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Panini previews Score football’s Hot Rookie insert set
Posted May 1, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated May 2, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Now that the NFL draft is over, the graphic designers at Panini America have been working feverishly to create the 50-card Hot Rookies insert set that will be part of the 2013 Score Football set.
Score football will be released later this month to officially kick off the new NFL collecting season, and it’s the landmark 25th anniversary set,
So, Panini’s artists have been taking photographs of the players and have “fitted” them into their pro team uniforms. Technology sure can work wonders.
Players already depicted in the Hot Rookies set include North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon, who was drafted by the Bucs; Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, taken by the Buffalo Bills; and University of Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, chosen by the Minnesota Vikings.
The base set for Score football with consist of 440 cards. That will include 220 veterans, 110 rookie cards, three 32-card subsets (Airmail, Franchise and Future Franchise) and a 14-card Road to the Super Bowl honoring the Baltimore Ravens.
Panini will use Score’s 1989 design to produce its rookie cards.