2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Cards

2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Cards

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2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Parallel Cards - 1 per pack

PARALLEL CARDS: Bronze #/299, Blue #/199, Green #/75, Black #/60, Orange #/50, Gold #/25, Red #/5, Purple #/1, Framed Printing Plates #/1

1 Hank Aaron
2 Luis Aparicio
3 Jose Bautista
4 Albert Belle
5 Johnny Bench
6 Lance Berkman
7 Ryan Braun
8 Ralph Kiner
9 Miguel Cabrera
10 Robinson Cano
11 Starlin Castro
12 Eddie Mathews
13 Ty Cobb
14 Yogi Berra
15 Andre Dawson
16 Joe DiMaggio
17 Duke Snider
18 Prince Fielder
19 Carlton Fisk
20 Orlando Cepeda
21 Yovani Gallardo
22 Lou Gehrig
23 Bob Gibson
24 Adrian Gonzalez
25 Carlos Gonzalez
26 Zack Greinke
27 Roy Halladay
28 Josh Hamilton
29 Juan Marichal
30 Felix Hernandez
31 Mike Napoli
32 Matt Holliday
33 Ryan Howard
34 Reggie Jackson
35 Derek Jeter
36 Larry Doby
37 Al Kaline
38 Matt Kemp
39 Ian Kennedy
40 Clayton Kershaw
41 Ian Kinsler
42 Sandy Koufax
43 Harmon Killebrew
44 Cliff Lee
45 Nelson Cruz
46 Tim Lincecum
47 Evan Longoria
48 Mickey Mantle
49 Roger Maris
50 Edgar Martinez
51 Joe Mauer
52 Willie Mays
53 Willie McCovey
54 Michael Young
55 Paul Molitor
56 Wade Boggs
57 Stan Musial
58 Paul O'Neil
59 Dustin Pedroia
60 Andy Pettitte
61 Buster Posey
62 Albert Pujols
63 Tony Gywnn
64 Hanley Ramirez
65 Ken Griffey Jr.
66 Cal Ripken Jr.
67 Mariano Rivera
68 Brooks Robinson
69 Frank Robinson
70 Alex Rodriguez
71 Nolan Ryan
72 CC Sabathia
73 Ryne Sandberg
74 David Freese
75 Mike Schmidt
76 Red Schoendeist
77 Tom Seaver
78 John Smoltz
79 Mike Stanton
80 Mark Teixeira
81 Frank Thomas
82 Troy Tulowitzki
83 Justin Upton
84 Chase Utley
85 Justin Verlander
86 Joey Votto
87 Jered Weaver
88 Eddie Murray
89 Jacoby Ellsbury
90 Ryan Zimmerman
91 Roberto Clemente
92 Jackie Robinson
93 Babe Ruth
94 Ernie Banks
95 Warren Spahn
96 Carl Yastrzemski
97 Bob Feller
98 Rod Carew
99 Willie Stargell
100 Lou Brock
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Base Card Image

Autographs Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #/50, Orange #/25, Gold #/15, Red #/5, Purple #/1, Printing Plates #/1, Onyx: #/1 (Signed in silver)

