Review: 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball

Please note – This ‘review’ isn’t based on an actual hands-on experience with this product. It’s been put together more as a guide to the product itself based upon existing reviews and word of mouth.

I’ve never really made any secret of my love for vintage Baseball and vintage cards in general. There’s something about the history of Baseball that I just fell completely in love with, and nothing interests me more than stories and anecdotes based around the old greats of the game forever enshrined in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.

Equally I’m NOT a huge fan of non-licensed card products! Don’t know why – just something that doesn’t sit well with me for some reason…

So when I heard about Panini’s Cooperstown Baseball set, based exclusively on Hall of Famers from across the decades, I was initially intrigued but not particular excited about the idea!

Oh, how wrong was I?!?!?

I’ve put this summary of the product together specifically for those of you who aren’t aware that it actually exists. ‘Cooperstown Baseball’ has already garnered a lot of interest in the US, where it’s available at both the Hobby and Retail level, and looks to be on course for being one of the surprise hits of the year!

Firstly you can click here for all the details from the Panini press release. You’ll know from my previous product previews that I’m a sucker for sell sheets and this time is no exception 🙂

You can also check out the Panini America blog page at WordPress here.

So, what can I say about what I’ve seen so far…

Well colour me really impressed!!!

Panini have pulled out all the stops with this one to produce a fantastic Baseball card set. Gorgeous base cards with sharp black and white imagery; short-printed base cards that have been enhanced with colour to set then apart from the other base cards (awesome touch there!!); a plethora of cool and varied insert cards; and a fantastic selection of autographs of Hall of Fame players, managers, broadcasters and journalists! And that just skims the surface of what’s potentially in store in each box!

Even though this is a non-licensed product Panini have done an awesome job of hiding any reference to MLB teams, and it’s been done in such a way that it’s not to the detriment of the card design! Top marks!!

There’s a lot to like about this product, and if there are certain aspects to it that don’t suit you as a collector Panini have done an outstanding job of cramming in so much quality that you’ll easy find something that fits the bill for you.

For me it’s the autographs (the majority signed directly onto the card) and the colour tinted short-prints! Check out these beauties…

2012 Panini Cooperstown - Christy Mathewson SP

2012 Panini Cooperstown – Christy Mathewson SP

2012 Panini Cooperstown - Steve Carlton Autograph

2012 Panini Cooperstown – Steve Carlton Autograph

Of particular note, out of the 100 autograph signers that Panini managed to secure, this set holds first On-Card signing (as far as I’m aware) of the revered and highly esteemed Dodgers broadcaster, Vin Scully! Limited to 100 copies, there have been a few that have appeared on eBay so far. The first went for the Buy It Now sum of $175 while following cards have ended at around the $300+ mark.

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball - Vin Scully Autograph #'d/100

2012 Panini Cooperstown – Vin Scully Autograph #’d/100

There is one currently listed with a BIN of $500…

2012 COOPERSTOWN VIN SCULLY AUTO ON CARD AUTOGRAPH # 72/100 RARE FIRST AUTO

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For me, living in the UK, Panini has always been about collecting the football (soccer) stickers of my youth. As a result, and probably because of their limited Baseball output, I’ve largely ignored Panini as a card manufacturer… until now! This is a truly impressive product and a must for all fans of Baseball and its storied history!

I’m hoping to get a Hobby box of ‘Cooperstown Baseball’ in the new year (funds allowing) so I’ll post a full review then!

Ryan and the team over at Cardboard Connection have the complete checklist.

Until then I strongly suggest you check this out if you’ve not done so already!!

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