Panini America revealed on Tuesday the basic product information and preview images for its debut in the baseball card market with 2009 Elite Extra Edition, which will arrive in January.
The set marks the first baseball card set produced in the Arlington, Texas-based facility since the release of the unlicensed Threads, Prime Cuts (the 2008 Beckett Baseball Product of the Year) and Elite Extra Edition sets last year under the Donruss ownership, which sold the company to Panini in March.
The set, which appears to be licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company, will include more than 40 first-round and supplemental first-round draft picks, and each hobby box will include four autographs as well as eight insert cards.
Among those scheduled to appear in the set are No. 2 pick Dustin Ackley, No. 3 draft pick Donavan Tate. The base set will include 150 players — 50 base cards and 100 autographed rookies. Every player in the set will have an autographed card.
Also back in EEE are the following insert sets: Throwback Threads, Aspirations and Status die-cuts, School Colors and Collegiate Patches. New are Elite Series and Passing the Torch autographs as well as baseball sweet spot swatches, aka Private Signings.
Also included will be cards of Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt as well as others who were stars in high school or college career before becoming legends in the big leagues.
The checklist was not yet released.
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