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Unannounced USA Baseball Content Leads to Surprise Pulls in 2011 Limited Baseball

May 2, 2012

Premature product breakers in Taiwan on Tuesday night discovered something that many American collectors will find out for themselves firsthand today: 2011 Limited Baseball includes unannounced bonus content sure to receive a standing ovation from the passionate prospecting community.

Taking expeditious advantage of its new exclusive agreement with USA Baseball, Panini America officials worked behind the scenes with USA Baseball executives to acquire several game-worn jerseys to rush into Limited, which officially went live today. The result? Scarce, massively-majestic memorabilia cards, rare Letter Winners nameplate letter 1/1s and even a base insert set numbered to 199.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to offer these scarce patches and letters taken from game-worn jerseys from the 2011 season,” said Mike Payne, Panini America Baseball Brand Manager. “They seemed like a perfect fit for Limited Baseball, and should be a nice surprise. And this is just the start for our partnership with USA Baseball. We also look forward to delivering the first cards of the 2012 USA Baseball National Team later in the year.”

The details of Panini America’s surprise USA Baseball content in 2011 Limited . . .

  • There are 62 players in the USA Baseball National Teams insert, a set that features members of the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team and 2011 USA Baseball 16U National Team. Each card in the insert is #’d/199.
  • There are 61 players in the USA Baseball National Teams Prime Patches insert on cards numbered to 25 or less.
  • There are seven players (and a total of 37 letters) incorporated into the USA Baseball Letter Winners insert that features full letters cut from the nameplates of jerseys worn during 2011 international play. Each player featured is from the 2011 USA Baseball 16U National Team (and every card is a 1/1): Bryson Brigman (seven letters), Zack Collins (seven letters), Joe DeMers (six letters), Keegan Thompson (eight letters) and Touki Toussaint (nine letters).

“Yesterday we received a small overnight delivery from Panini America and inside were two of the USA Baseball Prime Patch cards from Limited Baseball,” said USA Baseball COO David Perkins. “The card design and patches are stunning. As we have talked about with collectors, hobby store owners and distributors over the past couple of months, it’s clear the passion Panini America has for USA Baseball. That passion will be evident in its USA Baseball content and Limited Baseball is just the beginning of the exciting things what we will be bringing to the hobby in the months and years ahead.”

You can get an extensive sneak peek at just some of the USA Baseball surprises headed to hobby shops beginning today in the gallery that follows.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2012 9:24 am

    Wow!! Incredible stuff as always! Look at the size of those patches!! Do they really take up the whole card???!!

    • May 2, 2012 9:26 am

      These are also future MLBers. Would be great to grab them up when you can! This product just keeps getting more incredible!

  2. cardncasebreaks permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:26 am

    Wow!!! Those patches are amazing! Once again, another great insert and nice surprise from Panini! Great stuff!

  3. Jamey permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:28 am

    Magnificent! As exciting as the college game itself. For several years I have expressed profound discontent regarding the punchless, plain, exhausted USA Baseball product line. Given the nature of the product, I was dumbfounded that so little imagination had been put into the product. Long overdue for a total re-imagination, I am thrilled to see what Panini has brought to bear in just their first year of licensure. Props’ to Panini’s teams, and I cannot wait for release. Pricing info available yet, Hackler??
    Premature opulation… It IS treatable.

  4. May 2, 2012 9:30 am

    Great looking patches, no idea who these kids are but very impressive design. Can’t wait to see the video breaks online to see what the product looks like live!

  5. Brad permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:47 am

    Absolutely awesome looking patch cards. Well done, Panini.

  6. Lee Patton permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:52 am

    Amazing Patches! Got to love USA Baseball!

  7. docsilvey permalink
    May 2, 2012 10:03 am

    What a nice surprise. Cards look great! Looking forward to see what else Panini does with this awesome product line.

  8. Edward permalink
    May 2, 2012 10:52 am

    Panini is always raising the bar! It would pretty neat to see some of the patches signed though.

  9. May 2, 2012 12:44 pm

    Very cool surprises. Some of those jumbos are gorgeous. USA! USA! USA!

  10. the_alchemist83 permalink
    May 2, 2012 12:54 pm

    I’m sorry but I completely disagree with the above comments. I have a few issues with this product that will keep me from purchasing any of it. My first issue is that the 2012 season is well under way and here we have a 2011 Product. Does that make any sense? My second issue is that while “jumbo patches” are great there is no picture on the front of the card and only a small mention of the player is. I’m sorry but for me, without a picture on the front of the card, this is nothing more than a jumbo piece of fabric. You’d think that after not having an MLB License Panini would be excited to show off it’s new USA Baseball license by having great photos & action shots without having to airbrush anything out. As for others saying these are “future mlb players” you might want to double check rosters because playing for the USA squad doesn’t always mean they are going to be drafted. I

    • May 2, 2012 1:12 pm

      Appreciate the feedback. We’re thrilled with our USA Baseball partnership and will continue to treat it with extreme, authentic passion. If you’re focusing only on Prime Patches, which are way cool, you might be missing the point we made about Limited also including a 62-card USA Baseball subset that includes great, full-color photography on the front and personal player details on the back.

      This is the first use of our USA Baseball license. We have many great things planned for the future. This opportunity for Limited came quickly and we took advantage of it.

      Stay tuned.

      • Jamey permalink
        May 2, 2012 1:27 pm

        I can understand not liking a product bc of the content, Under-18 players are crapshoots at best. However, not liking the product bc the patch cards “are too large”…that they don’t bear images of the player… that the athletes are not necessarily going to become pro players? Last time I checked, an untold number of NFL & NBA rooks’ wash-out before a single snap or bucket. That argument makes no sense to me. Certainly, The Alchmist is entitled to his opinion, but devaluing my position on the product bc i like the large patches and the opp’ to snag the 1st issue is unreasonable.

  11. Jon permalink
    May 3, 2012 2:31 pm

    Maybe these cards would be nice, if they had the teams on the jersey’s. You guys need to get a deal with MLB. I did a few breaks of this stuff already and dont know much about these prospects so Idk. Rather see more vet and hof autos for 100 a pack/box.

  12. frank permalink
    May 4, 2012 10:39 pm

    Tried to find some breaks of this online. Looks like everyone learned their lesson from Prime Cuts.

  13. deloreanfan81 permalink
    May 7, 2012 8:53 pm

    those patches are amazing…hope many of them become all stars

  14. Roger V. permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:28 pm

    Nice looking product Tracy, I also have seen variation autos in green and red ink for the Dante Bichette prospect card. Were there any other players that this was done for? and will something come out on quantities of these “surprise” variations? Thanks

    • May 9, 2012 11:27 pm

      Those were unplanned SPs that were done for two players — Bichette and Sano. Suffice it to say that those SPs are extremely limited.

      • Roger V. permalink
        May 10, 2012 4:02 pm

        Thanks for the reply Tracy, it just keeps getting better. Hopefully there will be a print run released on quantities of each color. Also I do not see Sano on the checklist for this set. Is he definitely included?

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