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Final Photo Farewell from Saturday’s 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere (Gallery)

May 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The Panini America team arrived at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at about 6:30 this morning, bright, early and eager to prepare for the spectacle that is the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere.

We’ll be updating The Knight’s Lance all day long with fresh content from one of the most important days on the football card calendar. Check back early and often to see what we’re up to.

64 Comments leave one →
  1. Derrick permalink
    May 21, 2011 1:14 pm

    “”Looks like fun!””

  2. May 21, 2011 2:48 pm

    Are any of the Steelers rookies there?

  3. May 21, 2011 3:37 pm

    I’m waiting for Taiwan Jones’ video of Scott, Tracy.

  4. Nick Gauder permalink
    May 21, 2011 7:30 pm

    I would do anything to pull one of those Andy Dalton and A.J Green autos!!!! WHO DEY NATION STAND UP!!!!!

  5. May 21, 2011 8:26 pm

    What are you going to do with the giant cards some of the guys are signing?

    • May 21, 2011 9:01 pm

      Most of the time we use them as office decoration but we need to find a way to get some of these bad boys into collectors’ hands.

      • Matt permalink
        May 22, 2011 9:08 pm

        redemtions for those would be a welcome addition to a box 🙂

  6. Jack permalink
    May 22, 2011 12:42 am

    enter in the cam nwton autograph hat contest!!

  7. bruce sims permalink
    May 22, 2011 1:02 am

    the two bengals auto elite cards (Dalton and Green) look like they belong in my collection! TRUELY BEAUTIFUL CARDS.

  8. Huy Doan permalink
    May 22, 2011 1:41 am

    Love the PenPals of the 6 QB’s in this draft!

  9. Kevin C permalink
    May 22, 2011 1:56 am

    The Quad Auto looks ridiculous. The full size uncut nameplates is a nice touch too, any chance it would be a redemption for a full nameplate instead of letter by letter?

    Can’t wait to start pulling cards soon 🙂

  10. May 22, 2011 2:36 am

    So much to like here. From the great on card autos to the sea of nameplates. But I really like the cards that the players got the opportunity to draw on. You can see their personalities really come out like the one where Cam Newton is doodling on someone else’s card, but most striking for me is Kyle Rudolph writing a saying from his High School days at Elder. The pride in his face showing that card and the fact that he still carries those memories as a major influence in his life is impressive and very personal.

  11. Martin permalink
    May 22, 2011 2:39 am

    I want a Christian Ponder!

  12. Richard permalink
    May 22, 2011 4:21 am

    These are great “behind the scenes” pics of what happens at the Rookie Premier thanks!

  13. Steven Tormollan permalink
    May 22, 2011 4:45 am

    The hard signed multi player autos look sick !! Very well done on those, i can’t wait to get my hands on some… thanks for the contest also 🙂 hope i win !!!

  14. Jaryn Obtik permalink
    May 22, 2011 5:03 am

    Going to be an exciting season…hope we see some football played this year
    Did Gabbert draw that jaguar? lol
    *contest entry*

  15. Jaryn Obtik permalink
    May 22, 2011 5:03 am

    Going to be an exciting season…hope we see some football played this year
    Did Gabbert draw that jaguar? lol
    *contest entry*

  16. Louis permalink
    May 22, 2011 5:48 am

    The giant cards are amazing

  17. V. George Leskajan permalink
    May 22, 2011 6:03 am

    Really great looking on card autograph combos, look forward to pulling some. Great coverage on a neat event

  18. Louis Rivera permalink
    May 22, 2011 6:38 am

    Im thinking J.J. Watt has the shortest name this year. Maybe ill shoot for getting all his auto letterman cards.

  19. joey harb permalink
    May 22, 2011 8:39 am

    Love anything 49ers and that Kaepernick nameplate is awesome, can’t wait to get my hands on some 49ers rookie memorabilia…

  20. May 22, 2011 9:05 am

    Love the behind the scenes shots

  21. jacob permalink
    May 22, 2011 9:23 am

    they all look really good can’t wait to start busting open packs with this mojo in it

  22. jacob permalink
    May 22, 2011 9:25 am

    hey being a big pats fan the ryan mallett autographed card looks really good right about now

  23. Ryan permalink
    May 22, 2011 9:37 am

    You know, when Upper Deck lost their license to produce NFL cards, collectors were skeptical that Panini would be up to the task to fill what was a huge hole. I think that we’ve seen over the last few years that A) Panini is most definitely up to the task, B) thinking up crazy new concepts that are instant hits (i.e. Golden Tickets), C) the mere fact that their blog is updated by Tracy almost every day and sometimes multiple times per day shows collectors that Panini cares about them and the footprint they are leaving on the hobby. Other websites from “other” companies are rarely updated, hard to interact with and lacking information on products, checklists, etc. The interface with the collecting community is what makes Panini #1 in my book and their products are boss. Look at the effort with the Octo-Auto up top. That ON-CARD dedication is rarely seen in today’s hobby. I think that Panini is trying to get this back to a “hobby” instead of the “business” that people have made it in to and they’re doing a great job. Dedication to the collectors, new and innovative trends, contests and a genuine sense of positivity….that makes them #1 for collectors and the hobby.

  24. travis craig permalink
    May 22, 2011 1:47 pm

    giant auto cards are awesome would look great in any collectors man cave

  25. Chris Nielsen permalink
    May 22, 2011 1:47 pm

    Enjoyed all the events this weekend. I have been going to the rookie premiere events in LA for the past 4 years and I have to say this was one of the best! One of the few tastes of the NFL we get here in LaLa land. Thanks Panini and NFLPA.

