2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Cards

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Cards



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2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 260 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: State (5 per box), Zip Code (1 per box)

1 Kerry Wood
2 Craig Biggio
3 Andrew McCutchen
4 Jose Rijo
5 Jim Abbott
6 Pat Burrell
7 Billy Butler
8 David Eckstein
9 Hunter Pence
10 Fred Lynn
11 Vince Coleman
12 Dustin Pedroia
13 Jim Rice
14 Yasiel Puig RC
15 Ryan Howard
16 Dennis Eckersley
17 Bill Buckner
18 Mark Grace
19 Robin Yount
20 Frank White
21 Nomar Garciaparra
22 Joe Carter
23 Rick Aguilera
24 Matt Williams
25 Johnny Damon
26 Andre Dawson
27 Elvis Andrus
28 Ozzie Smith
29 Joe Mauer
30 Paul Molitor
31 John Tudor
32 John Franco
33 Cole Hamels
34 Paul O'Neill
35 Frank Robinson
36 Tim Lincecum
37 Willie Horton
38 Teddy Higuera
39 Jurickson Profar
40 Ben McDonald
41 Greg Gagne
42 Jorge Posada
43 Jack Morris
44 Lee Mazzilli
45 Chipper Jones
46 Keith Moreland
47 Denny McLain
48 Ian Kinsler
49 Orel Hershiser
50 Rickey Henderson
51 Dan Gladden
52 Curt Schilling
53 Juan Samuel
54 Matt Kemp
55 Roberto Alomar
56 Adam Wainwright
57 Dale Murphy
58 Buddy Bell
59 Wil Myers
60 Steve Avery
61 Willie Wilson
62 Justin Verlander
63 Ron Cey
64 Frank Thomas
65 Tino Martinez
66 Cleon Jones
67 Ron Gant
68 Mike Scott
69 David Freese
70 Tony Pena
71 Pat Tabler
72 Ichiro
73 Tony Gwynn
74 Jack McDowell
75 Pete Rose
76 Kent Hrbek
77 Bobby Witt
78 Cal Ripken Jr.
79 Alex Rodriguez
80 Wade Boggs
81 Matt Harvey
82 Fernando Valenzuela
83 Jim Palmer
84 Jose Altuve
85 Yadier Molina
86 Ernie Banks
87 Mike Krukow
88 Mickey Lolich
89 Joe Charboneau
90 John Kruk
91 Bucky Dent
92 Derek Jeter
93 Rick Dempsey
94 Ryne Sandberg
95 Jerome Walton
96 David Price
97 Andy Van Slyke
98 Jon Jay
99 Eric Hosmer
100 Felix Hernandez
101 Ozzie Guillen
102 Max Scherzer
103 Dan Petry
104 Ruben Sierra
105 Brandon Phillips
106 Kevin Mitchell
107 Jody Davis
108 Mark Mulder
109 Gorman Thomas
110 Dwayne Murphy
111 Mike Zunino
112 Jeff Conine
113 Ron Darling
114 Chase Utley
115 Matt Cain
116 Shawn Green
117 Dusty Baker
118 Terry Pendleton
119 Mike Boddicker
120 Nolan Ryan
121 Mariano Rivera
122 Tom Seaver
123 Ellis Burks
124 Lenny Dykstra
125 Bob Brenly
126 Tony Fernandez
127 Will Clark
128 Dylan Bundy
129 Jack Clark
130 Alex Gordon
131 Johnny Ray
132 Chase Headley
133 Jordan Zimmermann
134 Greg Maddux
135 Evan Gattis
136 Alex Rodriguez
137 Gerrit Cole
138 Bob Gibson
139 George Brett
140 Ryan Zimmerman
141 Gary Gaetti
142 Shelby Miller
143 Jeff Bagwell
144 Roger Clemens
145 Mike Schmidt
146 David Murphy
147 Harold Reynolds
148 Shawon Dunston
149 Joey Votto
150 Bobby Thigpen
151 Barry Larkin
152 Andres Galarraga
153 Mookie Wilson
154 Dave Stieb
155 Darryl Strawberry
156 Evan Longoria
157 Jason Varitek
158 Roy Halladay
159 Asdrubal Cabrera
160 Tom Brunansky
161 Mike Greenwell
162 Lou Brock
163 Rick Monday
164 Alan Trammell
165 Josh Reddick
166 Gio Gonzalez
167 Lance Parrish
168 Buster Posey
169 Bill Madlock
170 Kris Medlen
171 Andre Thornton
172 Mickey Tettleton
173 Pablo Sandoval
174 Rob Dibble
175 Bill Buckner
176 Ken Griffey Jr.
177 Zack Wheeler
178 Brooks Robinson
179 Carlos Gonzalez
180 Pedro Martinez
181 Gary Pettis
182 Jesse Barfield
183 Tino Martinez
184 Oscar Gamble
185 Ben Sheets
186 Tim Salmon
187 Stephen Strasburg
188 Chris Perez
189 David Ortiz
190 Bernie Williams
191 Randy Johnson
192 Tommy Lasorda
193 Dave Stewart
194 Skip Schumaker
195 Manny Machado RC
196 Garry Templeton
197 Glenn Davis
198 Tony La Russa
199 Adam Jones
200 Reggie Jackson
201 Bo Jackson
202 Reggie Jackson
203 Andy Pettitte
204 Giancarlo Stanton
205 Troy Tulowitzki
206 Huston Street
207 Larry Bowa
208 Mark Lemke
209 Jason Heyward
210 Lance Berkman
211 Robin Ventura
212 Wally Joyner
213 Bryce Harper
214 Frank Viola
215 Kevin Youkilis
216 Kevin Seitzer
217 Juan Pierre
218 Bob Horner
219 Todd Helton
220 Yovani Gallardo
221 Fred McGriff
222 David Wright
223 Steve Finley
224 Mike Trout
225 Jake Peavy
226 Kevin Gausman
227 Mike Hargrove
228 Jim Sundberg
229 Dwight Gooden
230 Goose Gossage
231 Luis Gonzalez
232 Davey Lopes
233 Matt Moore
234 Mike Mussina
235 Rusty Greer
236 Gary Sheffield
237 Jose Bautista
238 Eric Davis
239 Tom Browning
240 Joe Girardi
241 Carlton Fisk
242 Albert Pujols
243 Mark Grace
244 Justin Morneau
245 Garrett Jones
246 Jay Buhner
247 Ben Zobrist
248 Vinny Castilla
249 Jean Segura
250 Harold Baines
251 Hyun-Jin Ryu RC
252 Willie McGee
253 Clayton Kershaw
254 Edwin Encarnacion
255 Paul Konerko
256 Dickie Thon
257 Marc Rzepczynski
258 Fergie Jenkins
259 Jeff Montgomery
260 Miguel Cabrera
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Greg Maddux 214x300 Image

