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A Panini America World Premiere Preview: 2012 Prizm Football Finite Black 1/1s

January 13, 2013

Panini America 2012 Prizm Football Finite Blacks (30)

You can call this “Black Sunday.” Today is the day. After weeks of captivating glimpses at the many splendid parallels within Panini America’s upcoming 2012 Prizm Football, we’re finally pulling the curtain back on the rarest Prizm cards in existence: The illustrious Finite Black Prizm 1/1s.

It’s the one chase set collectors have been clamoring for since they first laid eyes on the unparalleled Prizm technology in 2012-13 Prizm Basketball. Finite Black is a jaw-dropping addition to the Prizm franchise that packs infinite potential. It features both base Finite Prizms and autographed versions and it is, in a word, fantastic.

This weekend, we took advantage of our time between the (uncut) sheets of Prizm to bring you this exclusive peek at what will soon become some of the most coveted and valuable football cards of the entire 2012 collecting season.

Enjoy the NFL Divisional Playoff games today and the unbridled frenzy surrounding the Panini America #PaniniWildCard Twitter promotion. But before you do, feast your eyes on these . . .

67 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2013 12:14 pm

    No doubt these are going to be the hottest thing when they come out. When are these slated to hit hobby stores? Thanks Panini!

  2. brad f @mjb_cards104 permalink
    January 13, 2013 12:16 pm

    i dont know what to say..cause the cards speak for themselves!! absolutely awesome!! may have to run out and get a case to crack! great work team!

  3. Eric Cabreros permalink
    January 13, 2013 12:18 pm

    Wow! Beautiful! Can’t wait for it to come in basketball! Prizm Football will be on full force!
    Well Done Panini!
    Thumbs up!

  4. Andy P. permalink
    January 13, 2013 12:29 pm

    Absolutely amazing cards!

    Just wondering though, and I’m not even sure how it would look, but would it be possible to cut the players out, lay the Finite Black coating down and then past the player over that? As awesome as these look, I think they would pop even more if they looked in front of the Finite Black rather than mixed in with it!

    Either way, nicely done! Out of my price range, but nicely done!

  5. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 13, 2013 12:36 pm

    These may be the best looking insert cards I’ve ever seen, I’m a big fan of the Certified Mirror Black parallels but these give me reason to reconsider. I saw just part of a horseshoe in one of those sheets, that’s enough for me. One phrase I did not see in the story is “hobby-only,” does that mean they are found in retail too? Thanks Tracy!

    • January 13, 2013 12:49 pm

      Not sure if the Blacks are hobby-only or not. I *THINK* they are, but will confirm.

    • January 13, 2013 12:50 pm

      By the way, Tom. That is incredibly high praise, man. Glad you like them.

  6. January 13, 2013 12:36 pm

    These look incredible. They look like they may be superior to the other comparable 1/1s of this style from other companies. Nicely done. I can’t wait to see one in person.

  7. Ryan Q permalink
    January 13, 2013 12:50 pm

    These look sick with the black border, I can only dream of pulling one of these cards!!!

  8. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 13, 2013 1:26 pm

    These are the best looking ones yet. Goin to save $ now for this product

  9. Tim Y permalink
    January 13, 2013 1:53 pm

    When inserted into packs, will they be autographed 1/1s (at least the ones with the large white box)?

  10. Sean permalink
    January 13, 2013 2:06 pm

    I already told the wife to order a box for my birthday before I saw these, now I may ask for 2!

  11. Jamie Case permalink
    January 13, 2013 2:55 pm

    Thank you for only making these in HOBBY , I can’t stand all of the retail BUSTERS.

  12. misterious56 permalink
    January 13, 2013 3:03 pm

    Why you did not the same parallels in the NBA Prizm collection ?? I don’t understand when I see the price for the Prizm Green and Prizm Gold, why you never made the red, blue or black version ??

  13. Michael permalink
    January 13, 2013 3:16 pm

    Great looking Cards! Hey Tracy, I was also wondering whether all the Inserts would have Gold and Black Parallels as well?

  14. Daniel permalink
    January 13, 2013 4:05 pm

    Seems like everytime the NBA collectors are the guinea pigs. Ive seen some amazing nice stuff pass by for football and hockey, which sadly is of nu use to me since i only collect basketball. Prizm for basketball had only the golds in hobby, and the rookie cards had no big rookie mention and small rc logo like football does, its something i just cant understand.
    When i see amazing stuff like dominion hockey and black football and now again with prizm football it makes me really jealous!
    Which might actually be a big compliment to the football and hockey department, but it also means im hoping you guys have some huge things lined up to save the nba season!

  15. January 13, 2013 4:08 pm

    WOW. Looks very nice. Would love to see that black and holographic diamond pattern emerging from a pack!!

  16. January 13, 2013 4:09 pm

    I imagine that Prizm football will be available both in retail and hobby?

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      January 14, 2013 10:16 am

      Yes – Available in Both Hobby and Retail – NO BLASTER BOXES.

