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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Score hockey release moved up to July
Posted Apr 3, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 09:23 PM
The anticipation surrounding the release of hockey cards for the 2013-14 season continues to build — so much so, that Panini America pushed up release of its first product of the season by one month.
Score hockey will debut in July, a month sooner than its 2012-13 product. Hockey collectors will be drawn to the product by the double rookie classes, and set collectors will face a challenge of completing the 550-card base set. That will include 60 rookie cards sprinkled throughout the box.
Another attractive element will be the introduction of 10 “fat packs” of 52 cards in every jumbo box. Panini is promising that every hobby box will contain two autographs, two Hot Rookie cards and four gold parallels.
Some of the rookies — and autograph rookie cards — to watch for include Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jonathan Huberdeau.
Score Hockey also will return with insert and autograph subsets like First Goals, Check It, Net Cams, Future Team Score and Recollection Autographs featuring buyback autograph rookie cards of Mike Richter, Ed Belfour and more. And, Team 8 cards will feature relics from eight different players, spread across the front and back of the card.
So, even though hockey fans are weathering a shortened season now, collectors will get a nice head start into the next season thanks to Score hockey.