Buzz Break: 2013 Panini Golden Age sports cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2013 Panini Golden Age (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper pack)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 148
Base set completion: 104 of 150 (69 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Tatum O’Neal, Bo Derek, Jackie Earle Haley, Sparky Anderson, Jerry Lewis, Jane Russell, Henry Fonda, Eva Gabor, Branch Rickey, Earl Campbell, Grace Kelly, Jim Thorpe, Jimmy Carter, Seabiscuit, Henry Ford, Johnny Carson, Red Grange, William “Buckwheat” Thomas, Curley Neal, Yogi Berra, Bob Hope, Mel Ott, Penny Marshall, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mario Andretti, Evel Knievel, Abraham Lincoln, Knute Rockne, The Three Stooges, Walter Cronkite, Henry Winkler, Harry Houdini

Inserts: 41 (all in gallery below)
Exhibits (1) – 
Reggie Jackson (box-topper)
Tip Top Bread Labels (1) – Kelly Leak
Bread for Energy (2) – 
Eddie Cicotte, Sham
Headlines (2) – 
Brooks Robinson, S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
The Three Stooges (1) – 
Three Little Pigskins
DeLong (2) – 
Al Simmons, Frankie Frisch
Playing Cards (8) – 
Joker, Grace Kelly, Theodore Roosevelt, Dawn Wells, Carl Yastrzemski, Bob Gibson, Henry Ford, Johnny Evers
Nadja Caramels Mini (1) – Wally Pipp
Americans Caramel Mini Red (1) – 
Grace Kelly
Carolina Brights Mini Purple (1) – Grantland Rice
Americans Caramel Mini Blue (13) –
Johnny Evers, Bowie Kuhn, Molly Brown, Buckwheat Thomas, Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Johnny Carson, War Admiral, Henry Winkler, Mike Schmidt, Elizabeth Montgomery, Lou Brock, John Belushi
Carolina Brights Mini Green (8) –
Jerry Lewis (2), David Stambaugh, Stan Musial, Jake Daubert, Carlton Fisk, Penny Marshall, The Three Stooges

Autographs/Memorabilia: 3
Historic Signatures (2) –
Jan Stephenson, Ed Kranepool
Museum Age memorabilia (1) – 
Bill Freehan

What’s Buzz-worthy: Panini America’s retro-styled Golden Age brand is one that’s been on the sidelines for the last few years, but this second release is, to this collector, the best of the three. The base set is loaded with “some of the nation’s greatest athletes, entertainers and newsmakers from the Golden Age of America” and it’s one that really showcases the retro possibilities in its inserts and autograph/memorabilia potential. There are minis and there are Exhibit box-toppers that couldn’t be more different and then there are nods to food-issue sets, historic moments and pop culture. The ink found here overall is pretty solid and the roster of inserts was fun. As for this box, it included an extra hit (extra autograph card), while the mini inserts delivered some good names. The hits aren’t the biggest names but an extra auto at this price still gets it a solid grade.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A-

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