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First look: 2012 Panini Prizm baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Chrome vs. Prizm — now the battle can really begin.

Panini America confirmed on Wednesday that it’s bringing the Prizm brand to baseball this year with 2012 Prizm.

Set to arrive in April, it will include a 200-card base set that includes 50 rookies. Each will be found with standard Prizm parallels as well as Gold and Finite Black 1/1s that will only be found in hobby packs. At retail, there will be Green as well as Walmart-only Blue and Target-only Red Prizms to be found.

Each hobby box will include two autographs and three Prizms. Retail boxes will include three Green Prizms. (Click here to download a copy of the preliminary checklist.)

There also will be added Elite Extra Edition Autographs (25 cards) to go with USA Baseball autos as well as sigs for others.

The product also will include several insert sets:

— Elite Extra Edition (10 cards).

— Rookie Relevance (12 cards), which will include Bryce Harper, Mike Trout Yu Darvish and others.

— Brilliance (10 cards).

— Team MVP (30 cards).

— Top Prospects (eight cards), which will include Manny Machado, Jurickson Profar, Dylan bundy, Wil Myers and others.

— Dominance (10 cards).

— USA Baseball (10 cards).

Panini also announced this one will include the first USA Baseball cards and autographs of Trout, who is one of a few active big-leaguers who will be on retro cards. Among them are Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw and others.

Among the signers for this one will include Yoenis Cespedes, Trevor Bauer, Brett Lawrie, Cal Ripken Jr., George Brett, Bo Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Deion Sanders and David Wright to name a few.

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.

 

25 Comments

David

And before the whining begins, there are legal/business reasons why this is labeled a 2012 release. Reasons you joe-sixpack collectors don’t need to know about.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
Micah

Very cool looking. Still Panini needs the MLB license to make it really interesting The Trout looks nice. but I have a feeling it will be lacking top quality Autos.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
bearcatlawjd

Yes, I have waiting for a real hobby/retail non propsect product from panini. I would love to know the price point on these products.

Question about retail. Are those blasters are just packs in retail boxes.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
kris

hope its a fair price for a box because i want 1

Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
Mark

2012?!?

Posted February 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
@Jaypers413

A 2012 product releasing in April 2013. Yeah…..

Posted February 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
Jacob

I guess it couldve also started with 2012 football?

Posted February 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink
Matt

Is a prizm parallel basically a refractor?

Posted February 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

Matt, lots of people on eBay call them refractors. They’re comparable.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
deeez

panini needs to come up with some new ideas !

topps chrome is great in baseball and football

prizm can be a basketball and hockey thing

whats next panini heritage or panini sp authentic

Posted February 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
Ed

This product should do fairly well considering all the Gold and color Chasers out there.
The Trout card cracks me up….”Los Angeles Baseball Club”…..Which one, the Red one?
I’ll stick with Chrome…..The Original, good try though.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
Richard

But will Beckett be marking them as RC or not when its not licensed by MLB, only the players?

Posted February 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

And what exactly are those “legal/business reasons” that makes this a 2012 release? This Joe Six-Pack Collector would like to know.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

Cards of rookies in the set will be tagged as RCs. Tags are not tied to the licensing, but the type of set. Since this includes MLB vets as well as rookies (not prospects) and will be numbered together, they’re RCs.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

Another Panini garbage set… Does this mean Met’s fans can collect Yankee cards and dream that they are on the Mets? A Derek Jeter card that’s says New York Baseball Club is embarrassing.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink
zotster

I’m sorry … I don’t care what the legal reasons are. A baseball card set labeled as a “2012” set but releasing after the start of the 2013 season is simply ridiculous.

That aside, in my book, all the shiny refractor-like colors in the world can’t make up for the fact that there’s no team names or logos in the set. I’d love to see what Panini could do with full licensing, but until then it just looks like a lot of garbage to me – nice, shiny garbage in rainbow colors.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink
Brian Fleischer

It’s relatively common for prior year products to be released in following calendar year, at least for baseball and football.

2012 Elite Extra Edition was released on January 23, 2013. 2011 EEE, 2011 Playoff Contenders, 2011 Prime Cuts and 2011 Limited were all released from January through May of 2012.

