very tough to find in packs.
PRINTING PLATES: All 330 cards will have their four printing plates inserted only into hobby and HTA packs for a total of 1,320 plates available. These unique collectibles are stamped one of one.
GOLD SILK COLLECTION PARALLEL CARDS: These framed mini cards are printed on special gold silk. This is a partial parallel set as there are only 100 cards available. Each card is serially numbered to fifty copies each and can only be found in hobby and HTA packs.
GOLD PARALLEL CARDS: These cards were omitted from Topps Series One and Two and collectors did not like that so Topps has listened and made sure that this year would not go without a gold set. A staple in Topps cards since 2001, the gold parallel set is saved from extinction by having all 990 cards inserted into 2012 Topps Update. Every card from Series One, Series Two, and Update Series are paralleled on gold bordered cards and will be sequentially numbered to 2012.

INSERT CARDS

BLOCKBUSTERS: There are 30 cards featuring the biggest blockbuster trades in the history of baseball. Players include Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., and Nolan Ryan. These cards are inserted one in every four packs.
GOLDEN MOMENTS: These cards are a continuation of the inserts found in Series One and Series Two. There are 50 more active and retired players depicting a golden moment from their career for collectors to find. These cards can be found one in every four packs.
GOLDEN GREATS: These cards feature 25 of the greatest players of all time each with a golden moment highlighted on the card. These inserts can be found one in eight packs.
1987 MINIS: These very popular mini cards continue to be a fan favorite. Initially started in Series One and continued in Series Two, this set continues with 50 more subjects for collectors to collect. These cards can be found one in every four packs.
Players include Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper.

RELIC CARDS

GOLDEN GREATS RELICS: There are 15 relic versions of the Golden Great inserts. These relic cards are very tough to find as there are only ten of each card.
BLOCKBUSTERS RELICS: There are 10 relic versions of the Blockbuster inserts. These relic cards are tough to find as each of the ten relic cards are sequentially numbered to fifty copies each.
1969 MICKEY MANTLE REPRINT RELIC: Mickey Mantle’s 1969 Topps card features a relic piece. This is a extremely tough card to find as there are only 69 cards made!
GOLDEN RELIC CARDS (one per HTA box – one per hobby case)
GOLD FUTURES COIN CARDS: There are five rising stars on cards with an embedded golden coin featuring their likeness including Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper. Each card is serially numbered to each player’s jersey number.
AWARD WINNERS GOLD RINGS: There are 15 cards celebrating 25 greats from throughout history and an award they won, such as MVP or Rookie of the Year, with a specially designed golden ring embedded in the card.
GOLD HALL OF FAME PLAQUES: There are 15 cards embedded with a golden replica of the plaques of 15 Hall of Famers, as featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
SOLID GOLD FUTURES: Four rising stars on cards made of a solid piece of gold including Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper. Each one of these stunning cards is serially numbered to 1/1.
GOLD ENGRAVINGS REPRINT CARDS: Three cards featuring an embedded golden reprint of a vintage Topps card.

AUTOGRAPH CARDS

GOLDEN MOMENTS AUTOGRAPHS: Over 25 cards featuring active and retired players and a golden moment from their career.
GOLDEN MOMENTS AUTOGRAPHS GOLD PARALLEL: A parallel of all the golden moments autograph cards on shimmering gold foil. Each card is serially numbered to ten copies each.
GOLDEN DEBUTS AUTOGRAPHS: Over 15 autograph cards featuring young, up-and-coming stars and a golden moment from their rookie season.
GOLDEN DEBUTS AUTOGRAPHS GOLD PARALLEL: The same 15 golden debuts autograph cards paralleled on shimmering gold foil and sequentially numbered to 10 copies each.
BLOCKBUSTERS AUTOGRAPHS: Ten players from the insert set have autographed versions of their cards. These ten cards are hard to find as each is serially numbered to 25 copies each.
GOLDEN GREATS AUTOGRAPHS: Ten of the golden greats will have autographed versions of their cards available. Each one of the ten cards are sequentially numbered to just ten copies each.

