Different By Design: Panini America Peeks 2012 Prime Cuts Baseball (Gallery)
High-end baseball collectors, know this: The 2012 Prime Cuts Baseball product that is slated to arrive in late October should not be confused with the 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball product that released in April. This new installment has been revamped, redesigned and re-engineered.
The result, as the product solicitation sheet boldly proclaims, is a “prospect-free set comprised entirely of Hall of Famers, all-time legends, current MLBPA stars and 2012 autographed MLBPA Rookie Cards (numbered to 99 or less) of on-field rookies like Yoenis Cespedes, Brett Lawrie and Matt Moore.”
2012 Prime Cuts Baseball also will deliver the first autograph and memorabilia cards of the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, including scarce Letterman Booklets.
Each two-card pack of 2012 Prime Cuts Baseball (15 packs per case) will include either two autographs or one autograph and one memorabilia card. The set will feature 50 base cards (numbered to 99 and including memorabilia), 50 Century Signatures (with Gold, Silver and Platinum versions), 22 USA Baseball 2012 Collegiate National Team hard-signed jersey cards, 50 Timeline Autographs, 50 Timeline Materials Signatures (featuring Trios and Quads) and 36 Timeline Booklets.
Other highlights include . . .
- On-card autographs for Significant Signatures and Notable Nicknames (both numbered to 49 or less) including the likes of Eddie Murray, Tom Seaver, Robin Yount, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench and more.
- Memorabilia-laden cards of Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Dizzy Dean, Rogers Hornsby, Bill Dickey, Albert Pujols and Yu Darvish.
- A Significant Signatures lineup comprised completely of Hall of Famers, and one future Hall of Famer
- (Mariano Rivera) with on-card signatures.
- Notable Nicknames mixes Hall of Fame players (Whitey Ford, Mike Schmidt, Lou Brock, Eddie Murray and others) with some of the most popular players of all time, including Josh Hamilton, Paul O’Neill and Larry Walker.
- Hats Off Signatures honors 11 Hall of Famers and baseball’s all-time hit king, Pete Rose. Each card carries a swatch of a game-worn cap, an autograph and numbering to 25 or less.
- A new spin on the Notable Nickname insert, Notable Nicknames Cuts includes legendary 1/1 signatures from the likes of Johnny Evers, Ted Williams, Satchel Paige, Connie Mack, Frank Baker and Casey Stengel, among plenty of others.
- Timeline Booklets honors the biggest years and the biggest careers from the game’s most iconic players by pairing their game-used memorabilia with a cut signature and numbering to 10 or less.
We’ll have much more info in the coming weeks on 2012 Prime Cuts Baseball. But for now, sit back and enjoy this splendid first look: