Late last year, Topps solicited collectors to apply for the Topps Five Star Club. It was designed to be a way to thank some of the company's biggest customers. Membership was extremely limited.
One of the perks of membership is a set of exclusive cards. The 2012 Topps Five Star Club checklist has ten players, five baseball and five football. As one might expect, it's limited to top names in both sports. Bryce Harper, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck are among the highlights. Another notable inclusion is Mickey Mantle. This may turn out to be one of the final Topps Mickey Mantle cards for some time. He hasn't been included in any of the company's 2013 releases thus far.
2012 Topps Five Star Club cards are all numbered to 50 copies. The design mimics both the 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball base card designs. The eight rookie players have a blue background while legends Mantle and Willie Mays have a red background.
In addition to these exclusive cards, over the course of the year, Topps Five Star Club members are expected to receive special autographs, special access at the 2013 National and more.
Below is a full checklist and gallery of the 2012 Topps Five Star Club set.
2012 Topps Five Star Club Checklist
FSC1 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants
FSC2 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
FSC3 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
FSC4 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
FSC5 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees
FSC6 Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
FSC7 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
FSC8 Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
FSC9 Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
FSC10 Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
2012 Topps Five Star Club #FSC-5 Mickey Mantle 50 New York Yankees Card 2x6