Review: 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball

Panini’s baseball products are now in full swing to round out the 2012 season of baseball cards. Without the MLB license, they are putting out bigger and better products this season, especially with the addition of the Hall of Fame license, now is a great time for Panini to show what they can do. No better example would be this product. Panini Cooperstown is a product filled with just Hall of Famers and displays at the shrine to baseball’s best. Check out what we thought of the product:

Design:

The design of this product is one that takes the history of the Hall of Fame and places it directly in front of you on the card. I called it in my review video, “a time capsule on cardboard”. That truly is what the product is, more directly what it stands for, and more importantly what I believe Panini was striving for. While you won’t see symbols of the teams, or even the team city on the front of the card (the only fault I found), it showcases the players first and foremost. The inserts are just as informative in showcasing some of the greatest items the Hall has to showcase, as well as a bit about the city of Cooperstown itself. Finally, hard-signed autographs. They are just beautifully done. Well done. One final addition, I would of liked to have seen the year they were inducted on the base cards.

Checklist:

What makes this great is that you buy the product knowing full well that every card, including autographs, feature Hall of Famers or those with displays in the Hall. In a lot of products you might end up with with less desirable cards, but there is no denying what will be in this box in terms of content. You will find everyone from Lou Gehrig to Joe Tinker, and the Doubleday ball to Walter Johnson’s glove. Everyone and everything is immortalized.

Value:

You will be able to find these boxes for about $90 over at DA Card World. I find that price to be a tad bit high for only one or two autographs per box. At two autographs it is a bit easier to take, but I also understand the money probably needed to secure Hall of Fame autographs as well as the Hall of Fame license. It’s not terrible though. With a checklist full of Hall of Fame talent, how can you really go wrong with this product? There are also 20 SPs and a number of different numbered cards as well. Definitely fair though.

Overall:

Overall, this is by far Panini’s best baseball product it has put out since acquiring the MLBPA license. The fantastic design, complete checklist, and Hall of Fame credentials makes this a real complete product. Add in hard signed autographs from Hall of Famers, and you continue to have a fantastic product from the people over at Panini. With this product now being looked back upon, you hope that this translates to other great products to come out from Panini.

Thanks again to Panini for providing this product to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

To view the full checklist of the product check out Cardboard Connection.

I’m STILL having trouble with photos, but check out this video on YouTube….it’s a bit long.

Panini Signs Deal With Baseball Hall of Fame

The world’s largest trading card and collectibles company has added another license to it’s resume to bolster it’s attempts at a MLB trading card license.

Announced today, Panini America has signed a multi-year agreement to use players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in future trading card products, beginning with 2011 Panini Prime Cuts along with it’s new CMG Worldwide license and MLBPA license.

The deal allows Panini to produce cards of Baseball Hall of Fame inductees as well as marks, artifacts, and induction ceremony photos to be used on 6 trading card products a year.

This is big news for Panini as they are entering the baseball card genre since 2005, back when they were known as Donruss. They are working hard to secure a future MLB license and are going about it the best way they can to show the MLB what they can do, and I applaud them for doing so as competition is always important.

What Hall of Famer are you most excited to see on a future Panini trading card?