2012 Topps Series I Baseball Wrapper Redemption

The Gold Rush is coming!

2012 Topps Series I baseball is coming and with it comes a nice wrapper redemption program for even more cards.

From Topps:

The over-riding theme in 2012 Topps Baseball is “GOLD” with The Golden Giveaway, Golden Moments inserts, real Gold cards and more!  And Topps is offering collectors a special wrapper redemption to celebrate.

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 (image attached).  There are 50 cards to collect in all.  In addition, bonus autographed cards have been randomly inserted into packs and feature the likes of Willie Mays, Adrian Gonzalez, Sandy Koufax, Nelson Cruz, Albert Pujols, Albert Belle and Dennis Eckersley…just to name a few.

The exclusive wrapper redemption program will be available only for the month of February.  Packaged wrappers sent to Topps must be post marked no later than February 29th, 2012…so start ripping packs and send those wrappers in!

Wrappers should be sent to:

Gold Rush

PO Box 2008

Duryea, PA 18642

*Collectors are encourages to group wrappers and send 1 package.  Topps will fulfill all wrappers submitted until supplies last.

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.

The Topps Gold Rush is Coming!

Pretty soon, Topps collectors will be known as ’12ers instead of the former ’49ers searching for gold. According to details from Topps, in conjunction with the MLBPA, Topps will have a Gold Rush promotion for Topps Series I set to release in January.

While all the details aren’t released yet, “The Gold Rush” will include a special wrapper redemption program and special Gold Rush tickets found in 2012 Topps Series I baseball. They golden tickets will unlock gold infused autographed baseballs from players like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr.

There will also be a promotion inside participating hobby stores, yet to be announced.

So stay tuned for more news from Topps about this newest rush for gold inside 2012 Topps baseball. Here is some gold you might find in those redemption packs…

Review: 2011 Panini Gold Standard Football

Panini’s Gold Standard line is moving to football from the basketball arena and it looks just as good, if not better, then it’s basketball counterpart. While I kind of liked the entrapped autographs, when they weren’t cutting off the signatures, they seemed to have done away with those types of autographs in football and changed things up a bit.

Our box is in for review and here are some images of what we pulled. Remember, we have just started to try out this little slideshow feature, so if you don’t like it please let me know so I can try something else. If you love it, well tell me that too. Just trying to get less clutter on the review posts.

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As Beckett’s Chris Olds said in a Twitter post, this is probably the best use of foil board to date. And it rings true. I really like the design of this product with the gold foil board and the designs put forth on the cardboard. It really has an elegant and gold feel from opening up the gold bar shaped box to shuffling through the gold colored cards to see what you pulled. A couple of things I didn’t like though starts with the big white boxes for rookie autograph stickers. Okay, I get that these might stay around for awhile until something is figured out so here is a new idea. A white rectangle the size and shape of a sticker where you just place the sticker on top of it. It wouldn’t take away from the entire bottom part of the card. I’m also still not huge on the layout of the non-memorabilia inserts with the team logo. Sometimes it looks okay, but it just doesn’t look incorporated well in inserts like the Rivers.


For $200 you better have the checklist to back it up and Panini provides a great checklist for you to chase after. From the great looking rookie autographs in the silver pen to even some cards embedded with diamonds from super bowl winners, you can pull the hottest rookies and the greatest to ever take the field. You can really just pull about anyone in this product which I really like. I do think there may be too many rookies in this product however and that would be really my only complaint.


$200 for a box is a tough sell when you have plain jersey cards of rookies in the product. There is a huge potential for hit or miss in this product and having the plain rookie jerseys in it really puts a damper on the value. At least patch these bad boys up in your second highest priced product of the year. I got a total of one patch, on the Locker, and it’s not only numbered to 325, it’s a single color patch. Oy vey. It’s a little rough, but at least it’s of a top rookie. I can’t imagine if I pulled a Jerrel Jernigan or Bilal Powell as my rookie patch autograph and the rest of the cards I pulled. Discounting maybe some bad luck for some, there is the potential for huge hits as well with diamond embedded Super Bowl autographed cards and NFL Shields that could bring in quite a bit of money, as well as autographs from the top rookies of the year. Products like this are always hit or miss so you’ll have a lot of complaints.


Overall, this product has a solid design with a great use of foil board and the gold shines beautifully on these cards. With a few tweaks here and there I think it could look even better. But what would look better then some of the diamond embedded Super Bowl ring cards this product delivers featuring a great checklist of Super Bowl legends. Or maybe even a nice silver inked rookie autographed patch from a hot rookie. But you better hope you get lucky and pull a popular name as the other hits with plain jerseys and high numbered hits may drag down the value a little bit. $200 is a bit rough of a price to start out with, but if you wait it out a month or two, prices should drop a bit and you might find some better value. But if you’re up for a gamble, this is a very fun product to rip open.

As always, a big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this product for review.

How Much Gold is in Panini Gold Standard?

I was scouring the internet tonight in search of some collectors thoughts on some products. I do this quite a lot just to see what is currently the trends in the hobby and where they are going. I like seeing what collectors like and what they don’t like, their opinions, and of course checking out their box breaks.

But tonight I found something different. The question was posed, how much gold is actually in 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball cards? I found a collector who actually went “Gold Mining” on a Gold Stars insert card that is embedded with real gold. A gold embedded Shane Battier card numbered to 8 gets the brunt end of a knife and a collector who really wants some gold.

With all respect to Shane Battier, it’s only Shane Battier. With the current price of gold reaching an all-time high for an ounce the other day, how could you blame him?

But at least we now know the answer of how much gold is in 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball. As expected, it’s not a large amount, but it is a cool idea that collectors are eating up. Topps is even getting into the gold craze next year with 2012 Topps baseball. I wonder if he will destroy an Adam Dunn gold card next season?