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Panini Peek: 2012 Crown Royale Football

October 18, 2012

Cue the trumpets, break out the regal robes and prepare to take a seat at your collecting throne of choice: 2012 Crown Royale Football is coming.

Due out in December and set to deliver a collecting experience fit for a king, 2012 Crown Royale Football will be headlined by the return of Rookie Silhouettes Signatures, some of the football hobby’s most uniquely ornate RCs featuring on-card autographs, prime memorabilia pieces and numbering to 349 or less. What’s more, the popular Panini’s Choice autographed pyramid die-cuts make their football debut this season in Gold, Blue, Purple and Green parallel versions.

2012 Crown Royale Football will feature a 150-card base set, 100 Rookies numbered to 399 and the aforementioned 35 Rookie Silhouettes Signatures; each four-pack box will yield one Rookie Silhouettes Signature, one Rookie Autograph, two additional autograph or memorabilia cards, two other RCs, four parallels, one Pivotal Players, one Majestic Motion, one Field Force and one NFL Regime.

Some of the product’s crowning achievements include . . .

  • Panini’s Choice comes to football: The powerful pyramids that created a frenzy in 2012 Preferred Basketball tackle the gridiron for the first time
  • In response to overwhelming collector feedback, the NFL’s greatest players will receive the Silhouettes treatment on Legendary Silhouettes Signatures numbered to 99 or less
  • Spectacular new die-cut designs such as Crowning Glory Materials and Rookie Royalty Materials

We’ll have tons more on 2012 Crown Royale Football right here on The Knight’s Lance in the coming weeks. But for now, enjoy your first extended look at the product:

53 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex H permalink
    October 18, 2012 2:47 pm

    Looks really cool! Keep it up panini!

  2. Jamey permalink
    October 18, 2012 2:49 pm

    Wow, the memorabilia is just NUTS. I have a platonic crush on the Elway piece, the Eli isn’t far behind.
    Looks like another gorgeous product with a very unique look.

  3. brad permalink
    October 18, 2012 2:49 pm

    looking good! cant wait for this release, love the Silhouettes they always look great and i always gotta get my pc guys as a crown royale Silhouettes every year! thanks for the drool gallery!

  4. October 18, 2012 2:51 pm

    Amazing Autos, Great Job!

  5. eric cabreros permalink
    October 18, 2012 2:53 pm

    This is always a fan favorite!

  6. John Smith permalink
    October 18, 2012 3:14 pm

    Plates and Patches making a return too? 🙂

  7. gregmalloy permalink
    October 18, 2012 3:15 pm

    The crowning glory cards are ill

  8. October 18, 2012 3:54 pm

    That Elway card is mighty ridiculous!

  9. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:04 pm

    You had me at Rookie Silhouettes Signatures…. those are just sickly incredible

  10. ugameck permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:07 pm

    Wow, just wow. I love the white border around the players and overall design. Way to go!

  11. Linda Williamson permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:08 pm

    Crown royal is a cool set, but i think i will wait on absolute 2 hit the shelves!

  12. Eric G. permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:12 pm

    Oh my. That Elway has my pants a little shorter now. What a gorgeous card of the greatest QB to ever dawn an NFL uniform

    • October 18, 2012 4:32 pm

      Hey, Eric. We have a special gallery coming tomorrow that you’re going to really enjoy. Stay tuned!

      • Tim Y permalink
        October 18, 2012 5:04 pm

        Sounds awesome! Cant wait to see those Silhouettes!

  13. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:17 pm

    Not to mention that Eli card…BAZINGA!

  14. Panini 4ever! permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:38 pm

    I absolutely love how that RG3 prime jersey fits in with the crown on his die-cut rc card! Great work Panini!

  15. Kyle permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:42 pm

    When is the next Panini cut product? I know last year at around Christmas we had limited cuts. Anything else like that coming soon?

  16. fatcatt permalink
    October 18, 2012 5:52 pm

    A nice change of the norm..keep up the good work guys

  17. October 18, 2012 5:54 pm

    I love the clasic base design of Crown Royale. Will there be a RC in the base design this year? I have so many great memories of collecting this classic design when I was a kid.
    Thanks for the early treat guys.

  18. October 18, 2012 6:16 pm

    This is a SICK set!!!!!!

  19. Nick Gauder permalink
    October 18, 2012 7:09 pm

    Amazing as usual!!!! Crown Royale has always been one of my favorites! Great job Panini!!

  20. 1978walnut - Scott permalink
    October 18, 2012 8:15 pm

    Nice looking stuff Tracy!! The rookie royalty material cards look SWEET!!! Well done Panini!!

  21. Danilo permalink
    October 18, 2012 8:18 pm

    hey loved those panini choice auto’s from the preferred basketball last year although i do not collect basketball.. had one question for you mr Hackler?? are the vet’s in the choice auto’s going to be on-card? in any case they look awsome nice job

    • October 18, 2012 8:28 pm

      I THINK they’re going to be sticker autos.

