First Look: 2015 Cooperstown baseball cards
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Panini America‘s Cooperstown is back after an anniversary year that saw the company’s Hall of Fame brand go high-end. This time around, it remains high-end with the original name used in 2012 and 2013.
The company unveiled the first glimpses at 2015 Cooperstown in Wednesday — a fourth retrospective release from the company under its licensing deal with the Hall, and it’s a set that will arrive on June 17.
With 12 cards per box and 15 boxes per case, this one will pack two autographs in every box along with a mix of base cards and inserts of the biggest names in the game — and those players only.
This one will be the newest home for this year’s inductees — Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson, while legends such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig , Jackie Robinson and Nolan Ryan will also be found.
Hall of Fame Induction Signatures will showcase past players on autographed cards that will have parallels limited to no more than 49 copies. These will focus on a player’s moments with their Induction weekend. Hall of Fame Signatures will show even more players with the same parallel structure.
Hall of Fame Induction Dual Signatures will pair notable players together from their classes like Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg, Nolan Ryan and George Brett to name a few.
Rounding out the autograph lineup will be Recollection Collection cards from last year’s set, while cut autographs will be created for the likes of Ruth, Al Simmons, Arky Vaughn, Bill Dickey, Dave Bancroft, Dizzy Dean, Eddie Collins, Frankie Frisch, Gabby Hartnett, Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx and Ty Cobb.
Gem cards are back with Etched in Cooperstown. There will be ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond cards for collectors to chase. Meanwhile, notable nicknames are the focus of Names of the Game inserts and Crown Royale diecuts make their way into this brand. Another insert here will be Hall of Fame Golf Outing, a set that will show players during the annual Cooperstown golf tournament.
In addition to the two autos, each box will include four cards from basic, parallel and Induction/Chronicles sets, two Crown Royale cards, one Etched in Cooperstown, one Hall Induction, one Hall of Fame Honors Armed Forces card and one additional card of some type.
Panini also will be including printing plates from last year’s set, this year’s set and last year’s Classics set, which was loaded with legends.
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