First look: 2014 Panini Golden Age baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America‘s Golden Age brand of retro-styled baseball cards with a smattering of pop culture is returning for a third year, the company announced on Monday, as it revealed the basic information and preview images for the product.

Set to arrive in June with one autograph and one memorabilia card per hobby box, Golden Age will include the tobacco-size minis and parallels that fans have come to expect but with some new twists. There will be White-bordered parallels — with the first 50 serial-numbered — along with Black-bordered 1/1 cards. The minis will have seven new back variations to chase — Hindu Brown and Red, Croft’s Swiss Milk, Smith’s Mello Mint, MONO Blue and Green as well as Panini 1/1s.

Packed with a box-topper in every box — some being memorabilia cards among a few new options — there will be a selection of cards from the 150-card base set inside with some A-listers from the entertainment world among those teased by the company. Musicians Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix are among them.


The Historic Signatures set will include 50 signers while there will be Historic Cuts for four people as well as nine buyback signers.

Among the non-baseball players slated to sign for this one include Ken Osmond and Tony Dow from Leave it to Beaver, Bo Derek, The Dukes of Hazzard‘s Catherine Bach, John Schneider and Tom Wopat, The Six Million Dollar Man’s Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner as well as Angie Dickinson, Loretta Swit, Tatum O’Neal, Sophia Loren and Dick Van Dyke.

Baseball and sports legends slated to sign for this one include Pete Rose, Ernie Banks, Steve Carlton, Frank Robinson, Junior Johnson, D. Wayne Lukas, Michael Spinks and Geese Ausbie to name a few.

Among the inserts will be the familiar Headlines, while new inserts will be Fan Craze, Star Stamps, 1913 National — each found two per box. A one-per-box insert will be Newsmakers.

While there was just one type of box-topper last year — a Beckett Baseball award-winner — this year’s release will include two three-card panel options as well as a standard and memorabilia option. The panels will be “Darby Chocolate” and “Hobby Box-bottom” cards.

Hindu Brown, Hindu Red, Croft’s Swiss Milk Cocoa, Smith’s Mello Mint, MONO Brand Blue, MONO Brand Green and Panini logo 1/1s.

A look at the preliminary checklist released by Panini shows a mix of baseball greats led off by Cy Young and King Kelly — a group that also includes Christy Mathewson, John McGraw, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Connie Mack, Eddie Gaedel, Eddie Waitkus, Pete Rose, Frank Robinson and Nolan Ryan among others.

Some of the newsmakers and celebs in this one? Martin Luther King, Buddy Holly, Liberace, Joey Ramone, Loretta Swit, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Rita Hayworth, Richard Dreyfuss, Jack Ruby, Charlton Heston, Farrah Fawcett and even 600-pound professional wrestler Haystacks Calhoun.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.