TA-AJ Adam Jones
TA-AJ1 Adam Jones
TA-AL1 Adam Lind
TA-AL2 Adam Lind
TA-AG Adrian Gonzalez
TA-APU Albert Pujols
TA-AC Alex Cobb
TA-AO1 Alexi Ogando
TA-AO2 Alexi Ogando
TA-AO3 Alexi Ogando
TA-AD Andre Dawson
TA-AE Andre Ethier
TA-AM1 Andrew McCutchen
TA-AM2 Andrew McCutchen
TA-AP Andy Pettitte
TA-ARI Anthony Rizzo
TA-ARI2 Anthony Rizzo
TA-AR2 Aramis Ramirez EXCH
TA-ACH Aroldis Chapman
TA-ACH1 Aroldis Chapman
TA-BBL Bert Blyleven
TA-BB1 Bert Blyleven
TA-BGI Bob Gibson
TA-BB1 Brandon Beachy
TA-BB2 Brandon Beachy
TA-BBE1 Brandon Belt
TA-BBE2 Brandon Belt
TA-BPH Brandon Phillips
TA-BG1 Brett Gardner
TA-BMC Brian McCann
TA-BP Buster Posey
TA-CR Cal Ripken Jr. #/49
TA-CC Carl Crawford
TA-CYA Carl Yastrzemski /49
TA-CG Carlos Gonzalez EXCH
TA-CG1 Carlos Gonzalez EXCH
TA-CF Carlton Fisk
TA-CH Chris Heisey
TA-CKE1 Clayton Kershaw
TA-CKE2 Clayton Kershaw
TA-DMU Dale Murphy
TA-DU1 Dan Uggla
TA-DH1 Daniel Hudson
TA-DH2 Daniel Hudson
TA-DE Danny Espinosa
TA-DG1 Dee Gordon
TA-DG2 Dee Gordon
TA-DE Dennis Eckersley
TA-DE1 Dennis Eckersley
TA-DM Don Mattingly
TA-DP Dustin Pedroia
TA-DA Dustin Ackley
TA-DA1 Dustin Ackley
TA-DP1 Dustin Pedroia
TA-EM1 Edgar Martinez
TA-EM2 Edgar Martinez
TA-EN Eduardo Nunez
TA-EN1 Eduardo Nunez
TA-EN2 Eduardo Nunez
TA-EA Elvis Andrus
TA-EH1 Eric Hosmer EXCH
TA-EH2 Eric Hosmer EXCH
TA-EB Ernie Banks
TA-EL1 Evan Longoria
TA-FH Felix Hernandez
TA-FH1 Felix Hernandez
TA-FJ Fergie Jenkins
TA-FR Frank Robinson /74
TA-FT Frank Thomas
TA-FF Freddie Freeman
TA-GF George Foster
TA-GG1 Gio Gonzalez
TA-GG2 Gio Gonzalez
TA-HA Hank Aaron EXCH
TA-IKE Ian Kennedy
TA-IKI1 Ian Kinsler
TA-IKI2 Ian Kinsler
TA-IKI3 Ian Kinsler
TA-IDA Ike Davis
TA-IN Ivan Nova
TA-IN1 Ivan Nova
TA-JA J.P. Arencibia
TA-JG Jaime Garcia
TA-JG1 Jaime Garcia
TA-JG2 Jaime Garcia
TA-JH Jason Heyward
TA-JBR Jay Bruce
TA-JBR1 Jay Bruce
TA-JWK Jemile Weeks
TA-JWK1 Jemile Weeks
TA-JW1 Jered Weaver EXCH
TA-JW2 Jered Weaver EXCH
TA-JH2 Jeremy Hellickson EXCH
TA-JH1 Jeremy Hellickson EXCH
TA-JMO Jesus Montero
TA-JMO1 Jesus Montero
TA-JMO2 Jesus Montero
TA-JR Jim Rice
TA-JR1 Jim Rice
TA-JMA Joe Mauer
TA-JS John Smoltz
TA-JB Johnny Bench
TA-JC1 Johnny Cueto
TA-JC2 Johnny Cueto
TA-JJ1 Jon Jay
TA-JJ2 Jon Jay
TA-JWA Jordan Walden
TA-JZ1 Jordan Zimmermann
TA-JZ2 Jordan Zimmermann
TA-JJ Josh Johnson
TA-JTE Julio Teheran
TA-JTE1 Julio Teheran
TA-JU1 Justin Upton /49
TA-KGJ Ken Griffey Jr. EXCH
TA-LM Logan Morrison
TA-LA Luis Aparicio
TA-MB1 Madison Bumgarner
TA-MB2 Madison Bumgarner
TA-MT1 Mark Trumbo
TA-MT2 Mark Trumbo
TA-MT3 Mark Trumbo
TA-MT4 Mark Trumbo
TA-MG1 Matt Garza
TA-MG2 Matt Garza
TA-MH Matt Holliday /74
TA-MK1 Matt Kemp EXCH
TA-MK2 Matt Kemp EXCH
TA-MK3 Matt Kemp EXCH
TA-MMO Matt Moore
TA-MMO1 Matt Moore
TA-MMO2 Matt Moore
TA-MP1 Michael Pineda
TA-MP2 Michael Pineda
TA-MP3 Michael Pineda
TA-MCA Miguel Cabrera EXCH
TA-MM1 Mike Minor
TA-MM2 Mike Minor
TA-MMS1 Mike Morse
TA-MMS2 Mike Morse
TA-MS Mike Schmidt
TA-MST Mike Stanton
TA-MMU Mike Moustakas EXCH
TA-MTR Mike Trout
TA-MTR1 Mike Trout
TA-MTR2 Mike Trout
TA-MMI1 Minnie Minoso
TA-MMI1 Minnie Minoso
TA-MML Mitch Moreland
TA-NE1 Nathan Eovaldi
TA-NE2 Nathan Eovaldi
TA-NE3 Nathan Eovaldi
TA-NW Neil Walker
TA-NC Nelson Cruz
TA-NR Nolan Ryan
TA-PS1 Pablo Sandoval
TA-PS2 Pablo Sandoval
TA-PM Paul Molitor
TA-PO1 Paul O'Neill (Yankees)
TA-PO2 Paul O'Neill (Yankees)
TA-PO3 Paul O'Neill (Reds)
TA-PF Prince Fielder
TA-RD Randall Delgado
TA-RS Red Schoendienst
TA-RJ Reggie Jackson
TA-RC Robinson Cano EXCH
TA-RC1 Robinson Cano EXCH
TA-RB Ryan Braun
TA-RZ Ryan Zimmerman
TA-RSA Ryne Sandberg
TA-SP Salvador Perez
TA-SP1 Salvador Perez
TA-SK Sandy Koufax #/49
TA-SM Stan Musial
TA-SC1 Starlin Castro
TA-SC2 Starlin Castro
TA-SC3 Starlin Castro
TA-THU Tim Hudson
TA-TH1 Tommy Hanson
TA-TH2 Tommy Hanson
TA-UJ Ubaldo Jimenez
TA-WM Willie Mays EXCH
TA-WMC Willie McCovey
TA-YD Yu Darvish EXCH #/25
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball On Card Autographs Card Image

