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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.