By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The Red, White and Blue are coming in pack form — with legends of the past, too.
Panini America revealed on Saturday its 2013 USA Baseball Champions product, which will arrive on May 29.
Set to include two autographs and three memorabilia cards per 24-pack hobby box, it also will include retired USA Baseball alumni, prospects and current-day USA squad members all in one 187-card base set.
The 2012 National Team will be found on Certified-style cards, a first, while each box also will include three Mirror parallels, a USA Baseball Legends die cut, one National Team Mirror Red and seven more insert cards, the company said. In addition, there will be a heavy selection of patch cards, including the popular flag patches, and one USA first — bat knob cards.
The alumni presence hasn’t been heavily felt in some time, but this time around it will include past stars on Blast From the Past inserts — the likes of Jim Abbott, Frank Thomas, Barry Larkin and Robin Ventura to name a few — while players who didn’t have many (or any) previous USA cards will appear on cards.
Also of note for this one will be Triple Play Materials, cards with three game-used pieces on them — a jersey, a bat and a patch piece on every card.
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