World Series Swatches Set Checklist

#/99

WSS-AK Al Kaline
WSS-AP Andy Pettitte
WSS-BB Bert Blyleven
WSS-BL Bob Lemon
WSS-BS Bruce Sutter
WSS-CR Cal Ripken
WSS-DW Dave Winfield
WSS-DE Dennis Eckersley
WSS-DS Duke Snider
WSS-EM Eddie Murray
WSS-EM Eddie Mathews
WSS-FR Frank Robinson
WSS-GB George Brett
WSS-HA Hank Aaron
WSS-HW Hoyt Wilhelm
WSS-JD Joe DiMaggio
WSS-JB Johnny Bench
WSS-LG Lou Gehrig
WSS-LB Lou Brock
WSS-LA Luis Aparicio
WSS-MM Mickey Mantle
WSS-MS Mike Schmidt
WSS-NR Nolan Ryan
WSS-OS Ozzie Smith
WSS-PO Paul O'Neill
WSS-PM Paul Molitor
WSS-PR Phil Rizzuto
WSS-RJ Reggie Jackson
WSS-RC Roberto Clemente
WSS-RM Roger Maris
WSS-SA Sparky Anderson
WSS-SM Stan Musial
WSS-SC Steve Carlton
WSS-WB Wade Boggs
WSS-WM Willie Mays
WSS-WS Willie Stargell
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball World Series Swatches Card Image

Tribute To The Stars Autographs Set Checklist

#/24

Topps is encouraging collectors that opened a sealed box of 2012 Topps Tribute Baseball and received a TRIBUTE TO THE STARS AUTOGRAPHED CARD to send the card to Topps to receive a pack of 2011 Bowman Sterling Baseball (2 Autographs and 1 Relic). Each card will be verified (via sequential numbering) and can only be submitted once. The card will be returned with the pack of Bowman Sterling. More information can be found here.

