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.

Review Deus: 2011-12 Upper Deck Series I Hockey

Well I already have my official review of 2011-12 Upper Deck Series I hockey but Upper Deck sent me another box to review. I actually would of given the entire box away had I pulled the one card from the set I wanted, the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Young Guns card so I opened it up to see if there was anything different than my first box.

Basically, it was the same type of box. Random assortment of Young Guns, a couple of GU cards, and some inserts including the popular UD Canvas inserts. Take a look at what we pulled:

While I didn’t pull a Nugent-Hopkins Young Gun like I was hoping, I did pull my first specialty Young Gun along with a few other canvas cards.

I have to admit, that canvas Young Guns is the most beautiful Young Guns card I have EVER seen. Why that isn’t the basis of the regular Young Guns I don’t know but it is gorgeous. Just need a different Canadian team and player…

Speaking of Young Guns, here is the rest of the Young Guns haul…

A bunch of Young Guns I don’t have yet so that’s good. Some other inserts I pulled were…

The UD Heroes card is really nice and reminds me of the older products. The other types of inserts are nothing new compared to my review, just different players. The same goes for the game used jersey cards…

Again, nothing different to write home about.

Although my boxes were almost identical as far as content went, I was pleasantly surprised by this box’s UD Canvas Young Guns card. It was absolutely gorgeous and I wish it was the design of all the Young Guns in the set. Definitely a highlight of the box.

As always, UD Series I is a fun break when you are searching for Young Guns or the rare autograph or other case hit. A big thanks goes out to Upper Deck for providing this box to (kinda) review. You can visit their official site, official blog, Facebook and Twitter pages at those links.

I’ll be adding some of these cards to the giveaway this weekend, so make sure you sign up if you are interested.

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.

Review: 2011-12 Upper Deck Series I Hockey

Series I hockey. Upper Deck’s flagship product. What other flagship product out there has base rookie cards that go for the amount of money Upper Deck’s Young Guns go for? What other product period has something like that? Right now, the “Nuge” Young Guns are hitting $80-$100. Did I pull one? Did I pull another great rookie? Time to find out.

Base:

Inserts:

Game Used:

Young Guns:

Design:

I don’t know what it is this year Upper Deck has done differently, but I’m not huge on the design. I do love the full bleed pictures and love the photography. But the oval design with the abstract lines across the bottom kind of turn me off. The Young Guns don’t look as good as year’s past, but I find them pretty average in general. That doesn’t change the value though! Oh, and the UD Canvas cards are very, very nice looking and I like that it was made an insert set. That Lundy is just a gorgeous picture of MSG.

Checklist:

The checklist is very nice as well. A huge base set for a flagship brand is great. Tons of Young Gun rookies for you to get your hands on of some of the best rookies in the league. There is also a solid checklist of game used jerseys that are found in every box. My only gripes are the checklist on the Hockey Heroes insert set and the rare to find autograph checklist. Not bad though, not bad at all.

Value:

A ton of packs for about $60. A bunch of possibly extremely valuable rookies and the potential for some rare autographs of some great players and just as rare patches and other case hits. It’s exactly what you want in a flagship product and I think it has pretty good value. I would love to have an increased odds of an autograph by subtracting the jersey cards, but that’s just me. Otherwise, solid all around as far as value goes.

Overall:

Overall, this is probably the best flagship product out there covering any sport. While the design has been better in recent years, it still looks great with the great photography and full bleed photos.  The checklist is always full of your favorite veterans along with some of the best rookies of the year. Speaking of those rookies, they hold more value then any other base rookie out there in a similar product and that’s a great thing. While you also get two jerseys a box with a rare autograph here and there, I’d like to see maybe a jersey phased out and throw in a higher chance at an autograph. We all know that game used jerseys are overdone nowadays and autographs are really where it’s at now.

2011-12 Upper Deck Young Guns Checklist Released

Your 2011-12 Upper Deck Series I Young Guns checklist has been released by Upper Deck headlined by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Adam Larsson, Cody Hodgson, and Sean Couturier. Young Guns rookies are some of the hottest NHL rookie cards of the season year after year with people trying to complete sets of them and getting rookies of the hottest new players on the ice.

Are you looking for the 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns checklist?

Here is the 2011-12 Upper Deck Series I Young Guns checklist (courtesy of the Upper Deck blog):

201     Devante Smith-Pelly     Anaheim
202     Maxime Macenauer     Anaheim
203     Greg Nemisz     Calgary
204     Roman Horak     Calgary
205     Justin Faulk     Carolina
206     Marcus Kruger     Chicago
207     Brandon Saad     Chicago
208     Gabriel Landeskog     Colorado
209     Cameron Gaunce     Colorado
210     John Moore     Columbus
211     David Savard     Columbus
212     Cam Atkinson     Columbus
213     Tomas Vincour     Dallas
214     Ryan Nugent-Hopkins     Edmonton
215     Anton Lander     Edmonton
216     Teemu Hartikainen     Edmonton
217     Erik Gudbranson     Florida
218     Brett Bulmer     Minnesota
219     Aaron Palushaj     Montreal
220     Alexei Yemelin     Montreal
221     Raphael Diaz     Montreal
222     Brendon Nash     Montreal
223     Jonathon Blum     Nashville
224     Blake Geoffrion     Nashville
225     Craig Smith     Nashville
226     Adam Henrique     New Jersey
227     Adam Larsson     New Jersey
228     Tim Erixon     New York
229     Mika Zibanejad     Ottawa
230     Colin Greening     Ottawa
231     Patrick Wiercioch     Ottawa
232     Erik Condra     Ottawa
233     Stephane Da Costa     Ottawa
234     Sean Couturier     Philadelphia
235     Matt Read     Philadelphia
236     Erik Gustafsson     Philadelphia
237     Joe Vitale     Pittsburgh
238     Harri Sateri     San Jose
239     Alex Stalock     San Jose
240     Brett Connolly     Tampa Bay
241     Jake Gardiner     Toronto
242     Joe Colborne     Toronto
243     Matt Frattin     Toronto
244     Ben Scrivens     Toronto
245     Cody Hodgson     Vancouver
246     Yann Sauve     Vancouver
247     Carl Klingberg     Winnipeg
248     Mark Scheifele     Winnipeg
249     Paul Postma     Winnipeg
250     Checklist (Nugent-Hopkins, Landeskog, Larsson)     Edmonton, Colorado, New Jersey)

And here is what they look like:

I’m liking the design this year, it’s something different then the past few seasons.

What do you think of this year’s rookies and Young Guns?