Base Image Variation SPs Set Checklist

Featuring 40 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: State, Zip Code

261 Yasiel Puig
262 Jurickson Profar
263 Wil Myers
264 Mike Zunino
265 Dylan Bundy
266 Evan Gattis
267 Gerrit Cole
268 Zack Wheeler
269 Manny Machado
270 Shelby Miller
271 Mark Grace
272 Fred McGriff
273 Frank Robinson
274 Curt Schilling
275 Greg Maddux
276 Carlton Fisk
277 John Franco
278 Roberto Alomar
279 Ellis Burks
280 Prince Fielder
281 Nolan Ryan
282 James Shields
283 Bo Jackson
284 Dave Stewart
285 Josh Beckett
286 CC Sabathia
287 Jack Morris
288 Dave Kingman
289 Wade Boggs
290 Rickey Henderson
291 Pete Rose
292 Neil Walker
293 Steve Garvey
294 Matt Williams
295 Randy Johnson
296 Lee Smith
297 James Loney
298 Will Clark
299 Paul Molitor
300 Andre Dawson

Calling the Shots Set Checklist

Featuring 12 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Don Mattingly
2 Joe Girardi
3 Joe Torre
4 Lou Piniella
5 Tommy Lasorda
6 Kirk Gibson
7 Whitey Herzog
8 Terry Francona
9 Ozzie Guillen
10 Tony La Russa
11 Tony La Russa
12 Robin Ventura

City Hall Set Checklist

Featuring 15 cards
2 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Frank Viola
2 Jim Sundberg
3 Randy Johnson
4 Jim Rice
5 Juan Samuel
6 John Franco
7 Jose Rijo
8 Rick Dempsey
9 Dale Murphy
10 Willie Wilson
11 Andres Galarraga
12 Tony Gwynn
13 Nolan Ryan
14 Kent Hrbek
15 Andre Thornton

