2012 Topps Five Star Baseball Retired Player Autographs Guide
Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Ken Griffey Jr, Cal Ripken, Carl Yastrzemski -- these are just a handful of the names on the 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball Retired Player Autographs checklist. And while there are also some less desirable names (I'm looking at you, Bill Buckner), few recent sets offer as many high-quality signatures as this lineup. Not only that, every card has an on-card autograph.
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The Retired Player Autographs checklist has a total of 42 players. All are numbered to 208 or less and all have Rainbow parallels that are numbered to 25 or less. Except for Sandy Koufax, all of the regular versions are numbered to 208, 106 or 62. The Dodgers great has just 25 to go alongside 15 Rainbow parallels.
One thing to watch for is chipping and corner wear. This is an issue across much of the set. And while it may deter from some of the overall appeal, there's no denying the power of a nice autograph that doesn't use a sticker.
2012 Topps Five Star does have its share of redemption cards, but this particular part of the set fares pretty well in that department. Of the 42 cards, six are redemptions: Cal Ripken Jr, Ken Griffey Jr, Ken Griffey Sr, Rickey Henderson, Tom Seaver and Willie Mays. The redemption cards state that they expire October 31, 2015, giving collectors nearly three years to find them and enter the codes online.
Below you will find a complete gallery of all the cards in the set except for the redemptions (we left the redemption cards out too because they're not very attractive). We've also got a detailed checklist including both team info and print runs.
2012 Topps Five Star Baseball Retired Player Autographs Gallery
2012 Topps Five Star Baseball Retired Player Autographs Checklist
FSA-AB Albert Belle, Cleveland Indians #/208
FSA-AD Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs #/106
FSA-AK Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers #/208
FSA-BB Bill Buckner, Boston Red Sox #/208
FSA-BG Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals #/106
FSA-BW Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs #/208
FSA-CF Carlton Fisk, Boston Red Sox #/106
FSA-CFI Cecil Fielder, Detroit Tigers #/208
FSA-CR Cal Ripken Jr. Redemption
FSA-CY Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox #/62
FSA-DE Dennis Eckersley, Oakland Athletics #/208
FSA-DK Dave Kingman, New York Mets #/208
FSA-DM Dale Murphy, Atlanta Braves #/208
FSA-EB Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs #/62
FSA-EM Edgar Martinez, Seattle Mariners #/208
FSA-FJ Fergie Jenkins, Chicago Cubs #/208
FSA-FR Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles #/62
FSA-GB George Bell, Toronto Blue Jays #/208
FSA-HA Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves #/208
FSA-JB Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds #/62
FSA-JK John Kruk, Philadelphia Phillies #/208
FSA-JMA Juan Marichal, San Francisco Giants #/208
FSA-JS John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves #/208
FSA-KG Ken Griffey Jr. Redemption
FSA-KGS Ken Griffey Sr. Redemption
FSA-LT Luis Tiant, Boston Red Sox #/208
FSA-MS Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies #/106
FSA-MW Maury Wills, Los Angeles Dodgers #/208
FSA-NR Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers #/62
FSA-OC Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco Giants #/208
FSA-PM Paul Molitor, Milwaukee Brewers #/208
FSA-PO Paul O'Neill, New York Yankees #/106
FSA-RH Rickey Henderson Redemptions
FSA-RJ Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics #/62
FSA-RS Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs #/106
FSA-RV Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox #/208
FSA-SK Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers #/25
FSA-SM Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals #/62
FSA-TS Tom Seaver Redemption
FSA-VB Vida Blue, Oakland Athletics #/208
FSA-WC Will Clark, San Franchisco Giants #/208
FSA-WM Willie Mays Redemption
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I PULLED A WILLIE REDEMPTION AND IT TOOK ABOUT SIX MONTHS BUT IT WAS WORTH IT.