Topps made two big announcements Thursday, showing off the first images of its 2012 baseball cards while revealing a little more about its high-end 2011 Bowman Sterling Baseball product. Modern card collectors will be hoping to see a box or pack under their holiday tree. Sterling is set for release the week before Christmas.
Boxes will cost dealers around $200 each with six packs in a box and eight boxes per case.
Each five-card pack promises two autographed rookie or prospect cards, one relic card, one rookie base cardand one MLB Future Stars card. Every box, according to Topps, should yield 12 autographed rookie or autographed MLB Future Stars card, one dual auto #299 or less, one dual relic box topper #299 or less, nine Team USA or Rookie Relic game used cards and six MLB Future Stars.
2011 draft picks Dante Bichette, Jr. and Trevor Bauer are among the cards that will likely draw some interest along with rookie cards of Eric Hosmer, Dustin Ackley and Mike Moustakas.
Autographed refractors of varying scarcity are again part of the product, which also includes a small 50-card base set. Members of this year's college and 18U national teams are featured in 2011 Bowman Sterling as well.
Among the new additions this year are 1-1 Canary Diamond cards. Here's a look at the sell sheet. Below that is a gallery of sample cards supplied by Topps.