City Hall Signatures Set Checklist

Featuring 9 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/10, Black 1/1

1 Gary Gaetti
3 Tony Fernandez
4 Kent Hrbek
5 John Kruk
6 Mookie Wilson
7 Eric Davis
8 Mike Boddicker
9 Andre Thornton
10 Craig Biggio

Curtain Call Set Checklist

Featuring 15 cards
3 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Luis Gonzalez
2 Joe Carter
3 Kerry Wood
4 Josh Hamilton
5 Shawn Green
6 Justin Verlander
7 Nolan Ryan
8 Rickey Henderson
9 Pete Rose
10 Kirk Gibson
11 Derek Jeter
12 David Freese
13 Ryne Sandberg
14 Reggie Jackson
15 Cal Ripken Jr.

Defining Moments Set Checklist

Featuring 20 cards
2 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Mike Piazza
2 Derek Jeter
3 Stephen Strasburg
4 Mike Trout
5 Ernie Banks
6 Ken Griffey Jr.
7 Dwight Gooden
8 Andre Dawson
9 Cal Ripken Jr.
10 Edgar Martinez
11 Ichiro
12 Curt Schilling
13 David Freese
14 Mookie Wilson
15 Yu Darvish
16 Bryce Harper
17 Matt Harvey
18 David Ortiz
19 Brandon Phillips
20 Troy Tulowitzki

Face of the Franchise Signatures Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/10, Black 1/1

1 Joe Mauer
2 Ernie Banks
3 Ozzie Smith
4 Nolan Ryan
5 David Wright
6 Frank Thomas
7 Alan Trammell
8 George Brett
9 Evan Longoria
10 Troy Tulowitzki

Homegrown Heroes Set Checklist

Featuring 18 cards
1 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Cal Ripken Jr.
2 Joe Mauer
3 Derek Jeter
4 Jorge Posada
5 Mariano Rivera
6 Al Kaline
7 Alan Trammell
8 Bernie Williams
9 Craig Biggio
10 Frank White
11 George Brett
12 Jim Palmer
13 Stan Musial
14 Tony Gwynn
15 Todd Helton
16 Chipper Jones
17 Mike Schmidt
18 Robin Yount

Hometown Signatures Set Checklist

Featuring 93 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/25, Black 1/1

1 Mark Grace
2 Matt Williams
3 Jurickson Profar
5 Mark Lemke
6 Wil Myers
7 Steve Avery
8 Harold Baines
9 Mickey Tettleton
10 Mike Mussina
11 Rick Dempsey
12 Curt Schilling
13 Ellis Burks
14 Mike Greenwell
16 Evan Gattis
17 Jerome Walton
18 Jody Davis
19 Keith Moreland
20 Leon Durham
21 Zoilo Almonte
22 Shawon Dunston
23 Bobby Thigpen
24 Ozzie Guillen
25 Jose Rijo
26 Rob Dibble
27 Tom Browning
28 Joe Charboneau
29 Mike Hargrove
30 Pat Tabler
31 Andres Galarraga
32 Vinny Castilla
33 Dan Petry
34 Lance Parrish
37 Dickie Thon
38 Glenn Davis
39 Jose Cruz
40 Mike Scott
41 Frank White
42 Jeff Montgomery
43 Kevin Seitzer
44 Willie Wilson
45 Steve Yeager
46 Manny Machado
47 Tim Salmon
48 Bill Buckner
49 Davey Lopes
50 Jeff Conine
51 David Murphy
52 Gorman Thomas
53 Rob Deer
55 Kevin Gausman
56 Greg Gagne
57 Kent Hrbek
59 Tom Brunansky
60 Darryl Strawberry
61 Lee Mazzilli
62 Lenny Dykstra
63 Ron Darling
64 Jorge Posada
65 Lou Piniella
66 Oscar Gamble
67 Paul O'Neill
69 Dwayne Murphy
70 Gary Pettis
71 Tony La Russa
72 Juan Samuel
73 Larry Bowa
74 Andy Van Slyke
75 Mike Zunino
76 Johnny Ray
77 Tony Pena
78 Paul Lo Duca
79 Garry Templeton
80 Dave Stewart
81 Steve Garvey
82 Harold Reynolds
83 Jay Buhner
84 Shelby Miller
85 Dylan Bundy
86 Kevin Mitchell
87 Mike Krukow
88 Will Clark
89 David Eckstein
90 Jack Clark
91 John Tudor
92 Terry Pendleton
93 Vince Coleman
94 Willie McGee
95 Buddy Bell
96 Jim Sundberg
97 Ruben Sierra
98 Dave Stieb
99 Jesse Barfield
100 Ben Sheets
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Hometown Signatures David Eckstein 214x300 Image

