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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Two Packs of 2012 Topps Tribute

After seeing a post from The Daily Dimwit about 2012 Topps Tribute, I decided while at my LCS, to do the same and try my luck with what appeared to be a pretty cool product. I usually stay away from the high-end stuff, considering that I can get the cards I really want off of Ebay for about the same price as the cost of a pack, but sometimes it's just fun to play the baseball card lotto. Each pack contains 5 cards: 3 base, 1 serial-numbered parallel, and one serial numbered relic/auto inside of a sealed plastic case. I must say, I LOVED the fact that the hits came already encased. Let's face it, that's what everyone will do with each one they pull, so let's cut out the middle-man, right. I like the effort, I really do, and that goes a long way in making this a great product. Anyway, here's what I pulled.

Pack 1:

Base: Tony Gwynn, Al Kaline, Dustin Pedroia

Parallel: Mike Stanton 104/199

Relic: Mike Stanton Jersey 16/25

Definitely a Mike Stanton hot pack! I'm not sure what it is, but I keep pulling this guy's cards, from 2011 Topps Heritage here and 2012 Topps Heritage here. Still, the blue /199 parallels look fantastic, and any time you can get a colored jersey swatch on a card serial numbered to just 25, that's always a good thing. All things considered, I could have done much worse.

Pack 2:

Base: Andre Dawson, Sandy Koufax, Roy Halladay

Parallel: Ian Kennedy 113/299

Relic: Al Kaline Retired Remnants Bat 62/99

Three great base cards, followed by one mediocre parallel, followed by a relic of a hall-of-famer. I loved getting a Cub. Out of 10 card, the odds weren't necessarily in my favor, especially considering that four of those cards are of two players. That being said, I REALLY like the Kaline relic. Now, of course, it's no Koufax or Mays, but this is a really nice looking card, and not a disappointment by any means. I'm not really a Tigers fan, but I might just have to keep this one, that is, unless someone can give me an offer to pry it away.

I REALLY enjoyed opening these. They are merely five-card packs, but the effort that went into making this a quality product shows through, and knowing that so much care went into the big cards makes this above all else, a FUN product to open. The price, of course, makes the fun times limited, but I had a great experience with these overall. I wasn't disappointed in either hit, which to be honest, is a rarity.

If anyone is interested in any of these, let me know. The Dawson is the only card off limits. While I don't necessarily need a Cub in return, I do want it to be something really cool.


  1. Hey Matt, that's a nice Hawk! The Kaline is nice too.

  2. I bought a Huddy auto off eBay and the first thing I'm going to do with it is take it OUT of the case. The cases are cool and everything, but it gets in the way of how I'm organizing my Tim Hudson collection.

  3. Those are some great pulls, especially the Al Kaline relic card!