By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
If you’ve been awaiting Panini America‘s first baseball cards, then your wait just got shorter.
Why? Black Friday will include a little bit extra this year — and it will include the first Panini baseball cards under the company’s new MLBPA license.
How? Panini will be sending Black Friday redemption packs to selected hobby shops around the country as bonuses for customers who purchase certain types and amounts of product on the biggest shopping day of the year, Nov. 25.
Inside those wrapper-redemption packs — well before the arrival of Donruss Elite Extra Edition on Dec. 21 — will be all kind of stuff from the company’s four major U.S. sports licenses — the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and members of the MLBPA. That includes autographs, too.
While details have not yet been revealed in full, you can expect there to be exclusive cards of St. Louis Cardinals slugger and World Series champion Albert Pujols as well as Texas Rangers star — and Panini spokesman — Josh Hamilton in the packs.
Among the non-baseball cards teased by the company? Well, there were Kobe Bryant, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Marshall Faulk and Tim Tebow autographs for starters.
More details will be announced soon.
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