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Football Mystery, Hockey Newness Abound on the Panini America Routing Table

January 5, 2012


One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 (along with getting back into — and staying in  — shape) is venturing to the fabled Panini America Routing Table more often. I made a habit of it early last year and got some great sneak peeks along the way. But as 2011 progressed, other tasks took precedence.

Starting today, however, the Routing Table once again became a weekly ritual — and what I discovered this morning was both extremely mysterious (football) and quite revealing (2011-12 Elite Hockey and 2011-12 Contenders Hockey).

As for the mystery, let me say that there’s not much that gets past me around here when it comes to new developments on the product front. But right there before my eyes on the Routing Table just a few minutes ago were preliminary designs for either an insert in one of our late-season football products or a whole new set entirely. I’m not sure which and no one’s talking.

What I can tell you is that the designs look tremendous and appear to be for booklet cards that include autographs and memorabilia. That’s about all I know at this point. I’ll keep digging for information and keep you posted on what I discover. To be sure, though, this has the makings of something really cool.

The Routing Table also offered early examinations of products or elements of products that I do know about, namely 2011-12 Elite Hockey and 2011-12 Contenders Hockey.

(Now as always, the standard Routing Table caveat applies here: Everything you’re about to see, although very cool, is in varying stages of development, is not final and can still be changed through both internal and external approval processes. But the images will give you a great feel for the excitement to come.)

Clearly, there’s a lot to see in the gallery below. So take your sweet time in drinking it in. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to get more information on these mysterious new football cards. Stay tuned.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Lee Patton permalink
    January 5, 2012 10:09 am

    They all look great, I really like the look of the football!

  2. Brad Rabig permalink
    January 5, 2012 10:24 am

    – I love that the Cam Newton card disloses the date that the jersey was worn at a rookie premiere event. I appreciate as detailed info as available, instead of just generic “game worn” or “event worn”.
    – I love how the Prime Numbers cards look to be die-cut to interlock together.
    – I love the booklet cards that are in the works – Starting Lineup, Original Six, Match-ups.

    Looking good, thanks for sharing!

  3. January 5, 2012 11:37 am

    Love looking at these raw previews, would be great collectors items for sure! They look pretty sweet the nfl ones blend really nice! Thanks for the preview!

  4. January 5, 2012 11:43 am

    Will there be autographs of Carey Price in the Contenders this year, I love the look of the cards?
    Can’t wait for pictures of Leblanc’s first cards.

  5. Matt Gilman permalink
    January 5, 2012 11:44 am

    I dont have words!! the football look simply amazing! They would look great as a base set rookie cards. Wow! Can’t wait til you find out and let us know what these will be in Hopefully these will be left alone and wont change the design. they really are stunning. .Sort of Reminds me of a Pinnacle brand back in the late 90’s.

    The hockey look great as well.

    Once again! Another top notch Knights Lance routing table gallery!!!

  6. Matt permalink
    January 5, 2012 12:03 pm

    hi when does the donruss 2011 rate rookies set come out?

  7. Derek Stepan & Carl Hagelin # 1 Collector permalink
    January 5, 2012 1:05 pm

    Hi Tracy…just wanted to know if Carl Hagelin autos will be out in this years Contenders or Elite…can you PLEASE try and find out for me ? Will PATIENTLY await your response, Thank you ….Joe R. (NYC)

  8. January 5, 2012 2:32 pm

    The football rc’s design is awesome! Booklets?

    • January 5, 2012 4:00 pm

      you’re right — how did I miss that? These have to be booklets.

      They look like Fleer from a decade ago, by the way.

  9. January 5, 2012 7:29 pm

    Looks like some great stuff coming up from Panini! Keep up the good work.


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