First impressions: 2012 Topps Marquee baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps has teased what its Topps Marquee baseball set will look like next year by releasing a few mocked up card images for the second edition of the high-end line coming in 2012.

While we’re still letting this year’s version sink in, it looks like they might be a winner — but we want to know what you think. Tell us in a comment or on our poll. You also can see additional images after the jump.

Love it or hate it: 2012 Topps Marquee

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  1. Matthew Meyer 22 October, 2011 at 14:34

    This set looks great, just like last years. What will determine it’s success or failure (like 2011’s) is the lineup of players in the set. I love opening a box with four hits of Angel Pagan, Brett Anderson, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce; so Marquee!

  2. john paul 22 October, 2011 at 15:23

    looks good. i like this new brand, i also like the platinum brand from bowman. kudos to topps for the new and innovative styles. this collector says about time! definatley a breath of fresh air after the lineage disaster!

  3. JC 22 October, 2011 at 15:58

    Yeah, the “?tease” looked good this year too. Then they released the product and it was possibly the worst product of the year. I don’t remember the last time I was so utterly disappointed by a product. But then Topps went and released “Gridiron Legends” for football just to give themselves some competition on the disappointment front. Topps is on an INCREDIBLE losing streak. I hoped Marquee was going to be a one and done, but it looks like they are going to release that pile of crap again next year….

  4. Michael Marrufo 22 October, 2011 at 17:26

    I like it and I would love to get the nolan ryan auto he was my favorite player as a kid

  5. Mike 22 October, 2011 at 18:32

    Ten boxes opened of this yrs and the best card was a $90 bell auto!
    second best was a $35 belt au.
    Thats $2000 srp worth of packs.

    There were plenty of jeff francis, jeffress and pagan gu or autos to circle the world with though.

    G..a…r…b…a…g…e in every way shape and form.

  6. danny 22 October, 2011 at 19:49

    oh and the bases looks like legendary cut (2008 i think) with a white backround instead of black

  7. Andrew Kaufman 22 October, 2011 at 20:58

    I’d rather they focus on getting some of the old time baseball players back into Allen & Ginter (eg 2006, 2008 edition)

  8. Dan C. 22 October, 2011 at 21:22

    This product looks awesome…but so did 2011 Marquee. There are some amazing cards, but way too many redemptions, seems like nearly all the dual autos were redemptions and way way too many cheap hits. Of course all high end stuff is hit and miss but this one seemed to miss more. Way too many boxes opened with 3 $5 hits and 1 $15 hit. There are lots of sweet cards in the product, but seems like not enough to go around. Hopefully Topps can at least do better with the redemptions. Also, that Nolan Ryan Monumental Markings doesn’t look as beautiful as this year’s did. And Topps: 4 grey jersey swatches is not a quad relic.

  9. David 23 October, 2011 at 06:10

    Looks a little bit like an Upper deck product (a piece of history, SP legendary cuts, etc.) but it looks like a cool set but probably out of my price range to collect (like about half of the baseball product out there.)

    Wish Topps knew the economy is struggling and price packs/boxes where the average middle class worker could afford to buy some of the higher end stuff.

  10. Lou 23 October, 2011 at 06:13

    Not trying to be disrespectful to 2 of the All-Time Greats but the Aaron and Mays Auto looks atrocious. My grandmother had 2 major strokes and her writing is better than that.

  11. actual collector 23 October, 2011 at 08:22

    i wish they would show what most people will actually bet, more 6 boxes from the 2011 were horrible, not a card over 15 dollars book price!!!!! They do look nice though

  12. Fabio 23 October, 2011 at 09:40

    I like this clean style, and I hope the Jeter patch is what they’ll deliver when the product comes out. The so called “titanic threads” have been a total disappointment, considering they should have been the real hit of the product.

  13. Mike 23 October, 2011 at 09:57

    As long as there aren’t any sticker autos, I’m on board. Problem is, I know the reality of these things. Maybe they should produce the cards far enough in advance that they can get all the autos on-card. Stickers make the product so impersonal. Collector’s love the feeling of pulling an auto from their favorite players and knowing that at one point the player had the card in their hands and carefully signed (carefully used loosely) that EXACT card….just sayin’.

  14. Houdini 23 October, 2011 at 10:14

    After the perceived disaster of this year’s marquee, next year’s better be amazing. The aaron/mays is probably a 1/1 that will be inserted as a redemption – that will never be produced – and replaced with a few leftover Carlos Marmol jerseys and Tyson Ross autos.

    By the way, did they state the odds of pulling a Tyson Ross or Jose Tabata in the 2012 Marquee? Because I don’t think I had a single case without multiples of these cards.

  15. Rich & Dangerous 23 October, 2011 at 10:43

    if the product has hard signed signatures – A+ ..i will certainly be after the aaron/mays dual auto

    if the product has stickers – D- ..i’ll probably but a box or two

  16. chrisolds 23 October, 2011 at 11:18

    Guys … high-end products can’t have a Hank Aaron autograph in every pack.

    Why? His fee to sign one autograph costs Topps more than the pack does.

  17. Lou 23 October, 2011 at 12:13

    I don’t think anyone expects an Aaron Auto in every pack. It would be nice if we weren’t bombarded with Marlon Byrd and Andrew Cashner Autos though.

