Topps spices up Series 2 baseball release


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is adding a bit more luster to the 2012 Topps Series 2 baseball set that arrives on Wednesday as it teased a pair of inclusions on the cusp of its release.

In all, there four additional players’ autographs added to its Golden Giveaway lineup — this time, the cards will be in packs, though — and we have our first looks at some of the solid gold cards that some collectors will start to find in packs soon.

First, the company teased some of the 24k-gold cards to be found as redemptions (above) — Series 1 cards were encapsulated by Beckett Grading Services as these cards can be quite fragile.

Second, the company noted that four autographed Golden Giveaway cards — each limited to 25 — will be found in packs as part of Series 2. They will feature Texas Rangers legend Nolan Ryan, current Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, Cincinnati Reds star Jay Bruce and Hall of Famer and Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline.

See them all below.

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. Community Gum 4 June, 2012 at 21:16

    The mailing list email says that the autographs will be inserted into both hobby and retail packs and the non-auto’d versions will be from codes. Is there a chance they’ll be found both ways?

  2. Ron 4 June, 2012 at 21:33

    Chris, do you have a checklist with all of the rookies that are going to be in series 2?

  3. Nick Tegeler 4 June, 2012 at 23:10

    Ken Griffey Jr. is my favorite non Yankee baseball player EVER!! I wish he had played for my team at some point in his career. These cards look awesome too.

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