Panini brought back another set in this years Score Hockey called The Franchise. I don't remember these ever being in the hockey release at this level. The Franchise subset had always been comprised of mostly all-star players and the main stars from each team. This years set does have more of the same. But Panini added a retro-themed Franchise set very similar to the design I remember from back in 1992. The only difference was, that set was in baseball. Here they are now...
There was also an autographed version of these as well as a triple panel card with 3 autos. But I'm not talking about baseball here. Let's take a look at this years set.
These are the regular Franchise cards. They are all horizontal oriented with a large team logo about the size of a POG (remember those?) and an action shot of the player. Honestly for me these are not very appealing, kind of a bland design, and for the most part...boring.
But the retro-themed Franchise are a different story.
This set is a 6 card set (they are all here) that was originally thought to only be in retail boxes but I pulled all of these out of hobby boxes. There are also two checklists that are a much harder pull. Each of those features three of the players together. There are redemption autographs on each of these that are numbered out of #/10 and are practically impossible to find. I haven't seen any on the Bay yet but I'm sure they are out there and will fetch a hefty tag.
I think it's interesting that the Bobby Hull that I pulled isn't the same as the original preview release. I wonder if the preview card is the autographed one? Who knows?