The bronze plaques that hang in Cooperstown are one of the most recognizable honors in all of sports. 2012 Topps Update Series Baseball uses them as the inspiration for the Gold Hall of Fame Plaques insert set.
The cards can only be found in hobby and jumbo HTA packs. They feature a horizontal design with a replica mini plaque on one side and a player photo on the other. Behind the player is a backdrop of the text from the player's actual plaque.
The 2012 Topps Update Gold Hall of Fame Plaques combine with other manufactured relics to fall one per hobby case or one per jumbo box. The set has 25 cards. Players date back to the start of the Hall of Fame with the likes of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Recent inductees like Rickey Henderson and Cal Ripken Jr. also make the cut. Other highlights include Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax.
Not surprisingly, the New Yankees have the most players in the set with five. The Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles have two. The Dodgers also have a pair, one each from Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Below is a gallery of the entire 25-card set as well as a detailed checklist, complete with team info.
2012 Topps Update Series Baseball Gold Hall of Fame Plaques Gallery
2012 Topps Update Series Baseball Gold Hall of Fame Plaques Checklist
HOF-CR Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles
HOF-CY Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox
HOF-GB George Brett, Kansas City Royals
HOF-GC Gary Carter, Montreal Expos
HOF-JB Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds
HOF-JP Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles
HOF-JR Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers
HOF-LG Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees
HOF-MM Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees
HOF-MS Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies
HOF-NR Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers
HOF-OS Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals
HOF-RC Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates
HOF-RH Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics
HOF-RJ Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees
HOF-RS Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs
HOF-SK Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers
HOF-SM Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals
HOF-TC Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers
HOF-TS Tom Seaver, New York Mets
HOF-WB Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox
HOF-WM Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants
HOF-WS Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves
HOF-YB Yogi Berra, New York Yankees
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