Preview: 2011 Panini Limited Baseball

Sitting on my desk in my man-cave is a box. This box is black, empty, and features Hall of Famer Willie Mays on it. If you guessed that the box was an old box of 2005 Leaf Limited baseball, you have guessed correctly. The last Limited product from the former Donruss trading card company, since acquired by Panini. But not anymore. This post the other day from Panini shows the revival of a once great product.

So now, let’s get to the good stuff. Each box of 2011 Panini Limited baseball will contain 3 autographs or memorabilia cards, guaranteeing at least 2 autographs per box. These autographs will be a cross spectrum from top prospects, current MLB stars like Josh Hamilton, Dustin Pedroia, and Matt Kemp, and baseball legends like Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., and Don Mattingly.

You may also find cut autographs, numbered to 5 or less, of former baseball players, other sports players, and even entertainment and politics. A definite crowd pleaser here would be a cut autograph from George Steinbrenner, former New York Yankees owner.

Another cool subset is Rawlings Gold Glove Signatures, which will feature chunks of real 14k gold and autographs from former Gold Glove winners. Maybe you’ll find some real silver in the Silver Sluggers Signatures subset? Or maybe you’ll find some game used material cards from players like “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Lou Gehrig, or Ty Cobb. Speaking of game used cards, when’s the last time you’ve seen pieces of game used helmets embedded into baseball cards or buttons? 2011 Panini Limited baseball will bring it all back.

Coming this April, 2011 Panini Limited baseball will be back in it’s full glory and I will be happy to have it back.