2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Cards

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Cards



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Set Checklist

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 150 cards

PARALLEL CARDS: Crystal Collection #/299 (3 per box)

1 Ty Cobb
2 Walter Johnson
3 Honus Wagner
4 Christy Mathewson
5 Nap Lajoie
6 Lou Gehrig
7 Ban Johnson
8 Connie Mack
9 Alexander Cartwright
10 Ozzie Smith
11 Buck Ewing
12 Don Sutton
13 Willie Keeler
14 Nolan Ryan
15 Al Spalding
16 Rod Carew
17 Eddie Collins
18 Roberto Clemente
19 Paul Molitor
20 George Sisler
21 Charles Comiskey
22 Rogers Hornsby
23 Barry Larkin
24 George Brett
25 Fred Clarke
26 Ed Delahanty
27 Hugh Duffy
28 King Kelly
29 Rube Marquard
30 Ron Santo
31 Harry Heilmann
32 Gary Carter
33 Joe Tinker
34 Johnny Evers
35 Frank Chance
36 Lefty Grove
37 Frankie Frisch
38 Tommy McCarthy
39 Mike Schmidt
40 Bill Mazeroski
41 Mickey Cochrane
42 Dennis Eckersley
43 Eddie Murray
44 Ryne Sandberg
45 Carlton Fisk
46 Carl Hubbell
47 Herb Pennock
48 Pie Traynor
49 Charlie Gehringer
50 Mel Ott
51 Jimmie Foxx
52 Paul Waner
53 Lloyd Waner
54 Bruce Sutter
55 Bill Dickey
56 Roberto Alomar
57 Phil Niekro
58 Ted Williams
59 Richie Ashburn
60 Ray Schalk
61 Gaylord Perry
62 Rabbit Maranville
63 Sam Crawford
64 Jim Rice
65 Zack Wheat
66 Wade Boggs
67 Dave Winfield
68 Joe Cronin
69 Bob Feller
70 Billy Hamilton
71 Hank Greenberg
72 Jackie Robinson
73 Miller Huggins
74 Luke Appling
75 Satchel Paige
76 Bob Lemon
77 Bobby Doerr
78 Yogi Berra
79 Early Wynn
80 Carl Yastrzemski
81 Frank Robinson
82 Tommy Lasorda
83 Burleigh Grimes
84 Andre Dawson
85 Duke Snider
86 Whitey Ford
87 Whitey Herzog
88 Joe Medwick
89 Tony Perez
90 Lou Boudreau
91 Tom Seaver
92 Stan Musial
93 Sparky Anderson
94 Jim Bunning
95 Hal Newhouser
96 Phil Rizzuto
97 Al Barlick
98 Ralph Kiner
99 Eddie Mathews
100 George Kell
101 Enos Slaughter
102 Al Kaline
103 Johnny Mize
104 Bob Gibson
105 Addie Joss
106 Robin Yount
107 Rollie Fingers
108 Roy Campanella
109 Bert Blyleven
110 Tony Gwynn
111 Frank Robinson
112 Walter Alston
113 Joe DiMaggio
114 Warren Spahn
115 Ernie Banks
116 Earl Weaver
117 Steve Carlton
118 Orlando Cepeda
119 Al Lopez
120 Rickey Henderson
121 Harry Hooper
122 Goose Goslin
123 Nellie Fox
124 Jim Palmer
125 Monte Irvin
126 Buck Leonard
127 Goose Gossage
128 Hack Wilson
129 Sam Thompson
130 Willie McCovey
131 Cal Ripken Jr.
132 Ralph Kiner
133 Arky Vaughan
134 Juan Marichal
135 Brooks Robinson
136 Luis Aparicio
137 Rick Ferrell
138 Johnny Bench
139 Harmon Killebrew
140 Pee Wee Reese
141 Hoyt Wilhelm
142 Lou Brock
143 Catfish Hunter
144 Red Schoendienst
145 Joe Morgan
146 Willie Stargell
147 Reggie Jackson
148 Fergie Jenkins
149 Tony Lazzeri
150 Billy Williams
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"Color Tint" Short Print Set Checklist

Featuring 20 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Crystal Collection #/299

