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By Chris Olds | Editor
The first of the new Score hockey sets produced by Panini America will arrive in little over a week with something that just might make you remember the hockey cards from another day.
No, it’s not some uber-vintage inclusion or card set styled after something from several decades ago.
Instead, they are 20th anniversary buyback autographs — as in 1990-91 Score, the arrival of the line to the NHL. As in the rookie year of Eric Lindros, Martin Brodeur and even guys like Rob Blake and Keith Primeau.
Those memorable reddish-orange white and purple-bordered cards will once again be coming out of packs like they did out of those odd plastic wrappers years ago — a year when Score and Upper Deck both entered the hockey card arena, bringing along with them countless collectors (myself included) who had dabbled in others sports but maybe didn’t follow the game all that closely.
Even though they’re not items from many a decades’ past, they are still reflective of how much trading cards have changed since that time. Just think about it, the certified autograph barely existed then — and the game-used memorabilia card was still several years from reality.
According to Panini America officials, the buybacks will be noted as being from the buyback program as well as numbered.
“Every buyback we issue has a mark on it,” said Panini America’s Scott Prusha, “and they are numbered.”
For collectors like myself, who may not dabble in hockey as heavily as they did back in 1990, these cards will be an instant throwback to the not-so-distant past — something that just might make me want to rip into a pack or two … or three, or …
This year’s version of Score arrives on Oct. 20 packing seven cards per pack, 36 packs per box and 20 boxes per case with the almost-throwback price of 99 cents a pack. Collectors will find one autographed per case — so they aren’t going to be easy — but there will be plenty of inserts and base cards to be found (500 standard cards and 50 rookies in the base set alone).
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
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