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Panini Peek: 2012 Absolute Football

July 31, 2012

I realize we’re smack dab in the middle of National Sports Collectors Convention week, but all of us here at Panini America are forever mindful of what’s next. And one of the season’s biggies will be here before you know it: 2012 Absolute Football.

Annually one of football’s favorite releases, Absolute will stay true to its trust roots when it returns in early November packing on-card autographs for the top Rookie Cards numbered to 299 or less and delivering one autograph or memorabilia card in every pack.

Other highlights of the product include . . .

  • The all-new Hall Worthy insert devoted to Canton’s most-coveted superstars, with autograph and prime memorabilia versions
  • Rookie Premiere Materials NFL Shield Signatures featuring event-worn NFL shields, on-card autographs and numbered to only 1; also look for Laundry Tag Signatures versions numbered to only 1 as well
  • Absolute Premiere Patches Jumbo Prime Spectrum cards equipped with jumbo pieces of prime jersey and numbered to 25 or less
  • Venerable insert staple Tools of the Trade returns with up to four pieces of game-worn or game-used memorabilia on every card, with autographed versions numbered to 10 or less
  • Captivating inserts such as Star Gazing and Gridiron Force with splendid autograph and memorabilia versions

We’ll have much more on 2012 Absolute Football right here on The Knight’s Lance in the weeks to come. But for now, enjoy your first extended preview of the product in the gallery that follows.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael Phillips permalink
    July 31, 2012 2:40 pm

    I really like the Stargazing design this year…quite a bit better than 2011.

  2. July 31, 2012 2:43 pm

    I love every aspect of this set based on the write-up and gallery. Simply amazing looking set, I know what I’ll be asking for for Christmas. Thanks Tracy!

  3. David Gonzalez permalink
    July 31, 2012 2:43 pm

    please number the retail jerseys unlike last year 🙂

  4. alex nawrocki permalink
    July 31, 2012 2:45 pm

    $40 a pack for maybe 1 hit a box worth over $40??? Lower the MSRP to like $20 a pack and this stuff would sell 10x as good

    • August 1, 2012 8:15 pm

      Thats the price of a blaster. Never going to happen. It would make them unable to put out a retail version . That would hurt people without a CS

  5. Matt Gilman permalink
    July 31, 2012 3:00 pm

    ABSOLUTELY stunning!! The base cards new look is great. The rookie cards are so drool worthy. And the Eli Manning card I want so bad that I would trade my meatloaf recipe for it. And believe me, its an equal trade!

    This product keep getting better year after year and I will say it again…Panini is doing such an awesome job with their 2012 NFL Card lineup.

  6. thehelmutt permalink
    July 31, 2012 3:19 pm

    Tools of the trade looks cool because it’s different. Curious what the non-auto version would look like though.

  7. daveylangs permalink
    July 31, 2012 5:17 pm

    Wow that John Elway Hall Worthy is a beauty! Cant wait till Absolute comes out! Was wondering if Kurt Warner will be making an appearance in this years Absolute?

  8. Jamey permalink
    July 31, 2012 6:18 pm

    After extracting mega-patches, Laundry Tags, the LogoMan, and other highly sought-after elements from super high-end products such as Nat’ Tressures, and paired such robust offerings with similar lines such as the compelling “Tools of the Trade” and high upside “Hall Worthy.” The sequellae? Although some will disagree, I have never been disappointed in Absolute…something for collectors of all stripes; from content-rich Auto/Patch rooks to memorabilia cards that must be seen…held in hand, actually, to truly be appreciated.
    I have always enjoyed breaking Absolute… this year looks like it will be no different, “Luck-y” me? We’ll see!

  9. August 1, 2012 9:10 am

    This years TOTT looks amazing! Love the darker design.

  10. Jim Tilton permalink
    August 1, 2012 2:37 pm

    Some of the best looking absolute yet!


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