151 Lou Gehrig
152 Tris Speaker
153 Christy Mathewson
154 Home Run Baker
155 Dizzy Dean
156 Al Simmons
157 Cy Young
158 Jim Bottomley
159 Honus Wagner
160 Walter Johnson
161 Mel Ott
162 Jesse Burkett
163 Cap Anson
164 Nap Lajoie
165 Edd Roush 1
166 Rogers Hornsby
167 Hank Greenberg
168 Eddie Plank
169 Jimmie Foxx
170 Oscar Charleston

Ballparks Set Checklist

1 Huntington Avenue Grounds
2 Polo Grounds (1905 WS)
3 Shibe Park
4 Polo Grounds (1913 WS)
5 Exposition Park
6 Bennett Park
7 South Side Park
8 West Side Park
9 Polo Grounds (1903 Opening Day)
10 Polo Grounds (October 13, 1910)

Bronze History Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/599; 3 per box

1 Grover Alexander
2 Cap Anson
3 Frank Baker
4 Al Barlick
5 Jake Beckley
6 Cool Papa Bell
7 Chief Bender
8 Yogi Berra
9 Jim Bottomley
10 Roger Bresnahan
11 Dan Brouthers
12 Mordecai Brown
13 Jesse Burkett
14 Alexander Cartwright
15 Henry Chadwick
16 Happy Chandler
17 Oscar Charleston
18 Jack Chesbro
19 Fred Clarke
20 John Clarkson
21 Eddie Collins
22 Jimmy Collins
23 Charles Comiskey
24 Jocko Conlan
25 Roger Connor
26 Andy Cooper
27 Ed Delahanty
28 Martin Dihigo
29 Hugh Duffy
30 Johnny Evers
31 Buck Ewing
32 Elmer Flick 1
33 Rube Foster
34 Frankie Frisch
35 Charlie Gehringer
36 Pat Gillick
37 Chick Hafey
38 Jesse Haines
39 Doug Harvey
40 Harry Heilmann
41 Harry Hooper
42 Rogers Hornsby
43 Cal Hubbard
44 Catfish Hunter
45 Ban Johnson
46 Judy Johnson
47 Tim Keefe
48 Joe Kelley
49 King Kelly
50 Bowie Kuhn
51 Nap Lajoie
52 Kenesaw Landis
53 Buck Leonard
54 Pop Lloyd
55 Connie Mack
56 Larry MacPhail
57 Effa Manley
58 Rube Marquard
59 Joe McGinnity
60 Bid McPhee
61 Joe Medwick
62 Johnny Mize
63 Kid Nichols
64 Walter O'Malley
65 Jim O'Rourke
66 Mel Ott
67 Satchel Paige
68 Herb Pennock
69 Eddie Plank
70 Cum Posey
71 Charles Radbourn
72 Branch Rickey
73 Wilbert Robinson
74 Amos Rusie
75 Ray Schalk
76 George Sisler
77 Al Spalding
78 Tris Speaker
79 Turkey Stearnes
80 Sam Thompson
81 Joe Tinker
82 Bill Veeck
83 Rube Waddell
84 Ed Walsh
85 George Weiss
86 Mickey Welch
87 Sol White
88 Vic Willis
89 George Wright
90 Harry Wright
91 Tom Yawkey
92 Monte Ward
93 Mule Suttles
94 Ned Hanlon
95 Candy Cummings
96 Ed Barrow
97 Will Harridge
98 Nestor Chylak
99 Clark Griffith
100 Bill McGowan

Cooperstown Signatures Set Checklist

1 per box; All feature on-card signatures except Gary Carter, Dick Williams, Robin Roberts, George Kell and Bob Feller

