Celebrations and fun take center stage on 2012 Topps short-prints

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

More than 20 short-printed variation cards in 2012 Topps  have been confirmed by a group of case-breakers around the country — the day before the product’s arrival.

Falling at an average of two per case, the 20 short-printed cards typically showcase players celebrating with their teammates or on the receiving end of a Gatorade bath or other celebration ritual. However, two other variations, the previously announced Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes short-prints, are substantially tougher pulls than the celebration cards, according to Brent Williams, an Arkansas-based dealer.

See the full list — and all the cards — after the jump.

1 — Ryan Braun
35 — Eric Hosmer (dugout)
35 — Eric Hosmer (Gatorade)
76 — Ian Kennedy
93 — Skip Schumaker (Rally Squirrel version)
145 — Billy Butler
165 — Michael Morse
173 — Ryan Roberts
185 — Pablo Sandoval (vs. Pirates mascot)
185 — Pablo Sandoval (vs. Padres mascot)
188 — Bobby Abreu
215 — Freddie Freeman
256 — Mat Latos
270 — Starlin Castro
308 — Mike Leake
331 — Albert Pujols (Angels)
332 — Jose Reyes (Marlins)
400 — Robinson Cano
411 — Tsuyoshi Nishioka
421 — Heath Bell
450 — Justin Upton
470 — Howie Kendrick

(Click on the images — twice — for a closer and unobstructed look.)



  1. Bill
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    The second retail pack I opened yielded the Billy Butler Gatorade card. The 4th pack and I pulled a Drew Stubbs Golden Moments Autograph! My jumbo and hobby boxes will arrive on Thursday, but already I’m loving Topps 2012!

  2. Gary
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone know why Craig Kimbrel has two cards in this set:
    #20 and #87 the fronts are different but the backs are identical aside from the card number.

  3. padresfan1986
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    I wonder if Leake was planning on shoplifting that mascot’s hat.

  4. tom waldron
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    nnno such luck for me as i opened a jumbo box and got zilch nada no sp’s. I got a set I beleive upt to 330. I got a Joe Morgan Ring card looks like that is going to be standard to jumbo’s. Also a Ryan Zimmerman golden moments jersy(white) and GOLDEN MOMENTS Fleix Hernandez auto–STICHER. Also pretty fair amount of dupes. Just bad luck on the sp’s or supposedly sp’s.
    I for one only wish I had one to sell as I did on the 07 TOPPS MANTLE GEOERGE BUSH CARD AND THE 07 SQUIRRLE CARD. I would rather had TY COBB OR MANTLE or CAL.
    Topps Can’t we insert a sp redemption for and original HOFer. that would be better than a rodent
    just saying…..

  5. Gary
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Someone that has a 2012 Pujols up for auction on EBAY states that the odds of pulling a Pujols is 1 in 50 cases. So does anyone have a guess as to how many of these that they made ??
    I just pulled one from a Blaster Box and feel incredibly lucky at this point !!

  6. bill
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    i bought a retail box at walmart. i saw the patches on line an that they were pretty cool looking. didnt get any of the short prints. the patch card i got was a jackie robinson stiching card not the jersey. also got the mickey mantle gold card shown on the vid. other then that not to much out of my box.

  7. Blakely
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Anyone that wants to trade something for their Ryan Zimmerman or Josh Hamilton cards email me at blakjhns78@yahoo

  8. Bob
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I got a Freddie Freeman in my first pack

  9. dom dog
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I got misprint galore. I got Eric Hosmer, Derek Jeter, Franklin Gutierrez, Ryan Roberts (Gold Foil), Chris Coghlan, Matt Joyce, Mark Teixeira, Carlos Gomez, Chris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Brent Lillibridge, Hunter Pence, Miguel Cairo, Jon Jay, Miguel Montero, Seth Smith, Alcides Escobar, Logan Forsythe, Will Venable, and James Loney. On the bright side I got Gold Standard Joe D, Golden Moments Al Kaline, Gold Futures Jeremy Hellickson, Timeless Talents Stan the Man & Lance Berkman, and Classic Walk-offs Mark Teixeira. It’s an OK product.

  10. scott schindler
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    i didn’t know that the Jose Reyes was a SP!! until today june 15th….i bought 11 packs of each series 1 and 2 on my b-day!!…i didn’t know that the albert and jose were much tougher pulls than the others!
    i was looking to see what the odds were for inserts when i saw that it was a SP!…..

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