2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball CardsBrand: Topps Baseball
In 2011 the theme for the flagship Topps baseball set was diamonds. With 2012 Topps Baseball, expect to see lots of gold. From parallels to inserts to the continuation and expansion of the popular code redemptions, gold is the thread that runs throughout. Hobby boxes promise either an autograph or relic card. Jumbo HTA boxes have one autograph and two relic cards. One of these relics isn't a game-used piece but rather a manufactured relic card featuring pins, rings or real gold. 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball follows the familiar format of a 330-card base set that includes 265 veterans, 30 rookies and 35 cards for league leaders, award winners and highlights.
Product Configuration: 36 packs per box
Price Point: Entry-Level Baseball Card
Target Audience: Set Builders, Baseball Card Collectors, Topps Collectors, Kids
2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Box Break
For more information, check out our comprehensive 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Multi-Case Recap and in-depth 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Case Breaking Guide.
- One Autograph or Relic Card
- Six Golden Giveaway Code Cards
- Nine 1987 Topps Minis
- Nine Golden Moments Inserts
- Nine Golden Greats Inserts
- Four Epic Walk-Offs Inserts
- Six Gold Standard Inserts
- Six Gold Futures Inserts
- Six Generations Inserts
- Nine Golden Moments Parallels
2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Product Highlights:
- 330-card base set (265 veterans, 30 rookies, 10 league leaders, six award winners, five Record Breakers, four World Series Highlights, ten active stat leaders).
- Complete 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball short print checklist and gallery.
- See highlights from brentandbecca's 60-case break.
- Topps reveals Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes short prints.
- One autograph or relic card per hobby box; one autograph and two relic cards per HTA jumbo box.
- Base set parallels: Golden Moments (1:4), Silk (100 framed gold silk mini cards, /50), Black (/61), Printing Plates, Platinum (/1), Wood (/1), Truly Golden Moments (/1, see Golden Giveaway Code Cards below).
- 1987 Topps Minis (50 cards, 1:4) bring back the memorable wood design.
- Golden Moments (50 cards, 1:4) mix current and retired players, spotlighting career highlights.
- Golden Greats (75 cards, 1:4) include five career highlights for 15 different players (think 2007 Topps Next Generation but on a smaller scale and hopefully different photographs).
- One of the most exciting moments in sports is the subject of Epic Walk-Offs (15 cards, 1:8), which honors some of the most memorable game-clinching hits of all-time.
- Gold Standard (25 cards, 1:6) include members of some of the most collectible milestone clubs in baseball, such as the 3,000 Strikeouts and 500 Home Runs.
- Gold Futures (25 cards, 1:6) is your typical rookies and young stars insert set, done here with a gold theme.
- Generations (25 cards, 1:6) inserts pair players who share similar accomplishments.
- Autographs: Golden Moments Autographs (40 cards), Golden Greats Autographs (25 card, /10), Epic Walk-Offs Autographs (five cards, /15), Gold Standard Autographs (ten cards, /15), Gold Futures Autographs (15 cards, /15) and Generations Dual Autographs (five cards, /10).
- World Champion Autographs (/50) have signatures from the 2011 World Series Champs.
- Golden Moments Cut Signatures (20 cards, /1) provide autographs from some of baseball's all-time greats.
- Memorabilia cards: Golden Moments Relics (60 cards), Golden Greats Relics (75 cards, /10), Epic Walk-Offs Relics (ten cards, /50), Gold Standard Relics (ten cards, /50), Gold Futures Relics (15 cards, /50), Generations Dual Relics (15 cards, /50) and World Champion Relics (15 cards, /100).
- In the Name Relics (517 cards, /1) have nameplate letters from 2011 All-Star Game work-out jerseys.
- Continuing with past years, the 1967 Mickey Mantle Reprint Relic (/67) is a copy of his 1967 Topps Baseball card with an embedded relic piece.
- Autographed memorabilia cards: Golden Moments Autograph Relics (15 cards, /10), Golden Greats Autograph Relics (25 cards, /5), Epic Walk-Offs Autograph Relics (five cards, /10), Gold Standard Autograph Relics (ten cards, /10), Gold Futures Autograph Relics (15 cards, /10), Generations Dual Autograph Relics (five cards, /5) and World Champion Autograph Relics (five cards, /50).
- Sketch Cards (100 cards, /1).
- Golden Relic Cardsare inserted one per hobby case and one per jumbo box.
- Golden Great Coin Cards (15 cards, number to the player's jersey number) feature an embedded coin with the player's face on it. Parallel: Solid Golden Greats (/1) include a solid gold coin.
- Retired Rings (25 cards) feature a ring element built into the card. The set spotlights numbers that have been retired.
- Gold World Series Champion Pin Cards (20 cards) are like manufactured patch cards but with pins. As the name suggests, the checklist includes only World Champions.
- Golden Moments 24k Gold Leaf Cards (20 cards, /5) parallel the Golden Moments insert with foil that is made of actual gold.
Golden Giveaway Code Cards
- Golden Giveaway Codes (1:6) are similar to the Diamond and Million Card Giveaway codes Topps used in 2010 and 2011. Every code is a potential winner.
