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2012 Topps

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Ok, so the 2012 Topps Series 1 came out a few weeks ago. This marks the start of the 2012 baseball card collecting season. I guess one could say that this is 'Opening Day' in baseball collecting terms.

So, I thought I'd write about my thoughts on the set and what I've been seeing on the various trading sites and reading about the set in other people's blogs.
  • The base set has been nicknamed the surf board set. You know, it fits great. That swirly design in the corner does look like a surfboard with a stripe. It's not a great design, but it's not the worst.
  • What's with all the gold? It seems that most of the insert sets have a gold theme, and even though there is no serialized gold parallel cards, there is a parallel set. I could understand if this was the gold anniversary of Topps, similar to last year being the Diamond Anniversary. But I don't understand the gold connection.
  • The '87 mini set, I'm not really sure about. It's almost like Topps has taken the Heritage theme and the mini card theme and combined them as an insert set. I think Topps should have had more cards in this set to make it a set unto itself and more of a challenge to complete.
  • The SP cards. I don't mind the Pujols and the Reyes SP's, and it's similar to last year with Crawford. However, I have read that the estimates that there is only 100 copies of each, which would be a downer for Pujols collectors and for master set builders. The squirrel card is just plain stupid. The other SP's are original for the most part, but it's no loss if I don't get any. It's just a variation card of the base card for that player. Plus it's better than last year's sparkle cards.
  • There apparently are errors in the stat lines. That's rather sloppy proofreading by Topps and really is unacceptable.
  • Is it me, or does there seem to be a lot more people putting the set together this year? There seems to be a lot of trading going on, and lots of want lists for the base cards. I don't know if that means people like the set, or it's just the itch to start collecting the 2012 sets.
  • There has very little activity of people selling base cards and the inserts at discounted prices. Maybe in the coming weeks when the other sets come out, but nobody is selling the inserts for a quarter or dime yet.
  • Topps has really got to put more effort into the insert sets. There is too much similarity between years. The walk off home runs is something new. The other insert sets just seems more of the same thing from prior years.
  • This was supposed to be the set that blew everyone away. From reading the blogs, I think that noone is feeling this way. It's not a failure, but it's not a home run by any means.
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