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Unassisted Triple Play: One Man, One Box & One Unbelievably Good Time (Gallery)

July 28, 2012

Kids (of all ages), buckle up. Baseball cards are about to get a whole lot more fun . . . and informative . . . and sticky . . . and puzzling . . . and practical . . . and colorful . . . and affordable . . . and focused. Trust me. I speak from the unique experience that only several joy-filled hours with an early box of Panini America’s 2012 Triple Play Baseball can provide.

I started my weekend late Friday night by sitting down with a hot-off-the-presses box of the uniquely entertaining product that began shipping earlier this week. My plan was to rip through it quickly, take a few notes, take a few pictures and be done. But well after 2 a.m. on Saturday, I had to force the fun-loving contents of that box from my own hands so I could get some sleep. Clearly, 2012 Triple Play Baseball knows how to make an impression.

Boasting colorful illustrations of the MLBPA’s top superstars commissioned specifically for this set, Triple Play packs a punch in every pack. If it’s not the arresting artwork that grabs you, it’s the stickers, or the temporary tattoos, or the puzzle pieces, or the usable eye black, or the Focus, Hall of Fame, When I Was a Kid and Baseball 101┬ásubsets, or the 99-cent pack price.

Whether you’re a kid, or a kid at heart, Triple Play has something for you. It’s a special product that deserves a special preview. So instead of showing you just some of the highlights from one box, I’m going to show you almost all of them in the massive 108-image gallery that follows.

It’s unlike anything you’ve seen in the sports card arena in quite a while. And when it begins hitting shelves some time next week, here’s hoping you buy at least one box — and that your one box gleefully keeps you up way past your bedtime.

After you’ve had the chance to take it all in, be sure to leave your thoughts on the product in the comments section. Let me know if I’m on target here or if my gushing praise is the result of sleep deprivation.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2012 11:32 am

    Sweet stuff. Love the artwork of the base cards. How many packs per box?

  2. daveylangs permalink
    July 28, 2012 12:07 pm

    Do u know if Target or wal-mart will be having these in stock? I wanna grab myself a box! Also could u tell me Trace if u guys will be doing basketball for this as well i think that it would be a hit a well?

  3. Joe Jet permalink
    July 28, 2012 12:14 pm

    Do I remember there being pieces of bats or something in this set? Can’t wait to slap on some of that Eye Black!! LOL!

  4. gregmalloy permalink
    July 28, 2012 1:47 pm

    Are those tattoos?

  5. Brady Wright permalink
    July 28, 2012 1:49 pm

    this will be fun. Just looking through here, my 3 yr old said “I want some of those cards”. I’ll end up with a box or 2 for sure.

  6. July 28, 2012 1:51 pm

    That looks great. Can’t wait too see the final checklist. How big is the base set and what is the size of the subsets? This is one product I would love to put a set together just for the fun of it.

    • July 28, 2012 2:01 pm

      The base set is 90 cards with the following subsets:

      Focus (30 cards)
      Puzzles (144 cards)
      Real Feel Base (1)
      Real Feel Bat (1)
      Real Feel Pants (1)
      Real Feel Fielding Glove (1)
      Real Feel Batting Glove (1)
      Real Feel Jersey (1)
      When I Was a Kid (10 cards)
      Hall of Fame (12 cards)
      Stickers (30)
      Eye Blacks (7)
      Tattoos (5)

      • July 28, 2012 2:26 pm

        Thanks, the red borders are part of the base set right. Not a parallel?

      • July 28, 2012 3:37 pm

        The red-bordered images you see are part of the sticker set.

  7. Lindas1st permalink
    July 28, 2012 3:12 pm

    Cool looking and dfferent, really stands out from the crowd and is avaiable at a great price point for kids. Also a good way to get around the lack of a MLB license.

  8. Matt Gilman permalink
    July 28, 2012 6:20 pm

    Tracy…you have too much fun. This product looked like a blast to open…I would have really enjoyed your reaction on a Panini Unwrapped version of this just to see you busting such a fun product. The Hall of Fame cards have an awesome design.

    • July 28, 2012 8:30 pm

      Stay tuned for a way-too-fun Panini Unwrapped next week before the National madness starts.

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        July 29, 2012 2:05 pm

        Awesome! Looking forward to it!

  9. Michael Oddo permalink
    July 28, 2012 8:42 pm

    is this being considered for nfl?

  10. July 29, 2012 3:06 am

    Pretty cool, love the puzzle card inserts!

  11. July 29, 2012 8:33 am

    These are super cool. I’d love to see something similar across each major sport category.

  12. July 29, 2012 10:35 am

    Besides being disappointed at not seeing my boy Tim Hudson in the gallery, this looks like an exceptional product. Can’t wait to see some at a store near me, thanks Tracy!

  13. flopfish permalink
    July 30, 2012 12:31 am

    Wow. You guys really know how to make these $0.99 packs deliver. Kids all over the place will be rushing to try to get some eye black! Well done!

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