TSA-AG Adrian Gonzalez
TSA-AP Albert Pujols
TSA-BG Bob Gibson
TSA-BP Buster Posey
TSA-CC Carl Crawford
TSA-CCS CC Sabathia
TSA-CJ Chipper Jones
TSA-CK Clayton Kershaw
TSA-CL Cliff Lee
TSA-DS Darryl Strawberry
TSA-DS1 Darryl Strawberry
TSA-DS2 Darryl Strawberry
TSA-DJ David Justice
TSA-DJ1 David Justice
TSA-DO David Ortiz
TSA-DW David Wright
TSA-DG Doc Gooden
TSA-DG1 Doc Gooden
TSA-GC Gary Carter
TSA-GC1 Gary Carter
TSA-GC2 Gary Carter
TSA-HR Hanley Ramirez
TSA-JBE Johnny Bench
TSA-JB Jose Bautista
TSA-JH Josh Hamilton
TSA-MK Matt Kemp
TSA-MC Miguel Cabrera
TSA-MS Mike Schmidt
TSA-MST Mike Stanton
TSA-NC Nelson Cruz
TSA-OC Orlando Cepeda
TSA-OC1 Orlando Cepeda
TSA-RK Ralph Kiner
TSA-RK1 Ralph Kiner
TSA-RJ Reggie Jackson
TSA-RHA Roy Halladay
TSA-RH Ryan Howard
TSA-RS Ryne Sandberg
TSA-SM Stan Musial
TSA-SG Steve Garvey
TSA-SG1 Steve Garvey
TSA-SG2 Steve Garvey
TSA-SC Steve Carlton
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Tribute to the Stars Autographs Card Image

Tribute To The Stars Relics Set Checklist

#/99

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #/50, Orange #/25, Red #/10

TSR-AM Andrew McCutchen
TSR-CG Carlos Gonzalez
TSR-CU Chase Utley
TSR-CJ Chipper Jones
TSR-CL Cliff Lee
TSR-DO David Ortiz
TSR-DPR David Price
TSR-DW David Wright
TSR-DF David Freese
TSR-DP Dustin Pedroia
TSR-EL Evan Longoria
TSR-FH Felix Hernandez
TSR-IKY Ian Kennedy
TSR-IK Ian Kinsler
TSR-JE Jacoby Ellsbury
TSR-JMO Jesus Montero
TSR-JRO Jimmy Rollins
TSR-JM Joe Mauer
TSR-JB Jose Bautista
TSR-JH Josh Hamilton
TSR-JU Justin Upton
TSR-KY Kevin Youkilis
TSR-LB Lance Berkman
TSR-MT Mark Teixeira
TSR-MH Matt Holliday
TSR-MM Matt Moore
TSR-MC Miguel Cabrera
TSR-MS Mike Stanton
TSR-NC Nelson Cruz
TSR-RZ Ryan Zimmerman
TSR-RHO Ryan Howard
TSR-SC Starlin Castro
TSR-TL Tim Lincecum
TSR-TT Troy Tulowitzki
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Tribute To The Stars Relics Card Image

Retired Remnants Set Checklist

#/99

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #/50, Red #/10

RR-AK Al Kaline
RR-AP Andy Pettitte
RR-BB Bert Blyleven
RR-CR Cal Ripken
RR-CY Carl Yastrzemski
RR-DW Dave Winfield
RR-DE Dennis Eckersley
RR-DM Don Mattingly
RR-EB Ernie Banks
RR-FR Frank Robinson
RR-GB George Brett
RR-HA Hank Aaron
RR-HK Harmon Killebrew
RR-JR Jim Rice
RR-JD Joe DiMaggio
RR-JB Johnny Bench
RR-MM Mickey Mantle
RR-MS Mike Schmidt
RR-PO Paul O'Neill
RR-RK Ralph Kiner
RR-RJ Reggie Jackson
RR-RCL Roberto Clemente
RR-RY Robin Yount
RR-RC Rod Carew
RR-RM Roger Maris
RR-SM Stan Musial
RR-SC Steve Carlton
RR-TG Tony Gwynn
RR-WB Wade Boggs
RR-WM Willie Mays
RR-WM Willie McCovey
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Retired Remnants Card Image