  18. danny 23 October, 2011 at 13:15

    is topps going to sue upper deck, for upper decks use of this design back in 2008
    yes i said it topps sues everyone

  19. Nick Tegeler 23 October, 2011 at 16:31

    I agree with some posts on here. I understand and do not expect for there to be a Aaron auto in every pack. I would not want one in every pack either because it cause his auto to go down in value as well. But my argument with high end products has always been that they should not put the same guaranteed quality gu and autos that you could get from Wal-Mart’s boxes. Thats not to mention all of the retired and current players autos that are good and are not always expensive that do not end up in these products. A lot of those guys do not charge an arm and a leg to sign either. Guys like Ian Kinsler (current) or legends like Gary Carter or Jim Rice. I would rather even get their $15-$20 autos than Marlon Byrd. That way even if the price you paid doesn’t match the card value, at least you feel a little less ripped off.

  20. steve 23 October, 2011 at 16:36

    now that the companies have utilized the “hand signed” auto’s……how about using other parts-like TOES & FEET ????

    What did I miss this year, and that could be followed with “lots of stuff”, on the perceived scarcity on this years topps marquee ?
    Id think that “rare” would be…..50,000 cases

    finally……I know the 2012 card season is just around the corner…..but Id say at least Topps has wrote the rest of 2011 card products off ?? guess when you have all that pre-ordered stuff….who cares about whats been paid for this year, and start cramming down our throats the overproduced next years items

  21. chrisolds 23 October, 2011 at 17:44

    Steve, the production and ordering window is always well in advance … on everything. They’re not going to wait until the 2011 stuff is out to start working on 2012 … it’s always continuous.

  22. Nathan Crandell 23 October, 2011 at 19:57

    Yep I agree with the vast majority here, if I am paying 20-30$ for a 5-7 pack mini box, I would expect at least a decent card out of 5 mini boxes. I know every time I buy a pack/box of anything upper-end I get the same priced GU or Auto if I had bought a walmart box.
    I do like the way this set looks, but chasing a complete set at 20-30$ a mini box is impractical.

  23. kevin 23 October, 2011 at 20:19

    I love that ryan auto but why buy boxes any more you just get ripped off. I want to see some of those warehouse 13 packs idea in sports. just hits none of this base card crap not to mention redemptions that you always have to fight to get. I still have 5 redemptions from 2 years ago I still havent got and calling them doesnt work any more. Ill just stick to buying singles from the dumb asses that buy these boxes and put the singles up for auction on ebay.

  24. Daniel 23 October, 2011 at 20:53

    Topps should make the names of the players stick out a bit better. That would not only perfect the very nice base design, but it would sharpen up the way the hits look as well. Perhaps if there is such a revision, I might actually go for a high-end baseball card product.. finally!

  25. john paul 24 October, 2011 at 06:15

    i bought a few and saw a ton of marquee product this year, and i must say i disagree with anyone who says the relic and auto cards were disappointing. some of the relics were just grey swatches, yes, but i thought it extremely innovative and game changing to pepper the same print run with some really neat patches. if your just busting boxes, this can be a bit of a gamble, but we already knew that, right? it’s sweet to be able to browse the Bay and pick up a Tabata jerst swatch with a piece of the Majestic logo in one of the relic windows for under ten bucks. much better than this years platinum relics that all said “patch” on the back even when they clearly were just plain old grey or white pants swatches! So although Topps can screw up from time to time, i think this product is definately worth a sequal. As i’ve said before, it may take a few strikes and fouls to finally hit that home run!

  26. Ross 24 October, 2011 at 07:46

    Not a fan of the designs at all. Like others have said, looks like Upper Deck could make a case for some design theft. This year’s base cards were really nice with the full-bleed photos. These look way too cluttered and not all that exciting.

    I can’t speak for to all the issues about hit quality or whatever, but it seems like every release is met by incessant whining so nothing unexpected here.

  27. XstreamINsanity 24 October, 2011 at 07:52

    Did Topps do it again? Put the numbering of a card next to a players lower regions? Or was that UD that did that on the Randy Johnson card? lol. I think card companies should keep all numbering on the back of the card, and preferably in the same upper corner so they don’t seem so misplaced. :)

  28. Matthew 24 October, 2011 at 11:00

    Meh. More high-end product I cannot afford. Glad to see Topps is still trying to extract every penny possible out of existing collectors rather than trying to find a way to get the next generation of collectors into the hobby.

  29. Jon Chuckery 24 October, 2011 at 11:34

    Marquee is a fun product to open…granted there are lots of M Byrd, J Tabata, D Storen pieces going around but it makes the bigger hits even more rewarding. Marquee is designed or produced with value in mind…its for the collector who like their risk/reward ratio on a higher level…My only fear is by adding Mays (and I thought Topps had Clemente back, too) that the product may go up in price…hopefully not b/c you risk alienating even more collectors if you put it out of reach

  30. Mike 25 October, 2011 at 06:08

    How many “titanic threads patches” of drew stubbs featuringa piece of wood from a seat used at shea stadium will they mess up on?

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  32. Darin Nakamoto 26 November, 2011 at 17:33

    Man, I’m not ever buying anything named Marquee again from Topps. This years was too much of a disappointment.

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