Collectors who grew up in the 1990s were familiar with the brand but the cards issued back then didn’t look much like 2013 Select Baseball from Panini. Shiny is the buzzword in the 21st century and Panini takes full advantage of it in the new release, which hit store shelves during the holidays.
Each box of Select Baseball has two seven-pack mini boxes, each packing two autographs and several inserts. Boxes have been selling for $75-100 online.
Of course, it’s old news that Panini doesn’t have an MLB license so they aren’t able to use team logos or nicknames. Collectors have to hope the quality of the cards makes up for it and it’s hard to argue with the technology.
There’s a 250-card base set comprised of 125 regular veteran cards, 50 rookie cards and 75 autographs.
Autographs, unfortunately, are on stickers, but with four signatures in a box, it’s not a bad buy if signed cards are what draws you to a product. We liked the Statisticians inserts.
Base Cards: 60
Base Auto: Corey Kluber (# to 750), Dylan Bundy (# to 500)
Statisticians: Miguel Cabrera, R.A. Dickey
Thunder Alley: Adam Jones, Yeonis Cespedes
Skills: Yu Darvish, Adam Dunn
Young Bloods: Matt Moore
Prizms: Ken Griffey Jr. (SP), Joey Votto, Ryan Zimmerman, Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton
Signatures Auto: Lance Lynn (unnumbered)
Prizm Auto: Rob Scahill (# to 99)
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