First look: 2012 Onyx Platinum Prospects


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There’s a new prospect on the baseball card field.

Onyx Authenticated, an MLBPA-approved memorabilia licensee, is a relative newcomer to the packaged memorabilia field. But now the Riverview, Fla.-based company is taking the next step.

It’s making baseball cards.

On Thursday, the company officially unveiled its first baseball card product, 2012 Platinum Prospects, which will arrive on June 29 packing five autographed or game-used memorabilia cards per box. It will include a minimum of three sigs in each six-pack box, while acks will consist of five cards and there will be six boxes per case. Including inserts and parallels, there will be eight overall inserts per box.

The MLBPA deal does not apply here because the cards are just of prospects but the memorabilia options will be deep with patch cards as well as cards with swatches from cleats, batting gloves, caps, catchers gear and more, according to the company.

There also will be redemptions for full game-used memorabilia items from players.

Meanwhile, the autographs will include silver-ink or gold-ink versions and randomly inserted cards with inscriptions as well.

We’ll have more on this one when it becomes available.

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



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  1. Chris Harris 19 April, 2012 at 22:59

    Let me get this straight. Onyx has an MLBPA license, but their first baseball card set they choose not to use it?

    Does Onyx have any plans to produce MLBPA-licensed baseball cards with actual MLBPA players?

  2. RJ Reyes 20 April, 2012 at 02:05

    In today’s day and age, I am glad there will be a relatively new face in trading cards. I may be overly hopeful for new designs, new ideas, and a product that will change the hobby. I can also hope that this company will remember the collectors when it comes to pricing out the packs as well. Although I have been fortunate to have been able to open up some high end products, 400 plus a box is very very steep. All in all, I welcome Onyx, and hope that their ideas and products create positive and fun advancements in our hobby.

  3. Richard 20 April, 2012 at 12:57

    Chris, the MLBPA is an umbrella organization for the players that are in the Majors.
    It’s a way of quickly licensing those player’s images for things. You can always have a
    contract with the player directly and sometimes you have to.

    The MLBPA is only half the formula to make a traditional professional level baseball card.
    You also need the MLB license for showing the logos. Upper Deck got in trouble for the
    unlicensed use of images with those logos, though they had the MLBPA license. They
    settled for millions, but as of this time they have not yet paid.

    When Bonds was on his run, and before everyone thought he used steroids, he left
    the MLBPA so he could better control and profit from his image. Topps could still use
    his image because they had signed a contract with him when he first came into the
    league. Topps signs pretty much everyone as soon as possible which is why they have
    the minor league cards available in Bowman.

    Minor league players are generally not members of the MLBPA because the members
    share revenue and the MLBPA does not want to dilute what the members get by sharing
    with guys in the minors. This makes sense given there are many, many more people in
    the minors than in the majors. They are interested in getting guys like Harper since it
    makes their package more appealing/popular.

  4. Brent Gillett 20 April, 2012 at 14:31

    I love the idea of a fresh, new, company stepping up with the MLBPA license. Upper deck is out of the picture and Panini’s baseball products are beyond dull and uninspiring. If and when they use the license, Onyx could easily step up to be number 2 in the baseball card game.

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