2013 Panini Father’s Day Details


One of the most-memorable debut baseball card releases of the 1990s, 1991 Studio, is making a comeback.

In Panini America‘s 2013 Father’s Day promotional program.

The in-shop pack-incentive program for buying Panini products has been a hit of sorts for the last few years with packs including autograph and memorabilia cards typically not found anywhere else in the company’s lineup.

This year, the training, err trading, ground includes a look back to the past with Studio’s unique love-it-or-hate-it look never-before revisited in a Panini line. That set will comprise 24 cards in the standard-card offering. They will be numbered to just 499. The design also will be applied to athletes from other sports as the promotion includes all of the company’s major licenses.

The rest will include 15 Team Pinnacle cards — also not revisited before for baseball from Panini — nine Museum Collection cards and a selection of Elite Series players as well.


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  1. zotster 4 May, 2013 at 16:20

    Given their licensing restrictions, Studio seems like it should have been a natural choice for a full baseball release. It looks better than anything else they’ve done so far.

  2. Joe Cecil 4 May, 2013 at 18:12

    Those pink plain studio cards have to be the most hideous looking cards I have seen in a long time.

  3. chrisolds 4 May, 2013 at 18:19

    Kris: Details to come closer to the program. In essence you get X number of packs depending on certain products purchased from the card shop or on Panini’s website.

  4. chrisolds 4 May, 2013 at 18:20

    Zotster: Certainly would have had a stronger impact than some of the promo/event cards for baseball at least.

  5. bearcatlawjd 4 May, 2013 at 19:46

    I have waiting for Panini to revisit Studio. Signature Series looked a whole lot like a studio release but since the product’s focus was autographs the base cards were an afterthought.

    A full release for Studio should be a no brainer because its a brand that doesn’t MLB licensing to work.

    I am interested to see if the Elite Series will be prospects or current players.

  6. J.R. 5 May, 2013 at 09:24

    Holy nostalgia! Those Studio cards take me back.

    I never thought I would be OK with an unlicensed baseball release, no matter the premise, but Panini has found a way to prove me wrong. Studio is, indeed, the PERFECT outlet for unlicensed photos. They may be on to something here, especially the ones that focus on player’s tattoos, physique, etc. Very impressed with the Studio release.

    Team Pinnacle?!? Finally! I remember paying almost $100 for the Frank Thomas/Jeff Bagwell, and I had that card in a 1″ glass case for years. Really excited they are bringing that back too!

    Well done, Panini. Something borrowed is actually working here.

  7. backupgoalie 5 May, 2013 at 13:33

    they look nice, but does panini do anything but pirate old ideas from other companies? they should look to improve some of their own products. their inserts are beyond boring, the base designs (ones that they havent pillaged from other sets…) are average at best. i wanna like panini’s stuff, but they make it tuff sometimes.

  8. David Quinn 5 May, 2013 at 13:53

    I’m more of a Racing Card collector, but…..I’ve always loved the old Studio Cards from the early 90’s. I love-as an artist and photographer-the simple artistic expression these cards make in a binder or display.

  9. chrisolds 5 May, 2013 at 14:43

    Backupgoalie: Panini owns the intellectual property of the Donruss/Playoff, Score/Pinnacle and Pacific companies. They are its designs and trademarks to use/revisit because it owns them,

  10. Ed 5 May, 2013 at 14:44

    I understand that the full details of the program are not set up, but it sounds to me as though you buy some of our junk and we will give you some good stuff…maybe.

    All the concerns about dealers going out of business……..”This will help the dealers sell more at the store and require the packs to be sent in for redemption”, or are you setting up the buyers to become comfortable using the website to redeem or order the products. How about I order my box from Panini and they give me extras to shop with them. OH…that sounds like what they are doing.
    See Ya Dealers…………

    Seriously….Once again rehashing OLD OUTDATED card line. ONCE AGAIN….nothing new, nothing creative, no new technology or the use of current printing technologies.

    Panini must save Millions on research and development because they don’t have any. I think they buy old Becketts and Re-hash Dead product lines in between beer runs.

    I have opened boxes of STUDIO before, so I won’t be opening any “So-called” new Studio.

    But good Luck with that………….some of us see farther than others.


  11. David Johnson 5 May, 2013 at 19:59

    I hope they do some on card autos of the Studio cards. They look great, and the 91 Studio set is one of my favorite sets of the 90s.

  12. Card Opionator 6 May, 2013 at 10:24

    I agree with Ed. If you are going retro, you copy an idea that WORKED and people LIKED! This sucked, and was cancelled for a reason in the 90’s. This is sad.

  13. Paul Angilly 6 May, 2013 at 10:45

    Ed and others …

    I’m a big fan of Topps who also likes Panini too, for the most part (just not a fan of non-league licensed stuff). I just don’t understand the criticism about revisiting a classic old design. You mean, like Topps Heritage, Topps Archives, Topps Gypsy Queen, Topps Allen & Ginter, Upper Deck Goodwin Champions, Upper Deck’s Fleer Retro, or even Upper Deck’s O-Pee-Chee hockey and baseball, when it re-used old Topps designs?

    Most of those Topps retro-styled sets rank among the company’s most popular. Why wouldn’t Panini resurrect an old design it paid good money to get the rights for? Especially when that design is a perfect fit for its licensing restrictions (although at second look, why on Earth did it picture so many players wearing caps that needed to get blanked out?)?

    You want to talk creativity, how about Upper Deck, whose cards haven’t changed their look since the turn of the century, if not earlier?

    Studio was a classic set and it’s long since time to revisit it. I love any set where the focus is on good photography, rather than fancy foil highlights and serial-numbering.

  14. Jason K 6 May, 2013 at 15:00

    I never collected Studio, but I liked the design (I was on my way out of collecting at the time). This seems like a no brainer for a half licensed company. I think they are cool and a good way for players to show off their personality that may or may not be able to be found in an action shot found on a “typical” card.

  15. Cory Furlong 6 May, 2013 at 20:36

    I am not sure why but Studio always gave me the creeps. The black and white or the player with their home city skyline in the background, just makes me anxious.

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