Think Pink: Panini America Raising the Bar on Breast Cancer Awareness NFL Cards
As the NFL winds down another Crucial Catch October, Panini America is doing its part to raise breast cancer awareness like only it can: By producing some of the most powerfully pink memorabilia cards the football collectibles hobby has ever seen.
Incorporating game-used footballs from several of the NFL’s 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness games, Panini America has developed a unique 24-card set that will begin being distributed next month through special promotional packs.
The set was created from footballs used during three of last season’s Week 4 games (Bills at Bengals, Lions at Cowboys and Falcons at Seahawks) and one used during the Week 8 game when New England traveled to Pittsburgh. Players from all eight teams are featured in the set.
An image of the football used to create each card is featured on the back along with a brief description of what the featured player did in that game.
“The NFL’s ‘A Crucial Catch’ campaign is such an important initiative that impacts so many lives, and Panini America has been involved with special BCA trading cards for several years,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America’s Vice President of Marketing. “But this year we wanted to raise the bar in terms of what we were doing while continuing to raise awareness for this tremendous cause.”
Panini America also created special pink-patch autograph cards featuring top 2012 rookies Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson, as well as scarce autographed versions of some of the game-used football cards in the set.
Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details on how to obtain these special cards. But for now, here’s a comprehensive gallery of every card (front and back) in the set.