Base Parallels: White Parallel, Black Parallel, First Fifty  
*10 Base Card Variations    
1 Cy Young P
2 King Kelly C
3 Dan Brouthers 1B
4 Harry Wright Executive
5 Butch Cassidy Historical
6 Sundance Kid Historical
7 Doc Holliday Historical
8 Rube Waddell P
9 Jim Thorpe OF
10 Ulysses S. Grant President
11 Ed Delahanty OF
12 Christy Mathewson P
13 John Pemberton Historical
14 Eddie Plank P
15 John McGraw MGR
16 P.T. Barnum Historical
17 Willis Carrier Historical
18 William McKinley President
19 Addie Joss P
20 Captain Edward Smith Historical
21 Model T Ford Historical
22 Ty Cobb OF
23 Lusitania Historical
24 C.W. Post Historical
25 Joe Jackson OF
26 Sleepy Bill Burns P
27 Kid Gleason MGR
28 Frank Baker 3B
29 King Tut’s Tomb Historical
30 Harold Lloyd Actor
31 Connie Mack MGR
32 Zack Wheat OF
33 Fatty Arbuckle Actor
34 Nap Lajoie 2B
35 Casey Stengel MGR
36 Lefty Grove P
37 Dizzy Dean P
38 Mark Koenig SS
39 Rube Marquard P
40 Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer Actor
41 Claudette Colbert Actor
42 Assault Horse Racing
43 Moe Berg Historical
44 Lon Chaney Jr. Actor
45 Fay Wray Actor
46 Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra Historical
47 William Randolph Hearst Historical
48 Baseball Hall of Fame Museum
49 Orson Welles Actor
50 Kenesaw Mountain Landis Commissioner
51 Tom Harmon HB
52 Eddie Gaedel Pinch Hitter
53 Patsy Cline Country Music
54 Red Pollard Horse Racing
55 Enos Slaughter OF
56 Joe Louis Boxing
57 Rita Hayworth Actor
58 Ernie Nevers FB
59 Dom DiMaggio OF
60 Bob Lemon P
61 Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch E
62 Josh Gibson C
63 Dead Sea Scrolls Historical
64 Rabbit Maranville SS
65 Chuck Connors Actor
66 Tommy Lasorda P
67 Eddie Waitkus 1B
68 Jack Johnson Boxing
69 Buddy Holly Musician
70 Clyde “Bulldog” Turner LB
71 Tony Dow Actor
72 Ken Osmond Actor
73 Ernie Banks SS
74 Harvey Haddix P
75 Liberace Musician
76 Vada Pinson OF
77 Northern Dancer Horse Racing
78 Don Knotts Actor
79 Geese Ausbie F
80 Robin Roberts P
81 Rocky Colavito OF
82 Martin Luther King Jr. Historical
83 Jerry West G
84 Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady
85 Jack Ruby Historical
86 Pete Rose OF
87 Junior Johnson Auto Racer
88 Mackinac Bridge Historical
89 Phil Cavarretta OF
90 Marques Haynes G
91 Vivien Leigh Actor
92 Bob Hayes WR
93 Jim Bouton P
94 Charlton Heston Actor
95 Pat Priest Actor
96 Curt Flood OF
97 Willie Horton OF
98 Angela Cartwright Actor
99 Bill Mumy Actor
100 Marta Kristen Actor
101 Bill Russell C
102 Frank Robinson OF
103 Gene Tierney Actor
104 Butch Patrick Actor
105 Jimi Hendrix Musician
106 Jackie Gleason Actor
107 Haystacks Calhoun Wrestling
108 Gaylord Perry P
109 Bill Shoemaker Horse Racing
110 Cadillac Ranch Historical
111 Mike Lookinland Actor
112 Susan Olsen Actor
113 Christopher Knight Actor
114 Steve Carlton P
115 Angie Dickinson Actor
117 Phil Niekro P
118 Charlene Tilton Actor
119 Ronald Reagan President
120 Dusty Baker OF
121 Catherine Bach Actor
122 Alydar Horse Racing
123 Jorge Velasquez Horse Racing
124 Jake LaMotta Boxing
125 Richard Dreyfuss Actor
126 Oscar Gamble OF
127 Lee Majors Actor
128 Lindsay Wagner Actor
129 Bucky Dent SS
130 Willie Nelson Country Music
131 Farrah Fawcett Actor
132 D. Wayne Lukas Horse Racing
133 Dave Kingman 3B
134 Mickey Rivers OF
135 Artis Gilmore C
136 Frederick Valentich Historical
137 Tatum O’Neal Actor
138 Steve Yeager C
139 Davey Lopes 2B
140 Spectacular Bid Horse Racing
141 Chris McCarron Horse Racing
142 Gary Carter C
143 George Gervin G
144 Michael Spinks Boxing
145 Joey Ramone Musician
146 Loretta Swit Actor
147 Nolan Ryan P
148 Steve Yzerman C
149 Hank Williams Country Music
150 Terry Bradshaw QB



