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Panini America Unveils the World’s Longest Football Card in 2011 National Treasures

April 9, 2012

Congratulations. You’re about to witness trading card history. What follows is the exclusive world premiere of the world’s longest trading card, a 36-player record-breaker from Panini America that includes 36 autographs, 36 pieces of oversized prime memorabilia and, when fully unfurled, stands more than 8 feet tall.

Five of these behemoths — including one with inscriptions on every autograph — were inserted into 2011 National Treasures Football via special redemption cards (after all, you can’t really fit something this mammoth into packs). But since words alone come up woefully short in doing this beauty justice, we present the following visual unveiling. Stay tuned after the gallery for a special video unveiling, too.

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  1. April 9, 2012 10:06 am

    Holy Moley!!! You guys have outdone yourselves, that is both epic and unique !!!

  2. Linard permalink
    April 9, 2012 10:09 am

    I absolutely have to get my hands on one of these cards. I would look so sweet in my room.

  3. April 9, 2012 10:09 am

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!! That is absolutely the most incredible thing I have ever seen! I’m literally speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Adam permalink
    April 9, 2012 10:09 am

    Good to see you rolling around the floor with this card instead of keeping it safe and well protected. Quick, tweet Rovell so he’ll give you a crumb of mainstream press. Desperate times…

    • April 9, 2012 10:18 am

      If you have nothing nice to say dont say it at all is a great motto to live by…

  5. cardncasebreaks permalink
    April 9, 2012 10:10 am

    Wow! That is amazing! Guess it just sold me on buying another case!! Those patches, auto’s and inscriptions make that thing look amazing. Other than the fact that it is such a huge card(s)!

    Once again, you have outdone what we previously knew to be the best cards in the industry. I want one, I want one, I want one!!

  6. Marcus permalink
    April 9, 2012 10:14 am

    Wow! That is unreal! A great first in this amazing hobby.

  7. Sean permalink
    April 9, 2012 10:15 am

    Unreal! What a cool concept!
    Imagine the cost to get that custom framed!

  8. April 9, 2012 10:17 am

    OMG! That is TRUELLY AMAZING! So these redemptions were put into 2011 National Treasures, so have they all been fullfilled? Or are there still some out there? I understand there are only 5 of these right? So have all 5 been pulled and redeemed? If not I’m going on the HUNT for these! Please let me / US know Tracy OK! Thank you! And what an AMAZING FEAT to do something like this!! HIGH 5’s ALL AROUND! ^5 ^5 ^5 ^5 ^5 !!!!
    Dave in Mass

  9. Joe Jet permalink
    April 9, 2012 10:23 am

    wow!!! GREAT STUFF!! 1 Question…the one you show in the video is lacking the inscriptions…how many of the 5 have the inscriptions with the autos?

    Thanks again Panini for another groud breaking, history making card!!

  10. April 9, 2012 10:26 am

    Also I wouldn’t sell this one! I would HAND MAKE a Special Frame to Showcase this beauty! This is definitely a family heirloom to pass down!
    Dave in Mass.

  11. April 9, 2012 10:27 am

    Thanks Tracy! I’m hitting the stores!!
    Dave in Mass. !

  12. April 9, 2012 10:32 am

    Incredible card made by Panini, innovative and epic for sure. How long is a typical uncut sheet of base cards, to compare to these monsters? Thanks for bringing us this preview Tracy, tell Scott nice midriff lol!

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      April 10, 2012 12:03 am

      Was about to say, need to do a few more sit-ups LOL

  13. Jamey permalink
    April 9, 2012 11:10 am

    Now… Will you provide winners with maybe an 8′ 1/4″ long sleeve? That card is, like the rest of the NT product, artwork. But how do you top such a thing?
    UPI. Armenia Keteyian reports that Panini will embed an actual athlete within a card. “We wanted to push the envelope” said spokesman Tracy Hackler. Reports have Brett Favre coming out of retirement for this purpose. The card will come with health insurance for Favre.”

  14. April 9, 2012 11:39 am

    had to save this page.

  15. April 9, 2012 12:01 pm

    THATS JUST SICK !!!!!!!!!

  16. Nick Gauder permalink
    April 9, 2012 12:12 pm

    WOW, Amazing card Panini!!! I thought there was only one of them but now that i know theres still a few of them out there to be pulled, i still have a chance to pull it! Ive busted 2 boxes of National Treasures so far becasue thats all my cardshop was able to get and i have to say this years NT looks AMAZING and i think it is the BEST one yet and thats saying something becasue National Treasures is ALWAYS the product of the year! I just really hope my cardshop can get me another box somehow because i LOVE this stuff! BIG props to everybody at Panini for putting out the BEST National Treasuers FB yet!

  17. Matt Gilman permalink
    April 9, 2012 1:28 pm

    Nice shirt man!! You always have a rocking T Tracy

    Quite a rocking tune to unveil something so marvelous. My kids were jamming to it. I was however a little disappointed you and Scott weren’t dancing at the end to it with the 8 ft long cards doing the wave or something.

    Great stuff. Wished I could afford National Treasures to have a shot at something like this. But been waiting for this unveil. Way to go panini!

  18. Lee Patton permalink
    April 9, 2012 1:43 pm

    Holy Shnikes!

  19. Tim permalink
    April 9, 2012 1:50 pm

    Personally, I don’t care for the card. The autographs look like crap because they bleed into the fabric. If I got one of these, I would cut it up and sell them individually. Cool concept, just a big swing and a miss for me.

