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Panini previews 2013 Prizm baseball
Posted Jul 11, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Looking for that rookie card of Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig? Or Rays rookie star Wil Myers? How about Orioles third baseman Manny Machado?
Puig, of course, has made quite a splash in the National League with his passionate play. Myers can hit for power and shows more baseball savvy each day, like going from first to third on a fielder’s choice recently. And Machado’s fielding has some longtime Orioles fans whispering — some even dare to say it out loud — that he is a better third baseman than Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
All will be included in Panini America’s release of 2013 Prizm baseball, which is expected to hit stores and hobby shops on Sept. 18. A 20-pack hobby box of this set, now into its second season, will contain 20 packs, and a typical break will include two autographs, three Prizm parallels and eight additional short prints of inserts. Also exclusive to hobby boxes will be orange die-cut cards numbered to 50, gold numbered to 10, and 1/1 black Finite parallels.
There will be green parallels exclusive to retail stores, while Walmart (blue) and Target (red) will have their own parallels.
Price per pack is expected to be $4.99. The base set will include 300 cards and 50 rookies. Inserts will include a 15-card Rookie Challengers subset, a 20-card Fearless subset, 20 Band of Brothers base inserts (plus 10 more short prints), a 15-card Game Changers set, and 12 Top Prospects. Panini, which owns the license to produce USA Team Baseball cards, will include some national team cards in this set, too.
Panini is also promising a new certified autograph checklist featuring “three levels of collectibility” — base cards, Prizm parallels numbered to 25, and 1/1 black Finite Prizms.
The debut release of Prizm several months ago was received well, and Panini is hoping its follow-up product contains the same buzz.