2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Box Break & Review

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This is exactly the type of unique angle Panini needed to take in order to have a successful non-MLB licensed product.  Teaming up with the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum was the perfect way to go.  The 170-card base set contains classic black-and-white photos.  The final 20 cards have a color tint to them and are short printed.  Panini made use of many photos that didn’t require a ton of editing.  To be honest I wasn’t even thinking about all the classic ways manufacturers use to get around making a product without team names and/or logos, that’s how much fun I had opening this box.  Although when flipping through you can tell Panini had to do a little creative cropping in order to use some of the pictures.

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The Museum Pieces and Famous Moments inserts bring some of the Hall of Fame’s greatest artifacts directly to you.  Memorabilia cards flood the hobby, but not ones like this.  This was a very cool idea.

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The Village inserts focus on the main scenery found in Cooperstown.

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I’m a sucker for cards picturing other cards.  Hall History inserts have one of the 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner.  I believe the Hall of Fame owns two of these.

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Last but not least, the 10-card Voices of Summer insert set includes the most famous broadcasters in baseball history.  From one pack I pulled another Harry Kalas plus a Richie Ashburn base.  As a Phillies fan, that was awesome!  The only legend missing from this 10-card set is Bob Uecker.

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Boxes are currently selling for $90.00.

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This is not the type of product you open in search of big “hits”.  Baseball fans and set collectors will be drawn to ’12 Cooperstown.  You should pull at least (1) autograph.  Vin Scully autographs have been selling for as high as $400.00.  The real “hit” is reading through all the cards.

I pulled the following:

Auto

  •  Paul Molitor Cooperstown Signatures Auto #’ed/399

SP’s

  •  Cap Anson #163
  • Cy Young #157

Parallels

  • Brooks Robinson Cracked Ice #’ed/299

Inserts

  • Raymond Schalk Bronze History #’ed/599
  • George Wright Bronze History #’ed/599
  • Johnny Mize Bronze History #’ed/599
  • Barry Larkin Induction Year #20
  • Johnny Mize United States of America With Honors #10
  • James Fenimore Cooper statue – The Village
  • Catskill & Adirondack Mountains – The Village
  • Bennett Park – Ballparks #6
  • Shibe Park – Ballparks #3
  • Yogi Berra – Induction #25
  • Roberto Alomar – Induction #17
  • Tony Gwynn – High Praise #10
  • Johnny Bench – High Praise #3
  • Roberto Clemente – Credentials #14
  • Tom Seaver – Credentials #1
  • Rick Ferrell – Field Generals #8
  • Roy Campanella – Field Generals #6
  • Yogi Berra – Field Generals #2
  • Jack Buck – Voices of Summer #4
  • Harry Kalas – Voices of Summer #10
  • Joe Garagiola – Voices of Summer #6
  • Effa Manley – Hall History #7
  • Ty Cobb – Hall History #2
  • Honus Wagner – Hall History #10
  • Lefty Grove Glove – Museum Pieces #20
  • Carlton Fisk HOF Mask – Museum Pieces #10
  • Cy Young 500th career victory ball – Famous Moments #20
  • Ted Williams 521st home run bat – Famous Moments #14
  • Mickey Mantle 565ft home run ball – Famous Moments #7 – ironic because Mantle’s jersey number was #7
  • Cy Young first modern World Series ball – Famous Moments #1

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Overall, I give 2012 Panini Cooperstown 4.5 baseballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  This product truly fills a historic void for collectors.  If you can’t make it to the Hall of Fame, try opening a box of this stuff.  Its like bringing the Hall of Fame to you.  Panini has proved its possible to create a non-MLB licensed product as long as its attacked with a unique perspective.  They finally get it!  I’ve been to Cooperstown, NY two times, and its fun to see all those familiar places on cardboard.  Now lets see Panini move on to Canton.

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One Response

  1. I absolutely love this set ! I wish I could afford a box. I don’t even have access to packs ! I’ll be picking some up as I can.

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