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The Quality Control Gallery: 24 Must-See Images from 2011 Donruss Elite Football

June 15, 2011

I stumbled into Panini America NFL Brand Manager Carlos Torrez in the hall yesterday as he attempted to sneak to his desk lugging an unopened case of 2011 Donruss Elite Football under his right arm.

Nothing gets past me. 

Turns out Torrez and Joe White from Acquisitions were just minutes away from ripping that case open in the name of quality control, checking to ensure that all the hits were dropping as planned before Elite — on the press as we speak — ships next week.

This particular QC check involved two different cases; the first one was inspected at the printing facility on Monday. What follows are some of the sweetest hits from those two cases, including a Throwback Threads gem that constitutes the first booklet card in Panini America history and autographs from top rookies such as Cam Newton and Mark Ingram.



28 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2011 1:04 pm

    are those diecuts? Look great so far

  2. Joe G permalink
    June 15, 2011 1:08 pm

    oooooohhhh Me REALLY likey the New Breed Auto/Patch cards!!! Like really….alot!!!

    Very well done!!!

  3. ESmith permalink
    June 15, 2011 1:12 pm

    Love the design of the rookie auto/jersey cards very nice. Going to have to check these out this summer

  4. ray duits permalink
    June 15, 2011 1:14 pm

    these cards look great i love the elite stuff every year

  5. Gellman permalink
    June 15, 2011 2:06 pm

    Looks great. Very excited for this stuff. Better than anything coming out from the other guys…

  6. Matt Gilman permalink
    June 15, 2011 2:42 pm

    The throwback threads booklets are sweet

  7. Rich permalink
    June 15, 2011 2:56 pm

    Tracy What no image of Passing The Torch Autos

  8. gregmalloy permalink
    June 15, 2011 4:28 pm

    Love the booklets are you guys gonna have any basketball booklets in the future?? That would be so sweet!!!!!

  9. Mark permalink
    June 15, 2011 5:16 pm

    I like the base design. Kind of disappointed in the serial #’s over the the text though…very difficult to read.

  10. June 15, 2011 6:23 pm

    My customers can’t wait. Every day it’s “Is it here yet?” Another great Panini product.

  11. June 15, 2011 7:54 pm

    Looking good! As I’ve stated before the booklets and Down and Distance are definitely my favorite.

  12. Pete Borini permalink
    June 15, 2011 8:46 pm

    Will there be SP versions of the Status subset? Those have been favorites of mine, year after year.

  13. bruce sims permalink
    June 15, 2011 9:11 pm

    I think i am going nuts or i missed something because as a life long bengals fan (laugh if you must) i didnt hear anything this off season about ochocinco changing his name back to chad. Are his cards going to say chad johnson again like the photo above?

    • June 15, 2011 9:15 pm

      They will say “Chad Johnson” as far as I know.

      • bruce sims permalink
        June 15, 2011 9:37 pm

        Thanks Tracy, Now if chad would go back to being chad and dominating DB’s i would be happy!

  14. joseph permalink
    June 15, 2011 9:55 pm

    looking good, however the ‘new breed’ cards look like a fan of star trek the next generation designed them lol

  15. chris dill permalink
    June 16, 2011 10:00 pm

    love the tom brady legends of the fall. please tell me there will be patches of this in the minute man uniforms.

  16. Matthew Tucker permalink
    June 22, 2011 9:15 am

    Looks great i love that legends of the fall insert of brady. are you guys going to do an unboxing video for youtube?? i hope so .

  17. Norm permalink
    June 22, 2011 11:06 pm

    Just pulled the Joe Montana / Tom Brady booklet Auto / Jersey!!! What will this be #ed to??

  18. Derrick permalink
    June 23, 2011 4:19 pm

    I know you said for new subscribers only,but i will leave my input 4 a shot if you will.I would love to see one of those with some spectrum glaring back at me.Like my Absolute Memorabilia.Other than that i think those booklets are cool “as is”.


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