Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 6/12/13

It has been 37 years since "Bad News Bears" graced the big screens of movie theatres across the nation.However, a card company is finally set to release the first ever set of "Bad News Bears" baseball cards for collectors everywhere to go crazy over.According to Panini America, the cards will be released in late June as part of the 2013 Panini Golden Age Baseball set.Some of the packs will include autographed cards by the likes of Jackie Earle Haley (Kelly Leak), Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O'Neal), Gary Lee Cavagnaro (Mike Engelberg) and David Stambaugh (Rudi Stein), among others.“We wanted to add some element of the ‘The Bad News Bears’ from the earliest planning stages of the second Golden Age release, and we began working on that even before 2012 Golden Age was shipped,” says Panini America Brand Manager Mike Payne. “That film is a classic and fits perfectly into the Golden Age brand. Licensing became the biggest hurdle, and deals with studios can take some time to reach an agreement. Once that was completed, Paramount provided imagery of the six principles we were in negotiations with, including Tatum O’Neal and Jackie Earle Haley. It wouldn’t have been the set we wanted without Amanda and Kelly Leak."In addition to the "Bad News Bears," the Golden Age packs will also feature cards bearing the likeness of Al Kaline, Evel Knievel, and the Three Stooges, as well.Via Big League Stew

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