First look: 2013 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Elite Extra Edition is back.

Panini America announced on Tuesday that its annual prospecting staple will return for 2013  with a 100-card set, autographs, diecuts, parallels and more in store when it arrives on Jan. 9.

Packing six autographs, six inserts and two additional serial-numbered diecut cards per 20-pack hobby box, EEE will present all of the things that fans of the long-running brand have come to expect in what Panini touts as “the industry’s most-complete draft pick set.”


Along with the 100-card set there will be 100 Franchise Future parallel autos — with blue-, red- and green-ink versions — as well as 100 more autographed prospects each serial-numbered to no more than 899 cards. Reds will be limited to 25, while Greens will be limited to 10.

Also back, as usual, will be diecut parallels — both signed and unsigned — with numbering that will vary from player to player. A different inclusion in this year’s release will be USA Baseball autos for the 18U and 15U squads, future potential years before they are potentially drafted.

Each 20-box case will include four Hot Boxes that pack 10 autos into every box.

Among the other inclusions in this one will be Elite Series Signatures, which will showcase prospects of note and be limited to no more than 199 serial-numbered copies, while also to be found are Historic Picks Signatures, which are autographs of past players. Just 10 players will get showcased here.

Among the prospects signing for this one will be No. 1 pick Mark Appel, Golden Spikes winner Kris Bryant, the White Sox’ Cuban signee Jose Abreu and more.

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


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  1. Joe 13 November, 2013 at 00:45

    David, Why do you think everything will all good with UPPER DECK. Bottom line MLB needs to get their heads out of TOOPS A$$ and grant a licence to both UPPER DECK and Panini. All three companies have solid products (BASE UPPER DECK, SPX SP AUTHENTIC, ULTIMATE COLLECTION,UD BLACK, BASE TOPPS, FINEST, BOWMAN CHROME, PLATINUM, TRIPLE THREADS, PRESTIGE, ROOKIES AND STARS, ELITE, CERTIFIED, PRIZM) . All three companies use stickers and on card autographs (i personally don’t care, as long as I have the autograph). All three companies use manufactured crap. All three companies release some CRAAAAAAAP. There is not one card company better then the other. They all have their good and bad aspect. From stupid products to stupid redemptions to stupid customer services to stupid sticker autographs with the autograph running off the sticker.

  2. Jason K 13 November, 2013 at 16:56

    What does an MLB license have to do with a prospecting product? I would rather have this than Bowman airbrushed crap.

  3. Jason v 10 February, 2014 at 01:27

    Upper deck can’t even pay the football and hockey players don’t want them back in baseball. I’m glad baseball threw out ud

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