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Panini Peek: 2011 Gold Standard Football

August 12, 2011

The prospects for America’s most passionate sports card prospectors just keep getting better.

Panini America started the industry’s great collecting gold rush late last season with the inclusion of real 14-karat gold Golden Tickets in 2010 Playoff Contenders Football. Those precious-metal pieces of history fueled an absolute feeding frenzy that paved the way for similar innovation in 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey and helped launch the stand-alone 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball.

In early November, Panini America will bring more gold to the gridiron with the brand new 2011 Gold Standard Football.

“We look at 2011 Gold Standard Football as a tremendous opportunity to accentuate and strengthen our golden reputation, so to speak,” says Panini America NFL Brand Manager Carlos Torrez. “We’re still so early in the life cycle of this concept and no one else is doing it. There’s so much innovation left to deliver, and you’ll see a lot of it delivered in this product.

“From embedded pieces of 14-karat gold etched with team, NFL and Hall of Fame logos to cards that include authentic diamonds, this product will continue to raise the bar and create unique trading cards that are literally worth more than their weight in gold straight out of the pack.”

Given that the price of gold — currently more than $1,730 an ounce — has reached record highs in recent weeks should give 2011 Gold Standard Football a distinct marketing advantage and a unique place in hobby history.

Each 12-card pack will deliver three autographed cards numbered to 499 or less, two memorabilia cards numbered to 299 or less, three Base, Rookie or Legend cards numbered to 299, and four additional inserts or parallels numbered to 299 or less.

Additional product highlights include:

  • On-card autographed Rookie Cards from the 36 players who attended the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere numbered to 499 or less
  • One card embedded with a piece of real 14-karat gold etched with a team, NFL shield or Hall of Fame logo in every 15-box case
  • Unique inserts such as Bullion Brand Logo Signatures (numbered to 5 or less), Double Standard Signatures dual-autograph cards (numbered to 99 or less), NFL Shield Signatures 1/1s and Golden Anniversary Material Signatures (numbered to 49 or less).
  • The stunning Super Bowl Ring Signatures insert tipped with a real diamond and numbered to 10 or less. There are also four Super Bowl Ring Team cards featuring six diamonds per cards. 

You can get a golden glimpse of the greatness to come in the gallery below. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates on 2011 Gold Standard Basketball.








20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2011 11:14 am

    Finally nice to see a Charles Woodson auto! On-card or not, they’re long overdue. As a Michigan fan from NW Ohio, I’ve got to follow his career ever since he was whipping on my high school.

  2. August 12, 2011 12:13 pm

    These look Beautiful. Wow just plain awesome.

  3. Joey permalink
    August 12, 2011 2:18 pm

    Just to be THAT guy, are the diamonds real gem diamonds or Cubic zirconia?

    • Nathan permalink
      August 12, 2011 3:05 pm

      It says “tipped with real diamond”

  4. Robert - cardsnwine permalink
    August 12, 2011 4:40 pm

    Love the Woodson & Rodgers cards! What is going to be the cost per hobby box?

  5. Matthew Gilman permalink
    August 12, 2011 4:42 pm

    Wow these look amazing!!! Football season is back!! Got any extra diamond piece cards kicking around lol? Is Eli Manning or any Giants on that checklist for those Tracy?

  6. Kwb permalink
    August 12, 2011 6:28 pm

    Woodson autos, cant wait!

  7. August 12, 2011 8:47 pm

    That Woodson card looks absolutely awesome!

  8. Nick Gauder permalink
    August 12, 2011 9:18 pm

    Hey Tracy, you just had to put that preview of that Aaron Rodgers super bowl ring auto on here just to make me salivate, didnt you??!!!! I was already so happy you guys were doing a football version of Timless Treasures and now you guys are doing a Gold for football?? LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! This looks like it could be the product of the year in football and basketball! I NEED that Aaron Rodgers and trust me i will bust alot of boxes trying to get it. I know i could just probaly buy it on ebay when it comes out but whats the fun in that right? Its so much sweeter when you pull it, do you feel me or am i just crazy for busting boxes all the time trying to pull a Aaron ROdgers auto? Oh well, keep up the great work Tracy, Ray Ray said “what up tracy” Take care brother!

  9. August 12, 2011 10:38 pm

    Great design. Great checklist. Can’t wait until they arrive!

  10. August 12, 2011 11:29 pm

    Very, very nice. I didn’t think you could improve 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball but somehow it looks to be outdone. I’m very impressed.

  11. August 13, 2011 3:24 pm

    Patches aand autos look amazing very cool product

  12. August 14, 2011 2:57 pm

    sounds cool might have to get a box

  13. Walker Neilson permalink
    August 14, 2011 7:16 pm

    Looks even better than basketball! But I didn’t get an answer to my other comment, is Emmitt Smith the guy you’re waiting on or is it Eric Dickerson?

  14. August 15, 2011 10:53 am

    Amazing cards, the Rodgers and Woodson especially.

  15. Tommy permalink
    August 15, 2011 12:28 pm

    Super NICE looking cards! That Peyton Manning Shield Auto card is SICK! I think I’m going to invest in this product.


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