It was just a couple of months ago when Panini America and USA Baseball announced their new partnership and the Texas company wasted little time putting together its first foil packs featuring past and present players who have donned the red, white and blue of various national teams.
2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions features 24 packs per box with (likely) three autographs and three memorabilia cards per box. Boxes began arriving at card stores and via online outlets this week at $65-70 per box.
Some of the names won’t be recognizable to average fans and collectors but sprinkled in amid the current amateurs are signed cards from former players like Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Robinson, Barry Larkin, Frank Thomas, Ozzie Smith, Mark McGwire, Will Clark and others.
The base set is 187 total cards with Ozzie Smith as #1.
Triple Play Materials features three relic swatches on one card with a 13-card checklist made up strictly of current players.
The ever-popular Diamond Kings return in the form of a 16-card set and there is a Certified Die Cut Legends subset to chase as well.
In addition to numerous parallels, the product features oversized patch cards and USA Baseball’s first bat knob cards.
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