First look: 2013 Score Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini’s first release of the 2013 football season will be Score. But this isn’t just the start of the collecting season for Panini, this is Score’s 25th anniversary.

For the anniversary, Panini is getting a bit nostalgic using the 1989 design for rookies. Players such as Geno Smith and Eddie Lacy will get the same design treatment as Barry Sanders, Troy Aikman and Deion Sanders’ Rookie Cards.

Panini is spicing up the content of Score, which is not a product known for hits.

However, there will be three hits with at least two autographs in every hobby box. Compared to last season where there just four autos in every hobby case.

With the addition of autographs in hobby boxes, Panini will also change the way collectors get their cards. Hobby boxes will feature 50-card jumbo packs. The new additions will likely change typical price point of Score hobby boxes, which cost around $30 last year.

The case set consists of 440 cards: 220 veterans, 110 Rookie Cards, three 32-card subsets and a 14-card Road to the Super Bowl subset celebrating the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl win.

The autograph subsets include Inscriptions, Hot Rookie Signatures and Rookie Signatures while the memorabilia cards are named Franchise Fabrics and Future Franchise Fabrics.

Panini will include the popular parallels of Scorecard, Gold Zone, Red Zone and Artist Proof.

There is no word on retail configuration yet, but Panini states it will release that information in the future.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook.

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9 comments

  1. Ryan R 12 March, 2013 at 16:26

    89 score was basically the 89 upper deck of football, so I am a fan of the idea. Shame it’s a terrible draft class as far as quarterbacks and running backs.

  2. zotster 12 March, 2013 at 16:42

    Always look forward to Score every year, but I’m disappointed in only getting 220 veteran cards with 220 special subset cards (including rookies). Also not sure about the new pack format – Score should always be the $1 a pack brand (which is probably still the plan for retail, I’m guessing). I don’t need 110 rookie cards, especially when a good portion of those won’t make it out of training camp. 330 veterans, 55 RCs and 55 subset cards would have been better (for me, at least).

  3. shad 12 March, 2013 at 16:50

    So will all the RC’s be in the ’89 design or will it be a chase variation of the regular rookies ?

  4. David Johnson 12 March, 2013 at 17:08

    They did a 10th anniversary in 1999, a 20th anniversary in 2009, and now a 25th in 2013…something doesn’t add up. I thought the 25th anniversary would be in 2014. I guess they are counting from when Score started making baseball cards in 1988. Too bad they aren’t using the 1988 design this year and the 1989 design next year. Though that might start to look like Topps Heritage does with it’s retro look if they do that.

  5. rick 13 March, 2013 at 11:03

    I absolutley love 1989 Score football. I was there for all of it from the beginning. I just hope the rookies are rookies a no silly variations, super sp nonsense. Maybe have a rookie 1 in every 2-4 packs. I like the sound of that.

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