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 Golden Age Baseball
Posted Sep 12, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I’ve said it many times: I am a sucker for card sets that have a retro feel to them. I like card sets that not only honor athletes, but also pay tribute to figures from history. Entertainers, inventors, royalty — love them all.
That’s why I’ve always enjoyed Topps’ Allen & Ginter set, and Goodwin Champions by Upper Deck. And now, I have something to look forward to with Panini America’s Golden Age Baseball.
This retro-rich set is set for a late November release. Panini is promising one autograph and one memorabilia card in every 24-pack hobby box; there will be six cards to a pack. There will be 150 cards in the base set, and that will include 25 short-printed variations that will be seeded two to a case. There also will be mini-card versions of the base set, in the tobacco-card size that has become prevalent among the card companies.
One of the more unusual relic cards will contain chips of pine from the Titanic. There will be buybacks from the 1930s and ‘40s (one per case) and memorabilia cards featuring Ty Cobb and Shoeless Joe Jackson.
The Jackson card that Panini provided is interesting. There is a piece of a bat imbedded into the card, and behind a photo of Jackson is a replica of a ticket to Game 2 of the 1919 World Series. “Black Sox” is stamped in the lower right-hand part of the card, in case anyone missed the point.
It looks like a nice relic card to have.
There will be 50 Historic Signatures, including one of actress Barbara Eden and one of former Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who helped break open the Watergate scandal during the mid-1970s.
The mini-parallels will have card-back variations, and there will be an interesting selection of box toppers in hobby boxes, including mini pennants patterned after the 1916 Ferguson Bakery Pennants.
This set will be the perfect balm for those baseball collectors who have just enjoyed watching the World Series and are counting the days until spring training.