Other than a few cosmetic changes, 2012 Bowman Baseball sticks with what’s made it one of the most popular brands in the hobby. Once again collectors can expect rookies and prospects galore and a ton of parallels and refractors to chase. Bowman Black autographs debut.
2012 Baseball Cards
In 2012, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series for the second time in three seasons. 2012 baseball cards were headlined by Triple Crown Winner, Miguel Cabrera, AL Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout, and NL Rookie of the Year, Bryce Harper. All three players received a lot of hype and their card values quickly increased throughout the season.
2012 was a year led by a strong rookie class, including the official rookie cards of Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish.
2012 Baseball Card Sets
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2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball sticks with the formula that made it one of the hobby’s most popular sets. Collectors can expect lots of rookies, prospects, Refractors and a growing number of autographs.
Promising the first MLB-licensed cards of 2012 draft picks, 2012 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects Baseball is loaded with potential future stars. Hobby boxes promise one Bowman Chrome Autograph while jumbo boxes have three. Several Refractor parallels also help fuel the chase.
2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball lets the prospects shine — literally. As collectors have come to expect with the Bowman brand, much of the focus is placed on up-and-coming prospects. Every box comes with two Refractor autographs and one autographed Refractor relic from baseball’s rising stars.
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball is all about rookies and prospects. Every six-pack box of the high-end product comes with 18 autograph cards. Key signers include Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Yu Darvish and third pick in the 2012 draft, Mike Zunino.
ITG returns to the diamond with 2012 In the Game Hits Series 2 High Numbers Prospects Update Baseball. Every single-pack box delivers five total autographs or memorabilia cards.
2012 Just Minors Mystery Gamers Baseball offers collectors a full game-used piece of memorabilia, such as a jersey, fielding glove, cleats and hats. Players include Eric Hosmer, Justin Verlander, Buster Posey, Evan Longoria and many more.
Aimed largely at hit seekers and fans of classic cards, 2012 Leaf Best of Baseball is highlighted by a graded or slabbed buyback in every single-pack box. Boxes also come with either an exclusive autograph or sketch card.
With a massive checklist, 2012 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signature Edition offers a value-driven approach to cut signature collecting. Every single-card box promises an encapsulated cut signature autograph.
2012 Leaf Memories Baseball celebrates the landmark 1990 Leaf Baseball set. Highlights include stamped buybacks and autographed buybacks from many of the original set’s top players and rare signers.
2012 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball is an all-autograph release that includes 28 first round picks from the 2012 MLB Draft, top prospects, Pete Rose and Albert Pujols. Every box comes with eight on-card autographs.
2012 Leaf Pete Rose – The Living Legend is one of the most affordable ways for collectors to get an autograph from baseball’s all-time hit king. For less than $50, boxes come with 10 packs of cards and either a Pete Rose autograph or autographed memorabilia redemption.
2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft is another prospect-driven all-autograph release. Focusing on top picks and international prospects, signers include Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton and Jorge Soler. Leaf is promising their lowest print run to date for a baseball product.
2012 Leaf Valiant Baseball boasts 10 on-card autographs in every box. Featuring signatures from some of the game’s top prospects, other highlights include marked hot boxes with numbered parallels and redemptions for autographed memorabilia.
Every box of 2012 Onyx Authenticated Clubhouse Collection Baseball comes with a pair of game-used batting gloves. Random recemptions are good for premium memorabilia pieces.
2012 Onyx Authenticated Platinum Prospects marks the debut baseball card product from the memorabilia company. Six-pack boxes promise a minimum of three autographs. The checklist includes Bubba Starling, Jameson Taillon, Kaleb Cowart and the first pack-inserted cards of Jose Campos.
2012 Onyx Icons Collection Baseball promises a Hall of Fame autographed baseball in every pack. Collectors can look for signatures from Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Satchel Paige.
Celebrating the Hall of Fame and its legends, 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball goes deep into the roster of inductees and pieces of the museum’s storied collection. Every box guarantees one autograph and three embossed plaque cards.
2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball delivers six autographs in every box. The prospect-heavy set promises a renewed focus on on-card signatures. First-overall pick, Carlos Correa, is among the set’s signers.
Mixing baseball, history and pop culture, 2012 Panini Golden Age Baseball gets its inspiration from the 20th Century. Every box delivers an autograph, a historic memorabilia card, 24 mini parallels and either a movie poster reprint or mini pennant box topper.
2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball marks the super premium brand’s diamond debut. The set is loaded with high-end autographs and memorabilia from veterans, rookies and retired stars.
2012 Panini Prizm Baseball sees the chromium-style brand make its diamond debut with two autographs and three Prizm parallels in every hobby box.
2012 Panini Signature Series Baseball is all about the autograph. Every six-card box comes with three autograph cards. The release has a variety of autograph inserts from both current stars and retired legends.