Championship Material Set Checklist

#/99

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #/50, Red #/10, Purple 1/1

CM-AP Albert Pujols
CM-AR Alex Rodriguez
CM-BP Buster Posey
CM-CS CC Sabathia
CM-CU Chase Utley
CM-CJ Chipper Jones
CM-CC Chris Carpenter
CM-CH Cole Hamels
CM-DO David Ortiz
CM-DF David Freese
CM-DJ Derek Jeter
CM-DP Dustin Pedroia
CM-JE Jacoby Ellsbury
CM-JR Jimmy Rollins
CM-JP Jorge Posada
CM-JB Josh Beckett
CM-MR Mariano Rivera
CM-MT Mark Teixeira
CM-MC Miguel Cabrera
CM-NS Nick Swisher
CM-PK Paul Konerko
CM-RC Robinson Cano
CM-RH Ryan Howard
CM-TL Tim Lincecum
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Championship Material Card Image

Debut Digits Set Checklist

#/99

PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/15, Red #/10

DD-AG Adrian Gonzalez
DD-AK Al Kaline
DD-BL Bob Lemon
DD-CB Carlos Beltran
DD-CG Carlos Gonzalez
DD-CJ Chipper Jones
DD-CL Cliff Lee
DD-DO David Ortiz
DD-DF David Freese
DD-DM Don Mattingly
DD-FH Felix Hernandez
DD-GC Gary Carter
DD-GB George Brett
DD-HA Hank Aaron
DD-JW Jered Weaver
DD-JD Joe DiMaggio
DD-JB Jose Bautista
DD-JH Josh Hamilton
DD-LB Lance Berkman
DD-LBR Lou Brock
DD-MT Mark Teixeira
DD-MM Mickey Mantle
DD-MC Miguel Cabrera
DD-RK Ralph Kiner
DD-RCL Roberto Clemente
DD-RC Robinson Cano
DD-RC Rod Carew
DD-RM Roger Maris
DD-RH Roy Halladay
DD-RH Ryan Howard
DD-WM Willie Mays
DD-YB Yogi Berra
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Debut Digits Card Image

Positions of Power Set Checklist

#/99

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #/50, Red #/10

PPO-AG Adrian Gonzalez
PPO-AB Adrian Beltre
PPO-AP Albert Pujols
PPO-AR Alex Rodriguez
PPO-BM Brian McCann
PPO-CG Carlos Gonzalez
PPO-CGR Curtis Granderson
PPO-DU Dan Uggla
PPO-EL Evan Longoria
PPO-HR Hanley Ramirez
PPO-IK Ian Kinsler
PPO-JV Joey Votto
PPO-JB Jose Bautista
PPO-JH Josh Hamilton
PPO-JU Justin Upton
PPO-MT Mark Teixeira
PPO-MK Matt Kemp
PPO-MC Miguel Cabrera
PPO-MS Mike Stanton
PPO-NC Nelson Cruz
PPO-PF Prince Fielder
PPO-RC Robinson Cano
PPO-RB Ryan Braun
PPO-RH Ryan Howard
PPO-TT Troy Tulowitzki
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Positions of Power Card Image

Superstar Swatches Set Checklist

#/99

SS-AP Albert Pujols
SS-CG Carlos Gonzalez
SS-CS CC Sabathia
SS-CL Cliff Lee
SS-DPR David Price
SS-DO David Ortiz
SS-DJ Derek Jeter
SS-DP Dustin Pedroia
SS-EL Evan Longoria
SS-FH Felix Hernandez
SS-JE Jacoby Ellsbury
SS-JW Jered Weaver
SS-JM Joe Mauer
SS-JB Jose Bautista
SS-JR Jose Reyes
SS-JH Josh Hamilton
SS-JV Justin Verlander
SS-JU Justin Upton
SS-MC Miguel Cabrera
SS-RH Roy Halladay
SS-SS Stephen Strasburg
SS-TL Tim Lincecum
SS-TT Troy Tulowitzki
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Superstar Swatches Card Image