1 Luis Aparicio #/ 149
2 Yogi Berra #/ 99
3 Johnny Bench #/ 100
4 Wade Boggs #/ 100
5 George Brett #/ 30
6 Lou Brock #/ 199
7 Jim Bunning #/ 350
8 Rod Carew #/ 149
9 Gary Carter #/ 75
10 Orlando Cepeda #/ 330
11 Bobby Doerr #/ 250
12 Bob Feller #/ 40
13 Whitey Ford #/ 75
14 Goose Gossage #/ 499
15 Tony Gwynn #/ 99
16 Doug Harvey #/ 500
18 Reggie Jackson #/ 75
19 Fergie Jenkins #/ 599
20 Al Kaline #/ 349
21 George Kell #/ 250
22 Ernie Banks #/ 25
23 Bert Blyleven #/ 399
24 Andre Dawson #/ 324
25 Stan Musial #/ 50
27 Tommy Lasorda #/ 149
28 Juan Marichal #/ 179
29 Bill Mazeroski #/ 149
30 Willie McCovey #/ 99
31 Steve Carlton #/ 199
32 Paul Molitor #/ 399
33 Joe Morgan #/ 100
34 Eddie Murray #/ 100
35 Phil Niekro #/ 299
36 Jim Palmer #/ 350
37 Carlton Fisk #/ 239
38 Frank Robinson #/ 90
39 Tony Perez #/ 648
40 Carl Yastrzemski #/ 75
41 Mike Schmidt #/ 100
42 Cal Ripken Jr. #/ 50
43 Brooks Robinson #/ 349
44 Nolan Ryan #/ 75
45 Ryne Sandberg #/ 99
46 Red Schoendienst #/ 549
48 Rickey Henderson #/ 50
49 Bruce Sutter #/ 799
50 Earl Weaver #/ 299
51 Don Sutton #/ 788
53 Jim Rice #/ 599
54 Barry Larkin #/ 199
55 Billy Williams #/ 299
56 Dave Winfield #/ 50
57 Robin Yount #/ 100
58 Gaylord Perry #/ 549
59 Rollie Fingers #/ 799
60 Duke Snider #/ 25
61 Whitey Herzog #/ 550
62 Paul Molitor #/ 100
63 Reggie Jackson #/ 25
64 Nolan Ryan #/ 50
66 Pat Gillick #/ 500
67 Gaylord Perry #/ 50
68 Bob Gibson #/ 99
69 Dennis Eckersley #/ 650
70 Rickey Henderson #/ 50
71 Ozzie Smith #/ 149
72 Dick Williams #/ 49
73 Robin Roberts #/ 25
74 Gary Carter #/ 10
75 Wade Boggs #/ 25
76 Andre Dawson #/ 75
78 Bert Blyleven #/ 25
79 Dave Winfield #/ 25
80 Orlando Cepeda #/ 19
81 Sparky Anderson #/ 5
82 Ron Santo #/ 10
83 Vin Scully #/ 100
84 Joe Garagiola #/ 125
85 Milo Hamilton #/ 500
86 Bob Wolff #/ 500
87 Marty Brennaman #/ 500
88 Jerry Coleman #/ 300
90 Gene Elston #/ 500
91 Denny Matthews #/ 500
92 Jon Miller #/ 500
93 Tony Kubek #/ 200
94 Dave Van Horne #/ 500
95 Tim McCarver #/ 50
96 Peter Gammons #/ 300
97 Murray Chass #/ 500
98 Frank Robinson #/ 10
99 Carlton Fisk #/ 10
100 Tony Perez #/ 50
2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Cooperstown Signatures Stan Musial 214x300 Image

Credentials Set Checklist

2 per box

1 Tom Seaver
2 Willie McCovey
3 Eddie Murray
4 Don Drysdale
5 Steve Carlton
6 Ernie Banks
7 Robin Yount
8 Dave Winfield
9 Don Sutton
10 Ozzie Smith
11 Frank Robinson
12 Juan Marichal
13 Phil Niekro
14 Roberto Clemente
15 Bert Blyleven
16 Bob Gibson
17 Mike Schmidt
18 Barry Larkin
19 Gaylord Perry
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Famed Cuts Set Checklist

1 Robin Roberts #/ 3
2 Willie Stargell #/ 3
3 Edd Roush 1 #/ 10
4 Waite Hoyt #/ 6
5 George Kell #/ 12
6 Dizzy Dean #/ 1
7 Rick Ferrell #/ 1
8 Harmon Killebrew #/ 19
9 Joe Sewell 1 #/ 33
10 Catfish Hunter #/ 5
11 Sandy Koufax #/ 1
12 Bob Lemon #/ 6
13 Bill Terry #/ 5
14 Joe "Ducky" Medwick #/ 4
15 Al Lopez #/ 3
16 Enos Slaughter #/ 6
17 Cool Papa Bell #/ 20
18 Duke Snider #/ 6
19 Don Drysdale #/ 1
20 Johnny Mize #/ 6
21 Billy Herman #/ 6
22 Larry Doby #/ 1
23 Charlie Gehringer #/ 2
24 Carl Hubbell #/ 3
25 Mickey Mantle #/ 1
26 Phil Rizzuto #/ 2
27 Lee MacPhail 1 #/ 11
28 Joe DiMaggio #/ 1
29 Luke Appling #/ 1
30 Bob Feller #/ 13
2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Famed Cuts Harmon Killebrew 260x185 Image