Left Their Marks Signatures Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/10, Black 1/1

1 Rick Monday
2 Kerry Wood
3 Curt Schilling
4 Ozzie Smith
5 John Franco
6 Luis Gonzalez
7 Roger Clemens
8 Nolan Ryan
9 Bucky Dent
10 Bob Horner
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Left Their Marks Roger Clemens Autograph 214x300 Image

Nicknames Set Checklist

Featuring 20 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Ryne Sandberg
2 Dwight Gooden
3 Dave Parker
4 Ken Griffey Jr.
5 Mike Trout
6 Felix Hernandez
7 Ron Cey
8 Nolan Ryan
9 Orel Hershiser
10 Lance Berkman
11 Roger Clemens
12 Andre Dawson
13 Fernando Valenzuela
14 Jose Bautista
15 Michael Morse
16 Shane Victorino
17 Ozzie Smith
18 Roy Halladay
19 Derek Jeter
20 Rickey Henderson
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Nicknames Mike Trout 214x300 Image

Rivalry Set Checklist

Featuring 20 cards
1 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Johnny Damon
Johnny Damon
2 Wade Boggs
Wade Boggs
3 Roger Clemens
Roger Clemens
4 Dave Kingman
Dave Kingman
5 Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra
6 Dwight Gooden
Dwight Gooden
7 Lee Mazzilli
Lee Mazzilli
8 Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield
9 Darryl Strawberry
Darryl Strawberry
10 Steve Stone
Steve Stone
11 Andy Van Slyke
Andy Van Slyke
12 Lou Brock
Lou Brock
13 Leon Durham
Leon Durham
14 Lee Smith
Lee Smith
15 Dusty Baker
Dusty Baker
16 Robin Ventura
Robin Ventura
17 Orel Hershiser
Orel Hershiser
18 Lenny Dykstra
Lenny Dykstra
19 Tommy John
Tommy John
20 Don Sutton
Don Sutton

Scripted Legacy Signatures Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/10, Black 1/1

1 Cal Ripken Jr.
2 Ryne Sandberg
3 Barry Larkin
4 George Brett
5 Paul Molitor
6 Tom Seaver
7 Reggie Jackson
8 Rickey Henderson
9 Mike Schmidt
10 Tony Gwynn
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Scripted Legacy Tom Seaver Autograph 214x300 Image

Signed by the Enemy Set Checklist

Featuring 8 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/10, Black 1/1

1 Johnny Damon
Johnny Damon
2 Lou Brock
Lou Brock
3 Lenny Dykstra
Lenny Dykstra
4 Dave Kingman
Dave Kingman
5 Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton
6 Wade Boggs
Wade Boggs
8 Bruce Sutter
Bruce Sutter
9 Roger Clemens
Roger Clemens

SportDiscs Set Checklist

Featuring 60 cards
3 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold, Black

1 Stephen Strasburg
2 Mike Trout
3 Bryce Harper
4 Yu Darvish
5 Justin Verlander
6 Derek Jeter
7 Mariano Rivera
8 Robinson Cano
9 Albert Pujols
10 Troy Tulowitzki
11 Evan Longoria
12 Matt Harvey
13 Matt Kemp
14 Justin Upton
15 Buster Posey
16 David Wright
17 Andrew McCutchen
18 Joe Mauer
19 Clayton Kershaw
20 Jean Segura
21 Jose Bautista
22 Prince Fielder
23 Miguel Cabrera
24 Brandon Phillips
25 Dustin Pedroia
26 Shelby Miller
27 Carlos Gonzalez
28 Albert Pujols
29 Ichiro
30 Alex Rodriguez
31 Randy Johnson
32 Chipper Jones
33 Cal Ripken Jr.
34 Roger Clemens
35 Jason Varitek
36 Ryne Sandberg
37 Kerry Wood
38 Frank Thomas
39 Denny McLain
40 Craig Biggio
41 Bo Jackson
42 Jim Abbott
43 Bill Buckner
44 Tommy Lasorda
45 Jurickson Profar
46 Dave Kingman
47 Don Mattingly
48 Paul O'Neill
49 Rickey Henderson
50 Manny Machado
51 John Kruk
52 Tony Gwynn
53 Will Clark
54 Yasiel Puig
55 Ken Griffey Jr.
56 Lou Brock
57 Wil Myers
58 Nolan Ryan
59 Robin Ventura
60 Hyun-Jin Ryu
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Sportdiscs Stephen Strasburg 260x260 Image