1 John Pemberton Historical
2 Kenesaw Mountain Landis Commissioner
3 Franklin D. Roosevelt President
4 1958 NFL Championship Game Historical
5 Hawaii Becomes 50th State Historical
6 John F. Kennedy Historical
7 The Beatles Historical
8 Monday Night Football Historical
9 Nolan Ryan Historical
1913 National Game    
1 Ted Williams OF
2 George Brett 3B
3 Goose Goslin OF
4 Joe Medwick OF
5 Josh Gibson C
6 Eddie Plank P
7 Willie Stargell 1B
8 Zack Wheat OF
9 Gabby Hartnett C
10 Pete Rose OF
11 Frank Baker 3B
12 Nolan Ryan P
Fan Craze    
1 Joe Louis Boxing
2 Ty Cobb OF
3 Tom Harmon HB
4 Christy Mathewson P
5 Whitey Ford P
6 Tatum O’Neal Actor
7 Alydar Horse Racing
8 Gene Tierney Actor
1 The Wright Brothers Historical
2 Henry Ford Historical
3 Man o’ War Horce Racing
4 Franklin D. Roosevelt President
5 Joe Louis Boxing
6 Yogi Berra C
7 Martin Luther King Jr. Historical
8 Farrah Fawcett Actor
Historic Signatures    
#CHA Charlene Tilton Actor
#TDW Tony Dow Actor
#KOS Ken Osmond Actor
#EBK Ernie Banks SS
#WHT Willie Horton OF
#SCT Steve Carlton P
#RHB Richie Hebner 3B
#MUM Bill Mumy Actor
#ANC Angela Cartwright Actor
#MAK Marta Kristen Actor
#TWO Tom Wopat Actor
#BDE Bo Derek Actor
#KNG Dave Kingman OF
#DNT Bucky Dent SS
#MAJ Lee Majors Actor
#WAG Lindsay Wagner Actor
#PTE Pete Rose OF
#ANG Angie Dickinson Actor
#BPT Butch Patrick Actor
#HYN Marques Haynes G
#PPT Pat Priest Actor
#SNO Susan Olsen Actor
#KNT Christopher Knight Actor
#MKL Mike Lookinland Actor
#ART Artis Gilmore C
#BAK Dusty Baker OF
#BOU Jim Bouton P
#STV Steve Yeager C
#VEL Jorge Velasquez Horse Racing
#JSC John Schneider Actor
#SWT Loretta Swit Actor
#TAO Tatum O’Neal Actor
#LAF Laffit Pincay Horse Racing
#SPH Sophia Loren Actor
#COL Rocky Colavito OF
#PRK Dave Parker OF
#GAM Oscar Gamble OF
# CMC Chris McCarron Horse Racing
#GRV George Gervin G
#JLA Jake LaMotta Boxing
#MIC Mickey Rivers OF
#BCH Catherine Bach Actor
#RMO Rick Monday OF
#FNK Frank Robinson OF
#DVD Dick Van Dyke Actor
#JUN Junior Johnson Auto Racer
#DWL D. Wayne Lukas Horse Racing
#SPK Michael Spinks Boxing
#LOP Davey Lopes 2B
#AUS Geese Ausbie F