- Golden Moment Die-Cut Chrome Cards (100 cards) highlight the featured player's greatest achievement. Parallel: Gold (/99), Truly Golden (/1, to be bid on with Gold Team Coins).
- Truly Golden Moments Base Set Parallel (330 cards, /1) embed real gold into the card.
- Gold Team Coins are available in five denominations for each team. Collectors will be able to use these coins to bid on items and prizes.
- Autographed Gold Coin Cards (10 cards, /5) will see the coins actually made and put on a card, autographed by a player on the featured team.
2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Gold Rush Wrapper Redemption Details
- Collectors who send in 50 hobby wrappers or 14 jumbo wrappers will receive a pack of five exclusive 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Gold Rush cards.
- Set has 50 total cards.
- Autographs randomly inserted. Signers include Albert Pujols, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Adrian Gonzalez, Albert Belle, Nelson Cruz and Dennis Eckersley.
- For faster service, collectors are encouraged to bundle sets of wrappers. This can be done with a rubber band. Topps is also encouraging collectors to send all wrappers in one package.
- Redemption program only open for the month of February, 2012. All requests must be postmarked by February 29th.
- 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Gold Rush Wrapper Redemption requests must be mailed to:
PO Box 2008
Duryea, PA 18642
2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Golden Tickets
- Ten Golden Tickets inserted in hobby packs.
- Winners receive a gold-infused baseball signed by Ken Griffey Jr, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.
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2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Set Checklist Index
Browse the checklist for this product by clicking on the desired subset below:
- Short Print Checklist & Gallery
- Base Set Checklist
- 1987 Topps Minis Set Checklist
- Classic Walk-Offs Set Checklist
- Classic Walk-Offs Autograph Relics Set Checklist
- Classic Walk-Offs Autographs Set Checklist
- Classic Walk-Offs Relics Set Checklist
- Gold Futures Set Checklist
- Gold Futures Autograph Relics Set Checklist
- Gold Futures Autographs Set Checklist
- Gold Futures Relics Set Checklist
- Gold Standard Set Checklist
- Gold Standard Autograph Relics Set Checklist
- Gold Standard Autographs Set Checklist
- Gold Standard Relics Set Checklist
- Gold World Series Champions Pin Cards Set Checklist
- Golden Greats Set Checklist
- Golden Greats Autographs Set Checklist
- Golden Greats Coin Cards Set Checklist
- Golden Greats Relics Set Checklist
- Golden Moments Set Checklist
- Golden Moments 24K Gold Infused Card Set Checklist
- Golden Moments Autographs Set Checklist
- Golden Moments Cut Signatures Set Checklist
- Golden Moments Relics Set Checklist
- Historical Stitches Set Checklist
- In The Name Relics Set Checklist
- Retired Number Patches Set Checklist
- Retired Ring Cards Set Checklist
- Solid Golden Greats Set Checklist
- Timeless Talents Set Checklist
- Timeless Talents Dual Autograph Relics Set Checklist
- Timeless Talents Dual Autographs Set Checklist
- Timeless Talents Dual Relics Set Checklist
- World Champion Autograph Relics Set Checklist
- World Champion Autographs Set Checklist
- World Series Champion Relics Set Checklist
- Golden Moments Autograph Relics Set Checklist
- Silk Collection Set Checklist
2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Product Review
Reviewed by Rodney Ashe
Good: At first glance, the cards have very sharp color and definitely catch your attention. There is a good amount of inserts in this product. The cost of a box is very reasonable.
Bad: As with most earlier Topps Baseball sets, the borders are very basic. Some of the names are hard to read. It takes more than one box to complete a base set.
The Bottom Line: Overall, this is a product that is affordable for all collectors. There are a variety of attractive insert sets that are worth chasing. Short prints add a further hunt and anyone lucky enough to pull the Albert Pujols Angels, Jose Reyes Marlins or the Skip Schumaker Squirrel card will certainly see good returns.
Card Design: 3.5/5.0
The base cards, Golden Moments insert, and Golden Greats inserts have nice colorful designs. A few of the other inserts could use a better layout and color scheme, though. For example, the Classic Walk-Offs would benefit from a more colorful background and a full player picture instead of a partial photo. A better background on the Gold Standard inserts would make the printing easier to read.
Like almost every base Topps set, you get a nice variety of players. The checklist consists mainly of veterans who are complimented by a handful of rookies. Many of the insert sets add Hall of Famers to the mix.
You only get one hit per hobby box. Except for the extremely rare cards that fall less than one per case, very few individual pulls out of 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball will bring much money. That said, some of the hard-to-find cards, such as the World Series Champions autographs and jerseys, are moving extremely well. However, given the price, there is a lot of value to be found by simply sorting through the base cards and looking over them. 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball is definitely a good product for set collectors, baseball fans and kids looking to break into the hobby.
The Fun Factor: 5.0/5.0
Because of the reasonable price, 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball is fun for almost everyone. Set collectors will love chasing all the base cards and inserts. Golden Giveaway redemption codes and variation short prints add further variety. So while you might not see a monetary return on your investment from a single box, 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball is a reminder of the why the hobby became what it is.2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards,