First Look: 2012 Topps Triple Threads (updated)


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for this year’s edition of Triple Threads on Friday, and it looks like the seventh edition of the always-popular hit- and autograph-laden brand will deliver what collectors have come to expect — maybe more.

And that starts with a slightly different configuration that will have two types of packs to be found per box when it arrives on Sept. 19. (Need any of the Triple Threads checklists from 2006-2011? Get them and an OPG here.)

One pack version will include three base cards, two parallel cards, one triple Relic and a Unity Single Auto Relic. The other pack version will include three base cards, two parallels, one triple Autographed Relic and one Unity Relic.

First impressions: 2012 Topps Triple Threads

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Overall, every case will include the aforementioned hits per pack along with one 1/1 autographed Relic as well as a Triple Autographed Triple Relic. All hits will be numbered to 99 or less or 36 or less, depending on the version.

The base set will consist of 100 cards, each with six parallels and sets of printing plates, from a lineup that includes a mix of today’s players and yesterday’s legends. The Sepias will be limited to 625 copies, while Emeralds will be limited to 250, Golds to 99, Onyx to 50, Sapphire to 25 and Rubies will be 1/1s.

The Rookies and Future Phenoms presence in recent years will return as well with more than 50 young players signing on-card (no stickers) for the product. Those will be limited to 99 or less with Sepia, Emerald, Gold, Sapphire, Ruby, Wood and printing plate parallels. Some of the signers here will include Yu Darvish, Matt Moore, Mike Trout, Eric Hosmer, Michael Pineda, Dustin Ackley, Mike Moustakas, Starlin Castro and Paul Goldschmidt.

Single Unity Relics will be found with the same parallels as well with 36 or fewer copies, while Unity Autograph Relics will be numbered from 99 on down.

The autographed Relics will include 270 different cards with more than 75 players showcased. These cards will be limited to 18 copies with multiple sayings for the diecut windows per player. As with past releases, there will be Gold, Sapphire, Ruby, Wood, and printing plate versions of these as well.

The Triple Threads Combos Autographed Relics will feature three players, three Relics and three autographs per card with these starting at 36 copies apiece and then with seven other versions to chase. There will be only 15 different cards in this lineup.

The booklet card lineup — or Double Combos — will include six Relics, six autos and six players. There will be six different cards to chase there. The Jumbo Plus Autographed Relics will include a jumbo piece across from an autograph and three other Relics. These 16 cards will be limited to just three copies with a Ruby 1/1 parallel to chase as well. Also to be found are Letter Plus booklets, which will showcase letter patches, autographs and additional pieces all in one place.


Cut autographs also have a place in 2012 Topps Triple Threads as there will be 10 Cut Above cuts to chase — each 1/1s with an autograph and three Relics — while there also will be six Cut Above booklets as well, which will feature two players.

The Triple Relics lineup will have more than 170 cards to chase between current stars and 20 legends. The easiest to find versions will be limited to 36 copies with Sepia (27), Emerald (18), Gold (nine), Sapphire (three), Ruby (1/1) and Wood parallels (1/1).

Like last year, there will be two-front Relics — the Flashback Relics will include 25 legends from the past with the same parallel lineup. There also will be Combos that show three players as well. The triple-Relic lineup continues with Couble Combos booklets — six players limited to 18 or less — All-Star Patches with 2011 All-Star workout jerseys, All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Patches (booklets),  Team Patches (booklets) and more.

Also to be found will be Logoman 1/1s from the All-Star jerseys, Laundry Tag 1/1s booklets, Bat Nameplate booklets (1/1s) and Letter Plus booklets that are limited to just three copies also with a 1/1 Ruby parallel. Continuing the high-end booklets will be 1/1 Jumbo Plus Relics (three pieces and a jumbo piece), 1/1 Bat Knobs and 1/1 Jumbo Patch Combos that have three panels each with a jumbo patch from three different players all in one booklet. Rounding out that lineup will be single-player Jumbo Letter-Number-Logo patch booklets (three jumbo panels) and Singular Swatches. Both of those are 1/1s.