Museum Age (Memorabilia)    
1 Vivien Leigh Actor
2 Angie Dickinson Actor
3 Buddy Holly Musician
4 Vada Pinson OF
5 Dave Kingman OF
6 Jack Ruby Historical
7 Michael Spinks Boxing
8 Farrah Fawcett Actor
9 Ron Santo 3B
10 Juan Marichal P
11 Charlton Heston Actor
12 Fay Wray Actor
13 Gary Carter C
14 Moe Berg Historical
15 Catherine Bach Actor
16 Claudette Colbert Actor
17 Lon Chaney Jr. Actor
18 Orson Welles Entertainer
19 Ed Kranepool 1B
20 Geese Ausbie F
21 Marta Kristen Actor
22 Bill Mumy Actor
23 Junior Johnson Auto Racer
24 Pat Priest Actor
25 Lee Majors Actor
26 Lindsay Wagner Actor
27 Enos Slaughter OF
28 Patsy Cline Country Music
29 Frankie Frisch 2B
30 Susan Olsen Actor
31 Christopher Knight Actor
32 Mike Lookinland Actor
33 Charlene Tilton Actor
34 Sparky Anderson MGR
35 Tommy Lasorda P
36 Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady
37 Dizzy Dean P
38 Gene Tierney Actor
39 Sophia Loren Actor
40 Harvey Haddix P
Historic Cuts    
1 Phil Cavarretta OF
2 Charles O. Finley Owner
3 Curt Gowdy Broadcaster
4 Gil McDougald 2B
5×7 Box Topper    
1 Jimi Hendrix Musician
2 Ted Williams OF
3 Warren Spahn P
4 Willie McCovey 1B
5 George H. W. Bush President
6 Johnny Carson Entertainer
7 Gene Tunney Boxing
8 Joe Medwick OF
9 Duke Snider OF
10 Rodney Dangerfield Entertainer
11 Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady
12 Joe Frazier Boxing
5×7 Box Topper Memorabilia    
2 Ted Williams OF
3 Warren Spahn P
4 Willie McCovey 1B
5 George H. W. Bush President
6 Johnny Carson Entertainer
7 Gene Tunney Boxing
8 Joe Medwick OF
9 Duke Snider OF
10 Rodney Dangerfield Entertainer
11 Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady
12 Joe Frazier Boxing
Darby Chocolate 3-card Panel Box Toppers    
1 Bobby Jones  
2 Walter Hagen  
3 Byron Nelson  
4 Ty Cobb  
5 Jim Thorpe  
6 Nap Lajoie  
7 Whirlaway  
8 Eddie Arcaro  
9 Citation  
10 Eddie Cicotte  
11 Joe Jackson  
12 Swede Risberg  
13 Ulysses S. Grant  
14 Douglas MacArthur  
15 Dwight D. Eisenhower  
16 Christy Mathewson  
17 Cy Young  
18 Lefty Grove  
19 Jack Johnson  
20 Joe Louis  
21 Jake LaMotta  
22 Dizzy Dean  
23 Zack Wheat  
24 Rube Marquard  
25 Rabbit Maranville  
26 Cal Ripken Jr.  
27 Ozzie Smith  
28 Johnny Bench  
29 Ted Simmons  
30 Gary Carter  
Classic Buyback Autographs    
  Charlene Tilton  
  Tony Dow  
  Ken Osmond  
  Loretta Swit  
  Lee Majors  
  Lindsay Wagner  
  Catherine Bach  
  John Schneider  
  Tom Wopat  
Box Bottom Cards    
1 Hack Wilson OF
2 Gallant Fox Horse Racing
3 Red Grange HB
4 Nap Lajoie 2B
5 Jack Johnson Boxing
6 Clyde “Bulldog” Turner LB
7 Dan Brouthers 1B
8 Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady
9 Ernie Nevers FB




Star Stamps    
1 Titanic Historical
  Captain Edward Smith Historical
  The Unsinkable Molly Brown Historical
  Lusitania Historical
2 Addie Joss P
  Lefty Williams P
  Rube Waddell P
  Eddie Plank P
3 Al Kaline OF
  Catfish Hunter P
  Carl Yastrzemski OF
  Willie Horton OF
4 Pete Rose OF
  Joe Morgan 2B
  Johnny Bench C
  Tony Perez 1B
5 Fay Wray Actor
  Vivien Leigh Actor
  Fatty Arbuckle Actor
  Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer Actor
6 Steve Carlton P
  Phil Niekro P
  Juan Marichal P
  Tom Seaver P
7 Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady
  Elizabeth Montgomery Actor
  Vivien Leigh Actor
  Loretta Swit Actor
8 Man o’ War Horse Racing
  Bobby Jones Golf
  Red Grange HB
  Hack Wilson OF
9 Joe Louis Boxing
  Dom DiMaggio OF
  Tom Harmon HB
  Stan Musial OF
10 Henry Ford Historical
  William Randolph Hearst Historical
  C.W. Post Historical
  Joseph Pulitzer Historical
11 Nolan Ryan P
  Reggie Jackson OF
  Bill Mazeroski 2B
  Richie Ashburn OF
12 John McGraw MGR
  Kid Gleason MGR
  Connie Mack MGR
  Casey Stengel MGR
13 Happy Felsch OF
  Kenesaw Mountain Landis Commissioner
  Eddie Cicotte P
  Swede Risberg SS
14 John Havlicek F
  Jerry West G
  George Gervin G
  Bill Russell C
15 Early Wynn P
  Bob Lemon P
  Bob Feller P
  Robin Roberts P
16 Gabby Hartnett C
  Yogi Berra C
  Johnny Bench C
  Gary Carter C
17 Citation Horse Racing
  Eddie Arcaro Horse Racing
  Northern Dancer Horse Racing
  Bill Shoemaker Horse Racing
18 Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady
  Grace Kelly Actor
  Rita Hayworth Actor
  Claudette Colbert Actor
19 John L. Sullivan Boxing
  Jack Johnson Boxing
  Joe Louis Boxing
  Joe Frazier Boxing
20 Fay Wray Actor
  Lon Chaney Jr. Actor
  Vivien Leigh Actor
  Pat Priest Actor
22 George Kell 3B
  Tom Tresh OF
  Yogi Berra C
  Willie Horton OF
23 Bobby Jones Golf
  Walter Hagen Golf
  Gene Tunney Boxing
  Jim Thorpe OF
24 Brooks Robinson 3B
  Eddie Mathews 3B
  George Brett 3B
  Mike Schmidt 3B
25 Ulysses S. Grant President
  Theodore Roosevelt President
  Harry S. Truman President
  Dwight D. Eisenhower President
26 Orlando Cepeda 1B
  Robin Yount SS
  Nolan Ryan P
  George Brett 3B
27 Monte Irvin OF
  Enos Slaughter OF
  Lou Boudreau SS
  Willie Stargell 1B
28 Christy Mathewson P
  Cy Young P
  Joe Jackson OF
  Zack Wheat OF
29 Butch Patrick Actor
  Pat Priest Actor
  Bill Mumy Actor
  Marta Kristen Actor
30 Dick Van Dyke Actor
  Don Knotts Actor
  Jackie Gleason Actor
  Henry Winkler Actor


