First look: 2012 Panini Golden Age baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First there was a Gold Standard, now there’s a Golden Age.

While the standard set a lustrous standard on the hardwood, Panini America‘s newest baseball card line apparently aims to celebrate the halcyon days of collecting.

It’s 2012 Panini Golden Age, a retro-styled product that will include eccentric inclusions, pennant or movie-focused box-toppers … and minis.

Set to arrive in late-November, Golden Age will include one autograph and one memorabilia card in each 24-pack box — and maybe even a Loch Ness Monster.

The base set will consist of 150 cards and include 25 short-printed variation cards found just two per case. Each card will be found in a tobacco-size mini parallel with a few parallel versions of those.

Among the other unusual inclusions will be an autograph from Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, Titanic memorabilia cards, buybacks from the 1930s and 40s (one per case) and mem0rabilia cards including the likes of Ty Cobb and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

Also to be found will be 50 Historic Signatures, 40 Museum Age memorabilia cards and even a Triple Crown Winners autograph for all those horse-racing fans out there. Meanwhile, other inserts will include Headlines, Batter-Up and Newark Evening World Supplement cards– all with nods to the past.

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. Richard 12 September, 2012 at 13:15

    Well, the Woodward is certainly a new one.
    I’d need to see the full checklist before I make a full judgement.

  2. Cory Furlong 13 September, 2012 at 07:59

    Looks interesting. Wonder what the movie inserts are? Some Major League autos for this product would be cool.

  3. thecardcouplene @ twitter 13 September, 2012 at 18:21

    I was not alive to see the original of many of these sets, Allen and Ginter, Goodwin, and Sport Kings, but I think that throwbacks still have a place in the collectors of today. However, it seems that most companies, are no longer pushing the design issue forward, rather, content to rehash really old designs seemingly to attract the older demographic.

    Unfortunately, I think that the nostaglia sets need to get winnowed down because younger collectors may get alienated by these products and forgo the hobby for something that might just be keeping up with the trends. I can’t imagine a younger collector being happy to pull a Barbara Eden or a Bob Woodward autograph (I would like the Woodward though)

    IMO, Panini could use the money used to develop this product to make a product that might be pushing the standard. I’m sure these cards will find their market, but at what cost?

  4. John 8 October, 2012 at 17:43

    Pretty excited at the chance of that Titanic card, though I probably have a better chance of seeing the actual Titanic than getting a hold of that card.

  5. EMB 26 December, 2012 at 01:15

    Just pulled a triple crown signature of the three famous jockeys for Christmas. Does anyone know the value of this? Serial numbered 3/20. Would appreciate it if anyone has a clue. Thanks.

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