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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2012 Golden Age Baseball (106 Sweet Pics)

December 11, 2012

Panini America 2012 Golden Age Baseball QC (106)

What, exactly, is 2012 Golden Age Baseball? That’s clearly a rhetorical question, but a good one. 2012 Golden Age Baseball is . . . Marcia Brady and Man o’ War and Meadowlark Lemon and minis and massive, movie-poster box-toppers including some embedded with memorabilia. It’s Pop-Ups and pop culture and pennants, America’s pastime and its presidents.

It’s what happens when the Titanic meets the Three Stooges and Ty Cobb. It’s “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Gilligan’s Island” and “Bewitched” mixed with some BuyBacks and a little Bob Woodward and Watergate. It’s baseball’s first DH and the sport’s all-time hit king. It’s Vida Blue and Red Grange and rare, white-bordered variations.

Indeed, Panini America’s new and eclectic 2012 Golden Age Baseball is all of these things and more. But perhaps most importantly, it’s coming soon, delivering the greatest baseball players of all time, sure, but also the greatest boxers and football players and race horses along with some of the most historic headlines ever written.

It’s a brilliant throwback release with a throwback price ($3 per pack) that promises one autograph and one memorabilia card per box, not to mention a stunning array of the most captivating Hollywood beauties in history. Yesterday at the Panini America production facility, Brand Managers Mike Payne and Tim Trout began the quality control process for Golden Age in advance of the product going live next Wednesday.

I was lucky enough to be there — gleefully snapping as many pictures as I could for the following gallery that promises a truly unique collecting experience. Here’s hoping you enjoy looking at this product as much as I did. Be sure to stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for additional updates on 2012 Golden Age Baseball.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2012 1:16 pm

    A nice variation between athletes and Hollywood stars. The Honus Wagner card looks amazing. Is it an original copy?

  2. Eric Cabreros permalink
    December 11, 2012 1:25 pm

    Great arrays of indeed the golden age of time!
    Tracy when would the checklist be out?
    Its a very interesting title and then was beautifully mixed with outstanding photos and memorabilia of important event and people that are trully Golden.

  3. Ernest Hebert permalink
    December 11, 2012 1:34 pm

    In my opinion potential for set of the season!It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but for me this set is one I am really looking forward to.I really like the inclusion of stars from yesteryear,memorabilia ,pop-ups,minis etc.There really is a Santa and he is at Panini America right now……lol……

    • December 11, 2012 1:38 pm

      Great to hear that, Ernest. I’m glad you’re digging it. I had way more fun than I should have looking at all of these cards. I think collectors will, too. Especially at that price point. Ho, ho ho . . .

  4. Galen permalink
    December 11, 2012 2:05 pm

    Is this a replacement for Americana? I see you have the Movie poster relic cards in this set?

    • December 11, 2012 2:14 pm

      I don’t THINK so. Yes, the Movie Poster relics are part of the 5-by-7 box-toppers checklist.

  5. Panini Collector 4ever! permalink
    December 11, 2012 3:32 pm

    Great looking set- I was very pleased with myself. I went to Walmart earlier today and purchased a rack pack of 2012 Absolute and pulled a Brock Osweiler War Room jersey card! (And two cards of my favorite player: Tim Tebow!) I would like to say all the cards in Absolute Football remind me of bronze parallels even though it’s the base design- Thanks again Panini!

  6. December 11, 2012 4:09 pm

    Cool pix. Very excited for this product! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Andrew permalink
    December 11, 2012 11:44 pm

    Wow very cool looking set with something for everything. Like the movie poster idea.

  8. hudsonfan15 permalink
    December 12, 2012 5:45 am

    Interesting looking set, certainly has it’s strong points. Still not going to buy any though because a) I don’t collect vintage players and b) I’m not a fan of products that include non-baseball mem & autos that are supposed to be baseball products. Thanks for the preview Tracy!

  9. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    December 12, 2012 7:06 am

    Looks great. I like celebrity cards mixed in with baseball cards. The design is very classy. I like the variety it gives too of inserts, memorabilia, autos and base.

  10. December 22, 2012 12:51 pm

    Panini America 2012 Golden Age Baseball QC (92)!!!

  11. December 23, 2012 3:38 am

    just a guess (qc) 44

  12. Trevor Colbert (@TrevBC9) permalink
    December 23, 2012 8:29 pm

    He is in the Russell Johnson Relic blue and white pattern shirt under the waving hand. i think it is card 92

  13. Larry permalink
    January 3, 2013 7:02 am

    Does anyone know how many qhite border variations exist? Does anyone know how hard they are to get and how many of each card was produced?

    • January 3, 2013 7:45 am

      Thanks for the questions, Larry. We’ll have a complete breakdown of the SPs in Golden Age today or tomorrow. Stay tuned.


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