Panini will try to focus on nostalgia and fun with the release of its next baseball product. You’ll get a big, thick pack of cards when you open up 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes, which will have a beefy 24 cards. Boxes will carry 12 packs which means with good distribution you’ll have a good start on a full 300-card base set.
In addition to the three autographs, you can expect each box to hold three SportDiscs, which are pattered after the 3-D discs that used to be available through convenience store drink cups (think 1980’s Slurpee, soda and beef jerky sets), five ‘State’ Parallels, one ZIP Codes parallel and a variety of other inserts.
One of the more interesting autograph concepts with Hometown Heroes will be Scripted Legacy, which according to Panini combines “a Hall of Fame induction speech with a signature”, meaning Panini has secured the autographs of a variety of all-time greats to put into the product.
Other inserts include Left Their Marks, which will focus on players known for on field quirks like Ozzie Smith’s back flips as well as dominant game performers; Nicknames which should be self-explanatory andHometown Signatures, an on-card autograph insert featuring players who are known for interacting with fans.
Still without an MLB license, Panini’s Hometown Heroes will again be devoid of logos and team nicknames. The lack of trademarks didn’t matter with the high-end, Hall of Fame and superstar relic-heavy 2013 National Treasures, but a set focused on post-War players without a lot of relics could be a challenge to sell.
No pricing information has been released yet for 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes but you can expect it to likely be a mid-range product.