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    SCF Official Review: 2012 Topps Update

    First and foremost, I'd like to thank our sponsors at Topps for providing us with this box.

    36 packs per box
    10 cards per pack
    Current Retail Price (online): $54.99 - $69.99


    The 330-card base set includes traded players, Rookie call-ups, every 2012 MLB All-Star Game selection, the 2012 Home Run Derby participants, 5 Record Breakers cards, and 10 Rookie Debuts featuring the most exciting Rookies of the 2012 season.

    - Black Parallel (330): Black-bordered cards sequentially numbered to 61. HOBBY & HTA ONLY
    - Platinum Parallel (330): Platinum-bordered cards. numbered 1/1.
    - Golden Moments Parallel (330): A special parallel on shimmering gold foil. Inserted 1:4.
    - Wood Parallel (330): The base cards printed on wood stock. Numbered 1/1.
    - Base Card Printing Plates (1,320): All 330 base cards will have their 4 printing plates inserted in the product. Numbered 1/1. HOBBY & HTA ONLY
    - Gold Silk Collection (100): Framed mini cards printed on special gold silk. Sequentially numbered to 50. HOBBY & HTA ONLY
    - Gold Parallel (990) NEW! The beloved gold parallel is back! Featuring not only the Update Series set, every base card from Series 1 and Series 2 will also be paralleled on gold bordered cards and sequentially numbered to 2012.

    GOLDEN RELIC CARDS (1 per HTA box/1 per Hobby case)
    Gold Futures Coin Cards (5) - Rising Stars on cards with an embedded golden coin featuring their likeness including Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish! Numbered to each Player's jersey number.

    Award Winners Gold Rings (15) - Cards celebrating 25 Greats from throughout history and an award they won, such as MVP or Rookie of the Year, with a specially designed golden ring embedded in the card.

    Gold Hall of Fame Plaques (15) - Cards embedded with a golden replica of the plaques of 15 Hall of Famers , as featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Solid Gold Futures (4) - Rising Stars on cards made of a solid piece of gold including Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish! Numbered 1/1.

    Gold Engravings Reprint Cards (3) - Cards featuring an embedded golden reprint of a vintage Topps card.

    Blockbusters (30) - Cards featuring the biggest trades and signings in Baseball history. Inserted 1:4.

    Golden Moments (50) - Featuring more active and retired players and a Golden Moment from their career. Inserted 1:4.

    Golden Greats (25) - Featuring 25 more of the greatest players of all time, each with a Golden Moment highlighted on the card. Inserted 1:8.

    1987 Topps Minis (50) - The continuity set from Series 1 & 2 continues with even more subjects. Inserted 1:4.

    All-Star Stitches - Relic cards featuring swatches from the 2012 MLB All-Star Game workout jerseys of 55 All-Stars.
    - All-Star Stitches Gold Parallel #'d to 50
    - All-Star Stitches Platinum Parallel #'d 1 of 1

    All-Star Stitches Autographed Relics - 15 All-Stars will be featured on cards with an All-Star relic piece and an autograph. Sequentially #'d to 25

    All-Star Jumbo Patches - 45 cards featuring over-sized patches from the 2012 MLB All-Star Game workout jerseys. Sequentially #'d to 6. HOBBY & HTA ONLY.

    All-Star Jumbo Patches Autographs - 10 Jumbo Patch relic cards will also feature an autograph. Sequentially #'d to 6. HOBBY & HTA ONLY

    All-Star Stitches Duals - 10 cards featuring 2012 MLB All-Star Game selections and a relic from each subject. Sequentially #'d to 25.

    All-Star Stitches Triples - 10 cards featuring three 2012 All-Stars and a relic from each player. Sequentially #'d to 25. HOBBY & HTA ONLY

    Golden Moments Autographs - Over 25 autograph cards featuring active and retired players and a Golden Moment from their career.

    Golden Moments Autographs Gold Parallel - A parallel of all the above cards on shimmering gold foil. Numbered to 10.

    Golden Debuts Autographs - Over 15 autograph cards featuring young, up-and-coming stars and a Golden Moment from their rookie season.

    Golden Debuts Autographs Gold Parallel - A parallel of all the above cards on shimmering gold foil. Numbered to 10.

    Blockbusters Autographs - 10 players from the insert set will have autographed versions of their cards available. Numbered to 25.

    Golden Greats Autographs - 10 of the Golden Greats will have autographed versions of their cards available. Numbered to 10.

    Golden Greats Relics - Relic versions of 15 of the Golden Greats cards Numbered to 10.

