Schedule Release Date: March 14, 2012Box Configuration: 9 cards per pack/24 packs per box
1 Auto or Relic
1 1963 Buyback or 3-card ad box topper
Based on the 1963 set we will see a release that is pretty similar to previous years, 500 base cards with the final 75 cards being short-prints (1:3 packs). Additionally there will be various Flashbacks inserts, New Age Performers and Then-And-Now inserts plus a 100-card Chrome, Chrome Refractors and Black Chrome Refractors and like the original 63 Topps set there will be a Stick-Ons insert, a 46-card sticker set. As a Hobby bonus there will also be over 100 stickers from the original 63 Stick-Offs set inserted in packs.
As a final tip-of-the-hat to 1963 we will also see a 7-card John F Kennedy set including stamp relic card parallels and a JFK Mint card with a JFK Half-dollar #/48.
The Real One autographs will probably be the big draw with 40 players signing including Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Jesus Montero, Adrian Gonzalez, Bob Gibson, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda. Additional autographs (on relic cards) include Matt Holliday, Pablo Sandoval, Starlin Castro, Frank Robinson, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Jones, Luis Aparicio and Carl Yastrzemski. The Real One autographs will also include red ink versions #/63.
I am really drawn to the Clubhouse Collection inserts, I like the coloring used and it has a nice design. I like the way the autograph and relic are used in the design. I am not sure why but the Flashbacks relics are appealing to me, I would even be happy to pull a seat relic card as long as it was the Mantle card.
Based on the nice 1963 design
Clubhouse Collection Relics/Autos
Another throwback set
Coin relics (I am not a big fan of coin relics, just as bad a manu-patch)
I give this set a solid 3(3 ½) out of 5, nice design, not over burdened with parallels and pleasant autographs and relics.