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Review: 2013 Select Baseball

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.

2013 Select Box It’s the first Select branded baseball set since 1998, although Panini first resurrected it for a basketball product last season.

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.

Select Prizms 2013Each box contains four autographs, five Prizms including one retired star SP, two non-Prizm retired player SPs and the inserts, which include Skills, En Fuego, Statisticians and Thunder Alley.

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.

Statisticians Panini SelectHere’s what we pulled from the box:

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

2013 Select Baseball InsertsEn Feugo:  Buster Posey, Joe Mauer

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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2013 Select Autographs

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