Preview: 2012 Topps Museum Collection Baseball

One of Topps’ new baseball products this season arrives tomorrow in 2012 Topps Museum Collection baseball. At one hit per pack, this is a hit filled product sure to make the hit collectors happy.

The box layout is simple. 4 packs, 4 hits per box. Every box will contain one on-card autograph, one autographed relic card, one jumbo relic card, and one quad relic card. The star attraction in this product is the inclusion of rookie autographs from phenom Yu Darvish. But there are some also great autographs in this product from dual autographs, cut signatures, Archival Autographs and framed autographs.

The autographed memorabilia cards feature dual relics, triple relics, quad relics, and jumbo relics along with a signature. And we all know about plain old relic cards that will be in this product.

A cool addition this year is an insert which features an original painting of some of the top 50 most collectible players of all time. There are only 10 of these made, with reproductions also filling the product. I like that addition to this product as it really gives the “museum” feel.

You’ll also find your standard base cards in several different paralleled forms numbered to 199, 99, and 1 of 1. There is also a “blue” parallel that appears to be unnumbered.

So check out this product when it hits stores tomorrow, April 4th, for around $170. It looks like it could be a fun break as the 2012 Topps Museum Collection checklist actually looks pretty good.

Preview: 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball

Oh, what a year.

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Topps’ set back in ’63! What a very special time for me! I remember what a year!

Okay, I don’t remember anything about 1963, but really…if you do, you weren’t really there. Actually, my mother was 4 and my father was 2. I’m pretty sure I was nothing more then two children living 15 miles apart who could barely put together a sentence and hardly knew each other existed.

But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t other things going on in the world, like Topps baseball cards.

2012 Topps Heritage baseball is helping you relive those years and those cards by bringing back that design with today’s players. With a nice 500 card set, it will be fun to put together for those who really love that old school design. And just like the ’63 set, you will find you veterans, rookies, and even manager cards.

Each hobby box will have 24 packs of cards will include 1 autograph and 1 relic card. The autographs will feature some players who were actually in the 1963 set, as well as current players and past stars. You can find the checklist here.

A nice inclusion is a little tribute to John F. Kennedy, the U.S. President assassinated in 1963. These will replace some of the World Series cards and will feature coins, stamps, and other variation cards that pay homage to our former fallen leader.

So check it out comes March 14, 2012, for around $70, and relive those nights back in 1963.

Preview: 2012 Topps Archives Baseball

I was planning on writing a different preview for today, but with the news that we were selected as a must follow on Twitter by Top Prospect Alert, we are going to treat you all with some information about 2012 Topps Archives baseball.

Topps is bringing back the former brand that was last released in 2002 in order to change the game a bit this season with their roster of products. Archives will rehash some of the popular old Topps designs and include today’s players and some all-time fan favorites.

Speaking of fan favorites, inside each 24 pack hobby box will include 2 Fan Favorites autographed cards from popular players of the past. You may also find full memorabilia pieces as redemptions in this product as well. Imagine pulling a redemption for a full game used jersey of one of your favorite players from today or the past? Great move there by Topps as that is something I’ve been advocating for years.

The base set will feature 200 players from today and years past on four different previous Topps designs, (’54, ’71, ’80, & ’84) all prior to my birth. You will also find Fan Favorites inserts and even some relics of game used jerseys or bat pieces embedded into the cards from former stars and today’s stars.

Of course, everyone will want to know who some of the players that will be signing for this product. How about Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander, Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Yaz, Johnny Bench, and more Hall of Famers and past and presents stars.

When Topps started talking about changing the game this season, we had no idea what we were in for. If this product comes out as hot as it looks, be prepared for more great offerings from Topps this year. Be ready on May 23, 2012, right before MLB action starts really heating up and save up your coin as it will close around $86.

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.

Preview: 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends Football

Topps is bringing out a brand new releases this season that showcases some of the game’s past legends, current legends, and future legends. Like what I did there? Everyone one of these legend filled boxes will have a guaranteed 4 hits per hobby box which include a bevy of autographs and relics.

Some of the autographs include autographed rookie cards, 1956 Topps reprint autographs with players who were in that set, Legends autographs with autographs from former stars and Hall of Famers, Canton Hopefuls autographs from players who could be inducted someday in the future, Future Legends autographs with autographs from the cream of the rookie crop, dual and triple autographs, and Stamp of Approval autographs with autographs from the player and a stamp from their home state. Alot of these autographs have a limited patch autograph version as well which should turn out nice for some lucky collectors who hit one of those.

Also, collectors will find some relic cards like Gridiron Legacies relics, Aspiring Legacies relics which are rookie relics, and Legendary Combo relics which are dual relics of two legends of the game.

You will also find 1 parallel per pack and 9 inserts per box.

At $78 a box with 18 packs per box and 8 cards per pack, you might be able to find some good value from this product. I’m really digging the design for this too so I’m hoping this product lives up to the sell sheet when it arrives in stores on October 12, 2011.