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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2012 Certified Football (Part 1, 66 Images)

October 4, 2012

As you read this, 2012 Certified Football — one of the flagship brands in the Panini America NFL portfolio — is in the finishing stages of being revamped for a new season. And judging by the shimmering sheen of the holographic filmboard used to produce this year’s cards, Certified’s future remains bright.

Bolstered by a crisp, clean design and an expansive checklist that includes this season’s best rookies, the NFL’s biggest current superstars and retired legends from both the recent and distant past, 2012 Certified Football begins shipping next week. But the Panini America Product Development began the quality control process for the product this morning.

You can get your first extended look at the product in the massive gallery that follows. We’ll have more glimpses from tomorrow’s second-day QC process in the coming days.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. Jonathan permalink
    October 4, 2012 3:05 pm

    Love the color! very refractor-looking shiny cards!

  2. October 4, 2012 3:11 pm

    NICE looking set this year, thanks for the preview Tracy!

  3. Scott - 1978walnut permalink
    October 4, 2012 3:16 pm

    Looking nice Tracy, those jumbo fabric of the game patches look sweet!! The Tampa Bay Bucs logo patch is nice too. Hope to see a good amount of them in the product also!! Keep the pics coming Tracy!! Take care and have a great weekend!!

    • Scott - 1978walnut permalink
      October 4, 2012 3:39 pm

      Hey Tracy, I think it would be different and nice see legend players with die-cut nicknames if possible. Like Okoye, a die-cut jersey or patch card that says “Nigerian Nightmare” would be awesome and I don’t think it has ever been done in the past. There are tons of legends with nicknames that could provide a nice subset. Just an idea, take it with a grain of salt, lol.

      • October 4, 2012 3:44 pm

        Like the idea, Scott. Good stuff.

      • Scott - 1978walnut permalink
        October 4, 2012 3:52 pm

        Thanks Tracy, I know the “Nigerian Nightmare” is a long nickname, but you could probably do half of the nickname with the other part being in print on the card to make it fit. Thanks for the reply. I am always trying to think up new card ideas that are different. Talk to you soon!!

  4. fatcatt permalink
    October 4, 2012 3:29 pm

    Um..why does it appear in a lot of these that the players bodies are so disproportionate. I mean some the legs look huge and upper body small..especially some of their heads. Donta Hightower, Art Monk, Len Dawson, Coples lower body, Okoye looks like a transformer. Craig James arms look pencil thin compared to rest of him. Is it just the way the cards had to be positioned for photos making it appear that way?

    • October 4, 2012 3:32 pm

      Must be the camera angle. Nothing was done to alter the original images outside of color correction.

  5. October 4, 2012 3:31 pm

    Happy to see some of these guys like Okoye and Fryar getting some hobby love.

    • October 4, 2012 3:34 pm

      No question about that. I was thrilled to see some of the retired greats in the set. I probably showed too many of them, but it’s hard to go wrong with those guys.

  6. October 4, 2012 3:49 pm

    Liking these all! Especially the immortals cards (reg and GU). Steve Largent was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and Randall Cunningham later on while in college!!

  7. 81wolfpack permalink
    October 4, 2012 4:10 pm

    Tracy, do you know if the Fabric of the Game NFL die cut patch set is returning this year? I see the team name die cuts are back so hopefully…

  8. Sean permalink
    October 4, 2012 4:15 pm

    Will there be one New Generation auto per box? It seems these are always of the lesser quality guys, but they seem to have been in every box last year.

  9. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    October 4, 2012 4:15 pm

    Man!! I want those Giants cards!! Cruz, JPP and a sick Randle patch wow!
    This is a release I always look forward to every year.

  10. Sean permalink
    October 4, 2012 4:16 pm

    Also Tracy, can you check my message from Facebook and let me know the answers there too? Thanks

  11. October 4, 2012 4:25 pm

    Can’t wait to add one of those Robert Turbin Freshman Fabrics to the PC. Certified is my favorite product every year and this year looks to be no exception. Love all the color this year. Nice job Panini

  12. Panini Collector!!! permalink
    October 4, 2012 4:38 pm

    Love the shimmering cards-it really brightens my day;) Tracy any of these sweet cards being given away or are these all going into hobby boxes/packs?

  13. Jeffrey permalink
    October 4, 2012 4:53 pm

    Great looking cards. Only constructive criticism is going back to sticker autos after they looked so good with freshman fabric being on card last year.

    • October 4, 2012 5:02 pm

      Fair enough, Jeffrey.

      • Donny Johnson permalink
        October 14, 2012 1:40 am

        Freshman Fabric auto rookies took a step back this year without on card autographs. The FF set is a hobby staple and it deserves on card treatment in the future.

  14. Nick Gauder permalink
    October 4, 2012 5:21 pm

    Great looking cards!, certified looks great as always!!

  15. October 4, 2012 6:48 pm

    Wow are the cards changing, Im not to trilled with the way some of the new cards look

  16. daveylangs permalink
    October 5, 2012 2:43 am

    This has got to be the best looking Certified product that i have ever seen!!! You guys deff put out all the stops on this one! The cards look absolutely sick! This is a 10 out of 10 on my list! Time to tear it up!!!!!!!!

  17. October 5, 2012 5:04 am

    oh my goodness! Been waiting for this product to come out! Awesome looking gallery! I love the new vertical FOTG where the relic has a huge window! Same with the horizontal FOTG design as well! I’m really digging that! Thanks for the awesome pictures Tracy!

  18. Michael Oddo permalink
    October 5, 2012 9:20 am

    Man I do close to a half case or case most years of this stuff and I usually love it! Too much foil used this year and now the freshman fabrics are back to sticker autos, I will pass!

  19. October 5, 2012 9:44 am

    I really like the depth of the Immortals apart of this set. Are there any legends you have added this year that may have been tough before or not have too many releases. I really am excited about Shaun Alexander, does he have an auto too?

  20. October 5, 2012 10:39 am

    I really like the bold colors this year with Certified. It looks really good, it almost looks like an evolved foilboard.

  21. Panini Collector!!! permalink
    October 5, 2012 4:05 pm

    Any certified contests?

  22. SgtAJC permalink
    October 6, 2012 8:29 am

    When will the checklist be released???

  23. The YaK permalink
    October 11, 2012 11:35 am

    Good to see a new action shot used for Art Monk. It’s been the same (Redskins) action shot for years. 2011 Limited had the same shot as 2010 Contenders, which was the same as 2002 Donruss Classics.


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