Prime Patch Relic Set Checklist

#/24

PARALLEL CARDS: Purple 1/1

PP-AP Albert Pujols
PP-BB Bert Blyleven
PP-BG Bob Gibson
PP-CR Cal Ripken
PP-CF Carlton Fisk
PP-CU Chase Utley
PP-CJ Chipper Jones
PP-CK Clayton Kershaw
PP-CL Cliff Lee
PP-DPR David Price
PP-DG Doc Gooden
PP-DP Dustin Pedroia
PP-EL Evan Longoria
PP-FH Felix Hernandez
PP-FR Frank Robinson
PP-FT Frank Thomas
PP-ICH Ichiro Seattle
PP-JE Jacoby Ellsbury
PP-JW Jered Weaver
PP-JR Jim Rice
PP-JM Joe Mauer
PP-JV Joey Votto
PP-JB Jose Bautista
PP-JH Josh Hamilton
PP-JV Justin Verlander
PP-LB Lou Brock
PP-MT Mark Teixeira
PP-MK Matt Kemp
PP-MC Miguel Cabrera
PP-MST Mike Stanton
PP-NR Nolan Ryan
PP-OS Ozzie Smith
PP-PF Prince Fielder
PP-RJ Reggie Jackson
PP-RCA Rod Carew
PP-RHA Roy Halladay
PP-RB Ryan Braun
PP-RH Ryan Howard
PP-RZ Ryan Zimmerman
PP-SS Stephen Strasburg
PP-SC Steve Carlton
PP-TL Tim Lincecum
PP-TG Tony Gwynn
PP-TT Troy Tulowitzki
PP-WS Warren Spahn
PP-WM Willie Mays
PP-WMC Willie McCovey
PP-WST Willie Stargell
2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Prime Patches Relic Card Image

Product Details

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2012 Topps Tribute Baseball is the first premium baseball product of the year. With its mirror foil finish, it's bound to be one of the shiniest as well. Although there's plenty of current stars, the Tribute line does a good job of emphasizing past stars as well. Willie Mays returns to the set this year, joining Topps' tremendous stable of Hall of Famers. The Giants great will have both on-card autographs and memorabilia cards in the set. This year, all autographs and memorabilia cards are numbered to 99 or less. 2012 Topps Tribute is a hit-per-pack product, split evenly between signatures and relics. Each six-pack box promises three on-card autographs and three memorabilia cards.

Product Configuration: Six Packs Per Box
Price Point: High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Hit Seekers, Autograph Collectors, Vintage Baseball Fans, Memorabilia Card Collectors

2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Box Break

  • Three Numbered On-Card Autographs
  • Three Numbered Memorabilia Cards
  • Six Numbered Parallel Cards
  • 2 Finest Moments Insert Cards
  • 60 Total Cards

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Product Review

2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Chuck Vanderbilt

Good: 2012 Topps Tribute is one of the most attractive sets collectors can get their hands on, all autographs and relics are encased, nearly all autographs are on-card.

Bad: The checklist doesn't live up to the high standard 2011 Topps Tribute set.

The Bottom Line: As beautiful as the set is, the weak checklist hurts. Collectors may better off buying singles for their personal collections.

Staff Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.5/5.0

The 2012 Topps Tribute design is next to flawless. The base cards and parallels are clean and easy on the eye. Although the bronze parallels have the highest print run (#/299), they are the best looking of the bunch. Their antique look fits with the overall theme of the set.

A big upgrade in 2012 is the encasing of all autograph and relic cards. Following in the steps of some of Panini's high-end sets and harkening back to several years ago with the Topps Pristine line, among others, 2012 Topps Tribute autographs and relics come in a snap case sealed with a Topps Tribute sticker. In fact, even redemption cards come encased this way.

