Well, 2012 Topps baseball cards are old news to most of the card blogging world at this point. But I’m going to show you a few of the cards out of my first (and maybe only) pack of the year anyway.

Michael Pineda's 2012 Topps baseball card

My first 2012 baseball card… is a Yankee (though at least he was still a Seattle Mariner when the cards went to the printer.) Not an auspicious start.

Ike Davis' 2012 Topps baseball card

Now that’s better. My first Mets baseball card of the year shows Ike Davis and his teammates celebrating a win while wearing blue caps & pinstripes. It doesn’t get any better than that.

 

My “pack” (one of those 72-card boxes Target is selling for $9.99) included two other Mets: Justin Turner and Chris Schwinden. Turner looks like he’s getting mugged during another celebration, but it’s a neat photo. Schwinden’s rookie card is a red parallel version that’s exclusive to Target.

Casey McGehee's 2012 Topps card

Speaking of interesting photos, Casey McGehee’s card is begging to be used in some kind of “caption this” contest, don’t you think?

Chris Coghlan's 2012 Topps card

I was disappointed in my one Miami Marlins card. If Topps wasn’t going to digitally alter the uniforms on the Series One Marlins, I would have liked to see some old-school cap-less closeup portrait shots. (Or the could have just saved all the Marlins for Series Two.)

Jason Vargas' 2012 Topps card

This was my favorite non-Mets card… I love the nifty throwback uniform that Jason Vargas is wearing.

Skip Schumaker's 2012 Topps card

I did get a Skip Schumaker card, but not the one everybody got excited about this week.

 

The only inserts that I liked were the 1987-style minis. They’re fun, but I’m not going to chase after the set. There was an actual set of Topps mini cards produced in 1987, but it looked a little different than the minis from 2012.

 

For a few years in the late 1980s, Topps put out a set of mini League Leaders cards. If I remember correctly, there were between 60-70 cards in the set and you could buy packs for a quarter. I’d always try to collect the whole thing, and I usually pulled it off.

I do like the 2012 baseball cards better after holding them in my hands than I did after just seeing scans on blogs and sports card media sites. But I know I’m not going to try to build this set, so I should probably save my money and skip buying any more packs.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

5 responses

  1. Scott says:

    Wondering about the Jason Vargas card (2012 Topps.) The stats on the back do not seem to be Jason Vargas stats. Any other feedback on this?

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    • Paul says:

      For some reason, the stats of Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano are on the back of Jason Vargas’ card. I assume it will be an uncorrected error.

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      • There’s another error too, on all batter’s cards. It’s pretty glaring if you have good eyes. I didn’t even notice it because, well, my old eyes would need a magnifying glass to see it! Hint: Look at the statistics column headers.

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  2. JT says:

    My wife bought me several packs on Friday…more than I really wanted. I really only wanted four packs to open with her and the kids, but she also bought one of the Target special packs with 72 cards all packaged together.

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  3. Paul says:

    Good catch, Anthony. I see it could be very confusing to find out how many triples a player had if you relied on 2012 Topps cards.

    When I first started collecting cards in the 1980s,the stats were important to me. Short of a trip to the library to check the Baseball Encyclopedia in their reference section, it was my only option.

    In the days of Baseball-Reference.com, I really only look at the stats if I’m trying to be sure I’ve got the card of the “right” Ramon Martinez (or some other player with a common name.) Times have changed, I guess. :)

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