The stars and stripes fly proud in 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball. The Collegiate, 18U and 15U National Teams all have autograph inserts in the prospect-driven release.
Of these, the most common are the 18U National Team Autographs. These are also bound to generate the most interest in the months ahead as several of the players will likely have their names called at the 2013 MLB Draft. The cards all have on-card autographs. The hi-res photos, which are a mix of in-action shots and posed portraits, are cast against the patriotic backdrop of a flapping American flag. All 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball 18U National Team Autographs are numbered to 299.
The team also has a set of autographed jersey cards. These are numbered to 249 and feature sticker autographs. The design is completely different, using a horizontal layout.
15U National Team autographs use a near-identical design. Signatures are done on stickers for both the basic 15U autographs and the autographed jersey cards. They're also much rarer. 15U autographs are numbered to 125 and autographed jerseys are limited to 99 numbered copies.
Collegiate team signatures are, by far, the rarest of the national team autographs in 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball. Numbered to 10, all come inscribed with a short note or doodle.
Below is a visual guide to the 18U National Team basic autographs.
2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball 18U National Team Autographs Visual Guide
Please note that Panini has not released a final checklist for 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition so this gallery may not be totally complete. That said, the preliminary checklist had 19 different signers for the 18U autographed jersey set.
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