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A peek at Panini’s 2013 Cooperstown Collection
Posted May 21, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated May 21, 2013 at 05:09 PM
If the second edition of Panini America’s Cooperstown baseball set follows the same formula as the inaugural product, then it should be another fun set to collect.
I’ve said it before — I love these kinds of sets that pay tribute to baseball’s greats. And since Panini has a license to reproduce Hall of Famers on cards, then it’s a perfect match. Just like last year, Panini is unable to use official major-league logos or team names, as it does not have that exclusive licensing agreement. So, cropping and airbrushing is done out of necessity.
This year’s set is scheduled to go live in mid-August. The set will contain 110 base cards, with 100 commons and 10 colorized short prints. Panini is promising that a 24-pack hobby box will contain one on-card autograph; it will be either a Cooperstown Signatures card or a Heroes Buy Back autograph. Other items in each hobby box include two Cooperstown Lumberjack wood cards, which will feature deadball era players and Hall of Famers; two base short prints; four Historic Tickets; and three Museum Pieces.
Cracked Ice parallels will contain different colors. A typical hobby box will have six green cards, one gold (numbered to 299), two red (numbered to 399) and three blue (numbered to 499). Lucky collectors will find black 1/1 parallels.
Collectors opening a hobby box can expect a topper that will either be a 5-by-7 Cooperstown Lumberjacks die-cut card, or a pennant box topper.
One of the more intriguing additions for this year’s set is the Colgan Disks, which will be included in each pack. The design resembles the 1912 Colgan’s Chips Red Borders (also known as E270 cards), which were issued by the Colgan Gum Co. of Louisville, Ky. The originals were inserted in tins of Colgan’s Mint and Violet Chips gum.
The 1912 version had 181 disks; Panini’s 2013 version will have 160 different disks.
If you enjoy collecting Hall of Famers and deadball era stars, the 2013 version of Cooperstown Collection will not disappoint.