Product Details

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2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball is a throwback-style set that mixes players from the 1950s through to the present day. With three autographs per box, designs come with a nostalgic feel. With 24-cards per pack, there's even more to give collectors an old-time feeling.

The 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes base set consists of 200 cards. Taking the best from each city, it has more than six decades' worth of superstars. Every other pack has a parallel. State versions fall five per box while Zip Codes parallels are one per box.

Every 12-pack box also has three total autographs from six different sets. Hometown Signatures cards come with on-card signatures. Similar to Fan Favorites Autographs in Topps Archives, the focus is on players popular with the fans and not necessarily widespread superstardom. The checklist includes 100 players. Scripted Legacy autographs incorporate induction speeches into the design (the text, not sound chips). Left Their Marks focuses on memorable players.

Sportdiscs harkens back to the lenticular discs that used to come with 7-11 Slurpees. The round "cards" are inserted 1:4 packs (three per box). Nicknames (1:12 packs) have both a player image along with a cartoon illustration of their alternate moniker. Other inserts in 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes include Curtain Call (1:4 packs), City Hall (1:6 packs), Defining Moments (1:6 packs), Rivalry (1:12 packs) and Homegrown Heroes (1:12 packs).

Product Configuration: 12 packs per box, 24 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Nostalgic Card Collectors, Autograph Collectors, Set Builders

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Box Break

  • 3 Autographs
  • 3 Sportdiscs
  • 10 Inserts
  • 6 Total Parallels
  • 288 Total Cards
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Product Review

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell

Good: It's fun. Huge packs. Plenty of on-card autographs.

Bad: Lots of unnecessary parallel inserts. Design elements are hit and miss. Might work better as a product with just retired players.

The Bottom Line: 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes isn't for every collector. It's loud and it's proud. Personally, I had a lot of fun with many parts of it. Just about everything but the steady flow of needless insert parallels. This is a nostalgia fix. It's doubtful many of the collectors opening it, myself included, are buying it for cards simply because they're rare and have a different color border. I'm okay with not every card being a superstar. Opening it took me back to when I first started collecting in the late 1980s where casual ripping led to large stacks of cards at the end. There's none of this three cards per pack stuff. But while the design and content is very much a retro trip, the checklist doesn't fully commit. I found this to be a fun break and a line that will hopefully continue. That said, there's room for it to grow and further distance itself from Panini's direct response to Topps Archives.

Staff Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.0/5.0

I go back and forth over the base card design. Sometimes I love how bright they are, kind of like a mix of 1930s Goudey with mid-70s Topps. But then I look again and I'm not a fan. I think it's the yellow. And then there are the card backs. Again, they're full of life, but the colors and patterns make me think of them as the argyle sweater of the hobby. This is likely to be one of the more devisive designs of the year. I suspect some will love it while others will fall on the opposite end of the spectrum. I can certainly understand both sides.

A huge plus are the lenticular Sportdiscs. Even though the idea is based off of the discs found with Slurpees and other premiums, they're different from anything else in the hobby today.

As a whole, the basic inserts are the biggest disappointment to me. For the most part, they're bland, boring and excessive. I believe inserts should be distinct from the rest of the set they're connected to, often with a premium look and feel. Kind of like the Sportdiscs. Most of the other inserts use the same card stock, so no enhancements there. They also play off similar "fan favorite" themes that run throughout the base set as well. All this begs the question, why are they here then?

Like Topps Archives, a big plus is the fact that a lot of the autographs are on-card. It's also nice that most of the signers come from an era where autographs aren't scribbles.

