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Tim Tebow Gets His Own 15-card Insert Set in the Upcoming 2012 Prestige Football

May 31, 2012

Tim Tebow’s Twitter-breaking migration from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets this offseason has simply reaffirmed the undeniable truth that Tebow remains one of the most polarizing players in the history of American sports. As such, he remains one of the most collected players in the country, too.

His adoring allegiance of fans and collectors span the country — from Florida to the Rocky Mountains to the Big Apple and seemingly everywhere in between and beyond — and his every move in New York, on the field and off, commands tabloid headlines. Just wait until the season starts.

But here’s a juicy Tebow tidbit the controversy-craving New York media just might miss (but that collectors most certainly won’t): The Jets’ new Wildcat wildcard will take a starring role in the upcoming release of Panini America’s 2012 Prestige Football as the star of a 15-card insert devoted exclusively to him.

The larger-than-life Tebow likely has never appeared more heroic than he does on these movie-poster-inspired works of art that chronicle his championship-encrusted roller-coaster ride from Pop Warner to Nease High School to the Florida Gators to the Broncos and, finally, on card No. 15, to the Jets.

It’s worth noting that 15 special versions of that 15th card will include Tebow’s autograph, his first Panini America Jets certified autograph cards.

We’ve previewed the first seven cards in the set on our Facebook page. The remaining eight — fronts and backs — are unveiled below. The cards, due out June 20, will be numbered to a maximum of 1,500.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2012 12:17 pm

    *read this while Tebow-ing*

    Nice job as always Tracy!

  2. Tim Y permalink
    May 31, 2012 12:20 pm

    I hope this means Jeremy Lin will also be getting his own “17” card set in Prestige 😉

  3. Chad Kinzle permalink
    May 31, 2012 12:31 pm

    I REALLY love this design…but perhaps it could be used for players other than a 2nd string QB?

    • Leader permalink
      June 1, 2012 7:19 am

      Tebow is 2nd string QB (for now) but 1st string Super Star…

  4. Brian permalink
    May 31, 2012 12:32 pm


    • Brad permalink
      June 1, 2012 9:51 am

      I was thinking the same exact thing.

  5. Ryan permalink
    May 31, 2012 1:02 pm


  6. Matt Gilman permalink
    May 31, 2012 1:28 pm

    Nice looking cards! I like how they seem to make look like he is in heaven…nice touch!

  7. David Langelier permalink
    May 31, 2012 2:14 pm

    I Love the way these cards look cause it takes me back! It reminds me of the 91 Fleer Pro Vision insert sets that came out a little more than 20 years ago!

  8. May 31, 2012 2:19 pm

    I wonder who’s idea this was (looking at Mr. Hackler)

    • May 31, 2012 2:26 pm

      Actually, I can’t take credit for this one — but I can take credit for applauding the heck out of it. I believe this was a joint effort between NFL Brand Manager Carlos Torrez and Editorial Director Jeff Sullivan. But again, you won’t hear me complaining.

      • Alexis permalink
        May 31, 2012 2:48 pm

        WOW! When will these be in stores Tracy?

      • May 31, 2012 2:56 pm

        Prestige hits stores June 20.

      • Ryan ( permalink
        May 31, 2012 2:53 pm

        Um, I didn’t hear Mr. Torres banging the drum for the Kyle Orton set! FAVORTISM!

      • May 31, 2012 4:14 pm

        I just talked to Carlos. He said the Kyle Orton tribute set is in Score. 🙂

  9. jumpingpolarbear permalink
    May 31, 2012 2:53 pm

    Tebow’s the man :).

  10. Tom Waldron permalink
    May 31, 2012 6:11 pm

    uuuhg Really smells like lets cash in on Tebow yikes personally lets give the love where it is DUE Why isn’t Panini giving Peton Manning a insert set after all isn’t that what we all were intested in. REDO

    • Alexis permalink
      June 4, 2012 2:18 pm

      Peyton Manning is incredibly talented, but let’s face it: he won’t be playing for any more than 4 years, if that.

  11. August 22, 2012 6:36 pm

    Im going to be perfectly honest. Tim Tebow as a person is a great human being. And a good football player. Hince the word FOOTBALL. AS a QB, he really isnt good. Frankly he’s garbage. He would be a good tight end possibly, but QB no way.

  12. Panini Collector 4 Life!!! permalink
    August 30, 2012 6:38 pm

    Tracy, I am a MAJOR Tebow collector, I already have pulled tons of Tebow prime jersey cards numbered to as low as /49. I’m still looking for an autograph. I really appreciate that this insert collection was made. Next time could you put out a request for a Tebow collector’s set with insert cards #d to at the most 100. Also maybe more memorabilia cards would help a Tebow set flourish. If you could talk about this with the Panini “Group” I would really appreciate it. You could also put these cards in brands like absolute memorabilia or gridiorn gear coming out later in the year. Also, if more tebow prime jersey cuts in other brands started showing up more, I would gladly be willing to pay A LOT MORE for that brand. Thanks for your time.


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