Preview: 2012 Panini Playbook Football

Panini releases a new Football product in 2012 Panini Playbook Football.


Look for the top rookies of the 2012 season with the Rookie Signatures set. All cards will be numbered to 149 or less, including black parallels numbered to 1. Also look out for Accolades Signatures which features some of the best players in NFL history, these cards are numbered to 49 or less.

There will also be various relic sets including Fabled Fabrics which features NFL legends and are numbered to 99 or less. There are also prime versions numbered to 49 or less.

Don’t forget about the Rookie Booklet cards either. These cards are sure to look amazing, with a jumbo swatch, jumbo patch and autograph all on one card? Sign me up for that, these cards will be numbered to 149 or less, including Printing Press Plate 1 of 1’s.


Each box contains 1 pack with 4 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 1 rookie autograph, 1 memorabilia card, 1 on-card rookie booklet, and 1 autograph or memorabilia card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $190 when it releases April 3, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini America blog.

Preview: 2012 Panini Gridiron Football

Long gone is Gridiron Gear, with Panini Gridiron taking over as the name behind the cards this year. It’s almost a completely retooled product, but it does bring back some collector favorites over the past few years. With a bigger base set, action photography, and a better overall theme, it appears as though it will be more well rounded product.

At 18 packs per box and 8 cards per pack, you’re still going to get a ton of cards. You’re also still going to find autographs and memorabilia cards like you have in the past versions of this product. Each box will contain at least 2 autographs and 2 two memorabilia cards with some boxes having 3 autographs. Those of you that were autographed Rookie Gems fans, don’t worry, they will be returning with a slight tweak. Also returning is the popular Gridiron Kings and Rookie Gridiron Kings subsets.

X’s and O’s have a new meaning this year with die-cut X’s and O’s cards featuring pieces of prime game used memorabilia. Include that with Monday Night Heroes, Arms Race, and Aerial Assault, and there are some nice new inserts to collect this year. And don’t forget, you can also find superstar autographs on the Gridiron Signatures insert card as well.

Gridiron Gear definitely lost it’s flavor last year, but the revamping of the product is a good step in the right direction for the Panini football team.

You’ll be able to find this product on October 24, 2012, for a little more than $100 a box. You can find out more about the product by visiting the Panini blog and the product information page on Cardboard Connection.

NFL Week 1 & 2 SCB Rookies of the Week

I wanted to start this little segment after the NFL Week 1 games, however, I’ve been just so busy with things it was put on the back burner. This was an idea from a reader of the blog that he would want to see and I can see the appeal.

Week 1 SCB Rookie of the Week: Robert Griffin III

It’s an obvious choice for Week 1 Rookie of the Week. It has to go to RGIII. The dynamic quarterback was able to throw for 320 yards in his first NFL game with two touchdown passes. He was also able to scamper for 42 yards on the ground in leading the Redskins to victory over the Saints. His rookie card prices were already sky high before the season even began, but with a convincing performance like that it justified the price paid by all those collectors out there.

Week 2 SCB Rookie of the Week: Trent Richardson

Week 2 was a tougher choice for who takes the crown as the rookie of the week. Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, and Andrew Luck all did well in leading their teams to victory, but Trent did a lot of damage on the ground despite the Hogs’ loss. 109 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown is great for the rookie’s second game, but he also added 36 yards and another touchdown through the air. Trent’s showcasing his strong legs and good hands, that’s bad news for opposing defenses and good news for card collectors.

Hopefully we will keep this as a weekly thing, showcasing the best performances by NFL rookies each week.


Preview: 2012 Topps Inception Football

The rookie product of mostly…well rookies, is back again for it’s sophomore season featuring some of the nicest rookie cards of the season. With on-card autographs, great design work, and pretty good value, this product hits the streets again trying to look for a repeated success after last season.

Each 7 card box will feature 2 base cards of NFL veterans, 2 parallels, there will be 2 autographed cards (either autograph or autograph relic), and a patch or regular memorabilia card. Topps also boasts that every player will be in their respective NFL uniform as well, especially after the tragedy of Bowman Signatures.

The usual favorites have returned as well, including the black with silver signature version of the cards numbered to 25 copies. These were the hit of the summer with this product and provided some of the nicest cards of the year.

You’ll also be able to find the usual patch autographs and multi-autographed cards as well as with last year’s product.

Coming out next Wednesday, July 11, 2012, will be the return of this great product. We only hope it stands the test of time as another year as a successful product from Topps. With the great rookie class and autographs from Andrew Luck, Justin Blackmon, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, and the rest of the draft family…it looks like it will repeat as a top product of the year.

It should be well worth the single Benjamin.