Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Technically it is a brand new release but perhaps "new and improved" should be added to packaging of   2012 Topps Museum Collection Baseball cards.  Museum Collection was one of the cards found in and is the replacement product for 2011 Topps Marquee Baseball.  The name and design change elements make Museum Collection a more cohesive set.

Museum Collection fits nicely into our Premium Cards category.  Each Master Box contains 4 mini-boxes with 5 cards per mini.  There is the promise that each Master Box will contain 1 on-card autograph, 1 autograph relic, 1 quad relic, and 1 jumbo relic.

Here are the cards we pulled from our box.

Base Set
Jackie Robinson, front and back

Nolan Ryan, Tony Gwynn, Frank Robinson

Babe Ruth, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Ackley

Curtis Granderson, Roy Halladay, David Wright

 Numbered Base Set Parallels
Julio Teheran #/299, Edgar Martinez #/299, Carlos Santana #/299

Mark Teixeira #/199, Paul O'Neill #/99

Canvas Collection
Joe Mauer

The Hits
Adam Jones Momentous Material #/50, Aramis Ramiriez Momentous Material #/35

Carl Crawford Primary Pieces #/75, Drew Storen Signature Swatches #/25

Johan Santana Original Sketch Canvas Collection #/10

Overall Look
These base cards are well designed. The entire set, from base cards to hits, carries the theme of Museum Collection all the way through. 

Quality and Variety of Players
Last year you could debate if the majority of the checklist could be considered “Marquee” players. By changing the name of the product, Topps is off the hook from that debate.  The issue that still remains is the ratio of total autographs of desirable versus less than desirable players with numbers of Archival Autographs for someone like Alexi Ogando, Mark Trumbo or Ricky Romero starting at 798 compared to both Miguel Cabrera, Dustin Pedroia or David Wright and the really big names like Mays, Kofaux or Pujols all starting at 25.

Do the Hits satisfy?
Even with the checklist the way it is the one thing to keep in mind here is there are some monster hits to be pulled.  With on card autographs, dual autos and auto relics of some of the legends of baseball available, there is a lot of good that can come out of these boxes.  Pull an original artwork piece and you have could have another huge hit on your hands.  Unfortunately for us, it is pretty clear from the checklist that the Johan Santana we pulled is at the bottom of that list.

Will you keep coming back for more?
Museum Collection falls in line with expectations of a high risk, high reward product.  There is enough here to entice collectors to make additional purchases.  Buying by the case seems to be a better proposition if you are looking to increase your chances of hitting it big.


4 1/2 out of 5

2012 Topps Museum Collection Baseball should be popular with collectors looking to secure a monster pull that will quickly become one of their top PC cards.

Review box provided by Topps


  1. If you ever look to move the Carl Crawford drop me a line: crawfordcards@gmail.com.

  2. That Mauer is amazing. Thanks for showing the box.