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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2013 Cooperstown Baseball (99 Images)

August 24, 2013

Panini America 2013 Cooperstown Baseball QC (19)

Since the act of taking inventory of everything that’s cool about Panini America’s 2013 Cooperstown Baseball — a shining tribute to the greatest players and personalities in Hall of Fame history — would likely take up  most of your weekend, The Knight’s Lance is going to do it for you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the show.

To be sure, Panini America’s history-soaked second Cooperstown release — a direct result of the company’s official partnership with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum — has a lot going for it. From Cracked Ice parallels and on-card autographs of baseball’s all-time greats to splendid archival photography, Cogan’s Disks, Heroes Buy-Back Autographs and colorized base-set SPs, 2013 Cooperstown Baseball has something to appeal to even the most demanding Hall of Fame aficionados.

The product releases in hobby shops everywhere next Wednesday, which means Panini America Baseball Brand Managers Mike Payne and Tim Trout spent some quality time earlier this week quality controlling the product at the company printing facility. The following gallery highlights the fruits of their production-line labor.

Most of what you’re about to see comes from the hobby version of the product, but we also provide an early look at the special retail Orange dot-matrix base-set parallels. Enjoy this extended first look at live cards from the product and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance early next week for additional coverage of 2013 Cooperstown Baseball.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2013 10:12 am

    Amazing job capturing the feeling that Cooperstown brings. A rich history to the game. Cheers to the team that brought this together. WOW!

  2. Travis Stevens permalink
    August 24, 2013 10:38 am

    Those HOF buy-backs will be hot items!

  3. ThePinoyMamba Eric/Joshua permalink
    August 24, 2013 10:58 am

    Come to realize its been a year since I Have been reading the previews and the great writting of Tracy Hackler!
    It comes full circle, brings back what is it was like last year.
    Then comparing them on what is to expect.
    I could see subtle change that will just help the collectors
    Even more so embrace what it the amazing historic
    Teaching machine in the a form of a card collectible.
    That I could say card portfolio.
    The year does comes full circle but a new journey of collecting and new collectors
    Will be indulge with it.
    So I thank you Sir for giving is that heads up
    And what is to come.
    More luck to Panini America!

  4. Andrew McKay permalink
    August 24, 2013 11:14 am

    Wow, I like the look of these ones, love seeing the old school players and seeing all those hard signed autographs.

  5. August 24, 2013 12:00 pm

    I like the inclusion of the old Donruss Hall of Fame autos. Quick question though. Where those purchased off the secondary market or from the Baseball Hall of Fame gift shop or even perhaps from the old Donruss vaults?

    • August 24, 2013 12:19 pm

      Not sure, but will try to get an answer.

      • August 24, 2013 7:46 pm

        Congrats on the Knight’s Lance passing 2,000 subscribers!

      • August 24, 2013 9:15 pm

        Thanks, Tom. Really appreciate your support — and the support of so many others — from the beginning. Means the world to us.

  6. brendan watts permalink
    August 24, 2013 12:34 pm

    Wow, what you guys did with this product is truly amazing. Topps has the license and they haven’t even come close to something as collectible and original as this. Sign me up for this product the day it hits stores. The on-card autos are to die for-thanks for all the effort you guys put into this product. It won’t go unnoticed!

  7. brianped permalink
    August 24, 2013 12:41 pm

    Great looking stuff. Are the HOF buybacks #d?

  8. Ryan Schear permalink
    August 24, 2013 2:09 pm

    Would love to see an NFL set like this. No manufacturer has been able to put out an NFL HOFer set that has every member.

  9. August 24, 2013 5:27 pm

    Looks like a fun set for collectors of older baseball, I’d also be interested in learning more about the origin of those buybacks. Thanks Tracy!

  10. Jamey Feuer permalink
    August 25, 2013 11:14 am

    Beautiful, just beautiful! Those collectors who are “purists,” who don’t care for highly embellished inserts & parallels, will discover a product steeped in history, replete with on-card autos from HOF’ers living & deceased.
    The Cool Papa Bell, Hank Greenberg & Ted Williams hard autos are legit’ hobby treasures & the stuff of hobby-chubbies. THack’, how many autos are in a box, bro?

  11. Richard Sandanam permalink
    August 25, 2013 11:48 am

    The cracked Ice cards look great from what i see from the picture. They must be stunning in person. The on card autos also look amazing with the BLUE ink!

  12. August 25, 2013 5:31 pm

    Love the Hall of Fame Heroes auto buybacks.

    I collected all those quirky Donruss sets back in the day-Hall of Fame Heroes, Action All Stars, Season Highlights sets, Stand-ups, and even the french version Leaf cards in 1985 and 1986!

    I especially loved putting the Hall of Fame Puzzles together once I had bought enough packs!

    Great looking product from what I’ve see so far!!

  13. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    August 26, 2013 10:03 am

    Wow..its throwback and new all in one. I really like Cracked ice addition

  14. August 26, 2013 5:55 pm

    like the cracked ice paralells, really great varity of HOF autos

  15. Steve Burnite permalink
    September 1, 2013 8:55 am

    Image 96 ty cobb cracked ice in the cooperstown control gallery. Lower left corner.
    Great looking cards. Prime hockey too. Go broncos!!


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