Famous Moments Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Autograph

1 Cy Young
2 Bill Mazeroski
3 Tom Seaver
4 Roy Campanella
5 Nolan Ryan
6 Babe Ruth
7 Mickey Mantle
8 Mel Ott
9 Jackie Robinson
10 Harmon Killebrew
11 Tony Gwynn
12 Charlie Gehringer
13 Don Larsen
14 Ted Williams
15 Willie Mays
16 Bob Feller
17 Carl Yastrzemski
18 Maury Wills
19 Frank Robinson
20 Cy Young
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Field Generals Set Checklist

1 Johnny Bench
2 Yogi Berra
3 Mickey Cochrane
4 Gary Carter
5 Ray Schalk
6 Roy Campanella
7 Carlton Fisk
8 Rick Ferrell
9 Roger Bresnahan
10 Bill Dickey

Hall History Set Checklist

1 Inaugural Class
2 Ty Cobb
3 Baseball Hall of Fame
4 Abner Doubleday
5 Lou Gehrig
6 Roberto Clemente
7 Effa Manley
8 Ted Williams
9 Tom Seaver
10 Honus Wagner

High Praise Set Checklist

1 Luis Aparicio
2 Nolan Ryan
3 Johnny Bench
4 Yogi Berra
5 George Brett
6 Lou Brock
7 Rod Carew
8 Whitey Ford
9 Eddie Murray
10 Tony Gwynn
11 Reggie Jackson
12 Al Kaline
13 Joe Morgan
14 Cal Ripken Jr.
15 Robin Yount
16 Tom Seaver
17 Johnny Mize
18 Harmon Killebrew
19 Brooks Robinson
20 Jim Bunning

HOF Classes Induction Year Set Checklist

2 per box

1 Ty Cobb
2 Walter Johnson
3 Lou Gehrig
4 Rogers Hornsby
5 Jimmie Foxx
6 Mel Ott
7 Frank Baker
8 Joe DiMaggio
9 Jackie Robinson
10 Ted Williams
11 Stan Musial
12 Yogi Berra
13 Al Kaline
14 Brooks Robinson
15 Reggie Jackson
16 George Brett
17 Nolan Ryan
18 Cal Ripken Jr.
19 Rickey Henderson
20 Barry Larkin
2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Class Patches Lou Gehrig 214x300 Image

HOF Classes Team (Retail) Set Checklist

Blaster Exclusive

1 Reggie Jackson
2 Reggie Jackson
3 Reggie Jackson
4 Joe DiMaggio
5 Ty Cobb
6 Tom Seaver
7 Tom Seaver
8 Ozzie Smith
9 Eddie Murray
10 Whitey Ford
11 Al Kaline
12 George Brett
13 Johnny Bench
14 Yogi Berra
15 Stan Musial
16 Carlton Fisk
17 Carlton Fisk
18 Roberto Alomar
19 Harmon Killebrew
20 Joe Morgan
21 Bert Blyleven
22 Bob Gibson
23 Lou Gehrig
24 Robin Yount
25 Mel Ott
26 Walter Johnson
27 Nolan Ryan
28 Nolan Ryan
29 Cal Ripken Jr.
30 Nellie Fox

Induction Set Checklist

2 per box

1 George Brett
2 Al Kaline
3 Rickey Henderson
4 Harmon Killebrew
5 Mike Schmidt
6 Ted Williams
7 Johnny Bench
8 Whitey Ford
9 Cal Ripken Jr.
10 Jim Palmer
11 Joe DiMaggio
12 Nolan Ryan
13 Tom Seaver
14 Billy Williams
15 Tony Gwynn
16 Robin Yount
17 Roberto Alomar
18 Richie Ashburn
19 Bob Feller
20 Lou Brock
21 Brooks Robinson
22 Ryne Sandberg
23 Reggie Jackson
24 Bob Gibson
25 Yogi Berra

Lou Gehrig The Iron Horse Set Checklist

Museum Pieces Set Checklist

1 Ty Cobb
2 Ernie Banks
3 Christy Mathewson
4 Babe Ruth
5 Hank Aaron
6 Buck Leonard
7 Johnny Bench
8 George Brett
9 Willie Mays
10 Carlton Fisk
11 Rickey Henderson
12 Al Kaline
13 Walter Johnson
14 Lou Gehrig
15 Johnny Evers
16 Mel Ott
17 Mickey Mantle
18 Joe DiMaggio
19 Paul Waner
20 Lefty Grove