  26. Shawn B permalink
    May 22, 2011 4:26 pm

    Those are some really neat photos!

  27. ray permalink
    May 22, 2011 5:30 pm

    where are all the bears rookies but the leshoure letters would look great up on the wall in my babys room big UofI fan gonna start him collecting early

  28. Tony permalink
    May 22, 2011 9:33 pm

    Lovin’ that Jay Glazer blowup card haha!

  29. Todd Waits permalink
    May 22, 2011 10:47 pm

    Sure hope that the Green photo ( laying face down on the turf) is not signs of the future, cause I sure love Who Dey!!!

  30. Ryan Chan permalink
    May 23, 2011 12:26 am

    Thanks for the coverage. I like how Mallett was able to squeeze into the shoot, so all the top 7 QBs are now in 🙂 Can`t wait to crack open some product soon, good way to pass the time until the NFL resolves their issues!

  31. Fernando Ron permalink
    May 23, 2011 9:07 am

    Congratulations PANINI…

  32. May 23, 2011 9:16 am

    Being a Broncos Fan it would appear that Von Miller is all over Panini Football this year…Boy am i going to be broke..My Wife is going to Kill me !!!!!

  33. Matt permalink
    May 23, 2011 9:37 am

    Do they throw the ball then sign the cards? after signing all tose cards they must get huge cramps in their hand.

  34. May 23, 2011 11:10 am

    Since they are already in full gear i would assume they take the photos then Sit and sign, Crazy !

  35. May 23, 2011 11:13 am

    How many Card Companies are at the Rookie Premier? We know Panini and I assume Topps, No U.D. , Who else is out there ? and how do you decide who gets the players and for how long? I would assume you want to be the first to get the player before they start to sign to get them while they are fresh no?

  36. James Whitley permalink
    May 23, 2011 11:29 am

    I like the photos of the Jersey nameplate signatures! Awesome! Thanks for the contest.

  37. Ben permalink
    May 23, 2011 12:18 pm

    I can’t wait to see Cam on the field bringing the Panthers back to contention! Players and owners please end the lockout so we can have football!!!!

  38. Ben permalink
    May 23, 2011 12:26 pm

    I can’t wait to start opening packs (and pulling some of those amazing auto’s)! Thanks for the contest!

  39. May 23, 2011 12:50 pm

    What type of pens are the players using to sign?.. Just curious..

    ^^contest entry^^^

  40. Matias Martinez permalink
    May 23, 2011 2:12 pm

    Nice pics. You guys always find a way to bring the fans closer to the game. The autographed name plates look nice.

  41. Dakota permalink
    May 23, 2011 2:40 pm

    i want some ponder and rudolph cards!! 🙂

  42. Bob Emry permalink
    May 23, 2011 3:33 pm

    Love that Cam Newton Elite NFL auto! Would love to win his auto.

  43. May 23, 2011 4:09 pm

    Rudolph is a monster, What a steal for the Vikings !

  44. ray duits permalink
    May 23, 2011 5:22 pm

    where is the bears rookies at

  45. Micah Medeiros permalink
    May 23, 2011 5:29 pm

    Some NIIICCEE stuff!!!!! amazing autos!

  46. Matthew Tucker permalink
    May 23, 2011 7:18 pm

    absolutely unbelievably, undeniably sick… just dirty cards cant wait. first class again guys cant wait to bust some wax you guys are great!!!!!!!!!! thanks panini

  47. Matthew Tucker permalink
    May 23, 2011 7:20 pm

    absolutely unbelievably, undeniably sick… just dirty cards cant wait. first class again guys cant wait to bust some wax you guys are great!!!!!!!!!! thanks panin

    contest entry

  48. Matthew Tucker permalink
    May 23, 2011 7:21 pm

    absolutely unbelievably, undeniably sick… just dirty cards cant wait. first class again guys cant wait to bust some wax you guys are great!!!!!!!!!! thanks panini

    contest entry

  49. Matthew Tucker permalink
    May 23, 2011 7:21 pm

    ryan mallet seems like such a nice guy

  50. Adison Umrarong permalink
    May 24, 2011 12:36 am

    Nice Autos !!!!!!

  51. May 24, 2011 8:20 am

    I dont know, there have been some bad press out there on Mallett…..Guess time will tell

    • Sara McCalester permalink
      May 24, 2011 11:50 pm

      Got to meet Mallett at the Flag Football he was nice to everyone so I wish him all the best. The best guys were Titus Young (he signed for everyone good dude) and Mikel Leshoure (he spent about 15 mins to talk to me and other fans). As a Bears fan it is hard to cheer for Lions, but I will be for 14 games this season.

  52. Jeff Kaiser permalink
    May 24, 2011 3:29 pm

    PANINI “WINNING” again as always….LOve it.. cant wait to get my hands on these cards!!

  53. Jason Brescia permalink
    May 27, 2011 6:38 pm

    Amazing autographs!! Love how the Jersey’s are signed by the players on each letter! Cant wait to get an Edmund Gates autographed card!!

  54. delaneybarlow permalink
    October 20, 2011 12:05 pm

    I love the carolina panthers with all my heart and soul. With the addition of qb cam newton, the panthers are finally the explosive power team I’ve always longed for. One of these days I might be able to experiance a real game! That is my dream. And to get to hang out with the team is on my bucket list. I would give my legs and arms and my liver to be able to shake hands with all my panther heros! Love you guys!


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