By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Topps is bringing back the favorites.
The Fan Favorites, that is.
The company teased the release of a new — but old — line of cards for 2012 as it appears it is readying Fan Favorites for a return of sorts after a seven-year hiatus.
Fan Favorites, which first arrived in 2003, was a set comprised of past favorites in new photos on varying card designs from past Topps sets. The real draw? Certified autographs — signed on-card — along with the old looks with new (cleaner) printing technology. Oh, and there were Chrome cards — and Refractors, too. This time, though, they will be found as an insert set in an also-revived and not-yet-unveiled Topps Archives product.
“Yes, Fan Favorites is coming back as autograph insert in new Topps Archives in 2012,” said a company official via Twitter. “Awesome product, I think will be a really fun break.”
While Topps hasn’t yet offered any other details for the 2012 release, it has teased photos — and one of the images is one that should excite a few collectors — a 1989-styled Ken Griffey Jr. autograph, which couldn’t have happened in the past as the company just recently signed the former Upper Deck-exclusive to an autograph and likeness deal.
Take a look at the additional images seen here — and tell us what you think via the comments and our poll.
We’ll have the latest on this one as it becomes available.
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