Release Date: June 6, 2012
Price Point: $2 per pack or $54 per box at Blowout Cards.
Product Loadout: 10 Cards Per Pack; 36 Packs Per Box, 12 Boxes Per Case
Hit Ratios: 1 Autograph or Relic Card Per Box (Jumbo Box 1 Autograph and 2 Relic cards per box)
Checklist Provided by Cardboard Connection 2012 Topps Update Baseball

Product Information:

  • 330 Card Base Set (US1-330)
  • Blockbusters (30 cards)
  • Golden Greats (25 cards)
  • 1987 Topps Minis (50 Cards)
  • Golden Moments (50 Cards)
  • Presidental Code Cards (50 cards)
  • Golden Giveaway Code Cards
  • Mickey Mantle Sweepstakes

Parallels/Autograph/Game Used:

  • Gold Parallel (#’d to 2012, all cards from Series 1, 2 and Update)
  • Black Parallel (#’d to 61)
  • Platinum Parallel (1/1)
  • Golden Moments Parallel
  • Blue Border Wal-Mart Parallel
  • Red Border Target Parallel
  • Wood Parallel (1/1)
  • Base Card Printing Plates (1/1)
  • Gold Silk Collection (100 cards, #’d to 50, hobby only)
  • Photo Variations (24 cards)
  • Base Variations (7 cards)
  • Blockbusters Commerative Hat Logos (30 cards, retail only)
  • Blockbusters Relics (10 cards, #’d to 50)
  • Blockbusters Autographs (#’d to 25)
  • Blockbusters Auto Relics (5 cards, #’d to 5, hobby only)
  • Golden Greats Autos (13 cards)
  • Golden Greats Auto Relics (10 cards, #’d to 5)
  • Golden Moments Autographs (30 cards)
  • Golden Debut Autographs (21 cards)
  • Gold HOF Plaques (24 cards)
  • Gold Ring Award Winners (25 cards)
  • Gold Coin Futures (5 cards, #’d to 34 or less)
  • Solid Gold Futures (4 cards, 1/1)
  • Gold Engravings (3 cards)
  • All-Star Stitches (55 cards)
  • All-Star Stitches Gold (#’d to 50)
  • All-Star Stitches Platinum (1/1)
  • All-Star Jumbo Patches (45 cards, #’d to 6)
  • All-Star Stitches Autographs (15 cards, #’d to 25)
  • All-Star Jumbo Patch Autographs (10 cards, #’d to 6)
  • Dual All-Star Stitches (10 cards, #’d to 25)
  • Triple All-Star Stitches (10 cards, #’d to 25)
  • General Manager Autographs (14 cards)

Box Contents:

  • 314 total cards
  • 250/330 base cards, 0 doubles
  • 1 Base Variation (C.C. Sabathia)
  • 9 1987 Minis (Mike Moustakas, Jim Rice, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Ryan, Mat Latos, Bryce Harper, Mark Trumbo, Andy Pettitte and Mike Trout)
  • 1 All-Star Stitches (Carlos Beltran)
  • 21 Gold Parallels (Daniel Bard, Chris Getz, Joey Votto, Michael McKenry, Jason Isringhausen, Colby Lewis, Francisco Liriano, Ted Lilly, Will Venable, James Loney, Matt Garza, Melky Cabrera, Doug Fister, Cole Hamels, Matt Cain, Brandon League, Prince Fielder, Travis Snider, Miguel Cairo, Erick Aybar and Adam Lind)
  • 9 Gold Sparkle (Andrew Cashner, Jose Arredondo, Lance Lynn, Jeremy Guthrie, Joaquin Benoit, Luis Ayala, Jake Westbrook and Alfredo Aceves)
  • 9 Blockbusters (Hanley Ramirez, Jose Bautista, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Bruce Sutter, C.C. Sabathia, Yu Darvish, Gary Carter and Rickey Henderson)
  • 5 Golden Greats (Gary Carter, Mike Schmidt, Harmon Killebrew, Ozzie Smith and Wade Boggs)
  • 9 Golden Moments (Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Cain, Andre Ethier, Josh Hamilton, Albert Belle, Ryan Braun, Roy Halladay and Ian Kennedy)

While this is the part of the year that I grow very weary of the base set design, I have to give Topps credit for listening to complaints from collectors and fixing one of the major issues that people experienced with Series 1 and 2 — no gold parallels.  Also, Topps cut back on the insert sets while adding in one that made perfect sense.  Still, there are major challenges facing Topps with Topps Update as a whole.

What I Liked:  I love that the gold parallels are back and numbered to 2012.  This never should have gone away.  I also like that they’ve cut back on the inserts leaving only Golden Greats, Golden Moments, the 1987 minis and the new Blockbusters inserts.  These work very well in the scope of this set and it’s solid.

What I Didn’t:  I still don’t like how Golden Moments and Golden Greats look.  I especially don’t like the use of doubled-up ‘rookie’ cards (some even with the RC logo!).  It feels like a set filler, and when you have guys who started Opening Day for a team not showing up in a set until Update?  Yeah, that isn’t cool either.  I really think that Topps needs to redo their base set, but I also don’t know if the MLB license would allow for it.

Overall Thoughts:  I would say that Topps Update is probably better than either Series 1 or Series 2.  I’m not really excited for 2013 Topps (how many different parallels are there again?  13?) and I really hope that Topps changes something in the base set, because this is really getting old fast.

Collation:  4/5
Pizazz:  2/5
Design:  3/5
Total Score:  3/5


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