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 TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Panini previews Elite Extra Edition baseball
Posted Nov 12, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Panini America touts its upcoming release of Elite Extra Edition baseball as “the Industry’s Most Complete Draft Pick Set.” Those are some strong words, particularly since many Bowman products over the could argue that claim.
But when the 2013 Elite Extra Edition is released on Jan. 9, 2014, fans can make that decision for themselves.
At first blush, Panini has assembled an impressive array of up-and-coming players. A hobby box will contain 20 packs, with five cards to a pack. There will be six autograph cards, two serial-numbered die-cuts and six inserts per hobby box. Special “hot boxes” will yield 10 autograph cards
The base set will consist of 100 cards, with an additional Franchise Future signature cards in blue, red (numbered to 25) and green (numbered to 10) ink versions. There will be 100 autographed prospect cards numbered to 899 or less, and 200 die-cut parallels (plus an additional 200 autographed die-cut parallels).
Some of the signature cards will come from players on Team USA’s 18- and 15-under national teams.