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Panini America Previews the Pen Pals Insert Coming in 2012 Prime Signatures Football

September 23, 2012

Fifteen cards. Fifty-one autographs. That’s the quick math at work in the ink-addled gallery that follows previewing the vaunted Pen Pals insert coming later this season to 2012 Prime Signatures Football. The incredible display of ink was collected by Panini America at last May’s 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere and includes on-card signatures from more than 25 of the top rookies from this season.

The venerable Pen Pals insert has been one of the hobby’s most adored multi-player autograph inserts since its landmark debut way back in 1998 as part of the Inscriptions brand. In the 15 seasons since, more than 340 single cards — featuring veteran stars and first-year phenoms alike — have carried the Pen Pals name.

But with one of the most high-upside rookie crops in years gracing this year’s installment, look for the Pen Pals franchise to receive a considerable boost in profile and secondary-market performance when 2012 Prime Signatures releases late this season.

Until then, we get you ready for another glorious NFL Sunday with this extensive preview gallery. Enjoy.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. gregmalloy permalink
    September 23, 2012 11:44 am

    Are you guys still making national treasures? Football or basketball.

  2. Jamey permalink
    September 23, 2012 1:33 pm

    Sweet set. There are some brilliant PenPal autos from the original sets, Marino/Montana, Aikman/Irvin, Favre/Elway, Rice/Sanders, Young/Elway/Aikman… those are legends of the fall right there. I love the fact that Panini is putting effort into buffing-up the set. It’s a seminal set, no joke.

  3. Hackler man permalink
    September 23, 2012 2:08 pm

    Those are really cool, my favorite autograph style, this year by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sport card collectors permalink
    September 23, 2012 4:38 pm

    Wished some them were my pen pal
    Great preview on this nfl packed day

  5. Jim Carey permalink
    September 23, 2012 4:50 pm

    That is awesome-memorabilia cards with that would be even better.

  6. Paul permalink
    September 23, 2012 7:26 pm

    Are there any Derek Wolfe autographs in your products?

    • September 23, 2012 8:41 pm

      Not yet.

      • Mike F permalink
        September 24, 2012 6:09 pm

        Paul, my store just did a signing with Derek over the weekend. Incredibly nice guy and one heck of a football player.

  7. September 23, 2012 8:10 pm

    That triple auto with Tannehill, Miller, and Egnew is awesome. These look very sharp, do know will these have pretty limited print runs?
    Great work as always.

  8. Nick Gauder permalink
    September 24, 2012 7:29 am

    Pen pals looks AMAZING! This rookie class is PHENOMANAL this year! Keep up the great work Panini!! Tracy, you have done a great job keeping us collectors informed!

  9. September 24, 2012 7:56 am

    Wow! Pulling Autos of the BIG STARS keeps my customers very happy. When my customers are happy, I’m happy. Panini has been very generous with Robert Griffin III autos and Andrew Luck autos in all your products. THANKS PANINI ! I look forward to seeing HUGE HITS of RG3 & Luck Prime Signatures by my customers.

  10. September 24, 2012 8:53 am

    Looks Great!!!

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  12. hudsonfan15 permalink
    September 24, 2012 12:14 pm

    Great looking insert set as always, excellent decision to add it to the Prime Sigs brand as well. After all these years I still haven’t landed one 😦 Thanks Tracy!

  13. Glenn Kirton III permalink
    April 29, 2013 5:00 pm

    Hello, I have been trying to put this set together,has anyone heard a print run on these yet ???

  14. Clay permalink
    September 11, 2013 8:26 pm

    Hey Tracy- are the print runs for these listed yet? Thanks.


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