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Panini Peek: 2011 Panini Prestige Football

February 16, 2011

While it may seem like odd timing, what with football collectors everywhere basking in the considerable buzz of Panini America‘s last two products of the 2010 season (Playoff Contenders and National Treasures), it’s never too early to being preparing for the start of another glorious NFL season.

After seeing this exclusive first look at 2011 Panini Prestige Football, we’re sure you’ll agree.

For hardcore hobbyists, Prestige annually signals the official start of a new football collecting season, and that tradition will most certainly continue when the 2011 edition releases on May 11, once again packing the industry’s first Rookie Cards updated with NFL Draft information.

“It’s of extreme importance to us that we get the first official Rookie Cards with updated draft information into collectors’ hands as soon as possible,” says Panini America NFL Brand Manager Carlos Torrez. “Those are Prestige’s calling cards, so to speak, and collectors expect us to deliver. We will absolutely do that once again in 2011, at the rate of one Rookie Card per pack.”

Carrying a pack SRP of $4, 2011 Prestige will deliver four autograph or memorabilia cards (with at least one autograph guaranteed), 24 Rookie Cards and 23 additional inserts or parallels per box. The 250-card set includes a whopping 100 rookies, including highly coveted prospects such as Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett, Jake Locker, Mark Ingram, A.J. Green and Julio Jones.

The base set is augmented both by traditional Prestige favorites such as NFL Draft Class embroidered patch autographs, Draft Picks Rights autographs and vaunted Rookie Card variations, as well as new inclusions such as the striking NFL Passport insert.

“Personally, I think the addition of the NFL Passport insert, along with its autograph variations, is a breath of fresh air for this venerable brand and one collectors will really embrace,” Torrez says. “But my favorite part of this product has to be the short-printed RCs and the wildly popular NFL Draft variation RCs. Trust me, 2011 Panini Prestige will be everything collectors have to expect to be . . . and then some.”

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Eltringham permalink
    February 16, 2011 2:49 pm

    I really like the looks of these, especially the NFL Passport set. The only thing I don’t care for is the manufactured NFL draft logo cards, those are played out now.

  2. February 16, 2011 2:56 pm

    Actually, the one thing I DON’T like is the passport set. The rest are great.

    Is this the packaging? Because it’d make a nice card.

    • February 16, 2011 3:01 pm

      That’s the cover of the electronic sales material we distribute. I agree, it looks pretty striking.

  3. Joshua Ring permalink
    February 16, 2011 3:32 pm

    Wow, the preferred cards, most noticeably the Mark Sanchez one above look absolutely AMAZING! Absolute awesome design. Panini, you make my retirement savings shrink every year.

  4. Derrick permalink
    February 16, 2011 8:39 pm

    That’s all i collect is Prestige Can’t wait.

  5. February 17, 2011 10:01 am

    Love this year’s base design, huge improvement over last year’s IMO.

  6. Dan permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:11 pm

    Man, seeing this products makes me realize how much I am NOT looking forward to this draft class. The product looks great, but this is such a horribly weak draftclass. I like the rookie cards, they are much improved over last year in my opinion. Its my second favorite design of Prestige Rookies only to the 2007 product.

    Thanks Guys for posting!

  7. WhenIsaySEA! permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:44 pm

    Wow, this is a great looking set. That Mark Sanchez is just incredible. The T.D. connections jersey card is also very visually appealing, very cool. While I can admit the filler this year might be kinda weak due to the draft class, I think most of the hits will do well as usual. There might also be some pleasant surprises, I mean, take Mike Williams (T.B.) for instance, who expected that? Even if you watched him in college, he was really good.. but no one expected him to play the way he did and he looks like hes just getting better. I for one can’t wait until the new season, I think its going to be a great year for collecting. 🙂


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