By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Panini America‘s return to MLBPA-approved baseball cards got a little closer to reality on Friday as the company released the basic product information for its first product under its new deal, 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition.
Set to arrive on Dec. 21, each 20-pack box will include six autographs. Meanwhile, four Hot Boxes per 20-box case will include 10 autographs. For those not quick enough to do the math, that’s 136 autographs per case.
There will be 150 prospects signing for the product, which will include several new insert lines, including Building Blocks (dual, triple and quad autograph cards), Best Compared To (a draft pick and a present major-leaguer) and Two-sport Stars. The base set will include 150 prospects and 25 present MLB players.
Other items worth noting for the product include 50 on-card autographs and a full array of the familiar diecut cards from the past — Aspirations and Status — in both autograph and standard card form.
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Franchise Futures Prospects Autographs
Dante Bichette Jr.
James Baldwin III
Dwight Smith Jr.
On-Card Prospects Autographs
Jackie Bradley Jr.