  1. J.R.
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    So torn right now… Very, very happy about the memorabilia and autographs in this set. Seems to be a bit of a step up, especially on the mem front.

    But Panini, COME ON!!! Why 6 different non-1/1 back types for the minis? This is so stupid. Have you ever stored your sets in pages? It’s absolutely perfect to have five different back types, as the pages that hold them are 5 across (15-card sleeves). It’s as if the peeps at Panini don’t listen to any of the constructive comments that fill message boards, email inboxes, or anything else. Very frustrated about this. There was NO reason to have two different brown backs (the cocoa would have been OK as a black back). The MONO would have perfect as just blue, as the Mello is perfect as a green. So disappointed!

  2. John
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Very excited by the selection of Presidents, the Jackie Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. cards, and the Jack Ruby. Titanic cards are pretty solid too. Just hope they hit the secondary market at reasonable prices.

  3. Ora
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I have a few comments concerning this set. What makes it a baseball set?? Also, what makes it a set to be considered as “Golden Age”?? Third and lastly, does not Panini know the word actress??? All of the actresses in the checklists are listed as actors. I realize this is a preliminary listing but as a collector who has been collecting for over 60 years, it is a total disappointment. I also agree with the previous comment on the number of different variations that are being produced. Bring back the “good old days” when they produced a main set, and one or two parallels for those who like to chase those. Just saying!!
    Happy Collecting everyone!

  4. Posted April 29, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I too love this set and look forward to picking some up in trades. I too agree that the parallels are a bit out of control. I am curious though as to how Ernie Banks signed that card with a drop shadow on his signature. What’s up with that?

  5. Olds
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Zep, the Banks is a Photoshop mock.

  6. Richard
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I could see myself buying some of the signatures, assuming they are hard signed.
    Sophia Loren and Dick Van Dyke would be very cool.
    I’m guessing the Tatum Oneal might now become a bit more affordable vs the one issued last year.
    And, I already have the Brady Bunch kids.

  7. mike
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Opened box. Pulled ken osmond auto, charlton heston museum age piece of clothing, tony dow smiths mello mint mini, and many other inserts ( nolana ryan, mlk jr, etc). Box $80.

  8. Robert
    Posted January 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    It is stated clearly on the box that there is one Signature and on Memm card per box however I only got one Memm card in one box. Is this common and has it happen to anyone else? Kind of along False Advertising to me.

  9. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Mistakes happen in the packaging process from time-to-time. Have you tried contacting Panini to fix it?

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