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Panini Peek: 2013 USA Baseball Champions

March 23, 2013

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In late May, Panini America officials intend to ignite the patriotic passions of USA Baseball collectors all over the country with the company’s first pack product devoted to its exclusive license: 2013 USA Baseball Champions. Set to release May 29, the hobby version of the product will deliver two autographs, three memorabilia cards, three Mirror parallels, one USA Baseball Legends Die-Cut, one National Team Mirror Red and seven additional inserts.

2013 USA Baseball Champions (eight cards per pack, 24 packs per box) features a 187-card base set comprised of retired alumni, top prospects and current USA Baseball National Team players. What’s more, the product will deliver an abundant selection of prime-patch memorabilia cards and, for the first time ever, USA Baseball Bat Knob cards.

Among the product’s myriad other highlights . . .

  • Blasts From the Past: Find signatures of USA Baseball alumni from the last 35 years including Jim Abbott, Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Barry Larkin and many others
  • Names familiar with collectors got their start with USA Baseball, including Ozzie Smith, Will Clark and others. See what they looked like “way back when”
  • More than 1,500 Prime Patches cards, many of them 1/1 flags from jersey sleeves, including Gerrit Cole, Matthew Purke, Michael Choice and several others
  • The 2012 USA Baseball National Team members are featured with Certified technology — the first-ever USA Baseball Certified cards
  • Stars & Stripes: Look for autograph cards from the greatest players ever to don USA Baseball’s red, white and blue
  • Triple Play Materials: Featuring three game-used elements on one card, each subject in this memorabilia-laden insert is recognized with a jersey swatch, a prime jersey swatch and game-used bat swatch

We’ll have plenty more to preview on Panini America’s 2013 USA Baseball Champions in the coming weeks. But until then, enjoy this first extended sneak peek at the product:

All information is accurate at the time of posting. Content is subject to change. Card images are solely for the purpose of design display.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. "the hitman" permalink
    March 23, 2013 12:41 pm

    Sweet how much a box?

  2. Dave Karpinski permalink
    March 23, 2013 1:00 pm

    Ya how much a box?

  3. Robert permalink
    March 23, 2013 1:39 pm

    Can you please send me a box!! I love Panini baseball!!!

  4. Robert permalink
    March 23, 2013 1:41 pm

    Is there any way to get Mark McGwire in on this?? Even though has been black balled a Mark McGwire auto would be pretty sweet.!!

  5. March 23, 2013 2:32 pm

    I love the inclusion of the alumni players from back in the day.

  6. March 23, 2013 2:38 pm

    I’m not much of a prospector, but I love the idea of this product with it including veterans who had worn the red, white, and blue. A great way to utilize that license.

  7. March 23, 2013 2:43 pm

    Nice!!!!! Can’t wait

  8. deloreanfan81 permalink
    March 23, 2013 3:55 pm

    cool bat knob…like the triple too

  9. Jonathan permalink
    March 23, 2013 6:54 pm

    Looks like a cool Usa product and I’m not a huge Usa baseball collector. The Big Usa patch of Gausman is so nasty. I like how you guys brought the older Usa teams into this series, plus I know there are huge following’s of Frank Thomas and Ken “The Kid” Griffey Jr. so that should be really good. Nice price too on the packs!! That would be crazy buying a pack for 2.99 and walking home with a Griffey or Thomas Auto or even better yet one of them huge patches or knobs. Great job, looks like a very nice product!!

  10. March 23, 2013 8:08 pm

    So this should be under $60 a box! a little more expensive than Topps Series 2 with better looking hits!

  11. Ryan K. permalink
    March 23, 2013 8:12 pm

    Alright, I was a little skeptical at first glance. But I think you’ve convinced me, Tracy, that this is a product that might be worth checking out! Can’t wait to see a checklist, but I suspect there will be some pretty big names in there. Excellent work, can’t wait for the release.

  12. Winston Chiang permalink
    March 23, 2013 9:24 pm

    will a product including all 2013 world baseball classics teams be out?

  13. Jamey permalink
    March 24, 2013 12:05 am

    I am a big proponent of the USA Baseball product. Few will argue the point that the previous manufacturer permitted the product to become stale and predictable. This, however, is a major departure from the “7 autos/3 mem’ yield of old.” I really like the inclusion of former Team USA players who became big league studs. Any chance Mark McGwire will be included, Hackler? His impact on Team USA and America’s past time is undeniable.
    $2.99/pack is priced right for youthful collectors, props’ for that, Panini.

  14. fatcatt permalink
    March 24, 2013 12:23 am

    Mark Mac was black balled? u must be a roid sympathizer or use yourself..he doesn’t belong in baseball. Cheaters will be outed one by one..Hear that Milwaukee?

    • Jamey permalink
      March 24, 2013 1:51 am

      Dude, seriously? I’m so not having this argument, I’m not a ‘Roid user, though I do take some for my asthma which has caused my lungs to get all big and ripped! You should see ‘em…ill send you a photo.
      The fact is that 3/4 of Baseball used PEDS during the 80’s-late 90’s, so I guess that makes me s realist.

  15. fatcatt permalink
    March 24, 2013 12:30 am

    Um Bradley at 2.99 a pack @24 packs I’m hear to tell you it’s not under $60 a box. Lets call it $3 shall we at 24 packs and call it $72/box..Although I find it hard to believe this will be much under $90 / box

  16. hudsonfan15 permalink
    March 24, 2013 9:02 am

    Solid looking release, I like the format change where it’s not the same full base set then just varying hits. Those bat knobs will be a great potential investment for prospectors and the Griffey autos will sure at some interest from fans of his (shout out to Thundering24). Thanks Tracy!

  17. Amish Dave permalink
    March 24, 2013 10:04 pm

    I just hope there is a rouge Tony Zych or A.J. Vanegas in this product !

  18. Kentucky derby permalink
    March 25, 2013 10:49 am

    Have a ton tony zych stuff
    He went to my high school and I coached against him

  19. Kentucky derby permalink
    March 25, 2013 10:51 am

    This product looks awesome
    Always been a huge fan of USA baseball products dating back to 1985 Topps.
    Odibee McDowell and cory snyder
    ruled

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