Pssst . . . Panini America Unveils First Look at 2012 Prizm Baseball (Preview Gallery)
Amid the the intense furor surrounding today’s release of 2012 National Treasures Baseball, Panini America officials this morning are about to drop the second bombshell of the day on the baseball collecting community: 2012 Prizm Baseball is coming — and we have the hot-off-the-presses uncut sheets to prove it.
Indeed, hot on the heels of instant-classic sell-outs in basketball and football, the wildly popular Prizm technology is crossing over to the diamond in late April with a stunning 200-card base set (including 50 Rookies) and inserts such as Elite Extra Edition (10 cards), Rookie Relevance (12 cards), Brilliance (10 cards), Team MVP (30 cards), Top Prospects (eight cards), Dominance (10 cards) and USA Baseball (10 cards).
In addition to the hobby-only Elite Extra Edition Autographs (25 cards), there are also autographed versions of the USA Baseball insert and many of the base veterans and rookies. Clearly, though, what most collectors want from any Prizm brand are the breathtaking Prizm parallels — and 2012 Prizm Baseball has those in abundance.
The base Prizms, Gold Prizms and Finite Black Prizm 1/1s will be hobby-exclusive. Green Prizms will be retail-only while Red Prizms and Blue Prizms will be Target- and Walmart-only gems, respectively.
On average, each hobby box of 2012 Prizm Baseball will deliver two autographs and three Prizms along with the following insert yield: Four USA Baseball, two Team MVPs, two Dominance, one Elite Extra Edition, one Rookie Relevance, one Brilliance and one Top Prospect.
Each retail box should deliver three Green Prizms, one Elite Extra Edition, one Rookie Relevance, one Team MVPs, one Top Prospects, one Dominance and one USA Baseball.
We’ll have plenty more to preview on 2012 Prizm Baseball in the coming days. But for now, enjoy this spectacular first look, compliments of one uncut sheet of base cards and one uncut top layer of Finite Black Prizms.
In a word: Wow.
(Oh, and when you’re done ogling the images, we’ve attached the preliminary product checklist, too).
And here’s a link to the preliminary checklist for 2012 Prizm Baseball: Preliminary 2012 Prizm BB CL