Highlights of the 2012 NFL Rookie Premiere

With the NFL Rookie Premiere winding down, Panini and Topps have shown us a lot of what is to come this year in their football products. They’ve been posting pictures all across social media, giving us a sneak peak on what is to come.

Here are some of my favorites:

Panini

Robert Griffin III showcasing an autographed Panini card…an ACETATE card. That makes me giddy.

Justin Blackmon autograph using a different color ink. Finally, Panini has listened to collectors and are trying something else other than just a different color foil.

Topps

Topps Tall Boys autographs. Bringing back some of that retro flavor with some sweet autographs.

Topps Inception plus Andrew Luck. Really, what’s bad about this picture here?

Those are only a couple of the many highlights from this weekend at the NFL Rookie Premiere. If you’ve missed any of it, make sure you check out the Panini Twitter, Panini Blog, and the Topps and Topps Football Twitter accounts. You can catch up there!

Preview: 2012 Panini Elite Football

2012 Panini Elite football has been shown off over on the Panini blog, and there are already plenty of reasons to be excited.

First, this year, Elite will feature rookies in their NFL uniforms. That is a great improvement already and a reason to be excited. You’ll be able to see your favorite new rookies in this product in their new colors with the four rookie cards per box. With base rookies numbered to 999 with autographs numbered to 699 or less.

You’ll also be able to find other rookie autographs like Rookie Inscriptions which will feature something that hasn’t been done much in professional sports trading cards, with several different colored ink signatures that tell you the scarcity of the card.

There is also a larger retired players component this year with Throwback Threads, Back to the Future, and the return of one of Elite’s staples…Passing the Torch. All of these will feature autographs and game used memorabilia pieces.

And finally, you have your current NFL talent as well with inserts like Hit List, for the defensive standouts, and Prime Numbers featuring some of the top stat producing players. All of these feature autographs or memorabilia cards.

Elite is definitely taking a huge step forward over last year, so make sure you check it out when it releases right after July 4, 2012.

(Click here for a review of 2011 Panini Elite Football to compare to this year.)

 

Preview: 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball

When Panini announced their licensing agreement with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, I was excited for the possibilities. First, some of the cards in Prime Cuts were gorgeous. But I was hoping for something a little more themed as a set. That is finally happening.

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball will be released in the dog days of summer in late July, and will feature some of the greatest names to ever take the baseball diamond, all in one product.

Each 24 pack box of Cooperstown will feature one Cooperstown Signatures autograph, two Commemorative Patches (manu-patch), three Bronze History cards, and other collectible inserts and parallels of your favorite Hall of Famers.

What would be a Hall of Fame product with cut signatures? Panini has also included Fame Cuts which feature cut autographs from some of the greatest players ever like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Sandy Koufax, and more.

Oh, and also included is your chance to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Check it out in late July, and check out the Panini blog for more information.

2012 NFL Rookie Premiere Players Announced

The 2012 NFL Rookie Premiere players have been announced, and collectors should be happy. Well for the most part they should be happy. Every player invited plays an offensive position that brings the most value hobby wise. A ton of QBs, RBs, and WRs made the cut and will be there for pictures, autographs, and wearing a ton of jerseys.

Here’s the official list from the NFLPA:

Adams Joe WR Arkansas Panthers
Allen Dwayne TE Clemson Colts
Blackmon Justin WR Oklahoma State Jaguars
Broyles Ryan WR Oklahoma Lions
Egnew Michael TE Missouri Dolphins
Fleener Coby TE Stanford Colts
Floyd Michael WR Notre Dame Cardinals
Foles Nick QB Arizona Eagles
Givens Chris WR Wake Forest Rams
Graham T.J. WR North Carolina State Bills
Griffin, III Robert QB Baylor Redskins
Hill Stephen WR Georgia Tech Jets
Hillman Ronnie RB San Diego State Broncos
Hilton T.Y. WR Florida International Colts
James LaMichael RB Oregon 49ers
Jenkins A.J. WR Illinois 49ers
Luck Andrew QB Stanford Colts
Martin Doug RB Boise State Buccaneers
Miller Lamar RB Miami (FL) Dolphins
Osweiler Brock QB Arizona State Broncos
Pead Isaiah RB Cincinnati Rams
Pierce Bernard RB Temple Ravens
Posey DeVier WR Ohio State Texans
Quick Brian WR Appalachian State Rams
Randle Rueben WR Louisiana State Giants
Richardson Trent RB Alabama Browns
Sanu Mohamed WR Rutgers Bengals
Tannehill Ryan QB Texas A&M Dolphins
Toon Nick WR Wisconsin Saints
Turbin Robert RB Utah State Seahawks
Weeden Brandon QB Oklahoma State Browns
Wilson David RB Virginia Tech Giants
Wilson Russell QB Wisconsin Seahawks
Wright Jarius WR Arkansas Vikings
Wright Kendall WR Baylor Titans

2012 Bowman AFLAC Autographs Checklist

The information just keeps on coming from Topps about this year’s Bowman release. May 9th can’t come soon enough for the Chromies and prospectors, so here’s a little more information to whet your appetite.

The 2012 Bowman AFLAC Autographs Checklist:

Sonny Gray /200
Andrew Susac /210
Jordan Swaggerty /210
Dillon Howard /225
Gerrit Cole /225
Stetson Allie /230
Mathew Purke /230
Dillon Maples /230
Austin Hedges /240
Jose Fernandez /240
Daniel Norris /240

All of your AFLAC autographs will be sequentially numbered and feature some of the first autographs from future stars like Jordan Swaggerty, Gerrit Cole, and Dillon Maples.