AUTOGRAPHED RELIC CARDS

BLOCKBUSTERS AUTOGRAPH RELICS: Autographed relic versions of five of the blockbuster inserts. These cards can only be found in hobby packs and are sequentially numbered to just five copies each. Collectors finding one of these will have something truly special and valuable.
GOLDEN GREATS AUTOGRAPH RELICS: Autographed relic versions of five of the golden greats inserts. These cards are very scarce and hard to find. Collectors will have to look in hobby stores as they will not be found in retail packs and each card is serially numbered to five copies each.
MLB ALL-STAR GAME RELICS AND AUTOGRAPH CARDS
ALL-STAR STITCHES: These relic cards feature swatches from the mid-summer classic’s workout jerseys. There are 55 All-Star cards in this set with a gold parallel serially numbered to 50 and a platinum parallel serially numbered to 1/1.
ALL-STAR STITCHES AUTOGRAPHED RELICS: Fifteen All-Stars will be featured on cards with an All-Star relic piece and an autograph. These cards are extremely tough to find in packs as each card is serially numbered to 25 copies each.
ALL-STAR JUMBO PATCHES: There are 45 cards in this patch set which feature oversized patches from the 2012 MLB All-Star Game workout jerseys. These extremely rare cards are sequentially numbered to six copies each and can only be found in hobby and HTA packs.
ALL-STAR JUMBO PATCHES AUTOGRAPHS: There are ten cards in this set and each card features a jumbo patch relic along with that player’s autograph. These cards are sequentially numbered to six copies each and are found only in hobby and HTA packs.
ALL-STAR STITCHES DUALS: Ten cards that have two players and two relics. Each card is sequentially numbered to 25 copies each.
ALL-STAR STITCHES TRIPLES: Ten cards that feature three players and three relics. Each card is sequentially numbered to 25 copies each. These cards can only be found in hobby and HTA packs.

ONLINE PROMOTIONS

GOLDEN GIVEAWAY: The 2012 Topps Golden Giveaway continues with code cards that can be found inside packs of 2012 Topps Updates. Every code unlocks a golden chance to win prizes. There are ten different cards with a code that can be entered online to win prizes. Code cards are found one in every six packs. Collectors can unlock exclusive die-cut cards, unlock one-of-one gold-embedded die cut cards, unlock golden digital coins to collect and win prizes!

Collectors can collect the following:

Golden Moments Die-Cut Chrome Cards – striking die-cut chrome cards featuring 100 players and their greatest golden moment. These cards can also be found in a gold parallel numbered to 99 and a one of one card with a piece of real gold embedded onto the card
One-of-One Gold Base Set Parallel – a parallel of the Topps Baseball Update Series base set with a piece of real gold embedded in the card. Each card is a one of one.
Digital Gold Coins – in total, there are 90 digital coins that can be unlocked: 30 team coins, 30 player coins, and 30 retired player coins.
PRESIDENTIAL PREDICTORS: According to Topps, a special program to bring the excitement of the 2012 United States Presidential Election to life. Both candidates will have cards for each state inserted into the product. Collectors who find these cards will go online and enter a code for a chance to win a special prize. Once the election is complete and each state has a winner, Topps will randomly select one lucky winner for each state. To be eligible to be selected, the code entered must be for the candidate that won that respective state. 50 total prizes will be given away – a special presidential patch card numbered to 50 of the winner of the 2012 Presidential election.

2012 Topps Updates is the perfect way to put an end to a memorable season. With one autograph or relic card per hobby box and one autograph and two relic cards per HTA box, 2012 Topps Baseball is sure to be a grand slam in anyone’s ball park. Look for 2012 Topps Updates coming to a store near you on October 3rd.

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Huge Mantle Hit

There is a 2012 Topps Mickey Mantle Solid Golden Greats card on eBay right now. It is a one of one card and is listed with a starting bid of $5k. Will be interesting to see if/what this beauty sell for. See the 2012 Topps Mickey Mantle Solid Golden Greats currently for sale on eBay:

2012 Topps Mickey Mantle Solid Golden Greats

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We Have a Winner

Craig from TX forwarded me this email that he received from Topps today. Congratulations Craig!

Congratulations you were one of the first 100 users to unlock 200 codes on the Golden Giveaway site! We appreciate your activity on the site and hope you continue to enjoy!

