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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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Panini allows peek into Black football

Posted Nov 12, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Sure, Black Friday is annually a big shopping day, signifying the true beginning of the Christmas holiday season. But football card collectors will be looking a few months down the road to Jan. 22, 2014 — Black Wednesday.

That’s the date Panini America releases its 2013 Black football set. There will be one pack per hobby box. There will be 12 cards to a pack, and Panini is promising three autograph cards (with at least two of those sporting on-card signatures), two memorabilia cards, two rookies and a metal card.

The metal cards will feature 2013 rookies and NFL team captains.
What really looks like a nice card are the shadow box jersey cards, featuring legends, current stars and 2013 rookies.

There will be plenty of autographs, with on-card signatures from the 40 players who attended the NFL’s rookie premiere. These cards will be numbered to 299 or less, but there also will be parallels numbered from 99 all the way down to 1/1.

More on-card autographs will be found on cards like Silver Signatures, which will be numbered to 99 or less. The parallels will be scarcer, numbered to 25 and less (including 1/1).

Jumbo material cards of current NFL stars will be numbered to 299 or less.

The cards’ black backgrounds could provide some stark contrasts, and the metal cards are an interesting touch. It might be worth shopping for.

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