By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Panini’s first release of the 2013 football season will be Score. But this isn’t just the start of the collecting season for Panini, this is Score’s 25th anniversary.
For the anniversary, Panini is getting a bit nostalgic using the 1989 design for rookies. Players such as Geno Smith and Eddie Lacy will get the same design treatment as Barry Sanders, Troy Aikman and Deion Sanders’ Rookie Cards.
Panini is spicing up the content of Score, which is not a product known for hits.
However, there will be three hits with at least two autographs in every hobby box. Compared to last season where there just four autos in every hobby case.
With the addition of autographs in hobby boxes, Panini will also change the way collectors get their cards. Hobby boxes will feature 50-card jumbo packs. The new additions will likely change typical price point of Score hobby boxes, which cost around $30 last year.
The case set consists of 440 cards: 220 veterans, 110 Rookie Cards, three 32-card subsets and a 14-card Road to the Super Bowl subset celebrating the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl win.
The autograph subsets include Inscriptions, Hot Rookie Signatures and Rookie Signatures while the memorabilia cards are named Franchise Fabrics and Future Franchise Fabrics.
Panini will include the popular parallels of Scorecard, Gold Zone, Red Zone and Artist Proof.
There is no word on retail configuration yet, but Panini states it will release that information in the future.