  20. jaymes hori permalink
    April 9, 2012 1:52 pm

    Ya’ll HAVE to do this for BASKETBALL! PLEASE!!!!! Unbelieveable card…

  21. t-mo permalink
    April 9, 2012 2:37 pm

    wow, that card has got to be the coolest ive ever seen.

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  23. April 9, 2012 5:29 pm

    I’m trying to think of the best way to display that…should barely fit from floor to ceiling.

  24. April 9, 2012 9:49 pm

    omg that is cRaZyyyyy! That’s gotta be the most unique thing I’ve ever seen. Props to you guys for making history! Wooooooo

  25. Jeff permalink
    April 9, 2012 9:57 pm

    what is the redemption card called? world’s longest trading card?

  26. uknowit permalink
    April 10, 2012 7:00 am

    This is about the dumbest thing I have ever seen

  27. April 10, 2012 8:14 am

    Sports Cards Plus customers love 2011 National Treasures Football. We’ve gone through 24 boxes. We’ve got more coming in and we’re still looking for more!

  28. Fill the Redemptions permalink
    April 10, 2012 9:10 am

    Cool card but if you want a realistic 8 foot card you need to put a redemption card about every third one down!

  29. April 10, 2012 9:43 am

    Next challenge needs to be the world’s thickest card.

    • Jamey permalink
      April 10, 2012 11:06 am

      I maintain Panini should embed a real player in a card. THAT’S innovation!

      • April 10, 2012 1:30 pm

        I love it.

        I think Spud Web or Dustin Pedroia would be good choices.

  30. Brad R. permalink
    April 10, 2012 10:54 am

    How do you top such a thing? Next time around you tape together 37 cards…

  31. William H. permalink
    April 10, 2012 1:38 pm

    Seems pretty dumb to me, a cheap shot at coming up with something “unique”. But nothing unique was made, you just took a design and made it ridiculous. How about using different materials, textures, colors, die-cuts and *gasp* designs to make cards cool (and fun) like some of the 90’s and early 2000’s inserts that obviously showed effort and an appreciation for the consumer.

    • April 10, 2012 3:35 pm

      “Dumb” seems a little harsh, but you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. We think it’s a fun, innovative concept — and it seems that a lot of other collectors think that, too. Clearly, it doesn’t appeal to everyone. But one thing is certain: We’ll continue pushing the creative envelope. Thanks for weighing in.

      • April 10, 2012 11:19 pm

        Hi Tracy. Feedback from Sports Cards Plus customers is “THIS IS THE BEST FOOTBALL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR!” Design is great and value is consistantly more than the $400 retail price. My customers keep coming back for more. Check out our site for pictures. Great job Panini!

      • Jamey permalink
        April 11, 2012 12:16 am

        I think, Hackler, that while I’ve heard people express valid frustrations relative to Redemption cards…which are a necessary evil due to the remarkable time demands signing a sleeve of cards places upon an athlete..,decrying a concept card such as the 8 footer as “stupid” is something very few of us would do. I am thrilled that Panini thinks outside the box, unlike other manufacturers. However, should someone pull the 8-Foot card redemption and NOT want it, I’ll be entirely delighted to trade the lucky collector a few sets of late 90’s Insert cards…Cause they rock 😉

    • William H. permalink
      April 13, 2012 12:43 pm

      Jamey, all I was saying is that this design is not “innovative” as stated. All that was done, was attach an entire set of cards together – what a creative breakthrough. My point about the 90’s inserts is that some sort of thought went into making them, not “how cool would it be if we taped together the whole set and then made it a redemption even though we are unable to keep up with our current redemption system as it is”. But if that’s what you like, then go ahead and be a mindless drone and buy every single card Panini throws at you. I was just saying I like cool looking cards, not white cards, with a partial border, and a patch in it (they may or may not be game worn). I’m just getting tired of the same old cards over and over again. I understand that I am in the minority here (it is Panini’s blog) and that you will disagree with me no matter how valid my points may or may not be because of the fear that you might upset your precious, wonderful, and god-like Tracy Hackler.

      • April 13, 2012 3:06 pm

        I’m neither precious, wonderful nor God-like. Although I’d like to be more of all of those things. You’re absolutely entitled to your opinion, William. The World’s Longest Card was a small — well, in relation to the rest of the set — inclusion into National Treasures. You don’t like it. That’s cool. A lot of folks do. That’s cool, too.

        We do lots of other things here, too. Here’s hoping there’s something in our wide roster of products that appeals to you.

        Thanks for your candor. We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

  32. April 11, 2012 10:33 pm

    What are the chances a winner gets one of these monstrosities but is missing 36 autographs? Like the 2010 Panini Prestige John Wall #151 Rookie that I got with no autograph. Will he get his replaced with one that actually has 36 autographs? Or will he be kept waiting without a response for over 3 months like I been?

    • Kelvin.K permalink
      April 11, 2012 11:07 pm

      Either you are ill-informed or too lazy to search for answers. Every un-numbered Rookie card from Prestige 2010-11 Basketball has the same error in misprint at the back of their card with states “The attached autographed is guaranteed by Panini America, Inc.” I believe it was reported in this blog as well due to the recent Linsanity with people making the same claim that Panini forgotten to attach an autograph.

      • April 12, 2012 6:21 pm

        That’s all fine and dandy. I just want my damn autograph that should of came with the card. But it’s pretty much looking like that won’t be happening

  33. Jamey permalink
    April 12, 2012 9:14 pm

    AG- So not necessary. You made your statement earlier and let everyone know you were angry, we get it. No need to keep it going, and I think I can speak for most of the community when I say… we’re not interested in your further displeasure about things unrelated to the thread at-hand.

  34. April 12, 2012 11:33 pm

    soo…what size holder should i get for this?? :oP


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