First look: 2012 Panini Signature Series baseball


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A favorite from the Donruss stable is back in baseball for the first time in more than a decade.

Panini America unveiled plans for 2012 Panini Signature Series, an autograph-driven product that will include three autographs in every six-card pack and include few prospects compared to its previous baseball releases this year when it arrives in late August.

Oh, and it includes a heavy on-card autograph presence,  too.

Base cards will be limited to 499 with autographs in the product from the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Greg Maddux, Carl Yastrzemski, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Randy Johnson, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson and Cal Ripken Jr. to name a few.

Among the autograph inclusions will be Rated Rookies Patches limited to 299  — autographed manupatches of top guys such as Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes — while Hitters Ink autos will include a mix of the past and present.

The on-card autograph element in this one will include the Signatures insert (limited to 99) and will include present-day MLBPA players such as Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Dustin Pedroia and Mariano Rivera to name a few.

Rounding out the autograph lineup in this one will be Lumber Cuts (trapped signed wood pieces), Game Ball Signatures (sweet spot leather autos), Signature Stats, Diamond Cuts cut autographs numbered to 25 or fewer copies.

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. bearcatlawjd 29 June, 2012 at 12:35

    Take back what I said about Triple Play and Cooperstown because Signature Series looks like Panini’s best baseball product. Too bad I probably won’t be able to afford a box but there are always singles on the secondary market.

    Any product that has a rated rookie patch has to be good.

  2. @Jaypers413 29 June, 2012 at 12:53

    This reminds me of that 1991 Donruss product….what was it? Oh, yeah… Phil Collins would say……Stu…..Stu…..Studio.

  3. Matthew 29 June, 2012 at 14:43

    These cards look GREAT, especially considering they can’t have any team logos on them *Cough* The Yu Darvish from the Father Dad special *Cough*

  4. afff 29 June, 2012 at 23:48

    don’t mind the look but can’t afford a pack/box will have to look at maybe buying single to complete a set

  5. Patrick 30 June, 2012 at 09:54

    Thatt Rated Rookie patch sealed the deal for me… I did not plan on collecting any 2012 sets but this will be one set that I will be collecting…

  6. Aaron Hodges 1 July, 2012 at 20:31

    Do you know if Lance Berkman will be in this product? As he didn’t have anything in Tier One this year.

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