2012 Topps Museum Collection

Set Type: Primary
Card dimensions:
2½” x 3½”
Parallels: Blank Backs, serial numbered “1/1”; Blue, serial numbered to 99; Copper, serial numbered to 299; Green, serial numbered to 199; Red, serial numbered “1/1.” With the exception of the Blank Backs, all parallels bear the serial number on the front of the card. Topps distributed the Blank Backs parallels exclusively on eBay via The Topps Vault, and they are serial numbered on the back of the card.

Inserts: Archival Autographs, Canvas Collection, Dual Jumbo Lumber Relics, Jumbo Lumber Relics, Momentous Material Dual Jumbo Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Autograph Relics, Momentous Material Jumbo Relics, Museum Collection Autographs Gold, Museum Memorabilia, Primary Pieces Autographed Quad Relics, Primary Pieces Four-Player Quad Relics, Primary Pieces Quad Relics, Signature Swatches Autographed Dual Relics, Signature Swatches Autographed Triple Relics.
14,000 Phillies Commentary: As with nearly all other high-end Topps products, the base set is nothing more than a vehicle for the autograph and memorabilia inserts that really drive sales. Packs of cards cost $55-$60 and were guaranteed to contain one autograph/memorabilia card. At least Topps put together a very attractive, simply designed base set for this issue; the same cannot be said for a lot of its other high-end issues.

Cole Hamels
Cliff Lee
Roy Halladay
Hunter Pence
Steve Carlton

2 responses to “2012 Topps Museum Collection

  1. steveinphilly

    How is this not gambling? Looking at the cards in the Phillies set, only a certified card of Halladay would be one that consistently goes for at least $55; yesterday a Hamels 2003 certified autographed Topps rookie card sold for $40 on eBay. Carlton signed cards go in the $25 range. Memorabilia cards rarely go for above $20, and often sell in the single digits. So (a) for a pack to be worth $55, it’s going to need a Pujols-level autograph in it; lower level autographs and all memorabilia cards represent a loss, and (b) that seems to me that it’s really a form of gambling. And if society has decided that gambling needs to be regulated, then so should packs centered around hits like this. IMHO, that is.

    • I agree completely. I think that the only legal defense is that you are still receiving a product for your $55. Whether that item retains its value on the secondary market is not Topps’s responsibility. Nonetheless, it is a form of legal gambling, but given the way our society has embraced casinos, state-run numbers games and other forms of gambling, I don’t see this sort of thing ending in the foreseeable future.

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