We’ve established that the 2012 Topps Baseball Series 1’s theme is gold. We have the Gold Rush wrapper redemption program, Gold Tickets and 14K Solid Golden Greats cards in the mix as of big pulls.
The golden theme extends to the cards too. There will be 3 gold themed relic sets.
Starting at the top left of the picture above are Golden Retired Rings cards. These cards showcase different tops of golden rings manufactured specifically for each retired player and engraved with that player’s jersey number. Besides the Don Mattingly there will be Cal Ripken, Jr., Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays and more.
To the right of that are golden World Series Champion Pin cards which include a specially designed World Series Pin embedded into the card. There will be 20 different cards in all with players like Tim Lincecum, Lou Gehrig, Sandy Koufax and more.
Below that are Golden Great Coin cards that feature 15 different legends of the game with an actual coin embedded into the player’s card. These limited pieces are sequentially numbered to the player’s jersey number and include Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson, amongst others.
The card to the left of that is the previously mentioned Albert Pujols SP in his Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim uniform.
Tomorrow details about the last piece of the golden puzzle, the Golden Giveaway, will be revealed.