2012 Topps Strata Football

While details on this release a few and far between one thing is very clear.This may be the most visually appealing set Topps has released for football in many years.

A ton of 2012 Tier One Pictures!

Here is a boatload of very cool cards from 2012 Tier One.I like the look of this set more than last years version.Hopefully the checklist is tighter than it’s 2011 predecessor.

2012 Topps Series 2 Variations Checklist and Pictures.

The images have been borrowed from www.cardboardconnection.com .

My first impression is I am not impressed overall.The handful of Legends seem out of place.The seldom seen photos used are the highlight here.

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints and Variations Gallery

30. Derek Jeter – Celebrating with Team

30. Joe DiMaggio

80. David Price – with Trophy

85. Jason Heyward – Throwback Jersey

158. Josh Reddick – Rookie Cup

207. J.P. Arencibia – Rookie Cup

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 207 JP Arencibia Rookie Cup Variation

273. David Freese – Rally Squirrel

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 273 David Freese Rally Squirrel Variation

273. Stan Musial

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 273 Stan Musial Variation

280. Ryan Howard – Back of Jersey

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 280 Ryan Howard Variation

330. Matt Kemp – Beast Mode Shirt

330. Willie Mays

331. Albert Pujols – Wearing Suit, Waving

331. Babe Ruth

350. Evan Longoria – Signing Autographs

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 350 Evan Longoria Variation

398. Buster Posey – San Francisco Trolley

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 398 Buster Posey Variation

430. Felix Hernandez – as Larry Bernandez

462. Brett Lawrie – Pie in the Face

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 462 Brett Lawrie Variation

497. Andrew McCutchen – with Mascot

497. Roberto Clemente

537. Ichiro – Wearing Sunglasses

540. Dustin Pedroia – Standing on Field, American Flag

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 540 Dustin Pedroia Variation

600. Clayton Kershaw – Wearing Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 600 Clayton Kershaw Variation

639. Justin Verlander – Holding Two No-Hit Balls

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 639 Justin Verlander Variation

650. Prince Fielder – Signing Autographs

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 650 Prince Fielder Variation

660. Yu Darvish – Throwing Left-Handed, Warm-Ups

661. Bryce Harper

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 661 Bryce Harper

2012 Topps Series 2 preview pictures.

Here is a bunch of pictures detailing some of the inserts to be found in Series 2.I am a big fan of the hard signed Die Cuts.

I will be keeping a close eye out for the Variations.Keep checking in for pictures and a checklist for the Variations.

2012 Topps Tier One Bat Knobs

I took these pictures from a post on freedom cardboard.com .This should be a huge hit on the secondary market.Tons of big names are included in this set.

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Uncut sheets

Here are some uncut sheets from 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter.I always liked these sneek peeks right from the printer.

2012 Topps Prime Football pictures

Here is a few mock ups released by Topps for 2012 Topps Prime.The set looks good so far.The booklets are kind of lack luster.I wold like to see them with patches but otherwise the set looks great.

2012 Topps Series 2 Wraper Redemption Details.

Topps seems to have learned there lesson after all the bitching over the Bowman Wrapper Redemption.Here is the press release.

The Gold Rush continues with the 2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball wrapper redemption.
The new set of Gold Rush cards expands the checklist with 50 new players. Randomly inserted autographs include Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper and Ken Griffey Jr. Each 2012 Topps Series 2 Gold Rush pack comes with five cards.

After quickly running out of wrapper redemption packs for 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball and a similarly styled program in 2012 Bowman Baseball, Topps has made some tweaks that should help more collectors get in on the action. First, the program expands from being a hobby-exlcusive to one that covers both hobby and retail. A total of 10,000 2012 Topps Series 2 Gold Rush packs are reserved for hobby packs. Another 10,000 are available for retail wrapper redemptions. Also, Topps has instilled a limit of ten redemption packs per household.
To get a redemption pack, collectors must send in either 50 hobby wrappers, 14 jumbo wrappers or 50 retail wrappers (from 12-card packs only). Although collectors can bundle wrappers into the same package, hobby and retail redemption requests must be sent separately. Envelopes must be clearly marked ‘Hobby’ or ‘Retail.’ Requests that mix hobby and retail wrappers will not be accepted.
In an effort to prevent those who might find packs before the official release date, all wrapper redemption requests cannot be postmarked before June 6.
2012 Topps Series 2 wrapper redemption requests can be sent to:
Gold Rush (note hobby or retail)PO Box 2008
Duryea, PA 18642

After running out of their 2012 Topps Series 1 Gold Rush packs that they’d honor remaining requests that were sent in by the deadline with Series 2 packs. Topps said via Twitter that these packs are not part of the announced hobby or retail allocations. So each will still have 10,000 packs.
The 2012 Topps Series 2 wrapper redemption program will run until supplies last.

2012 Topps Five Star Baseball preview pictures!

Here are some mock ups from 2012 Topps Five Star.If the mock ups are any indication of what the actual product will be like then we are in for a treat.