I have to admit I love the Jumbo Cleat inserts in the 2014 Panini Immaculate Baseball set that releases this Wedensday (September 24). Panini first rolled out the concept of big shoe swatches with Immaculate Basketball (did you see Shaq Pump card?!?!) and have brought the concept to baseball.
Some of the biggest sluggers of the past 30 years have donated their cleats for the set: Mike Schmidt, Tony Gwynn, Craig Biggio, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista and Eddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. Each player has four cards each and they are hand-numbered 1/1. The only exception is Schmidt who has two Nike logo cards and two shoe tags.
Cleats aren’t the only jumbo relics inside Panini’s first Immaculate baseball set. Jerseys, wristbands, game-worn batting gloves, nameplate letters, game-used bat knobs, game-used bat-barrel nameplates are just some the hits you’ll be able to find.
There are also autographs galore in this set. Immaculate Ink features on-card autographs in gold or silver ink on black tweedweave from both current and past stars. The Greatest Signatures capture the autographs of some of the sport’s all-time legends, including George Brett, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr. and Bob Gibson.
There’s more jersey swatches to be found in the Immaculate Material sets. Rookie Material will feature jumbo jersey swatches of the hottest rookies in baseball. The cards numbered to 99 with a prime version numbered to 10. Immaculate Rookie Autographs Material combine a smaller swatch with a sticker autograph numbered to 99. Standard versions are numbered to 49.
You can find more historic gear in Accolades Material, which features 25 of the greatest players of all time (Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio to name a few). Cards are numbered to 99 with prime versions limited to 25.
Immaculate Swatches Premium has material from 95 different players with standard and premium cards numbered to 99 or less. Premium edition have a small run of 20 and include swatches with logos, laundry tags and buttons.
Cases will come with eight boxes a piece with one pack per box and six cards per pack. You will find five autograph or memorabilia cards in every box. This is also your first chance to find Jose Abreu memorabilia cards.
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