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Topps unveils designs for 2013 Series 1 baseball
Posted Aug 18, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Aug 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM
“The Chase” is on at Topps for 2013, and the card company is not referring to NASCAR. Baseball is the main subject, and Topps will be using “chase” as a theme for many of its big hits when Series 1 comes out in late January.
Much of what Topps does with its signature baseball set will remain the same — a 330-card Series 1 base set (followed by a 330-card Series 2 set), 36 packs to a hobby box with 10 cards to a pack (jumbo packs will contain 45 cards). Inevitably, I sense there will be a card No. 331 (there usually seems to be); we will see.
The player’s name will be stamped in silver foil at the bottom of the card, with the team’s logo appearing in the bottom right-hand corner. The set will include cards of veterans, rookies, league leaders, Cy Young Award winners, League MVPs, rookies of the year, record chasers and World Series highlights.
Parallel cards will return, with gold cards numbered to 2013 and black ones numbered to 62. There will be pink parallels numbered to 50, emerald parallels will be inserted in every six packs, and desert camo parallels will be numbered to 99.
In addition, the Silk Collection will feature 100 framed mini silk cards, numbered to 50. Those cards will be exclusive to hobby and jumbo boxes.
The real prize, however, will be hobby exclusive commemorative relic cards, which will fall one to a hobby case or one per HTA (jumbo) box. MVP Award Winners will feature cards of MVP winners with a commemorative MVP trophy embedded in the card. Same deal for Cy Young Award winners.
Proven Mettle Coin cards will showcase 25 superstars — active and retired — with an embedded commemorative coin. Proven Mettle copper cards will be numbered to 99, wrought iron cards numbered to 50 and steel will be numbered to 10.
The chase begins with autographs. Chasing History will feature more than 30 subjects, and the Chasing History cut signatures will be 1/1 cards of stars from “the world of baseball and beyond.”
More than 20 subjects will be part of the Chasing the Dream autographs subset. Cut to the Chase autographs will feature five subjects on a die-cut card, numbered to 10.
Another hobby and HTA exclusive will be The Greats autographs, numbered to 10 and featuring 15 subjects who will sign on the card (no stickers). Calling Cards autos will have five subjects and will be numbered to 10.
One insert set I am particularly looking forward to collecting will be the 1972 Topps minis, which will be presented as a base set. In addition, 10 players will sign on the card (again, no stickers), and those cards will be numbered to 10. The ‘72 set is a favorite of mine, since it was so colorful. It’s been referred to as the “psychedelic set” because of its color and design, and Topps makes a shrewd move to feature these instead of the white, bland design of the 1973 set.
World Series Champions autographs will spotlight five members from this year’s winning team from the Fall Classic and will be numbered to 50.
If collecting name plates is your passion, then In the Name relics are for you. These will be 1/1 cards featuring the letters from the name plate on the 2012 All-Star Game workout jerseys.
And finally, Topps is producing 30 Ultimate Chase cards. These cards will honor its subjects with an autograph and relic, or a cut signature and relic. Some proposed examples include cut signatures and bat fragments belonging to Babe Ruth and Roberto Clemente, an autograph and bat knob card featuring Stan Musial, and a jumbo patch/autograph card of Nolan Ryan.
The 2012 season has yet to be decided, but Topps is moving forward with some interesting designs for next year.