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Panini America’s Hall of Fame-Focused 2012 Cooperstown Baseball Begins to Take Shape

June 22, 2012

It’s been awhile since we first previewed 2012 Cooperstown Baseball here on The Knight’s Lance. But in the five weeks or so since that initial sneak peek, the Hall of Fame-focused product resulting from Panini America’s new multiyear partnership with the National Baseball Hall of Fame has come together quite nicely.

Every day it seems, we’re we’re on the receiving end of some of the most legendary, crisply scrawled autographs in baseball history. Bob Gibson came in today. Joe Morgan and Phil Niekro arrived yesterday. On Wednesday it was Brooks Robinson and Barry Larkin. Talk about your monumental mail days.

We can’t wait to see what glorious arrivals await in the final weeks leading up to the release of 2012 Cooperstown Baseball in late July. But for now, we thought we’d share a sizable sampling of the beauties already in-house. Most of what you’re about to see are selections from the Cooperstown Signatures insert, the vast majority of which will be signed on-card.

Every autograph in the product is signed by either a Hall of Fame inductee, a broadcaster who has won the Ford C. Frick Award or a player whose game-worn or game-used memorabilia — for one spectacular feat or another — is on display in the Hall. We’ll have much more on the developing Cooperstown Baseball in the coming days, including behind-the-scenes details from Panini America Baseball Acquisitions Manager Tone Stakes on his recent signing sessions with Tony Gwynn and Jerry Coleman.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Winston Chiang permalink
    June 22, 2012 3:18 pm

    that’s classic!

  2. Ben permalink
    June 22, 2012 3:30 pm

    I love how these guys have real signatures unlike a lot of the newer rookies… i will give props to sam bradford and luke babbitt for their signatures though…

  3. Matt Gilman permalink
    June 22, 2012 4:20 pm

    Breathtaking!! Love the classic feel to these. And Tony Gwynn was an amazing hitter! Great to see his auto in this product!

  4. Jamey permalink
    June 22, 2012 6:39 pm

    I love the pre-release pics’; the Yount, Carter and Santo ‘graphs are beautiful.

  5. June 22, 2012 8:14 pm

    That Tony Gwynn will definitely be finding it’s way into my collection, hopefully in the near future. Great to see Ron Santo make the cut, too! Warms this Cubs fan’s heart

  6. June 22, 2012 10:47 pm

    It’s nice to see that you were able ti include the relatively recent deceased HOFers Ron Santo, Gary Carter, and Bob Feller.

  7. June 23, 2012 6:30 am

    Fantastic gallery, great card design and player selection for this set!

  8. June 23, 2012 11:10 am

    Is this a hobby only product? I would love to pick up a blaster box of this product at retail because the cards look great.

    Cooperstown and Triple Play look like the best Panini baseball products to date. July release dates for both products hopefully.

  9. June 23, 2012 3:24 pm

    Man, Ron Santo and Gary Carter. RIP

    This is really shaping up to be a great product. It’s nice to finally have a product that is full of Hall of Famers or Hall of Fame moments. A product where you don’t have to worry about how bad a rookie autograph you might pull.

  10. July 2, 2012 1:27 am

    These look great, would even look good without the sigs. Are they standard sized? Look a little taller than 3.5″, but may just be the camera angle.

    • July 2, 2012 7:50 am

      Yeah, standard size. The glare can wreak havoc on a traditional, straight-on shot; and simple scans don’t seem to do the cards justice.


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