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What do last year’s stars mean to this year’s collectors?

The 2013 NFL season is not only going to be a make or break season for many players, it is destined to have a large impact in the collecting world as well.

Last season may well have been the year of the rookie. Players like Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Doug Martin and Andrew Luck highlighted an unprecedented rookie crop. These players showed off their flashy styles and put up big numbers against strong opponents. Football collectors everywhere responded in turn by putting up big numbers of their own. Collectors threw down big money for these new breakout stars. Regular refractors of Griffin and Luck can fetch as much as thirty dollars with their autographs going for a few hundred. It would appear that a new era had dawned in the NFL and fans and collectors were excited to go along for the ride.

However, that was last year. Now everyone is anxious to see if the previous season was the real deal for the now sophomore stars. The expectations weigh heaviest on Robert Griffin III, who is coming off surgery for a torn ACL. It seemed like Washington acquired all the right pieces for their young quarterback to thrive this season but he has struggled in the first two weeks. Griffin's draft day counterpart, Andrew Luck, does not have as much pressure this year, playing for what many consider to be  second-rate Colts team. Still, while Luck may not be expected to win, collectors still are hoping for impressive numbers to justify their rookie card purchases.

So now players like Luck, Griffin, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are entering the 2013 season with large amounts invested in their cardboard likenesses. If last year was the year of the rookie, will this be the year of the sophomore slump? Anyone who has bet on these promising stars is certainly hoping not.


2012 Panini Prestige to Kick off NFL Trading Cards


The top rookies of the 2012 NFL season will make there NFL trading card official uniform debut June 20th when 2012 Panini Prestige gets released. The set looks fantastic and has a checklist that everyone will drool over. Im excited and cant wait for our two 12 box case breaks that we have coming up.

The first NFL  set that will feature RGIII, Andrew Luck, and Trent Richardson in there NFL Uniforms. Tons of on card autos here. Last years prestige fell at the mercy of the NFL lock out. This years with enough planning it seems to be on track for being a winner.

Key Features

  • -4 different sub sets of rookie driven on card signatures
    -Non Rookie Premiere signers including Morris Claiborne, Matt Kalil, Dre Kirkpatrick, Melvin Ingram, Mark Barron, David Wilson, Lamar Miller and more
    -Each 24 pack box will feature 4 hits. At least 2 autographs. 24 rookie cards
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2011 Limited Football Review Initial Thoughts



With all the madness of 2011 Limited product delays i think Panini has silenced me. They got it right! I’d like to think the reason this product took so long is they chiseled it out of rock. Meaning all the heads and wigs at Panini got together and said ” lets put out a product that isnt watered down that collectors will like!”….hmm what a concept! Its hard to not get pissed or angry at every watered down product that comes out thats like the last one but “slightly” different. What panini did here is give you three quality hits. Quality over quantity. Yeah you can push out a product that gives you 6 hits for 90 bucks. You will wind up with Akeem Ayers, Julian Thomas, and a whole lot of Todman autos. This is not what limited is. They focused on Football as whole. Not just rookies. This product in 5 boxes we pulled : Jerry rice patch, Dan fouts patch, Julio Jones auto patch, Matt schaub auto and more. Thats more vets and legends that i see in most of the past products cases!

Nothing mind blowing here but you will get the following in each box: 1 vet, 1 Legend, and 1 Rookie. There also numbered to 499 or less! Dont know what kind of value that means but its nice to see a diverse base set. Its a step in the right direction for Panini and there collectability with base sets.

The rookie phenom set is very nice! They definitely hit the mark with on card 4 color patch autos of this years rookie premiere guys. They took what was decent in certified and absolute and stepped it up a notch. Sticker autos are still present but we got two in 6 boxes and one was a Matt Schaub /50 and the other was Roy Helu /199 so for sticker autos those arent bad. Im sure there is 6th 7th round guys on the checklist that we avoided.

You know this is what got me excited about this product. While busting our 5 boxes there was a ton of color! Very diverse list of mem piece subjects. Panini is bringing mem pieces back! I can see a Justin Timberlake like song being made to the tune of that. Just kidding no one likes JT….i mean JT who? Seriously though i didnt think i was going to dig the basic square in the middle jersey design…But for some reason Panini really hit the mark with it this time around. They absolutely made me throw up in my mouth with it on Timeless Treasures. They made me go 6 to midnight with it in this product. The rookie jumbo patches are absolutely beastly!

For 3 hits your getting a real decent value here. More than likely only one auto but the color you get notches up the collectability here. I can see you getting 30 -40% on average of your investment back. Get a big Newton, Rodgers, or Rice the skys the limit!

The Uniqueness lies within the diverse checklist. I havent seen it done so eloquently as they did it with this product


Absolutely Absolute!










This years absolute football is sure to turn some heads! Great Mix of rookies, veterans and legends. This year they are promising 2 autos numbered to 299 or less and 2 memorabilia pieces numbered to 100 or less! Per Box! More on card autos this year as well!  I think panini will end out the year very strong with this realease coupled with crown royale. Dont forget Certified football and National treasures right around the corner.

Panini has been receiving alot of criticism lately with recent releases. We seem to always have consistent cases and boxes with panini. I think this product is well researched and will follow up on this years rookies and stars success but with better hits! The thing about panini is they seem to care a little more about there products. They are way more consistent with there hits than topps. Quality is also key with panini. There cards come less damaged compared to topps.

We are doing a 6 BOX BREAK of 2011 Absolute Football. GET YOURS HERE

We get product one week before internet retailers!