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Panini Peek: 2012 Signature Series Baseball

June 29, 2012

In late August, Panini America will begin a sure-to-be-celebrated new chapter in its MLBPA-licensed trading card story with the updated reintroduction of a trading card classic: 2012 Signature Series Baseball.

The pioneering product returns to the diamond for the first time since 2001, packing three autographs in every six-card pack and a cutting-edge, personality-driven design that places extra emphasis on the personality of each player on the checklist.

What’s more, 2012 Signature Series Baseball will provide a marked contrast from Panini America’s recent MLBPA releases by going light on prospects, instead focusing on the game’s current superstars and all-time greats in a product that’s heavy on on-card autographs.

The highlights of 2012 Signature Series Baseball are many and include . . .

  • On-card autographs in the Signatures insert (numbered to 99) from the likes of Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Dustin Pedroia, Mariano Rivera and many more
  • Autographs from all-time greats such as Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., Greg Maddux, Carl Yastrzemski, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Randy Johnson, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson and more
  • Rated Rookies Patches autographs of this season’s top rookie performers including Oakland standout Yeonis Cespedes numbered to 299
  • Hitters Ink Autographs honoring the game’s best batsmen, both current stars and retired legends
  • Lumber Cuts signed wood pieces from baseball’s greatest hitters
  • Game Ball Signatures featuring autographs on sweet-spot baseball leather from Hall of Famers, legends and current superstars
  • Signature Stats and Signature Stats Autographs focusing on the game’s biggest number generators
  • Diamond Cuts cut autographs numbered to 25 or less
  • No more than 499 numbered base sets and multi-signed cards featuring up to six autographs

We’ll have much more information on the triumphant return of Signature Series right here on The Knight’s Lance in the coming weeks. Until then, enjoy this revealing first look at the product.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2012 11:10 am

    Wow, it’s a bit like old school Studio! Brilliant move zooming in on the players’ faces to avoid the logos. That looks better than an airbrushed hat or uniform. Sounds like a great checklist too!

  2. Tom Y. permalink
    June 29, 2012 11:15 am

    Trying my hardest to refrain from expletives when describing how great this product looks!

    • June 29, 2012 11:17 am

      Really appreciate that, man. Glad to hear you say that. Our design team really worked diligently on redesigning the look and feel of our baseball products and I think they knocked this one out of the park — pun intended. 🙂

  3. June 29, 2012 11:18 am

    THIS is the product we’ve been waiting for from the looks of this post. It has a nice combination of elements from favorite releases of year’s past and current mainstays, Thanks for the preview Tracy!

  4. June 29, 2012 11:22 am

    Any word on the Kemp auto redemptions from this year?

  5. Steve McCartney permalink
    June 29, 2012 12:11 pm

    When is the release date Mr. Hackler? Any cuts of dead HOFers included? I like what I see thus far. 🙂

  6. Matt Gilman permalink
    June 29, 2012 1:20 pm

    You had me at Griffey JR autos…..

  7. Matt Gilman permalink
    June 29, 2012 1:21 pm

    This product looks so great you cannot put it into words. The design team has done an excellent job with the use of Panini’s MLBPA license.

  8. Jon permalink
    June 29, 2012 8:44 pm

    Still no team name on jersey’s? What about Bryce Harp, he gonna grace it? If he is will there be uniform pieces on any of these including Yoenis?

  9. Nick Gauder permalink
    June 30, 2012 9:18 am

    As you can see by all the comments on here Tracy, this product looks GREAT!! I hope this proves to all the haters that Panini DOES listen to our feedback, both the positive and the negative. Thats why the design team went back to drawing board and made some amazing adjustments for their baseball products. I hope one day you guys will have a MLB liscense to go wtih your MLB Players but if you guys keep putting out products like this, it wont even matter. Give the Panini design team big PROPS for this one Tracy and all of you guys keep up the Great work!! My daughters and i are about to go to our cardshop and buy a couple boxes of Prestige FB so wish us some “LUCK” on pulling a RG3 auto!!

  10. June 30, 2012 9:40 am

    I’m digging those old Rated Rookie logo cards…nice design!

  11. June 30, 2012 11:15 pm

    I love the return of the Rated Rookies logo in these sets


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