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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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Retail ramblings: 2103-14 Score hockey

Posted Sep 18, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 05:22 PM

Oh, for an extra E …

You see, I pulled this Jordan autograph rookie card, but it’s not who you think. It wasn’t retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan; instead, it was Carolina Hurricanes rookie Michal Jordan.

But getting an autograph card from a $4.98 retail hanging pack of Panini America’s Score hockey at Target is a nice return. Talk about the parallels — a Jordan who shoots and scores in North Carolina.

Score hockey was released in July as Panini’s first hockey product of the 2013-14 season. It has a 550-card base set, plus 30 team leader cards, 10 season highlight cards and 60 Hot Rookie cards.

The pack that I bought had 52 cards and broke down this way: 45 base cards, two red parallels, two gold parallels, a season highlights card and a Hot Rookie card — plus that Jordan guy.

The design of the base cards is simple and tasteful. Most are vertical layouts, although there are a few horizontal shots. If I have a criticism, it would be that some of the action shots are cropped a little too tightly; some players’ skates are cut off from the photo. But in general, there are some very good action shots; my favorite (of the cards I pulled) is card No. 87 of Jiri Tlusty, who has his arms raised in triumph after scoring a goal. Unbridled joy.

The venerable Score logo is at the bottom of the card, stamped in silver foil.

Like Topps’ O-Pee-Chee hockey product, packs of Score hockey are written in English and French. So, considering that there was an autograph card in the pack I bought, it certainly qualified as a paquet de valuer (value pack).

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