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Panini America PC Spotlight: Bob Wilkie’s Absolutely Stunning Absolute Patches

January 23, 2011

I was hanging out on the Panini America Facebook page late last week as part of my daily social media tour when I stumbled across one particular post that stopped me in mid-click. It was a gorgeous group of images showcasing every card in the 2010 Absolute Memorabilia Football Absolute Patches insert set.

And it was beautiful.

To be blunt, the captivating multitude of multi-colored brilliance made for one awe-inspiring assemblage that most passionate collectors would prefer to anything gracing the pages of, say, Maxim Magazine or the Victoria’s Secret catalog. For that reason alone, the collection warranted a deeper inspection.

Turns out it’s the hard-earned handiwork of Bob Wilkie, who managed to complete the 40-card insert (with plenty of dupes as he continually upgrades the caliber of the set’s swatches) and now is going back to build the beauties from years past.

What follows is the short version of Wilkie’s Absolute Patches pursuit, in his own words. What follows that is one of the sweetest galleries we’ve ever delivered.

Panini America Personal Collection Spotlight
Bob Wilkie, Minneapolis, Minn.
What: 2010 Absolute Memorabilia Football Absolute Patches . . . and then some

“I decided to put the 2010 Absolute Memorabilia Football Absolute Patches set together because of my insane love for jumbo-sized patch cards. I completed the 2009 set last year, and I am trying to back fill all of the previous years.  Putting together a complete set of cards makes for a great challenge, and this year’s set — with 40 cards in it — was quite the task!

“I love the Absolute Patches set because of the sizes of the patches — all nice and big!  This year had an added bonus of Panini America using many prime logo patches for the set. This made it incredibly fun (but also incredibly expensive) to put together, as I was always trying to find the most prime patch I could get. It took probably three months of scanning eBay and Beckett, using friends on YouTube and combing the various sports card forums to compile the complete the set; but I’m always on the lookout to upgrade multi-colored patches with logo patches whenever I can.

“If anyone reading this has one, please contact me (

“My favorite cards in the set naturally are all of the logo patch cards. From a player perspective, I PC Dwayne Bowe and Calvin Johnson, so I love those, too; and I also love the MJD patches, as they seemed to be either nameplate patches or logos (I have several of him). Eventually I’d love to have all of the cards in the set either come from nameplates or logos if possible.

“2010 Absolute Memorabilia Football has been the standout product of the year so far, and the Absolute Patches set, for me, is the cream of the crop.  I love autographed cards too, but I always lean toward collecting patches.”

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff Yates permalink
    January 23, 2011 9:16 pm

    now thats a sick collection!!

  2. JimmyD permalink
    January 23, 2011 9:18 pm

    The Chris Johnson patch is sick! Awesome set! Congrats!

  3. Tim Yount permalink
    January 23, 2011 9:31 pm

    You crazy Wilkie boys! Sick collection!

  4. Dave Archer permalink
    January 23, 2011 10:42 pm

    Absolutely stout set there, Bob. Those MJD’s make my pants tent !!!

  5. Kevin permalink
    January 23, 2011 11:30 pm

    Very nice. The powder blue and yellow on the Sproles, Gates and Jackson patches really pop. The Jones-drew patches are off the hook, a few more and you can spell out his name.

  6. WhenIsaySEA! permalink
    January 24, 2011 12:34 pm

    Just breathtaking. This is the prettiest set of patches I’ve ever seen. Put together in this set like this is a spectacular showcase of dedication by the collector. It also shows what Panini is doing to put out captivating cards that can only excite me for the future. Incredible job Mr. Wilkie, and also you guys at Panini. This is great!

  7. January 24, 2011 10:25 pm

    Freakin Incredible….

    I dont care what some collectors say I like me some foil with big patches on them..

    This is the first year I haven’t picked up a box of A.M.F, and boy am I missing out..

    Now thats quality.


  8. Joshua Ring permalink
    January 26, 2011 10:02 am

    I can’t believe how insanely gorgeous this set it. Bob, you truly are “The King”. Panini, kudos for making such a spectacular set for us collectors to put together. Stunning is and understatement here.

  9. Splinter permalink
    January 27, 2011 2:18 pm

    So, kinda new to this brand and I was wondering if you get these cards in a regular box or if you have to buy a special box? Thanks. I bought a box of 8 packs with 10 cards per pack. Is that the kind of box you need to buy for these or is it a different box? Thank you

    • January 27, 2011 3:26 pm

      They’re inserted into hobby and retail packs. Odds are a lot tougher on the retail side, though.

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