2012 Panini USA Baseball highlights every member of the 15U, 18U and Collegiate National Teams. Every 75-card box set comes with seven autographs and two memorabilia cards.
Living up to the brand’s history, 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball is all about the hits. Every card in the release is either an autograph or memorabilia card. Subjects include Hall of Famers, retired favorites, current stars and members of the USA Baseball National Collegiate Team.
2012 SP Signature Edition Baseball sees Upper Deck return to the diamond with an all-autograph series. Every pack comes with three autographs including one multi-signed card or manufactured patch autograph.
Back for its seventh year, 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball promises to bring another eclectic mix of baseball stars, quirky champions and other surprises. This year, collectors can look forward to legends, sea monkeys, Biblical heroes and one of the strongest autograph checklists in years.
2012 Topps Archives see the return of the nostalgic brand that puts new photos on classic designs. Fan Favorites Autographs are one of the set’s main draws. The set also includes buybacks and inserts based on old Topps sets.
One of the hobby’s most rooted traditions, the 2012 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby Edition comes with all Series 1 and Series 2 base cards plus a pack of five exclusive Orange parallels.
2012 Topps Chrome Baseball includes the shiny base cards, Refractor rainbows and autographed rookies collectors have come to expect. Not wanting to grow stale, Topps has introduced a couple of die-cut sets as well as autographed buybacks.
2012 Topps Finest Baseball returns with a ton of Refractors, autographed rookies and die-cut inserts. Included on the checklist is Rangers pitcher, Yu Darvish, who has a handful of different autographs. Each master box promises an on-card rookie autograph and a jumbo relic rookie autograph.
Every card in 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball is a major hit. Single-pack boxes come with an autograph from both an active and retired star, an autographed relic, another autograph or autographed book card, and a jumbo relic. What really sets the release apart is that the vast majority of signers are from big-time stars.
Following on the success of last year’s release, 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball includes two autographs, two relics and 34 mini cards per hobby box. Collectors can expect a mix of modern stars and all-time legends like Willie Mays, Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax.
Likely to be one of the most popular sets of the year, 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball heads back to 1963, the year of the JFK assassination and Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Hobby boxes include one hit, eight short prints and several inserts.
Offered originally as an online exclusive, 2012 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball compliments the early-season release with traded players and rookies. Limited to 1,000 sets, each comes with 100 base cards and one autograph.
The past and the future collide with 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball. Using 1963 Topps Baseball as its inspiration, baseball’s top prospects come together in a set aimed at set builders, prospectors and fans of modern vintage. And for one collector, it will mean a chance to be a minor leaguer for a day. Boxes come with two autographs.
It’s a small world after all with 2012 Topps Mini Baseball. A shrunken down version of the flagship 2012 Topps Baseball sets, the complete set includes rookies of Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper. Every box, which was originally offered only online, includes an autograph or relic card.
2012 Topps MLB Sticker Collection takes the hobby to a simpler place. The straight-forward set is comprised of 309 total stickers, including foils and the game’s best mascots.
2012 Topps Museum Collection Baseball explores both baseball’s past and present with an impressive checklist that includes Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Albert Pujols and Matt Moore. Collectors can expect one premium hit per pack such as on-card autographs and jumbo relics.
2012 Topps Opening Day sees the return of the entry-level set that’s ideal for families and collectors on a budget. Highlights include a 220-card base set, 3D inserts and autographs.
2012 Topps Pro Debut marks the third year that Topps has been the exclusive manufacturer for MiLB baseball cards. Boxes of the reasonably priced product promise two autographs and two relic cards. Collectors can also chase short prints, numbered parallels and more.
The most widely collected set in the hobby, 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball launches with a golden theme. Building off the popular code cards from the past couple of years, Topps is expands on the concept this year with more exclusive cards and prizes.
2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball is the traditional second dose of the trademark flagship set. Topps continues with a gold theme for many of its inserts. Autographs and relic cards fall at a combined rate of one per hobby box.
Cutting directly to the chase, 2012 Topps Tier One is a hits-only release. Three-card boxes promise two autographs and one relic card. Mixing current and past stars, highlights include all on-card autographs, bat knobs, jumbo patch cards and much more.
2012 Topps Tribute information, highlights and card gallery. Combining current stars and legends, each six-pack box includes three on-card autographs and three memorabilia cards numbered to 99 or less. Sticker autographs are inserted only as bonus hits.
2012 Topps Triple Threads Baseball sees the return of high-end multi-swatch memorabilia cards, autographs, rookies and more. Get set info, checklists, reviews, buying guide and more.
A bookend to the flagship Topps set, 2012 Topps Update Series Baseball focuses on rookies, traded players and regular season achievements. The gold theme continues throughout both the inserts, autographs and relic sets.
Running about a dollar a pack, 2012 Triple Play Baseball offers a broad mix of interactive and informative cards. Intended for collectors of all ages, base cards come with cartoon-style artwork instead of traditional photography.