Panini is bringing its Select brand to baseball. The company has announced plans for an April 15 release for the product. Select-branded cards have appeared in Chronicles baseball, but this time it’ll be a standalone release, arriving just after the start of the MLB season.
Panini has an MLBPA license to produce cards of big players but can’t use the MLB-licensed team logos or nicknames.
2020 Select Baseball Configuration and Base Set
Select will be printed on the usual Optichrome stock, with plenty of colorful design elements as usual. Packs will contain five cards with 12 packs per box and 12 boxes per case.
In addition to base cards, each box should have two autographs and two memorabilia cards along with nine parallels for an SRP of $120.
The base set will include three tiers, all of which vary in rarity. The Base version will be the most common, followed by Premier and then Diamond Level. The checklist will include 250 different ” top prospects, rookies and stars,” according to Panini.
Die-cut parallels, a staple of Select, will be part of the checklist.
Autographs and Auto Relics
Autographs sets in 2020 Select Baseball will offer “a little bit of everything,” according to Panini. First-year players will be the focus of Rookie Signatures. Another “Signatures” labeled subset will focus on current stars and top prospects. Each will have a multitude of parallels including some with the popular Cracked Ice look.
Autographs are paired with memorabilia from rookies in Rookie Jersey Autographs and numerous current stars in X-Factor Material Signatures (a 20-player checklist) and Signature Materials.
Panini hasn’t released the entire roster of inserts but Sparks will be one of them. It’ll focus on players known for giving their team a “jolt of energy” to “spark a comeback.”
Among the memorabilia cards will be Rookie Jumbo swatches.
The release date for 2020 Select baseball is currently listed as April 15.