Preview: 2013 Topps Tribute Baseball

Topps is back with one of their highest-end products of the year and that product is 2013 Topps Tribute Baseball.


The first thing collectors should look for are the autograph cards. These base autographs will be numbered to 50 or lower. You will also be able to find Tribute to the Stars autographs. This set features the top veterans and retired players and these cards are numbered to 24. There is also a purple parallel which is a 1 of 1.

A new set to Tribute Baseball will be the framed mini-tribute autographs that feature veterans and retired players, and will be numbered to 25. Don’t forget to look for cut autographs which will be 1 of 1’s!

Some great relic sets will also be in 2013 Topps Tribute Baseball such as relics of game-worn batting gloves, which will be numbered to 2. Retired Remnants, Famous Four-Baggers, and Superstar Swatches are also a few of the interesting sets that will be featured.


Each box contains 6 packs with 5 cards. In each box, it will contain 3 autographs and 3 memorabilia cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $360 when it releases on April 10, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Preview: 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball

Panini is bringing a new product for the Baseball collectors, and it’s one of the higher-end sets you’ll see all year in 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball.


Panini is pulling out all the stops this year. Collectors will be able to find button cards numbered to 8, Legends Booklets numbered to 25 or less, and Bat Knob cards which are 1/1’s!

Collectors can also look for Rated Rookie Signature Material Gold cards which feature top rookies such as Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish numbered to 25.

Be on the lookout for the Hall of Fame Logo Signature cards that includes players such as Stan Musial, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr. and more.


Each box contains 1 pack with 8 cards. In each box, every card will be either a memorabilia or autograph card including 1 on-card autograph and 1 booklet card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $340 a box when it releases on February 27, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini blog.

Preview: 2012 Fleer Retro Football

This one is for the high rollers, Upper Deck will be bringing to stores near you 2012 Fleer Retro Football.


Upper Deck is bringing one of the most popular insert creations to football, Precious Metals! You will be able to find Red, Green, and Blue versions numbered between 100 to 10. Also for the first time to football, collectors will be able to pull Jambalaya inserts.

Collector’s can also expect to pull 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963 autograph cards as well as 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 Autographics cards.


Each box contains 2 inner boxes with 10 packs per inner box and 5 cards per pack. In each inner box, it will contain 3 autograph cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $320 a box when it releases on February 14, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on the Cardboard Connection.

Preview: 2012 Panini Elite Football

2012 Panini Elite football has been shown off over on the Panini blog, and there are already plenty of reasons to be excited.

First, this year, Elite will feature rookies in their NFL uniforms. That is a great improvement already and a reason to be excited. You’ll be able to see your favorite new rookies in this product in their new colors with the four rookie cards per box. With base rookies numbered to 999 with autographs numbered to 699 or less.

You’ll also be able to find other rookie autographs like Rookie Inscriptions which will feature something that hasn’t been done much in professional sports trading cards, with several different colored ink signatures that tell you the scarcity of the card.

There is also a larger retired players component this year with Throwback Threads, Back to the Future, and the return of one of Elite’s staples…Passing the Torch. All of these will feature autographs and game used memorabilia pieces.

And finally, you have your current NFL talent as well with inserts like Hit List, for the defensive standouts, and Prime Numbers featuring some of the top stat producing players. All of these feature autographs or memorabilia cards.

Elite is definitely taking a huge step forward over last year, so make sure you check it out when it releases right after July 4, 2012.

(Click here for a review of 2011 Panini Elite Football to compare to this year.)


Preview: 2012 Upper Deck SP Signature Baseball

This will be the most confusing preview in’s short history.

Here’s what I got from Chris Carlin, Upper Deck Marketing guru:

“The biggest inquiry I’ve been getting this week however has been on 2012 SP Signature Baseball. It is a product we have been working on for months, but have kept under wraps until it was officially announced Monday. Our official statement on this product is, “We will not be releasing any information or images on the 2012 SP Signature Edition Baseball, but rather letting the product speak for itself when it releases on May 1.” I would highly recommend you check out YouTube box breaks and eBay postings on May 1 when this product hits so you can see first-hand the type of premium release this is. Other than that, I cannot share any additional details on the product.”

Andddddd, that the ballgame folks.

But after some additional research, I was able to dig up a little more information. Yes, I’m amazing.

Each box will contain 3 packs with 3 autographed cards per pack.

You will find 2 single signed autograph cards per pack with Retired Stars, Active Stars, Prospect Stars, Young Stars, and Enshrinement Stars.

Also, you may find 1 manufactured patch autograph per pack with several different dual, triple, quad, and even 5, 6, 7, or 8 autographs per card.

And I don’t have any pictures but this box.

And for $255 a box on May 1st, I would wait and do what Mr. Carlin says. Wait until you see the images on YouTube and eBay before you buy a box.