      • Danilo permalink
        October 18, 2012 10:41 pm

        just a quick question Tracy and i’m sure you have answered this question on more than one occasion…my question is why does panini only do sticker auto’s for NFL vets and hall of famer’s?? i thought you guys had a exclusive contract for the canton hall of fame player’s?? is it a finacial reason or the players are unwilling to sign in person?? i noticed although i am not a fan of topps the product 5 star has on-card auto’s from vets…do they have a deal you guys do not or something?? this is a genral question and i am not trying to fuel any fires but am just am curious..


      • October 18, 2012 10:48 pm

        Fair question, Danilo. And a good one, too. We have focused most of our on-card autograph efforts in football over the last few years on the top rookies coming in, with a few notable exceptions of on-card Hall of Famers and veterans. Having said that, one of the things I’m most excited about this year in our football lineup is the inclusion of on-card autographs of veterans and HOFers in 2012 National Treasures Football. Can’t wait to preview those when they come around.

        Secondly, yes, we do have an exclusive agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and we are proud of that. That relationship is extremely beneficial when it comes to securing on-card autographs from each new class of inductees (which we have done and will continue to do), but doesn’t necessarily help us secure additional on-card sigs of long-time Hall of Famers.

        Thanks for the questions; hope this information is helpful.

  22. Brady permalink
    October 18, 2012 9:54 pm

    Success!!! My favorite product EVERY YEAR! I’m so excited. I was worried it was going to get skipped this year.

  23. joe permalink
    October 19, 2012 12:08 am

    another great looking product may get in a case break of this to go along with the one for certified im in tomorrow hoping for some nice hits in that

  24. jumper48 permalink
    October 19, 2012 12:20 am

    This is easily one of my favorite football sets. The Panini Choice pyramids are so cool.

  25. Brian K. permalink
    October 19, 2012 1:05 am

    Any chance you guys will bring back Crown Royale for basketball?

  26. October 19, 2012 1:30 am

    Yessss. This is what I was waiting for.

    the Cramers choice basketball WAS a hint of things to come!

    on-card autos on those would be perfect.

  27. October 19, 2012 5:52 am

    REALLY great looking set, love the Luck and Elway cards especially. Thanks for the preview Tracy!

  28. Michael Oddo permalink
    October 19, 2012 10:30 am

    Looks meh, and I will pass like I did last year!

  29. Student of the Game permalink
    October 19, 2012 10:56 am

    Speaking of Crown…I will certainly drink to these! Nice job, Panini!

  30. Brian G permalink
    October 19, 2012 1:01 pm

    Awesome! This is my favorite football product. I was worried that this product would not be done this year. Glad to see that it is back and glad to see all of the support from other collectors to make sure that it stays in the product line-up. I love the fact that you get one Rookie Silhouette per box!!!

  31. panthersfan89 permalink
    October 20, 2012 12:36 pm

    Looks great, what is the price point?

  32. Jonathan permalink
    October 20, 2012 10:30 pm

    Hey Tracy I was wondering if the Cramers choice autos are gonna be in Crown. I see the Michael Turner one above, are there gonna be alot of players in the Triangle Cramers Choice set? I love that set for Basketball and would love to chase the football version. Great looking Product!!

    • October 21, 2012 12:08 am

      Yes, sir. The Panini’s Choice autos will be in there. Haven’t seen a checklist yet to see how big the set is yet, though.

    • Jamey permalink
      October 21, 2012 7:11 am

      Hey Jonathan… There was a definite elegance to the old Pacific “Cramer’s Choice” cards…I recall pulling a Randy Moss and grinning from ear-to-ear. Rare for a non-auto/mem’ card to elicit that kind of satisfaction.
      Panini’s Choice is a re-imagining of the CC insert. The auto’d versions are really sharp.

  33. Dan Noel permalink
    October 21, 2012 9:54 am

    Nice looking cards. Any word on when they are going to be released? or what the price is gonna be?

    • October 21, 2012 10:36 am

      Releasing in December. Will check on price point tomorrow when I’m back in the office.

  34. January 15, 2013 1:22 pm

    Tracy, Can you help me out here…I’m having a hard time finding a short print list for the crown parallels that were uncut for the hobby version. My friend pulled an Owen Daniels Purple, and I pulled a Crabtree Silver & a Dre Kirkpatrick Gold, and he found out the Daniels’ was SSP /2…but can’t find the website where he got the info, and I’m having a tough time finding it on both google & yahoo search engines…any way you could link me to a reference there?

    • January 15, 2013 2:16 pm

      Our very own Carlos Torrez posted the following information on The Knight’s Lance a few weeks back. Hope it helps:

      “There are UN die-cut versions NOT seq #ered and limited to the following qtys Silver-5 each, Gold-4 each, Green-3 each, Purple-2 each and Blue-1 each.”

      • January 15, 2013 6:11 pm

        VERY helpful! Thank you very much for your time! GO 49ERS!!!!

      • January 26, 2013 5:53 pm

        I picked up the Alfred Morris gold uncut /4 😀 !!!! LOVE the inclusion of these SPs, BIG props to the Panini Crown Royale team!


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