Preview: 2012 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

The 7th year of Topps Triple Threads baseball has returned for 2012. The hit seekers will be happy to see that not much has changed in the configuration of the product. At $200, I still consider it more of a gambling product.

Each mini-box will contain one pack that has an autographed card and a relic inside it. Based on the pack, it will be either a single autograph card or an autographed relic along with a relic card. All autograph hits are numbered to 99 or less while all relic hits are numbered to 36 or less.

You’ll also be finding 3 regular base cards and 2 parallels per mini box. Each parallel is numbered from 625, the Sepia parallel, to the 1/1 Ruby parallel. There will also be printing plates from the product as well. And with over 300 different players on the checklist, there is a lot of different options for collectors here.

Now, the fantastic hits are hard to find in this product, which is why I always consider this product to be one of the bigger gambles when it comes to higher end cards. But when I say fantastic hits, they really are fantastic hits to be found. Autographed patch booklets, bat knobs, laundry tags, jumbo sleeve patches, cut signatures, lettermans, MLB logo patches, and apparently more. It’s a cornucopia of unique items that can be found.

Take your chance with 2012 Topps Triple Threads baseball when it arrives in stores on September 19, 2012, for around $200 a box.

For more information on the product, check out Cardboard Connection’s product information page.

 

2012 Topps Tier One Bat Knobs Selling for Ridiculous Numbers

Now I knew that the 2012 Topps Tier One bat knobs were going to sell well. I mean, the checklist is great and they are one of the harder to find memorabilia pieces out there. Plus, they are numbered to just one.

But I didn’t realize they would sell for the ridiculous amounts they are selling for. Some of the recent sales have ginormous numbers (from our friends at Cardboard Connection):

- George Brett: $799

- Gary Carter: $999

- Willie McCovey: $669

- Carlos Gonzalez & Justin Upton: $399 each

- Andrew McCutchen: $499

And apparently one of the holy grails in the bat knob checklist has been pulled as well with the Mickey Mantle reportedly found as well. I can’t imagine where a Mickey Mantle bat knob would fall. $1500 maybe?  Easily four digits there. (Edit: With the Maris approaching $1500 at auction currently, I might have to revise that statement to somewhere between $2-3 grand. Wow.)

These bat knobs were a great addition by Topps and make some fantastic chase cards. Kudos to who thought it would be a great improvement to the product because it really is a great addition to the set. How will they top it next year though?

 

2012 Topps Tier One Bat Knobs Checklist

Bat barrels and bat knobs are the two biggest attractions when it comes to game used bat memorabilia cards. Topps is bringing out the knobs in it’s soon to be released 2012 Topps Tier One product releasing on June 19, 2012.

Featuring 100 players and each card a 1 of 1, there will be quite a few to chase after from some of the top players who have ever played the game…and Nick Swisher. Here are the 100 names:

Hank Aaron
Dustin Ackley
Luis Aparicio
Ernie Banks
Jose Bautista
Carlos Beltran
Johnny Bench
Wade Boggs
George Brett
Jay Bruce
Miguel Cabrera
Robinson Cano
Rod Carew
Steve Carlton
Gary Carter
Starlin Castro
Shin-Soo Choo
Roberto Clemente
Ty Cobb
Carl Crawford
Andre Dawson
Joe DiMaggio
Jacoby Ellsbury
Cecil Fielder
Carlton Fisk
Freddie Freeman
Lou Gehrig
Bob Gibson
Carlos Gonzalez
Curtis Granderson
Josh Hamilton
Todd Helton
Rickey Henderson
Jason Heyward
Matt Holliday
Ryan Howard
Catfish Hunter
Monte Irvin
Reggie Jackson
Fergie Jenkins
Andruw Jones
Chipper Jones
Al Kaline
Matt Kemp
Harmon Killebrew
Ralph Kiner
Ian Kinsler
Paul Konerko
Carlos Lee
Tim Lincecum
Evan Longoria
Mickey Mantle
Roger Maris
Victor Martinez
Eddie Mathews
Don Mattingly
Joe Mauer
Bill Mazeroski
Willie McCovey
Andrew McCutchen
Paul Molitor
Joe Morgan
Eddie Murray
Stan Musial
David Ortiz
Jim Palmer
Dustin Pedroia
Tony Pérez
Buster Posey
Albert Pujols
Lance Berkman
Aramis Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez
Jose Reyes
Jim Rice
Cal Ripken Jr.
Brooks Robinson
Frank Robinson
Alex Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez
Jimmy Rollins
Babe Ruth
Ryne Sandberg
Pablo Sandoval
Mike Schmidt
Tom Seaver
Gary Sheffield
Enos Slaughter
Ozzie Smith
Duke Snider
Darryl Strawberry
Nick Swisher
Mark Teixeira
Jim Thome (Chicago White Sox)
Jim Thome (Cleveland Indians)
Troy Tulowitzki
Justin Upton
Dave Winfield
Carl Yastrzemski
Robin Yount

Just a joke about the Nick Swisher, but there are a ton of names on there that are highly collectible. Topps is really pulling out all the stops this year with some of their products, making  huge improvements over last season. Another kudos to Topps!