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Beckett Baseball: The Best of 2012 Awards (Collector’s Choice portion)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The baseball card year is not quite complete, but the calendar has turned so we’re preparing our selections for the Best of 2012, aka The Awards Issue of Beckett Baseball, where we present our picks for the most memorable and most notable cardboard creations of the year.

While we’re still chewing on our choices, we wanted to make sure that you, the collectors, also have your picks noted in the issue. Here are the major categories — but not all — that you’ll find in the next issue.

Cast your votes — after the jump — and let us know more in the comments below if you feel the need.

Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Product of the Year

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Hobby Player of the Year

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Card of the Year

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Topps Product

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Panini Product

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Base Set

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Retro Product

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Autograph Set

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best High-end Product

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Bargain Product

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Gimmick

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Prospecting Product

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best New Product

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Beckett Baseball Best of 2012: Best Rip (fun/quality break for a collector)

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

10 Comments

Paul Langis

triple threads will always be my favorite

Posted January 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink
Me

Topps Mini should have been in the bargain category as well.. It was $50 a box + Free shipping in the topps store. Topps regular was higher priced and you got less value hits.

Posted January 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
@BallCard_Blog

Cooperstown would have been my pick for new product had Topps mini not come out this year.

Posted January 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
zotster

Topps Archives should be under “best rip.”

Posted January 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
Rob Whitt

Have to agree with Zotster, Archives was really a decent Rip for the money. Although I pulled bums for Auto’s the concept of all the different designs was in one product was great and the 84 Harper short print and Auto are undervalued to me. A better Autograph checklist would put this product over the top!

Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

I agree. Archives was the best rip. I liked the “bums” included because it gave us on card auto of a lot of All-Stars we rarely see like Willie Wilson, George Foster, and even Sid Bream. I’d never want a Sid Bream auto, but it gave me the biggest laugh when I he appeared in one of my Archives packs!

On a side note, my daughter also hit a Ted Williams Topps Contract redemption (1:196,000) so I’m a little biased toward Archives. :-)

Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink
Jonathan

It is difficult to vote for something like this when most of the cards, by far, come from the same place.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

Also…Topps Mini should have been included in “Best Gimmick”.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
Frank Drey

Let’s end the exclusive Topps contract so that with competition a vote for best product really means something.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
Johnny'sBench

This was a great year for baseball and therefore a great year for baseball cards! Nice to see unlicensed product finally competing with Topps…perhaps we will see the end of the sportscard monopoly yet!

Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

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