Monday, July 22, 2013

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

There is no question that a huge part of Baseball is its history.  The more you know, the richer your involvement in the game.  Most Baseball fans hope to some day visit the sport’s museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Not everyone can make the trip to Upstate New York, but 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Cards captures the experience perfectly.  From the postcard pictures of the town to the museum pieces relics to the famous bronze plaques of the Hall, this set is perfectly executed and should be a part of every Baseball card collection.

Cooperstown falls under our trading cards classification. Hobby Boxes contain 24 – 5 card packs with 1 Autograph card per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.

Base Set
 Ozzie Smith, front and back
 Whitey Herzog, Honus Wagner, Jim Rice
 Rollie Fingers, Al Barlick, Carlton Fisk
Lou Gehrig, Al Spalding, Pee Wee Reese 
 Joe Morgan, Earl Weaver, Tony Gwynn
 Ralph Kiner, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker
 Frank Chance, Ted Williams

Base Set Parallels
 Jesse Burkett color tint SP, Eddie Plank color tin SP, Ray Schalk crystal #/299


The Village
Outside the Museum, Fresh Snowfall in Cooperstown 

 Albert William Kaline, James Alvin Palmer, Don Richard Ashburn

Hall History
 Honus Wagner
 Ty Cobb, Roberto Clemente

 Ozzie Smith, Eddie Murray

Voices of Summer
 Jack Buck, Russ Hodges

Famous Moments
Tom Seaver, Harmon Killebrew 
 Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller

 Bennett Park in Detroit, West Side Park in Chicago

With Honors 
Hank Greenberg

Field Generals
 Yogi Berra
Roy Campanela, Rick Ferrell 

 Bronze History #/599
Chief Bender, Frank Frisch, Doug Harvey 

 Museum Pieces
 George Brett, Johnny Evers

Induction Year Wood Card
 Jackie Robinson

High Praise
 Eddie Murray, Tom Seaver

The Hit
Al Kaline On-Card Autograph #/349

Overall Look
Thematically the design of these cards is perfect.  Information dominates these cards, as it should. For the inserts, everything from the Famous moments to museum pieces to the induction and bronze history cards follow the theme. The hit cards are simply designed which shows gives the autographs a great platform.

Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets.
No brainer here.  The checklist is comprised completely of Hall of Famers. What more could a set about Cooperstown need? Kudos to Panini for resisting the impulse to add future Hall of Famers to this list.

Do the Hits hold up?
In respect to the Hall you wont find any relic swatches here, a fantastic choice.  This is an all-autograph hit set, very refreshing.  Easy to pull of when you are dealing with signatures from Hall of Famers like Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Gary Carter, Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Stan Musial, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Mike Schmidt, Cal Ripken Jr,. Brooks Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Rickey Henderson and Vin Scully to name a few.

Will you want to collect them all?
This is a fabulous set for baseball history buffs and set builders.  You will definitely want to secure a master set but there are plenty of levels of collecting here is you can’t obtain them all.

5 out of 5

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball captures the spirit of the Baseball Hall of Fame and is a must purchase for collectors who love the history of the game.

Review box provided by Panini


  1. Like the Greenberg, but I'm partial to any service member cards...

  2. I'm not a fan of Panini, but I love the Field General cards. Absolutely love 'em! Thanks for showing some off.