Please be sure to populate your address information on the site, in order for us to send you prizes you MUST have this information updated in your profile.

You will receive a complete set of the base golden moment die cut cards, 100 cards in total. We expect these cards to be available and ship mid-April.

You will also receive one 1/1 gold embed card, this card will be a special 1/1 card from our Golden Moments inserts in Topps Series 1. The card you receive will be randomly pulled from those 100 subjects. Please note this card will ship separate from your set of 100 die-cut cards and will most likely become available in June.

Thank you again for your business and support!

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2012 Topps Chrome Info

Beckett has a preview of the 2012 Topps Chrome set up. The base set will be 220 cards and as usual there will be plenty of parallel sets. Here are the details:

2012 Topps Chrome Beckett First Look

Lots of pics there and they look pretty nice at first glance.

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The Long Awaited 2012 Topps Golden Site is Live

Many collectors have been asking when the 2012 Topps Golden site will be live. Well, I'm happy to say that today is that day. If you want to be one of the first 100 people to enter 200 codes and win the 100 card Golden Moments set, you'd better get going! I have already talked to one collector who is entering codes at this moment (not me). In case you don't have the Topps Golden site bookmarked and/or memorized here it is:

2012 Topps Golden Site

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Two Cut Signatures Up

Two 2012 Topps Cut Signatures have been pulled and listed on eBay. The first was of Hall of Famer Nellie Fox and it actually already ended, selling for $330. The second was of Connie Ryan who played from 1942-1954, making the NL All-Star team in 1944. One interesting note in the Nellie Fox listing is that it states the seller is an eBay employee.  Can't say I've seen that before.  Here are the eBay listings with pictures:

2012 Topps Nellie Fox Cut Signature

2012 Topps Connie Ryan Cut Signature

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2012 Topps Tribute Preview

Topps brings back another edition of a popular high end product known for its great selection of relics and autographs – Topps Tribute Baseball.  It is available in an eight box case also known as a master case.  Each box contains six packs consisting of five cards each. The scheduled release date is Wednesday March 7th.

Collectors will be buzzing over the autograph selection with a tribute to an all-time great, Willie Mays!  Mays autographs will be “on-the-card” as will many other noteworthy legends.  2012 Topps Tribute Baseball is sure to be a grand slam!

In every box of Topps Tribute, collectors can expect six autograph or relic hits and at least one foil card in every pack.  They will also find in every box three on-card autographs that are numbered to 99 or less, three relic cards that are numbered to 99 or less, and six parallel cards.  Each pack contains three base cards, one base bronze parallel card, and one autograph or relic card.

ON-CARD AUTOGRAPHED CARDS - 3 PER BOX

Find autographs of today's stars and yesterday’s legends. Autographs will be signed directly on each card and will be numbered to 99*.

2012 Topps Tribute Sandy Koufax Auto

2012 Topps Tribute Sandy Koufax Auto

  • Blue Parallel will be numbered to 50*.
  • Orange Parallel will be numbered to 25*. New!
  • Gold Parallel will be numbered to 15.
  • Red Parallel will be numbered to 5.
  • Purple Parallel will be numbered 1/1. New!
  • Printing Plates #'d 1/1.
  • Onyx Parallel (signed with a silver pen) will be numbered 1/1. New!

*Sequential numbering may change at time of product launch.

Tribute to the Stars Autographed Cards:

As an added bonus, Topps has included autographed cards of top retired and active superstars.  These bonus cards have Topps Certified autograph stickers placed on them. Cards will be sequentially numbered to 24 and available in a new one-of-one Purple Parallel version.

RELIC CARDS - 3 PER BOX

Topps Tribute has various different kinds of relic cards that can be found inside the packs.  Here is a rundown of what collectors can expect to find all serially numbered to 99 or less:

2012 Topps Tribute Tim Lincecum Relic

2012 Topps Tribute Tim Lincecum Relic

  • Debut Digits: Relic cards of active and retired stars. Relic swatches will be featured in a die-cut of their first uniform number.
  • Superstar Swatches: Dual relics of top active players with two unique die-cuts.
  • Positions of Power: Two relic swatches take shape in the form of each infield, outfield and DH position.
  • Retired Remnants: Honoring the game's greats, the cards feature a swatch from legendary superstars.
  • Championship Material: Dual relic cards of active World Series champions.
  • World Series Swatches: Relic cards of retired World Series winners.