The Village Set Checklist

1 Main Street
2 Otsego Lake
3 Outside the Museum
4 Otesaga Hotel
5 James Fenimore Cooper Statue
6 The Landmark Inn
7 Cooperstown Sidewalk
8 Cooperstown Mountains
9 The Farmers' Museum
10 Fresh Snowfall in Cooperstown

Ty Cobb Georgia Peach Set Checklist

Voices of Summer Set Checklist

2 per box

1 Mel Allen
2 Harry Caray
3 Ernie Harwell
4 Jack Buck
5 Red Barber
6 Joe Garagiola
7 Denny Matthews
8 Russ Hodges
9 Vin Scully
10 Harry Kalas

With Honors Set Checklist

1 Jackie Robinson
2 Bobby Doerr
3 Bob Feller
4 Charlie Gehringer
5 Joe DiMaggio
6 Hank Greenberg
7 Stan Musial
8 Whitey Ford
9 Ted Williams
10 Johnny Mize

Product Details

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2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball is like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in a box. Boasting lots of autographs and a variety of inserts, the set aims to create a cardboard exhibit that educates, entertains and enlightens collectors with many of the game's all-time greats.

The 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball base set has 150 cards. There are also 20 Color Tint short prints, taking a full set up to 170 cards. Players include Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Lou Gehrig. Crystal Collection parallels, which are numbered to 299, fall three per box.

Box hits are led by the promise of at least one Cooperstown Signatures autograph. Additional autographs come courtesy of Famed Cuts, which feature cut signatures from the likes of Mickey Mantle, Dizzy Dean and Sandy Koufax.

Bronze History (#/599) are embossed plaque cards that fall three per box. Between these and the similarly themed Gold Hall of Fame Plaque cards found in 2012 Topps Update Series Baseball, collectors have plenty of options for building their own mini Hall of Fame shrines.

Rather than picturing the player, Fameous Moments cards dig into the Cooperstown memorabilia collection and depict a key piece of equipment used in setting the record or major achievement. Other inserts include Voices of Summer (two per box), Credentials (two per box) and Induction (two per box).

A promotion run in conjunction with 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball has a grand prize of a trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box
Price Point: Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Hall of Fame Collectors, Autograph Collectors, Set Builders, Baseball Memorabilia Collectors

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Box Break

  • 1 Autograph
  • 2 Manufactured Patch Cards
  • 9 Inserts
  • 2 Parallels
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2012 Panini Cooperstown AL KALINE Authentic Autograph Card 4 of 349.
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2012 PANINI COOPERSTOWN # HOF-TP TONY PEREZ AUTOGRAPH CARD SP 400 649 REDS HOF
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Jerry Coleman Autograph 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball # 300 San Diego Padres
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#31 99 TONY GWYNN On-Card AUTO Autograph Signatures 2012 Panini Cooperstown
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#132 324 ANDRE DAWSON On-Card AUTO Autograph Signatures 2012 Panini Cooperstown
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TONY "BIG DOG" PEREZ 2012 COOPERSTOWN AUTO AUTOGRAPH # 649 SP REDS HOF
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FERGIE JENKINS 2012 Panini Cooperstown Signature CUBS HOF AUTOGRAPH 599
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Jim Rice 2012 HOF Cooperstown Signatures Autograph Auto Red Sox (D90)
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2012 Cooperstown Collection Autograph BRUCE SUTTER 129 799 CARDINALS (A1L)
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Product Review

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell

Good: Delves deeps into baseball's history, Hall of Fame autograph in every box, solid mix of base cards and inserts, relatively inexpensive.

Bad: Although understandable, several photos are extremely blurry, some inserts lack pop, scattered numbering makes building an autograph set near impossible.

The Bottom Line: For those looking to dig into baseball's past and learn more about the greats, 2012 Panini Cooperstown is a blast. Offering content that spans generations, it's a reasonable bust, especially considering you're guaranteed an on-card autograph from a Hall of Famer (or a sticker from a player who has passed away within the last couple of years). From the base set through the inserts, the release does an excellent job of maintaining its focus, looking beyond player accomplishments and going into the museum itself.

