Is it really possible to have too much of a good thing? When it comes to 2012 Panini Golden Age Trading Cards that might be true. Individually the cards found in this set are fun and have a great design, but with the jumps in years and subject matter, it makes this a somewhat disjointed group of cards when looked on as a whole. I’m also bit of a stickler when it comes to the continuity of title and theme and while the “Golden Age” for the sports and entertainment included are pretty close, there is somewhat of a stretch beyond he accepted definitions. As one example the Golden Age of Television is generally thought of as the transition of popular radio performers to TV like Burns and Allen or Jack Benny and ground-breaking shows like I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone, from it’s inception to about the late 1950’s or the very early 1960’s. While I love their inclusion in this set, Giligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch didn’t really start until the mid to late 1960’s, certainly past the era that would be considered TV’s Golden Age. So while a little disjointed, there is no denying the appeal of these cards, its just that it makes set building a little muddled.
Golden Age falls under our classification of trading cards. Hobby Boxes contain 24 – 6 card packs with 1 Autograph and 1 Memorabilia card per box.
Here are some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.
Gordie Howe, front and back
Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Joe Jackson
Rollie Fingers, Johnny Bench, Duke Snider
Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Bobby Jones
Johnny Weissmuller, Al Unser, Mark Spitz
Bill Walton, John F. Kennedy, Jerry West
Ron Turcotte, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Man o' War
Buster Keaton, Barbara Eden, Larry Fine
Dawn Wells, Charlie Chaplin, Grace Kelly
Hindenburg, Loch Ness Monster, Spirit of St. Louis
Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Bobby Fischer
The Minis include different backs. Most common is the Broad Leaf Cigarettes back in standard brown. We also pulled one in blue ink. The red ink Crofts Candy backs are less common than the Broad Leaf and also come in blue ink versions. The toughest short print to pull is the Ty Cobb back.
Here are some of the Standard Broad Leaf backs we pulled. (NOTE - these have been scanned three together but each mini is separate.)
Dizzy Dean, Joe Namath, Harry Truman, Bill Mazeroski, Ava Gardner, Pete Rose
Jayne Mansfield, Titanic, Jackie Robinson, Penny Chenery, Rudolph Valentino, Byron Nelson
Crofts Candy backs
Bob Gibson, Red Grange, Bob Feller
Broad Leaf back - Blue version
Ty Cobb back
Newark Evening World
Broadway Joe Namath, End of War The Kiss
Pop Out Standees
Seattle Slew, Jayne Mansfield
Al Kaline Blue Ferguson Bakery Pennant
Maureen McCormick Museum Age Memorabilia
Tony Oliva Historic Signatures On-Card Autograph
Everything about these cards are perfect from a design level. From bordering selection, color processing and even card stock. Fans of mini cards will find these fantastic. The felt feel of the banner is neat. Hit cards look great.
Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets.
As mentioned above, the vast variety of subject matters is a bit overwhelming but the quality is certainly there. Plenty of nostalgia to satisfy.
Do the Hits hold up?
If you enjoy the theme of this set, the hits will work quite well. There are a few big hits to pull but for the most part, more seasoned collectors will enjoy the majority of the hits that are offered here.
Will you want to collect them all?
This is where the set stumbles a bit for me. As cards that really should be keyed in for set builders, the disjointed nature might distract some collectors from containing to chase the entire set. This is somewhat odd considering the quality of the set itself.
4 out of 5
Perhaps as inserts in other releases or a more streamlined offering would have catapulted 2012 Panini Golden Age Trading Cards to perfection, but as a whole and separate entity, Golden Age slightly misses the mark.