Twenty-five . . . long . . . months. That’s how much time has passed, believe it or not, since Panini America last issued a Limited Football product. But if absence really does make the heart grow fonder, collectors of 2016 Limited Football are in for a treat. Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America on Friday, 2016 Limited Football reintroduces some of the brands popular calling-card inclusions while also delivering a few new twists.
On average, each hobby box (five cards per pack, three packs per box) will yield two autographs (including one on-card-signed Rookie Patch Autograph) and one memorabilia card. Other hard-signed inserts in 2016 Limited Football include Limited Monikers and Team Trademark Signatures.
As a country full of football fans and football collectors prepare to take in a Sunday filled with NFL Divisional Playoff blockbusters (Green Bay vs. Dallas followed by Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City), we thought we’d help fan the flames of anticipation by offering a quick sneak peek at just some of the memorabilia inclusions slated for next week’s release of 2016 Limited Football.
The popular Limited Football arrives for a new season on Friday and we’ll have a comprehensive preview of the product tomorrow in a must-see Quality Control Gallery. But today, we’re pulling the curtain back ever so slightly by previewing key cards in the Rookie Phenoms Materials and Limited Threads memorabilia inserts. Enjoy the sneak peek and stay tuned tomorrow for additional coverage on 2016 Limited Football.
In an effort to keep collectors updated on the status of those Panini America redemption cards that are currently being processed, we’ll post a list every week, like the one included in the attachments below, detailing the most recent cards being fulfilled this week.
The following list is intended to inform collectors about which redemption cards from which products are being processed this week. We’ll update this list every week so stay tuned next week if you don’t see your card here.
Panini America’s ballyhooed 2016 Contenders Football arrived in hobby shops one week ago to a ready-and-waiting collector base that has spent the last seven days in a wrapper-ripping, Rookie Ticket-revealing frenzy. That’s certain to continue in the weeks ahead as the many Contenders completists work on building their sets, with one eye always on the set’s various variations and short prints.
Last weekend we started sharing early information in an effort to clarify or demystify some of the set’s SP and SSP mysteries. You can check out last week’s update here. The list below details more of the SPs and SSPs featured in 2016 Contenders Football’s Rookie Tickets, Rookie Ticket Variations (horizontal) and Rookie Ticket Variations Sepia sets. For 2016 Contenders Football, an SP indicates cards with a print run of 250 or less; an SSP indicates cards with a print run of 99 or less. Enjoy the list and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.
After a long season away, Panini America’s popular Stars & Stripes USA Baseball product is returning to the diamond in 2017 surrounded in the patriotic pageantry of the USA Baseball organization. Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America in mid March, 2017 Stars & Stripes USA Baseball (eight cards per pack, five packs per box, 20 boxes per case) will deliver five autograph or memorabilia cards, five parallels and 30 base cards in each hobby box, on average.
As you’ll see in the in the gallery that follows, the product’s return is fueled by rich content devoted to USA Baseball’s brightest young stars and all-time greats. The set features on-card autographs from 49 different players and limited parallels signed in Black, Red and Green ink.
The bold transformation of Panini America’s Elite franchise received rave reviews when it debuted with Elite Football earlier this season. It gained more momentum with the recent release of Elite Extra Edition Baseball. In March, the popular transformation will turn its attention to the collegiate ranks to kickoff the 2017 collecting season with the all-new 2017 Elite Draft Picks Collegiate Football.
Aesthetically, 2017 Elite Collegiate Draft Picks Football picks up right here 2016 Elite Football left off — and that’s a good thing. The product will deliver the first licensed trading cards and autographs of the 2017 NFL Draft Class while also focusing on some of the greatest players in college football history.
Earlier this week we brought you a revealing Quality Control Gallery showcasing the many merits of Panini America’s upcoming 2016-17 Limited Basketball. While just about everything that product has to offer was previewed in that blog post. But as we get closer to next Wednesday’s release date, we wanted to take some time to more carefully examine some of the product’s unique game-worn and player-worn memorabilia inserts, including the refreshingly different Preparation insert.
In addition to being a tough pull at once every other case or so, the Preparation insert features seldom-used pregame photography and player-worn shooting shirts and warmups. It’s a different-by-design kind of concept that benefits greatly from true-to-theme imagery and aesthetics. Also featured below are some of the prime-memorabilia versions of the Team Trademarks and Unlimited Potential Materials inserts.