Topps claims it’s a “game-changer” of a season for Topps baseball products. While we won’t know whether that statement is true or not until the end of the season, there has been a ton of moves made to make this one of the better Topps baseball seasons in quite some time and it kicks off in January with 2012 Topps Series I baseball.
Topps’ first attempt at game changing? The Golden Giveaway, or The Gold Rush.
While gold is nothing new, nor game changing to trading cards, they are continuing their online redemption code program from the Million Card Giveaway and Diamond Anniversary in the form of the Gold Rush. You will have the chance to unlock Golden die-cut cards, Chrome parallels of those cards, and of course, cards with gold embedded into them.
You will also find some interesting gold themed cards in your packs as well. Coin cards, World Series champion pin cards, and the ones everyone will be looking for, the 1/1 cards printed on real gold.
There will also be a bevy of other relics and autographs that you would normally find in Topps Series I sets but most people will be trying to strike gold this year.
You may also find 1 autograph or relic per hobby box with 2 relics and 1 autograph per jumbo hobby box.
The base set is 330 cards and there will be another parallel set like the Diamond parallels, except, you guessed it, it will be gold looking.
So far, like last season, I’m liking the look to Topps’ Series I product. But there still needs to be a ton more for this to be a game changing season. So far, we’re on the right track.