2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs Visual Guide
Since Topps debuted the Finest brand back in 1993, Refractors have been a huge part of every release. Over the years, the Refractor rainbows have grown but the same basic principle of shiny goodness remains. Adding ink and low serial numbers to the mix, 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs bring together a lot of the hallmarks of the modern hobby.
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Including all the different parallels, 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs fall one per 12-pack master box. Numbered to 198, all are printed on Refractor stock. Oddly, a couple of the parallel sets are numbered higher than the regular versions. X-Fractors are numbered to 299 and Green Refractors are numbered to 199. Yes, the base versions are tougher to find than some of the parallels.
Other parallels for the 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs include Orange Refractors (#/99), Gold Refractors (#/50), Red Refractors (#/25), Atomic Refractors (#/5), Printing Plates (1/1), and SuperFractors (1/1).
According to the final checklist released by Topps, there are 21 cards in the 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs set. However, as of this post, to our knowledge not a single signed card of Hisashi Iwakuma has surfaced.
The big draws in the set are Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish. Other highlights include Jesus Montero and Matt Moore.
It's also worth noting that all of these cards are in packs, meaning there are no redemptions to deal with.
2012 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Autographs Visual Checklist
AR-AR Addison Reed, Chicago White Sox
AR-ARO Austin Romine, New York Yankees
AR-BD Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
AR-BH Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
AR-DB Dellin Betances, New York Yankees
AR-DM Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds
AR-DH Drew Hutchison, Toronto Blue Jays
AR-DS Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers
AR-HI Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
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AR-JT Jacob Turner, Detroit Tigers
AR-JPA Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics
AR-JM Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners
AR-JP Jordan Pacheco, Colorado Rockies
AR-KS Kirk Nieuwenhuis, New York Mets
AR-LH Liam Hendriks, Minnesota Twins
AR-MM Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
AR-RL Ryan Lavarnway, Boston Red Sox
AR-TM Tom Milone, Oakland Athletics
AR-TW Tsuyoshi Wada, Baltimore Orioles
AR-WP Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers
AR-YD Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
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why is betances and romaine rookies? romaine is in single a tampa and betances is in AA trenton??
Betances played in two games last year and Romaine was in 9. That makes both eligible for rookie cards in 2012.