The set's relic cards are tastefully done, though the Triple Threads-style relics with phrases like "The Hammer" for Josh Hamilton, seem out of place. The 2012 Topps Tribute autographs look nice, giving enough space for signatures without running into the subject matter of the cards. The only overly busy designs in the set are found in the Tribute to the Stars autographs, which also come with sticker autographs.

Checklist: 2.5/5.0

In a product that presents itself as a legends-based set, hobbyists who ripped into boxes or cases may be left wondering who Topps is actually paying tribute to in 2012. Sure, collectors may get lucky and pull a Willie Mays or Ken Griffey Jr. autograph (both redemptions, by the way), but they are more likely to be staring at a stack of encased and visually stunning cards of Jemile Weeks or Nathan Eovaldi. The ratio of legends to current-player hits has dropped from 2011, which is disappointing.

Value: 3.5/5.0

Hobbyists likely know the risks of busting high-end products. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. However, how does Topps go from hitting a home run with 2011 Topps Tribute to irking many collectors in 2012? Did encasing the hits raise costs so much that they had to dilute the checklist and secondary market appeal so much?

The Fun Factor: 4.0/5.0

As many high-end products move to single-pack boxes, 2012 Topps Tribute still gives collectors the enjoyment of busting multiple packs. The opportunity to see a legend like Mays or Roberto Clemente looking back at you is what Topps Tribute is all about. It's understandable why collectors are willing to spend top-dollar for that chance, but they also need to beware, your wallet may benefit from snagging up singles rather than boxes.

2012 Topps Tribute Baseball Cards, reviewed by Ryan Cracknell on 2012-04-16T05:27:16+00:00 rating 3.9 out of 5

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User Reviews

  1. Very sweet product. Even better then last year’s set. Highly recommend.

  2. Good: All the cards are rare in a sense. Few base cards and lots of numbered cards. All autographs and memorabilia cards are numbered to 99 or less. They’re also encapsulated, which prevents any foul moves by pack searchers. It also makes the cards more secure and limits the risk of damage coming out of the box. On-card autographs run throughout much of the set. 2012 Topps Tribute has a great checklist of all-time greats ranging from Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Don Mattingly, Roger Maris, Stan Musial, Edgar Martinez, and more.

    Bad: While the retired stars are great, the overall selection of players could be better. For such a high-end product, there seems to be a lot of players that just don’t belong. This is no disrespect to those players, but I don’t see many collectors being satisfied with some of the pulls they may end up having when they spend so much on a box of 2012 Topps Tribute.

    The Bottom Line: 2012 Topps Tribute is a product for those who like to take big risks with the possibility of an even bigger reward. If you are comfortable spending the money on a box of Topps Tribute and taking your chances with what you may get, than this is the product for you. It offers something for both the set collector and the hit seeker.

    Staff Rating: 4.5/5.0

    Card Design: 5.0/5.0
    I’m a big fan of the design. The card stock is thick and the cards have a gloss that makes them pop off when you take a good look at them. It’s refreshing to see something different on many of the designs. Again, any set with so many on-card autographs is great.

    Checklist: 3.5/5.0
    Topps Tribute has a 100-card base set that features only the top players in the game and some of the greatest players from the past. As I mentioned earlier, some of the players for the autograph and relic sets don’t belong in such a high-end product, but overall, it’s a solid checklist.

    Value: 4.0/5.0
    Every box guarantees six hits. As mentioned before, this is a high risk, high reward product. However, you might get a mid-level player. If you want to play it safe, this probably isn’t the product for you. However, if you are a risk taker, then this is a must-buy.

    The Fun Factor: 4.0/5.0
    With only six packs per box and one premium card coming in each pack, 2012 Topps Tribute is a blast to open. There aren’t a ton of cards per box, so the excitement stays throughout the entire box. The card designs are solid and all the hits come encased in a sealed snap tight holder.

  3. suks

  4. My favourite product of 2012 is Tribute Baseball they cards look amazing and its nice how each autograph/relic comes with a magnetic holder to keep the cards safe.
    I am entering the contest for the 4 hobby boxes thanks

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