2012 Topps Five Star Club
2012 Topps Five Star Club is a ten-card set released exclusively to members of a short-lived membership club. Launched with the release of 2012 Five Star Baseball, The Five Star Club was billed as “An exclusive club that provides year-round benefits for select collectors.” Membership was limited to those collectors who spend at least $10,000 on Topps products per year. Applicants also had a write a 500-word essay and provide letters of reference from their local Hobby shop. Those accepted were expected to keep any comments critical of Topps private and to serve as "ambassadors" to the Topps brand.
Each membership package came with a personalized membership card, “Exclusive Five Star Football and Baseball cards, a quarterly call with Topps employees and VIP Status at national events that Topps attends.”
It appears that, either due to low membership or indifference, that the club was short-lived and the only known trace of The Five Star Club's existence is this set. It's unclear if any of the conference calls or VIP events ever took place.
- Each card is serial-numbered to 50 copies.
- Half the cards are of baseball players, the other half players selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
- Card #FSC5 was the final Mickey Mantle card released by Topps to date (not including cut signatures), as their license with the Mantle estate expired at the end of 2012.
- FSC1 Willie Mays
- FSC2 Yu Darvish
- FSC3 Bryce Harper
- FSC4 Mike Trout
- FSC5 Mickey Mantle
- FSC6 Robert Griffin III
- FSC7 Andrew Luck
- FSC8 Trent Richardson
- FSC9 Justin Blackmon
- FSC10 Ryan Tannehill
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