Panini America set to revive Triple Play brand
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Panini America will be reviving a short-lived, kid-focused card line of the early 1990s this summer when it brings back Triple Play as a low-end brand that just might be chock-full of fun.
While details are still forthcoming from the company, Triple Play is scheduled for a July 23 release with seven-card packs carrying a suggested retail price of just 99 cents with 24 packs per box and 20 boxes per case.
During its initial run back in the Donruss days, Triple Play lasted for just three years — it arrived in 1992 and was shelved by 1995.
The debut set featured standard action photography but with subsets that included photos of players as kids, highlight cards and stadiums on bright orange and yellow borders. In 1993, the set included a card of President Bill Clinton — long before a presidential presence was more typical in card sets — while the 1994 release showcased full-bleed photography as the company moved more of its products higher-end by adding gloss and more foil-stamped inserts.
The new set appears to have a definite kid-focused flavor — at least based off of a lone preview image — with vector artwork bringing a new feel to the line.
We’ll have more on the return of Triple Play when it becomes available.
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