So it’s only Panini who’s doing this, right? Wrong.

2010 Bowman Sterling was released on January 19th, 2011. 2009 Topps Tribute, 2009 Bowman Sterling, 2009 USA Baseball, 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars, 2009 Ultimate Collection and 2009 Topps Sterling were all released in January of 2010. 2007 Exquisite Collection, 2007 Bowman Sterling and 2007 Bowman’s Best were all released in January of 2008.

I could go on, but you get the point.

In football, SEVEN 2011 products were released between January and April of 2012. Based on our new release calendar, there are still four more 2012 football releases – from Topps, Upper Deck and Panini – that have yet to be released, and we’re almost to March 1st.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
Nice Try

I have a really shiny, multi-colored, prism type card of Ken Griffey Jr. from 1989 that is neat to look at. Facts are that it is unlicensed, not listed, and might sell for a quarter at a flea market. This set looks like it can compete quite well with that card…

Posted February 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink
J.R. Lebert

I have to be honest, I love this product. I busted some Prizm football and basketball, and, in my opinion, this is what Chrome USED to be. Enough parallels to keep it interesting and tough, but not SO MANY that it becomes a turn off. I have always liked the Wal-Mart/Target exclusives (like in Press Pass at times), and if you have ever seen these parallel colored refractor cards, they are absolutely gorgeous.

Chrome has so many different parallels: Refractor, Xfractor, Crystal Refractor, Prism Refractor, Sepia, Pink, Camo, Orange, Red, Gold, Blue, Black, Purple, Superfractor, and the new Blue Wave (or something like that). Way too many.

I am just hoping Prizm doesn’t ruin it and overdo things the way Chrome has.

Posted February 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink
cardjunkhead916

It’s good to see that Panini is bringing out the old Pacific brand sets like Prism. Pacific Prisms was a great set once upon a time, for those of you that didn’t know D/P bought out Pacific before Panini bought them out.

Posted February 28, 2013 at 12:16 am | Permalink
Andy

So, if these are considered 2012 cards, will you go back and make the 1992 Stadium Dome set a 1991 set? Topps intended for it to be a 1991 set but Beckett called bs on it and wouldn’t allow it since it was released in March-April 1992. This should be listed as a 2012-13 set at the very least. A 2012 set releasing after the start of the 2013 season is absolutely ridiculous. Brian’s examples really don’t compare, football season just got over a month ago and a new season doesn’t start for 5-6 months, so the new releases can fit within the 2012 set guidelines even though they are released in 2013. All his non-Panini baseball examples were released in January, normally before any actual current year sets had been released so they seem to fit with the prior year’s listings. But there is no reason that they should get credit for a 2012 release after the 2013 season has started. Seriously, what’s your cutoff? If somebody decides to release a 2012 set in May, June, July, August of 2013 (or 2014 and beyond) will you blindly follow what the manufacturer is trying to sell you?

Posted February 28, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink
Tom

Yeah I fell into buying the product butonly at retail not enough LCS in my area and the 1 guy won’t pack it out much.The retail is good enough and has Green refractors AND THE pRISM’S and probably a lower teir auto list.
However the lack of liscencing hasn’t stopped UPPER DECK and likely won’t stop Panini either though I wish it would. I for one would like to go back to give equal liscencing lower product amounts and get back to INNOVATION. I would have a wait and see on this but the weird labeling might slow sales compared to TOPPS Chrome.

Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink
steve d donaldson

Since we are “labeling” this product as 2012, can we finally go back and change the year on the 1993 Stadium Murphy set?????? Topps called it a 1992 set on all the sales material but BECKETT made it a 1993 due to the time it was released. Guess Topps’ check to Beckett that month did not clear.

Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink
tj seabokt

I’ve never seen a good panini product. The basketball are horrible. All company prices are ****** on hobby boxes. It breaks the bank trying to get a nice box of anything. Retail should have a guarantee auto or something so the not so rich guys that have families to support can get a good pull sometimes

Posted February 28, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink
Ryan R

I’ve been a fan of prizm in both basketball and football, but I don’t see an unlicensed baseball product being worth much a few years down the road

Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

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