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Panini America: Your Source for Autograph Cards from These Top NFL Superstars

November 14, 2012

In our never-ending quest to continually improve product quality and deliver value across all of Panini America’s brands and sports, it’s not at all uncommon for our Product Development teams to often take a look back before taking the next step forward.

Indeed, amid the constant flurry of new releases and working six months ahead, it’s that reflection that affords team members the opportunity to assess what worked, what didn’t and what’s next. Often, they discover trends or nuances that seem so obvious in hindsight but sometimes get lost in the moment. Last month, the Panini America NFL team hit upon one such example.

Turns out that Panini America products over the last few years have been the only place to find certified autograph cards from some of the best veteran superstars in the NFL. In fact, when cross-referencing the Top 100 NFL Players lists for 2012 (one selected by the league, the other by fans) with recent autograph trading cards issued (according to, there were a staggering number of top-level stars whose newer autographs can be found only in Panini America products.

The short list of examples: Calvin JohnsonVictor Cruz, Larry Fitzgerald, Charles Woodson, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu. There are more, and the series of charts that follows more clearly illustrates the point, but we thought it was a point well worth sharing.

Take a look . . .

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    November 14, 2012 9:59 am

    For this reason and many others thats why we turn to Panini for our football trading card needs. It helps satisfy our addiction.

    Want that Crruuuuuuuuuzzz bad. Nice card.

  2. Eric Cabreros permalink
    November 14, 2012 10:01 am

    Very good research on this Tracy!
    This is great. I think that knowing this will even drive the demand and price for this autos!

    • November 14, 2012 10:04 am

      Thanks, Eric. Gotta give credit to our Product Development folks for generating the data. Thought it was definitely worth sharing with our collectors.

  3. Jeffrey D permalink
    November 14, 2012 10:12 am

    Hey Tracy, have y’all reached out to Julius Peppers to see about adding him to some products. His only autos right now were a bunch of short prints his rookie year. I was just curious after seeing this list because Woodson and Polamalu were both the same way before you were able to sign them.

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      November 14, 2012 11:17 am

      We have been trying for 2 + years to secure Peppers and will keep trying. We talk with our FB Aquisitons dept weekly/monthly to identify players that have either not signed or have very little autos on the market.

      • Jeffrey D permalink
        November 14, 2012 10:00 pm

        Sweet love the effort! I figured he would sign. He signs a lot of TTM for fans. Hopefully he signs up for some Panini authentic ones!

  4. ryan permalink
    November 14, 2012 10:42 am

    please, please, please! produce a rookie auto card of Blair Walsh!! The kid is amazing and he’ll be an elite kicker by the time his career is up. also – way to go Panini!

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      November 14, 2012 11:18 am

      Coming Soon to Contenders FB!

  5. bobwick30 permalink
    November 14, 2012 11:25 am

    Some sweet auto patch cards Tracy! As always, Panini has the best product! Now, if only you guys could ahold of MLB!!

  6. Ernest Hebert permalink
    November 14, 2012 11:32 am

    Some really nice auto’s there and I would not mind owning any one of them…putting this info out there to the collectors is a must Tracy and appreciated ….you should post updates on The Knights Lance every so often on this topic also with the other sports across the board …

  7. hudsonfan15 permalink
    November 14, 2012 2:34 pm

    Awesome list of exclusives over the last couple years, I keep telling people you guys are the trend-setters for the industry! Thanks Tracy!

  8. Panini Collector 4ever! permalink
    November 14, 2012 3:03 pm

    Great work as always Panini- wait could it, Yes! Panini Prime Signatures comes out today! Can’t wait to see what you guys pull in the Panini Unwrapped episode! Super excited!

  9. Daniel permalink
    November 14, 2012 4:13 pm

    This is why i love panini so many nice hits!

  10. November 14, 2012 8:20 pm

    Great info. Gotta hand it to your FB acquisitions department!! Keep the hits coming!!

  11. Eric G. permalink
    November 14, 2012 11:06 pm

    I still want an Elvis Dumervil auto. The man led the NFL in sacks a few years ago and is a stud DE. Lets get it done guys and send me a free one for the idea that I have mentioned 92 times now

  12. November 19, 2012 12:23 pm

    You guys must have one solid acquisitions team to get those autographs done. Good work!


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