Players scheduled to sign the product, based on the preliminary checklist, include Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp, Ryne Sandberg, Robinson Cano, Joe Mauer, Justin Verlander and Fergie Jenkins among others.

Others whose autographs might be found include Reggie Jackson, Stan Musial, Tony Gwynn, Alex Rodriguez, Rickey Henderson, Buster Posey, Gary Carter, Chipper Jones and Clayton Kershaw among others.

Lastly, some of the big names slated to appear on Relic cards will include Ty Cobb, Carl Yastrzemski, Roberto Clemente, Harmon Killebrew, Wade Boggs, Mickey Mantle, George Brett, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Bench, many present stars and many of the other legends mentioned above.

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. Jason Taylor 4 April, 2012 at 18:03

    I think it’s a little too early for a poll based solely on the base card design. Especially when we can’t even see the back.

  2. Anthony D'Amalio 4 April, 2012 at 19:03

    Looks decent enough. Little “classier” than in the past, almost “Tribute-y”. Wonder how they plan to translate this look into the inserts? Can’t wait to see those.

  3. anon 5 April, 2012 at 01:27

    “design looks like it might be a bit more unique than in the past.”

    In what way? It looks pretty run-of-the mill to me. But of course no one judges TTT based on base card design.

  4. Mike McGovern 14 April, 2012 at 01:13

    Great more parallels. Thats what I cant stand about this product. I mean seriously, whats the difference btwn 1/36 and 1/27? Or even 1/18 for that matter? IMO 4 or 5 parallels at most is more than reasonable. Just have a version /36, /9, /3, the 4 white whales and a 1/1. THATS IT! If you need more, then make another die cut variation or raise the numbering from 36 to somewhere btwn 45-60.

  5. Christian Troy 15 April, 2012 at 09:02

    “I think it’s a little too early for a poll based solely on the base card design. Especially when we can’t even see the back.”

    because we all buy cards because of the design on the back

  6. Don Whalen 15 April, 2012 at 09:32

    This question has to do with my 2012 Heritage collection…but it could be for all cards..How does 1 find out what the errors and variances are with certain cards. Thank you in advance. Also would like to know what the color swaps are. I have a Carlos Pena card in Heritage 2012 and want to know what the variance is.

  7. Richard 16 April, 2012 at 11:02

    Except all of the autos are stickers.
    While I accept that some active athletes might be a bit hard to get a hold of during the year,
    when you have all of these retired guys available it really seems dumb that you can’t get the
    autographs on card. Even if this means a few less products get issued during the year.

    I accept stickers when a replacement card is being issued, though not as a preference, I
    understand that it can be a problem to have signed cards w/o serial #’s to replace the
    exact card along with the desire to not hold on to a portion of the product to be replacements.

    Just hold a couple of conventions like the national.
    You have a signing party where they do the stuff for the products and then you have
    a general signing where the fans come in and pay to get stuff signed as they normally
    do. They have a few decent sized conventions every year, so why not?

  8. chrisolds 16 April, 2012 at 11:26

    Richard: There are a lot of reasons why not. There’s also no need for all athletes to have to gather in one place to do their private signings.

    Plus, while the major shows do draw in big names, when’s the last time that an active top name (a Kobe, Peyton, Pujols, etc.) did shows? They often don’t.

  9. adam 24 May, 2012 at 21:38

    please put some sick mccutchen,votto, and stanton patches, also with lots of NL all-stars not just the AL all of famers
    pujols, jeter, ending career players, etc.

  10. Chase 26 December, 2012 at 13:08

    I like triple threads. I just opened a mini box yesterday and got a Cory Lubke autograph triple relic to /50 and a tommy hanson relic 36/36. The tommy hanson relic had a really big ding in the corner though. I’d give it 3 and a1/2 stars. Nice product

  11. Greg M 26 December, 2012 at 16:51

    That Gonzales Red Sox letters booklet is sick so there are only four copies 3short prints and a ruby parallel?

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