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Available Exclusively on Panini America Rated Rookie T-Shirts

September 8, 2012

We could debate for the rest of the weekend whether or not clothes really do make the man. But this much is inarguable: Panini America’s nostalgia-tinged Rated Rookie T-shirts absolutely make the collector — whether that collector is a man, woman, child . . . or one of the hottest rookies in the world of professional sports.

The buzz generated by the profound fashion statement Panini America made with its red retro tops last summer during the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere has been reverberating throughout the industry ever since. The NFL’s Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck wear Rated Rookie shirts. So, too, do the NBA’s Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, and the NHL’s Nail Yakupov and Ryan Murray.

Now, it’s your turn. On Friday, Panini America began selling its trademark Rated Rookie tees — the traditional red style along with two new colorways — to the public exclusively at

Sizes for all three styles — Red, Blue and Black — range from Small to XXL and quantities are limited. In other words, what are you waiting for?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2012 9:37 am

    Reblogged this on sports card magazine and commented:
    Love that there are different color options!

  2. September 8, 2012 9:45 am

    Love ’em!

  3. September 8, 2012 10:34 am

    Nice tees but too expensive, free shipping only in the States and only available through Panini website. Why not let the hbby stores order and sell them just like your cards ?

  4. Matt gilman permalink
    September 8, 2012 1:30 pm

    Really dig these t’s. Just wished had some money to get one with. Dig the red one the most. Would probably wear it everyday

    • September 8, 2012 2:44 pm

      I’m partial to the powder blue one (it reminds me of old school Phillies colors). I think it is cool that they offer different colors.

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        September 8, 2012 2:59 pm

        Very much so! Something about the red makes me think sports cards…probably from the blue Rated Rookie logo

      • September 8, 2012 3:07 pm

        It was often a highlight of the pack or box to pull a Rated Rookie back in th days before insert cards. Not every one of them panned out, but if you got a good RC, you were set! Clemens ’85, Canseco ’86, McGwire or Maddux ’87 were some of my favorites.

  5. September 8, 2012 10:53 pm

    Those black shirts are nice!

  6. September 9, 2012 10:06 am

    “In other words, what are you waiting for?”

    In all honesty I am waiting for you guys to ship internationally from your store.

    I would love to get a couple of these T’s they are great and I love the fact you’ve made them publicly available. It is disappointing that they are not available to people outside the US or Canada.

  7. September 10, 2012 9:18 am

    The Black one is the best

  8. September 11, 2012 10:08 am

    Those look great! I’d love to have a few sent to my LCS for a giveaway or two!

  9. torchie4269 permalink
    August 8, 2014 11:28 pm

    Gah! Why are these no longer available? I want one so bad!

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