Buzz Break: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards

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mattyThe box:
 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 120
Base set completion: 
86 of 150 (57 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Christy Mathewson (all base cards are Hall of Famers)

Insert cards: 33

Short-printed color photo (2) – Walter Johnson, Hank Greenberg
Crystal Collection parallel (3) – Lou Boudreau, Rollie Fingers, Johnny Evers (/299)
Ballparks (3) – South Side Park, Exposition Park, Shibe Park
Bronze History (3) – Alexander Cartwright, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Fred Clarke (/599)
Credentials (2) – Bert Blyleven, Willie McCovey
Famous Moments (3) – Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Bill Mazeroski
Field Generals (1) – Bill Dickey
Hall History (2) – Inaugural Class, Doubleday Ball
High Praise (2) – Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount
Induction (2) – Nolan Ryan, Lou Brock
Induction Year (1) – Al Kaline (wood card)
Museum Pieces (2) – Johnny Bench, Lou Gehrig
The Village (2) – Farmers’ Museum, Otsego Lake
Voices of Summer (3) – Mel Allen, Red Barber, Vin Scully
With Honors (2) – Jackie Robinson, Whitey Ford

musialAutographs/Memorabilia: 1
Cooperstown Signatures (1) – Stan Musial (/50)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This was the first Panini America Hall of Fame set and it’s perhaps the best in terms of a comprehensive look at the game as seen in Cooperstown. The base cards carry pretty extensive bios and stat totals, while an array of inserts (gallery of some possibilities are below) takes you there to see artifacts and explore other facets of the game, too. There is one Hall of Famer autograph per box and in some boxes you’ll land two autos. The lineup here is legendary and it’s one that also includes legendary broadcasters. The Vin Scully autograph limited to 100 copies is still a $1,000 card on eBay, while rarer on-card autos of greats like Stan Musial here will surprise you. (Buzz pulled that scan off eBay instead of scanning his own and was shocked to discover that was a $300 card.) At its present box price, there can be serious bargains to be had from a financial standpoint. From a collecting standpoint, this brand holds up as one of the best ever made when focusing on the Hall in all aspects — info, design, inclusions, autographs. It’s a Cooperstown-worthy release.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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