Panini America will have the first Los Angeles baseball card of Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $254-million deal with the Angels on Thursday morning, on the market as it stopped the presses to make the changes to Pujols’ card which will be found in a product arriving later this month.
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.
With Panini America recently gaining a group license from the MLB Players Association to start producing baseball cards this year, the company is in a unique position — its challenge is to produce cards of MLB players while not showing them in their MLB uniforms.
While there are a few months to go before the arrival of 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition on Dec. 21 followed swiftly by 2011 Playoff Contenders, which will arrive on Jan. 11, 2012, barring any unforeseen delays, we have images and details for both releases.
Thanks for reading the December issue of Beckett Baseball and coming here for multimedia relating to the issue’s cover story and main package. This is a compilation of the videos shot by editor Chris Olds during the Panini news conference announcing its deal with the MLBPA.