Checklist: 2.8/5.0

While it's easy to say that Panini's at a disadvantage compared to Topps since they can't use MLB logos and trademarks, they have a little more freedom in some regards. They're ability (and willingness) to devote more space to retired players is an advantage. And while 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball devotes a lot of its checklist to players from the past, it doesn't go all-in. As a result, I think it suffers as far as identity goes. This product screams nostalgia. And while Bryce Harper, Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout are great to have, they're not nostalgia. The base set feels like it's modeled after Topps Archives. That's not a bad thing, but it needs to distance itself a little more in this regard.

My biggest issue with this release is the basic inserts. Not only do a lot of them look and feel plain, there are far too many of them. Even worse, there are parallels that feel as though they're in the product simply so it can promise something rare. I'll take something compelling and fun over rarity. Even if there aren't many of these insert parallels, it doesn't matter because they don't add much. After opening a box, I also had so few of each insert set that I didn't feel compelled to build the set because I was so far off from making a major dent in any of them. That's a problem. Without the parallels, my opinion might have changed. I'd be that much closer so it'd feel like I could accomplish it. In turn, I'd have more of a reason to get more packs.

One insert set I really don't get is Rivalry. The checklist consists of players who played for different teams. For Darryl Strawberry, it's about New York versus New York. If this were a Topps set, it'd be fine. But since Panini can't use the logos or the nicknames, the end result makes little sense. This may be a minor quibble in the big concern, but for a set that focuses on a lot of other details well, it's a pretty glaring issue when it's noticed.

I'd love to see what a combined Hometown Heroes/Golden Age set would look like. Devote the base set entirely to retired baseball players and use the inserts to focus on pop culture and other, more obscure sports. That would solve a lot of the problems I have with the Hometown Heroes inserts as Golden Age is a lot of fun in that regard.

Value: 3.5/5.0

As far as autographs go, yes there are three per box. But like Topps Archives, expect more nostalgia than return on your dollar. This isn't a product for those looking to make a big monetary return. Rather, it's for those of us who get a kick out of landing autographs from occasional All-Stars from another era. The many inserts and parallels have the feeling of trying to push added value, but with their limited appeal, it's not really the case as it doesn't look like a lot of people are looking for them.

So while you're not likely to see a major money return, you do end up with a huge stack of cards afterward with lots of names from the past as well as the big ones from today.

The Fun Factor: 4.25/5.0

So while I have major issues with some aspects of Hometown Heroes, I still had a lot of fun with it. The names took me back to when I was a kid, just getting into baseball and collecting. The parts that interest me are simple, nostalgic fun. Because my biggest concerns have to do with the inserts, it's pretty easy to forget about them.

I love the massive packs and don't mind that it means less packs per box. The Sportdiscs are some of my favorite inserts of the year. I like that I have a large stack of base cards to sort through. These are all little things. But each of them takes me back. And it's that retro vibe that I hope continues and grows in the future, not the modern sense of manufactured rarity. There's a place for that in the hobby, just not here.

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2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball Cards, reviewed by Ryan Cracknell on 2013-10-25T09:00:16+00:00 rating 3.4 out of 5

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Reviews

  1. Would really have loved to seen a couple insert sets that would harken back to the 90’s in terms of scarcity. A one per box or every other box, and maybe a case hit would be awesome. There’s such little value in sets like the lenticular discs. Great concept, and many people would love to pull them, but they’ll hold little value. Make them a one per box hit, with 50 cards in the set. Same with the case hit. Take a subject, build the set around it (like Team MVP, Award Winners, etc), give it a cutting-edge design, 12-25 cards, one per case and then you’ve got a great chase element. It’d be such a nice change of pace from all the cookie-cutter GU cards.

  2. Its funny how its all about the cities they play for and the towns they are from, but they cant use any photos with logos or team names… Until these other companies get a License i just try to stay away…. Nothing worse than a card with a star player on in with a Blank Jersey and Hat! Just doesn’t look right to me! -

  3. The inserts are very nice & limited & u just get that young feeling again opening cards that are like us old-timers felt in the 60’s & 70’s. I only bought 3 packs to see what they were like & I got 5 different inserts and a David Murphy HomeTown signature card and a Yasiel Puig RC!

  4. Loved it!!! Clean, good looking cards! Have bought two hobby. Even with no logos still looks great!!!

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