2012 Topps Gold Rush Signed Baseballs – Truly A Game “Changer”

As most know, I love to read the boards of various internet sports card communities and check up on hot prospects (which I know nothing about) and little bits of sports card news that should be spread like wildfire. Well this is another one.

If you don’t remember the information about the Topps Gold Rush that headed to hobby shops last year, you missed out on a pretty cool promotion from Topps. It got people out the hobby shops and helped drive sales to shops and to new Topps products. One of the coolest features were several “Golden Tickets” that were put into these promo boxes which entitled the winners to a “gold infused” baseball signed by Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr. How awesome is that?

As you can see on that link to a thread on Freedom Cardboard, those shops and people ended up getting royally screwed. Allegedly, Topps now claims they are unable to fulfill the winning ticket prizes for those items and have in return sent them cases of 2012 Topps Archives. Admittedly, Archives is a fun product to bust. But a case of Archives over a specially signed ball from three of the greatest home run hitters of all time? One of their cheapest products of the year?

My God, Topps. At least send them autographs of the individuals who were supposed to be on the ball. Maybe make a special print run of cards where they can sign the special cards for those people. Or maybe give them a chance at pulling an autograph from those guys…send them a case of Tribute or something worth something. I especially feel bad for those that bought those “golden tickets” on eBay expecting a great piece of memorabilia and instead got Archives.

Thanks Topps! I know your customer service had been crappy as of late, but that doesn’t help your cause. Step up, be the big man, and do something good for your hobby shops and customers who were affected.

Update: I like to think that the pressure from collectors made a difference here. It looks like things are starting to move forward!

Preview: 2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball

2012 Topps Series II releases on June 5, 2012, with more to work on your set and more value for the collectors. Including Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish rookie cards, you’ll have your staples from years past with a ton of great inserts and of course, the base cards to work on your set.

But first, don’t forget to get your empty Topps Series II wrappers in for the wrapper redemption program. You can visit that link for more information on that program.

At 36 cards per box and 10 cards per pack of the regular hobby boxes, you’ll find one autograph or one relic card per box. With some very good autographs like Bryce Harper’s short printed rookie having autographed versions, the newly inserted Golden Moment die-cut autographs, Yu Darvish autographed rookies, and of course to keep with the gold theme, your Golden Moments autographs return as well.

The inserts and relics are numerous once again as well with 1/1 letterman cards, wood parallels, manufactured rings, and more. The variety is strong in this product with a ton of great inserts and relics to be pulled. (As well as more Golden Giveaway codes!)

So get ready to finish off your sets, hunt for the Bryce Harper SP rookie, and find some more great cards for your sets. And don’t forget to send in those wrappers as well! At $56, it’s worth the price of ripping.

2012 Topps Series 2 Wrapper Redemption

It’s time for the continuation of the Gold Rush for 2012 Topps flagship baseball. 2012 Topps Series II will continue where Series I left off with another wrapper redemption program for collectors to feast on.

And with the details being extremely complicated, here’s what Topps has to say:

Topps is pleased to announce it is offering a Gold Rush Wrapper Redemption program to support the launch of 2012 Topps Baseball Series 2 (Please read the following carefully and follow guidelines to ensure you receive packs)

This exclusive set continues with 50 new subjects and selected autographs from such stars Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Ken Griffey Jr. and more!

Collectors sending in 50 HOBBY wrappers (or 14 HTA Jumbo wrappers) of 2012 Topps Baseball will receive a 5-card cello pack of exclusive GOLD RUSH cards.

And now, Topps has opened up the program to RETAIL wrappers as well!  Send in 50 retail wrappers (12-card packs only) and also receive a 5-card GOLD RUSH pack.  There are an incremental 10,000 5-card packs available for Retail in addition to the 10,000 Hobby packs.

Following are guidelines for the program,

·         All packages must be postmarked no earlier than June 6th, 2012.

·         Hobby and Retail wrappers must be packaged and sent to Topps separately and clearly marked “HOBBY” or “RETAIL” on outside of package.  Combined Retail and Hobby packages will not be accepted.

·         Topps will accept 2012 Topps Baseball Series 2 wrappers only. This is limited to HOBBY, HTA and 12-card RETAIL wrappers.

·         Each household will be limited to receive a total of TEN 5-card packs.

·         This program is valid while supplies last.

Packages should be sent to:

Gold Rush

PO BOX 2008

Duryea, PA 18642

I really like that Topps has put a limit on the number of packs a household can receive. The case breakers and those with the money can easily get a ton of these packs, really limiting other collectors from receiving something. I mean, look what happened with Series I and the Bowman wrapper redemptions? Good move on Topps’ part.

Prices Skyrocket For Topps Series I

It’s weird.

Topps Series I is at some very high prices right now, but they shouldn’t be. People love the wrapper redemption program put in place and love the Golden Giveaway type stuff. This first month is going to be crazy busy for people wanting to buy Series I.

This year, Topps has produced more cards for Series I since 1988. We all remember 1988 and shortly there after…mass production and card value deflation. Now we all know flagship Topps is no longer known for it’s pricey rookie cards, or short prints for that matter. Remember the Jeter card from a few years ago? How much is that going for now? It will be the same thing as this year’s squirrel card.

But guess what will happen next month? A ton more Topps Series I product out there and prices will be back to normal. We’ll probably see the Series I value pack with a Golden Giveaway card and every other way Topps tries to get rid of product after the initial flood comes through. Maybe even more with that much product being made this year. Right now, the prices aren’t nearly what the product is actually worth.

And then in a month or two, prices will come back to down to earth. It’s just sad that those who buy Topps flagship for set building are being victims of price gouging by hobby shops as people are going crazy over cards that will be worthless in a few months.

It looks like I’ll have to wait for my jumbo box so I can grab my team cards and check out this year’s product. And the fact Topps is only letting you redeem wrappers in the month of February? Well I guess I didn’t want those anyway. Not at some of the prices of this product in hobby stores right now.


Preview: 2012 Topps Series I Baseball

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.