Exclusive: Topps offers new details on mini set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps offered the latest glimpses into its upcoming surprise product on Monday as it offered additional information about its 2012 Topps Mini baseball set exclusively to Beckett Media.

The product will be issued in pack form with mini versions of all base cards found in the Series 1 and Series 2 (as the case with this year’s factory sets). It also will include autographs and memorabilia cards, too — all in the smaller size a la the 1975 Topps Mini set, which was a test issue only released in Michigan and California.

“This should be a great product,” said Topps’ Mike Jaspersen. “[It’s] 1975 all over again.”

This product, which will only be available at ShopTopps.com (the company’s webstore), was teased online there last week. The mini set will be officially unveiled on Aug. 1 at the National Sports Collectors Convention with 10 cards per pack and one autograph or Relic card in every 24-pack box.

For those who looked closely at the mocked wax box, it notes that there are 661 cards in this one. Presuming it’s a direct parallel to the 2012 Topps set, that means Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper will be found in the product. He appears on the wrapper along with another notable rookie this season, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, along with Matt Kemp, Josh Hamilton, Prince Fielder and Roy Halladay.

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.

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  1. @Jaypers413
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Is Mini Bowman Chrome next?

  2. larry
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    minor league basball yhis is a BIG SET

  3. Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Mini cards? Why?

  4. Jeff B
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    And I thought the GU swatches were small already…

  5. Marcus F.
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    mini bowman will be cool. It sounds like a good idea with me.

  6. Mitchell
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I kind of wish they had just let the mini set be base. I guess having the inserts would have been ok, but the auto and mems are just going to raise the price on the secondary market. I also wish it would have been in stores and hobby shops. Maybe 2013 minis will be in stores.

  7. deeezill
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    i will wait for the mini factory set with the mini update set
    and as for bowman minis
    see bowman heritage

  8. Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    And the reason that it won’t be available at your local hobby store is…?

  9. joe
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Sooooo, is this is just another parallel to the base set. Will Beckett call these true rookie cards? Will there be the different parallels to the base? Adding yet more parallels to an awesome set seems like a waste of time & money. Topps will not get my money on this set.

  10. Dan C.
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    This was a great idea…until I saw it was a shoptopps.com exclusive. If it’s like series 1 and 2, box price will probably be 49.95 so it doesn’t quite meet the 50 dollars for free shipping, then you’ll have to pay another 15 to ship it. Forget it. I’d love to go down to my hobby store and buy some packs or even a box, but I won’t get ripped off by Topps.com. Maybe I’ll buy a box from a dealer on ebay.

  11. ddizzal
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    topps loves hobby stores for sure! Maybe they will buy back everyone’s singles from the 80’s when they dont want them anymore since they dont believe a brick and mortar store is important

  12. chrisolds
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Darren: Perhaps it’s because there are already 17 products there and Topps wanted to try something else?

  13. chrisolds
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Joe: I’m not sure specifically about the tagging, but I can tell you that the 1975 mini rookies are not tagged as RCs. So now the lone question is whether the non-traditional release format of 2012 is more or less obscure than 1975’s regional test issue status that nixed the tagging.

  14. Toby
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Where can I find decent pages to hold these? I’m tired of putting 1975-size minis in 9 pocket sheets, but I can’t find anything from UltraPro or BCW. Has anyone found something better?

  15. Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    i will have to go along with Dan C. on this, if they are worried about having to many, maybe they should cut back, not sell it direct, i see panini does this also, not sure why, but time will tell there motive behind this. although i’m not comfortable with the words ripped off, i would say that they are or can undermind the hobby shops. i have heard some concerens about this both ways pro and neg,

  16. Tom Waldron
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Too funny really the price and shippg is enough to pass but I wonder how many are going to be printed,.
    It might be a fun break considering that series 1 and 2 are included just means harder to make a set and multiple boxes would have to be bought. Topps isn’t stupid here they see a bottom line built on Hype and it hasd worked so far Strasburg Haprer who’s next.
    While the bottom line price is always my concern I’ll defer till I hear more.

  17. graham
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps because there are already 17 releases should be reason for concern in itself?

    Over saturation in product releases is not much different than over saturation of companies releasing product in the 90’s that got us where we are today.

    Sometimes LESS is MORE

  18. Cincyscott
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Will they look like 1987 Topps? Wait a min dont they already have these out as inserts? wtf….. Whats next they bring back the micro mini sets?

  19. Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    They should be more readily available. I’ll get them on the secondary market.

  20. David Carrigan
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    when shoptopps.com sells boxes do they sell hobby versions or retail versions?

  21. chrisolds
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    David: It’s the *only* version.

  22. chrisolds
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Cincy: It’s a mini version of the 2012 set.

  23. chrisolds
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Dan C.: I’d bet that your best price will be on the Topps site. Anyone selling for less on ebay would be selling at a loss. (It’s not being sold via distributors.)

  24. Kory Kasler
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to see them do a vintage based set on the early 50’s Bowman sets. Those are beautiful and were “mini” sized as well, so I think that would be awesome!

  25. Trey
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    1975 Mini’s were released in Michigan and California.

  26. Jared
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    with so many minis crammed into products over the past several years i can’t even come close to being excited about this.

  27. Matthew
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ll have to wait and see if Chris and Brian will get a box to open for boxbusters. This seems like an interesting idea, but I like to buy a pack before I buy a box so I can see what it looks like.

  28. Mark Gilmore
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    If you are a set builder, do not waste your time or money. I bought six boxes and my friend bought six. Between us we are 25 cards short of a set. The collation is horible. Multiples of the same card in multiple packs of a box.

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