2012 Topps Museum Collection Brings Fine Art Back to Baseball Cards

2012 Topps Museum Collection Brings Fine Art Back to Baseball Cards

2012 Topps Museum Collection was an instant-hit among collectors, offering a strong autograph and memorabilia card checklist. However, it's one of the non-hit inserts that is garnering lots of attention, particularly among team and player collections. Rather than traditional photographs, 2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection opts for artistic renditions of 48 past and present stars.

We checked with Topps and they confirmed a total of nine different artists worked on the set: Dan Bergren, Kevin Doyle, Charles Hall, Brandon Kenney, Gary Kezele, Rhiannon Owens, Lawrence Reynolds, Brian Rood and Russell Walks.

The 48-card Canvas Collection set comes with two versions. The more common cards are reproductions, inserted at a rate of one per box. Each card also has ten original art cards that are recreations done directly on the card, much like hand-painted sketch cards. A couple of original art Albert Pujols and Hanley Ramirez cards done by Doyle have also popped up on eBay.

Through a little detective work and contacting the artists, we've matched up most of the cards with their artists below. We'll continue to update as we confirm more. We've also compiled a complete gallery of the entire set.

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection Checklist - By Artist

Dan Bergren

CCR-1 Babe Ruth
CCR-13 Tom Seaver
CCR-21 Nolan Ryan
CCR-29 Ozzie Smith
CCR-46 Johan Santana

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-21 Nolan Ryan

Kevin Doyle

CCR-4 Stan Musial
CCR-32 Jim Palmer
CCR-45 Eddie Murray

Original art cards of Albert Pujols and Hanley Ramirez by Kevin Doyle have also surfaced on eBay, although they weren't part of the final 48-card checklist.

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-4 Stan Musial

Charles Hall

CCR-2 Lou Gehrig
CCR-5 Adrian Gonzalez
CCR-19 Ken Griffey Jr.

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-19 Ken Griffey Jr

Brandon Kenney

CCR-25 Ichiro Suzuki
CCR-34 Derek Jeter
CCR-36 Al Kaline
CCR-38 Harmon Killebrew
CCR-39 Reggie Jackson

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-34 Derek Jeter

Gary Kezele

CCR-6 Willie Mays
CCR-7 Mickey Mantle
CCR-22 Eddie Mathews
CCR-27 Joe Mauer
CCR-31 Willie McCovey
CCR-48 Carlton Fisk

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-7 Mickey Mantle

Rhiannon Owens

CCR-20 Rickey Henderson
CCR-24 Tony Gwynn
CCR-28 Josh Hamilton
CCR-40 Vladimir Guerrero
CCR-43 Roy Halladay

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-43 Roy Halladay

Lawrence Reynolds

CCR-11 Miguel Cabrera
CCR-16 Yogi Berra
CCR-30 Ryan Braun

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-16 Yogi Berra

Brian Rood

CCR-3 Ty Cobb
CCR-14 Roberto Clemente
CCR-15 Steve Carlton
CCR-33 Rod Carew
CCR-41 Robinson Cano

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-14 Roberto Clemente

Russell Walks

CCR-9 Bob Gibson
CCR-12 Frank Robinson
CCR-18 Jackie Robinson
CCR-23 Cal Ripken Jr.
CCR-37 Alex Rodriguez
CCR-47 Mariano Rivera

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection CCR-9 Bob Gibson

Cards yet to be confirmed:

CCR-8 Warren Spahn
CCR-10 Johnny Bench
CCR-17 Jim Thome
CCR-26 Carl Yastrzemski
CCR-35 Duke Snider
CCR-42 Robin Yount
CCR-44 Wade Boggs

2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection Card Gallery

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2012 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION CANVAS REPRODUCTION #23 CAL RIPKEN JR PSA 10 POP 4
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Robinson Cano Canvas Original Art Sketch (06 10)
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas #CC1 Babe Ruth Yankees B62804
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection #CCR-23 Cal Ripken Jr Orioles
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection #CC19 Ken Griffey - NM-MT
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Ryan Braun CCR-30
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection #CC1 Babe Ruth B76251
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection #CC1 Babe Ruth BX 2
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection #CC3 Ty Cobb BX 2
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2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection #CC6 Willie Mays BX 2
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User Comments

  1. Russell Walks is hands down my favorite artist in this set and that’s not just because he did the Gibby.

  2. Bench and Boggs were done by Reynolds, and on the cc version Cano is number 49, Pujols is 41.

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