Relic Card Parallels

All of the above relic card themes will have the following parallels:

  • Blue Parallel will be numbered to 50*.
  • Orange Parallel will be numbered to 25*.
  • Gold Parallel will be numbered to 15.
  • Red Parallel will be numbered to 10.
  • Purple Parallel will be numbered to 1.

*Topps says that the sequential numbering may change at time of product launch.

Prime Patches Relic Cards (25 subjects): Relic cards of current Superstars and Retired Legends, featuring a game-used patch. Cards will be sequentially numbered to 24 and will have a Purple Parallel version numbered to 1

BASE CARDS

Topps Tribute has 100 of the best retired and active players of Major League Baseball.  These cards can be found three per pack.

PARALLEL CARDS

All 100 base cards are paralleled and are found one per pack.  Here is a listing of the different types of parallels for this year:

  • Bronze Parallel (100 subjects): Sequentially numbered to 299*.
  • Blue Parallel (100 subjects): Sequentially numbered to 199*.
  • Green Parallel (100 subjects): Sequentially numbered to 75.
  • Orange Parallel (100 subjects): Sequentially numbered to 50.
  • Gold Parallel (100 subjects): Sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Parallel (100 subjects): Sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Purple Parallel (100 subjects): Sequentially numbered 1/1.
  • Framed Printing Plates (100 subjects): Numbered 1/1.

*Topps says that the sequential numbering may change at time of product launch.

With a strong relic and autograph lineup that features on-the-card autographs of the great Willie Mays, Topps Tribute is ready to step up to the plate and knock one out of the park!  Look for 2012 Topps Tribute cards in stores near you come March 7, 2012 and see for yourself!

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2012 Topps Action Cards

I've always had a weakness for cards that show a baseball in mid-flight, and there are quite a few of them in 2012 Topps Series 1. Here are just a few of them (and a few that just missed the cut.

2012 Topps Josh Hamilton

Josh may be having off the field issues, but I love this card (and I'm still a big Josh fan).

2012 Topps Roy Halladay

One of the best pitchers in the game doing what he does best.

2012 Topps Ricky Nolasco

Another action shot of a pitcher, this time Ricky Nolasco from the "Miami" Marlins.

2012 Topps Jason Bourgeois

Jason Bourgeois about to make a nice catch. Interesting fact from back of card: Plays for Houston, lives in Houston, born in Houston.

2012 Topps Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond leaping over a runner to turn a double play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two barely missed the cut since technically the ball is still in their hands.

2012 Topps Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon turning a double play.

2012 Topps Eduardo Nunez

Eduardo Nunez throwing out a base runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this one get's an honorable mention. There is no mid-flight baseball, but there are three mid-flight birds that are attempting to get out of the way of a baseball and it doesn't hurt that the pic is set against the backdrop of Wrigley Field ivy.

2012 Topps Reed Johnson

Reed Johnson dodging birds to catch a ball (or watch it sail over the fence?).

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Week 1 Prime 9 Card Announced

The first Prime 9 redemption card has been announced by Topps and it is Willie Mays. If you've bought any hobby or HTA jumbo packs, you've probably received some Prime 9 redemption cards. Each card has a week number on it and that determines what card you get. If your redemption card says "Week 1" on it, take it to a participating Topps dealer to get your card, and don't forget to fill out the back of the redemption card for a shot at a trip the 2012 Home Run Derby in Kansas City.

2012 Topps Prime 9 Willie Mays

2012 Topps Prime 9 Willie Mays

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My 2012 Topps SP Pull

Nothing huge here, but I've opened one HTA jumbo box and 4 72 card retail packs so far and I've only found one short print so far...the bunny ears Tsuyoshi Nishioka #411 card. Here it is.

2012 Topps Tsuyoshi Nishioka Bunny Ears SP

2012 Topps Tsuyoshi Nishioka Bunny Ears SP

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