Staff Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.8/5.0

This is one of Panini's best designed sets since landing the MLBPA license. The lack of MLB logos presents a challenge and it's nice to see that Panini isn't opting for the simple airbrush route. Using choice cropping and angled shots, the set does a great job of getting around its limitations.

The base set digs deep into the Cooperstown archives to bring a strong mix of portraits and action shots. Card backs offer a rarity in the hobby today -- a photo that's different from the one on the front. Also notable on the backs are the extensive write ups that highlights the players' accomplishments.

Inserts are led by the Cooperstown Signatures. The clean design highlights both the player and their autograph. A huge plus here is that the vast majority of them are signed on-card. The only exceptions are a handful of players who are no longer with us, which is understandable.

One thing that's interesting about 2012 Panini Cooperstown is that is has a few insert sets that don't include player images. While this is something that I wouldn't want to see regularly, it seems appropriate for much of what's done here. I like that historical artifacts are showcased. The Village is a nice touch as well, highlighting the area surrounding the Hall of Fame (keep an eye out for a Pete Rose Easter egg). Credentials have a nice design, but a player's name and some stats seem more appropriate for a card back.

Checklist: 4.0/5.0

With all the exclusives and retired player deals floating around the world of sports collectibles, it's going to be near-impossible (or very expensive) to get a truly all-encompassing cardboard look at the Hall of Fame. That said, Panini does a great job with who they have access to. Well-known legends are paired alongside with some of baseball's original heroes.

The autograph checklist is especially impressive. Sure, not all Hall of Famers are on equal footing on the secondary market, but it's really hard to complain about any of them. They are, after all, Cooperstown inductees. It's the kind of autograph set that would be nice to put together in its entirety. However, the scattered numbering makes that a near impossible task. Print runs for individual Cooperstown Signatures cards run from a high of 699 all the way down to 10. Many of the low-numbered cards are repeats of players already in the set. While I understand that a lower-numbered variant adds value to those who hit them, they also knock out some of the set collectors who might want to do deep on such a release.

Value: 4.0/5.0

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball isn't for collectors looking to make a ton of money. That said, you're not likely to lose too much of your investment either. There is always going to be demand for Hall of Fame autographs. But fair or not, there seems to be something of a stigma against cards that lack full logos. For bargain hunters, that might make this set something of a dream.

While there are lots of inserts in the release, the majority of the value comes from the autograph. Serial numbering on some of top inserts also helps somewhat.

Those who are more into the history of the game aren't going to be worrying too much about the full value they might recover from their boxes. When you add in the value of sorting and going through this well thought out set, there is plenty to be excited about.

The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0

So many products today, you rip through and that's not much else to do afterward other than storing them and admiring their shiny design or high-end impact. 2012 Panini Cooperstown is the exact opposite. It's a set that demands your close attention. It's not about the massive hit (although the autograph is certainly appealing). It's about history. It's about learning about baseball's roots. It's old meeting new. The attention to detail and all-in commitment to all things Hall of Fame make it a worthy alternative to actually being there.

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User Reviews

  1. The design, history, museum shots all good. I hear there are surprise “hot” boxes… Good stuff, wish there could have been memo cards too. I understand the hall not wanting to do it though… ha.

  2. Love the vintage items. With a sport so full of history like baseball, this set has a lot of potential. Can’t wait to get some of them in my hands!

  3. Excellent design and checklist. A perfect set for those of us into baseball’s rich history.

    I like the idea of the “Famous Moments” autograph inserts. However, in addition to the auto, it would have been nice to include a phot of the player into the design.

    Kudos to Panini for getting as many on-card autographs as they did.

  4. Solid and enjoyable set of vintage players.
    As with all new sets, way too many subsets, some of which are unappealing,
    and I hate short prints. I kept buying more packs (sucker) thinking I would get the one star I was missing, Hank Aaron,
    only to find out later that Aaron is not even included in the base set, but is in one of the many subsets. How can you make a Hall of Fame set and not include
    Henry Aaron.

  5. Very nice looking product, and I really like the cropping approach to skirting the MLB licensing issue, rather than the more common airbrushing. I did notice there is a parallel of the base set that no sites (including Panini) seems to list, and that is the “Red Crystal” or whatever it is called that is #/399.

  6. I really enjoy collecting this series. It brings back alot of memories of these great players. It is also fun collecting all the other smaller sub sets besides the standard base set. Great product.

  7. just a BEAUTIFUL PRODUCT great idea with showing the whole history of the game in a set.

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