Preview Gallery: 2011 Elite Extra Edition autos

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The arrival of the first Panini America baseball card set under its new deal with the MLB Players Association is just weeks away.

Today, we have for you a few exclusive preview images of autographed prospect cards to be found in 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition once the boxes start arriving 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 autographs), Best Compared To (a draft pick and a present major-leaguer paired) 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.

Look for another exclusive gallery — for 2011 Playoff Contenders, which arrives in January — in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

If you absolutely can’t wait to see some other Contenders sigs, click here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. @Jaypers413
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 06:33 PM | Permalink

    I’m curious to know what the print runs of these cards will be. Hopefully Panini won’t overdo it.

  2. David Xiong
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 07:16 PM | Permalink

    Panini needs to make up for the Magic Johnson/Jordan Swaggerty Sticker Auto problem and include a Larry Bird Auto on all Archie Bradley cards.

  3. steve
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 10:54 PM | Permalink

    too funny……both comments I just read on here (Panini make up for mistakes & Panini not overdo it on production !! Whats next ??? Tall buildings in New York City ???? )

  4. steve
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:00 PM | Permalink

    explain to me, yes….Im the slow guy-who cant do math quick enough…..unlike the guys at Beckett who get all the hot chicks !! , how different this edition is of EEE…..from the other years ? What exactly does half an MLB liscense do for these sets ??

    and BTW…..the 2007 exchange card numbers are still incorrect for the ‘exchanged’ card numbers (if I need to drag out, again, the cards I received back from Donruss- I can) in the OPG


  5. chrisolds
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:01 PM | Permalink

    There will be current MLB players in the product along with the prospects. That can’t happen en masse without an MLBPA license.

  6. steve
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    if any Panini people are reading these comments (like the one person, whose name escapes me right now)……I believe that serial numbering all autographed cards, , in base sets specifically……is something that should be resumed !!

    thanks :-)

  7. steve
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    thanks Chris

  8. steve
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    the name that escapes me is…..the person who use to work here, at Beckett

  9. steve
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:08 PM | Permalink

    serial numbering of base set autographed prospects & RC’s… EEE and in playoff contenders FB…, a good idea …… me anyways

  10. steve
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:33 PM | Permalink

    why is it ok for super moderators (and obviously thats not you Chris) to pretty much threaten people who use the services of (like myself……A LONG TIME SUBSCRIBER to the OPG’s……even through the ‘tough’ times-when these OPG’s were not the easiest to utilize) ??

  11. chrisolds
    Posted Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

    99 percent sure these are cards that simply have not been numbered yet. (smudged/damaged autos get thrown out)

  12. kstjst
    Posted Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    if panini has a license, why is it that the cards shown above are either minor league uniforms or do not have major league logos on them? shouldn’t they be able to include that? minor league uniforms tend to bring the value down and a lot of collectors wouldn’t accept those as rookie cards…just sayin’ is all

  13. chrisolds
    Posted Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 07:51 PM | Permalink

    High school unis or airbrushed college/minors are all that can be used. MLB, MiLB, USA, NCAA unis are not allowed as those rights are locked up in other deals.

    They’re not RCs anyway because of the type of product, though with some MLB veterans on the checklist (which is what an MLBPA license allows) it may lean more toward a product getting RC tag designations — I’ll leave that one to the price guide crew.

  14. Kyle
    Posted Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 03:56 PM | Permalink

    Panini does not have a full license. They have a license with the MLBPA only. This allows them tio use photos of current players as well as their names. However, MLB own the rights to all team logos and trademarks, and Panini does not have a license with them. That is why you don’t see any team names or logos.

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