    Blockbusters Relics - Relic versions of 10 of the Blockbusters inserts. Numbered to 50.

    1969 Mickey Mantle Reprint Relic - Mickey Mantle's 1969 Topps card featuring a relic piece. Sequentially #'d to 69.

    Blockbusters Autograph Relics - Autographed relic versions of 5 of the Blockbuster inserts. Numbered to 5. HOBBY & HTA ONLY.

    Golden Greats Autograph Relics - Autographed relic versions of 5 of the Golden Greats cards. Numbered to 5. HOBBY & HTA ONLY.

    Every code unlocks a golden chance to WIN PRIZES!

    Golden Giveaway Code Card
    - 10 different cards with a code for use in the Golden Giveaway! Inserted 1:6.
    - Unlock exclusive die-cut cards, unlock ONE-OF-ONE gold-embedded die-cut cards, unlock golden digital coins to collect and win prizes!
    - Codes Unlock Cards And Digital Coins To Collect And Win Prizes!

    GOLDEN MOMENTS DIE-CUT CHROME CARDS: Striking die-cut chrome cards featuring 100 players and their greatest Golden Moment.
    - GOLD PARALLEL: Also die-cut and numbered to 99.
    = CHROME CARDS: A parallel of the die-cut set with a piece of real gold embedded in the card! ONE OF ONE!

    One-Of-One Gold Base Set Parallel: A parallel of the Topps Baseball Update Series base set with a piece of real gold embedded in the card! ONE OF ONE!

    Unlock Digital Gold Coins: In total 90 digital coins can be unlocked: 30 Team Coins, 30 Player Coins, 30 Retired Player Coins

    Collect and Unlock Prizes
    The more unique coins unlocked the more prizes you can win. Unlock ten unique coins and automatically qualify for a chance to win a Ken Griffey Jr. autographed gold coin card; unlock 30 team coins, 30 player coins or 30 retired player coins and instantly win a Willie Mays autographed gold coin card.

    Presidential Predictors A special program to bring the excitement of the 2012 United States Presidential election to life! Both candidates will have cards for each state inserted into the product. Collectors who find these cards will go online and enter a code for a chance to win a special prize! Once the election is complete and each state has a winner, we will randomly select one lucky winner for each state. To be eligible to be selected, the code entered must be for the candidate that won that respective state. 50 Total prizes will be given away - a special Presidential Patch card numbered to 50 of the winner of the 2012 Presidential election.


    Base: 286/300 (86.7%)
    Gold Sparkle (9)
    Gold /2012 (21) - Salvador Perez (S2), Endy Chaves (S2), Bronson Arroyo (S2), Guillermo Moscoso (S2), Jason Motte (S2), Andrew McCutchen (S2), Alex Rodriguez (S2), Bryan Petersen (S2), Tim Stauffer (S2), J.A. Happ (S2), Dan Haren (S2), Logan Morrison (S2), Chris Narveson (S2), Brett Gardner (S2), Robinson Cano x2 (U), Yu Darvish (U), Jason Frasor (U), Bryce Harper (U), Carlos Beltran (U), Craig Stammen (U)

    1987 Minis (9)
    Blockbusters (9)
    Golden Greats (4)
    Golden Moments (9)
    Golden Giveaway (6) - Not Scanned
    Presidential Predictors (1)

    Hall Of Fame Commemorative Plaque Mickey Mantle


    Base - 4.5/5
    Design - 4/5
    Fun - 3/5
    Value - 3.5/5
    Rebuy - 3/5

    Overall - 18/25 (72%)

    Great product for kids or someone starting out in the hobby
    Addition of the Gold /2012 parallels to encompass the run of the series
    Continuation of collectible "relics" such as coins and plaques

    Presidential Predictor cards as politics need to stay out of sports cards
    Very long break in one shot
    Priced too high for what you receive in return

    NPN Information:

    NPN 2012 Topps BB Update Series
    PO Box 785
    Pittston, PA 18640

    Limit 1 request per household

    Postmarked By: 1/2/13
    Received By: 1/9/13

    Canada Skills: 100 x 5 + 10 - 90 = ?

    Once again, I'd like to thank our wonderful sponsors at Topps for giving us the opportunity to open and review this release. For more information on all of their products, visit them today at

    All of the base and inserts are available for request. Please PM me with the players of interest and I'll reply back with what is available since not all the cards were shown in the video. Cards are available for 30 days after this review has been posted. As always, only VIPs may make requests for the first 48 hours.
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    Hidden Content - 120/140 (85.7%), Hidden Content - 107/271 (39.5%)


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    So non game used stuff counts as a relic now?
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