Coming Soon: Panini America Peeks Albert Pujols’ First Los Angeles Baseball Cards
One of the biggest free-agent baseball signings in recent history — and perhaps of all time — took place earlier this morning when former St. Louis superstar Albert Pujols signed a massive 10-year, $254 million contract with Los Angeles. The signing sent shock waves throughout the sports world and will be just as huge in the sports card world as well.
As a result, Panini America responded quickly to the move, nearly stopping the presses to update the planned and already-in-production Pujols trading cards for its first two MLBPA-licensed products — 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition and 2011 Playoff Contenders — to reflect Pujols’ new workplace.
2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, which ships later this month, will include updated Pujols base cards as well as parallels numbered to 200, 100, 25 and 1, respectively. 2011 Playoff Contenders will follow closely on the heels of Donruss Elite Extra Edition with base cards, a 1/1 Season Tickets Championship Tickets card and Artist’s Proof (numbered to 49) and First Day Printer’s Proof (numbered to 10) parallels.
Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for more details on that release.