Completed insert set – 2012 Topps Golden Greats

6 06 2014

Back in March, I completed an insert set from 2012 Topps.  Everything from 2012 Topps has “Gold” associated it.  That was the theme back in 2012.  I still lament this – it should have been wood in honor of the 1962 / 1987 / every 25 years paradigm!

Complaints aside, this was a good set to finish up.  I got it wrapped up after purchasing 3 cards from Sportlots in March.  This is a 100-card set, so it’s quite large.  Usually I scan the full set in, but most insert sets I complete are 50 cards or less, and in fact, tend to be more around the size of 10 or 20.  I think I’m just going to do individual cards I like when it’s more than 50 cards.

This set could be found in series 1 and update – and the organization was inconsistent between the two series.

Info about the set:

Set description:

Series 1 – “Featuring 15 of the greatest players of all time, each with 5 Golden Moments highlighted on 5 cards”.

Update – “Featuring 25 more of the greatest players of all time, each with a Golden Moment highlighted on 5 cards”.

The cards are vertically oriented with a gold border with an inset in the shape of a home plate.  The player’s name and position are on a strip in the bottom left positioned over a headline of the relevant Golden Moment, with a circular emblem in the bottom right.  The back uses a home plate shaped outline as well, with the same headline and a write-up of the Golden Moment.

Set composition: 100 cards, 1:4 hobby odds (2012 Topps series 1), 1:8 hobby odds (2012 Topps series 2)

There are 75 cards in Series 1 (5 cards per player), with only 25 cards in Update (only 1 per player).

Hall of Famers: 36 – Lou Gehrig, Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Cal Ripken Jr., Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Tom Seaver, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Andre Dawson, Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson, Dave Winfield, Ernie Banks, Gary Carter, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Palmer, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Stan Musial, Tony Gwynn, Tony Perez, Wade Boggs, Warren Spahn, Willie Stargell, Yogi Berra, John Smoltz

(A better way to put it would be – out of the 40 different players in this set, only Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols are not Hall of Famers)

How I put the set together:

  • 10 cards from my 2012 series 1 HTA Jumbo box
  • 4 cards from my 2012 Update Hobby box
  • 3 cards from various retail packs
  • 57 cards from trades (that’s a lot of trading!)
  • 16 cards from card shows
  • 10 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:  This is one of the better designs from the Gold-themed inserts from 2012.  I really like it.  However, I don’t like how Topps was inconsistent between issuing this in Series 1 and Update.  To be honest, I like what they did in series 1 a little bit better.  They had 5 pivotal moments from a given player’s career, of guys who are true all-time greats.  The 25 cards in the Update set feel a little different, where it just seems like Topps is trying to fit as many Hall of Famers into the set.

On some level, I wish Topps had really picked more of the seminal moments of these guys careers. Instead, they just picked some of the really good individual games.  However, that’s a little different, so it’s kind of neat to read about great games that I didn’t know about.  The only 3 cards I can think of that are truly “historic” moments are those of Lou Gehrig (the day he replaced Wally Pipp), Nolan Ryan (broke Walter Johnson’s record) and Sandy Koufax’s perfect game.

Card that completed my set: #GG-92 – Reggie Jackson

2012 Topps Golden Greats Reggie Jackson

I got this card in a March purchase on Sportlots (one of 3 cards from that purchase).

Highest book value: #GG-31 to #GG-35 – Mickey Mantle

2012 Topps Golden Greats Mantles

Best card (my opinion): #GG-18 – Ty Cobb

2012 Topps Golden Greats Cobb Triple Crown

This was the coolest “fact on the back”.  Ty Cobb won the triple crown back in 1909, which was the only year he won the home run title.  He is the only player to win the “quadruple crown”, as he also led the league in steals that year.  These are all things I knew.  However, what I didn’t know was that every single one of those home runs was an inside the park job!  Here’s the write-up from the back:

“In a 10-2 Tigers victory over St. Louis, Cobb cracked the last of his American League-high nine homers.  This one – like the eight that came before it – was an inside-the-park round tripper.  Ty, who fell three shy of Sam Crawford’s 1901 record for full-speed four-baggers, was the only player in the 1900s to lead a circuit without clearing a fence.”

My Favorite Reds card: #GG-96 – Tony Perez

2012 Topps Golden Greats Tony Perez

Morgan’s card is my favorite between his, Bench and Morgan.  The Perez card discusses a walk-off homer he had in July 1975 when the Reds came back from a 4-run, 9th inning deficit.

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