  17. January 13, 2013 4:34 pm

    Couple questions, is retail going to launch the same day, or a few weeks(ish) after hobby? And is the price point the same as Basketball, as well as the box layout?

    • January 13, 2013 4:57 pm

      Same price point. Retail most likely will follow a week or two after hobby; although Crown Royale Football released in retail before hobby.

  18. Bob permalink
    January 13, 2013 4:34 pm

    Will Contenders Football really be released before March? Why set a release date and keep pushing it back?

    • January 13, 2013 4:58 pm

      It will be out before March. No one hates moving release dates more than we do. We do it to allow more time to get autographs in and reduce the number of redemptions.

  19. January 13, 2013 4:54 pm

    Are the auto’s on card or on sticker again?

  20. January 13, 2013 6:24 pm

    This just in: Finite Black Prizm 1/1s will be in retail also!

    • January 13, 2013 6:32 pm

      So what will be the Hobby exclusive? Just the golds, ouch that hurt.

      • ugameck permalink
        January 13, 2013 7:09 pm

        Not to someone with limited funds and no hobby shop near them. Gives everyone a great shot! Kudos on this, in my opinion.

      • Andy P. permalink
        January 13, 2013 7:48 pm

        I agree and disagree. I will NOT buy any retail Prizm. Nothing against the product, but I’ve already seen enough pack searchers hitting Prizm basketball for the Greens. Adding monster cards like these retail is just going to up the number of people going to Walmart and Target and sifting through packs.

        Will there be blasters of Prizm football at least, to help prevent it?

    • Andy P. permalink
      January 13, 2013 6:34 pm

      Do you know the breakdown percentage wise with how many Blacks Finites will be in retail compared to hobby?

      • SGP FB Guy permalink
        January 14, 2013 10:09 am

        Regular Prizms are Hobby and Retail – Gold Prizms are Hobby and Retail – Red Die cut Prizms are HOBBY ONLY – Green Prizms are RETAIL ONLY – Finite Prizms are Hobby and Retail.
        There will be NO Prizm FB blaster boxes!

    • January 13, 2013 6:47 pm

      Glad to hear that.

    • Jimbo Slice permalink
      January 14, 2013 7:50 am

      That’s awesome! Thanks Panini for giving me a shot at a 1/1 from retail:)

  21. January 13, 2013 7:28 pm


  22. Bruce Sims permalink
    January 13, 2013 9:42 pm

    WOW! I have a case coming from blowout cards and i cant wait after seeing this preview, thanks tracy for the tease. I will go nuts if these get pushed back, lol.

  23. Dave permalink
    January 13, 2013 11:50 pm

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhh WHERE WERE THESE IS BASKETBALL!!!!!

  24. January 14, 2013 12:45 am

    The layout and structure of Prizm is so simple, so clever and so desirable. While the addition of these 1/1s was inevitable and necessary, I believe you don’t need any more parallels for this set. The retail Green, Hobby Gold and Black are enough, separating this set from others out there. There are plenty of other releases that provide a vast number of different color parallels. While we all want more of the things we like, restraint ensures what piqued our interest in the first place remains. With the 1/10 Gold Kyrie Irving recently selling for just over $2,700, I’m sure these 1/1s will command plenty of interest and huge prices on the secondary market.

  25. Brad permalink
    January 14, 2013 12:56 am

    I haven’t been to high on any football product for the last 2 years because I haven’t had a player I wanted to chase, but these cards are amazing and I will definitely have to get started back busting some football. If only I had a hobby shop somewhere close to me that would carry this stuff. I guess I’ll be doing my fair share of retail. I would imagine these are a hobby only pull though. Maybe I can try my luck in a break. Thanks for sharing the images. Can’t wait to try to get my hands on some.

  26. kollectornet permalink
    January 14, 2013 6:30 am

    Wow. Awsome looking.

  27. Alex Morells permalink
    January 14, 2013 8:39 am

    These are hideous, nobody is going to want these, just send them all to me and I’ll dispose of them for you guys……

  28. January 14, 2013 10:08 am

    Do rookies have black auto and regular versions? Or just autos?

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      January 14, 2013 4:05 pm

      They have both – An auto version and a regular version Finite Prizm 1/1.

  29. Michael permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:22 am

    Starting to think that I cut back on contenders for this product! WOWZERS!

  30. Bryan permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:25 am

    WOW!!! Those look amazing! It’s great to hear those will show up in some retail packs too! It’s disappointing to hear they will be sticker autos though. Hopefully the sticker doesn’t detract from the beauty of these cards.

  31. rninete permalink
    January 14, 2013 3:34 pm

    Can’t wait to get my hands on these black beauties. I will be following The Knights Lance closely for contests and in the meantime, will keep an eye on presells if any come up. Way to keep us salivating. I feel like I am part of a Pavlov experiment.

  32. Bailey permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:09 am

    Man those are some nice cards! Im sure I’ll try to break some packs of this!

  33. chris pitcher permalink
    January 15, 2013 10:42 am

    You know tracy these are cool and all i just hope theyre not all scratched up like basketball prizm was i got 2 kobe autos which was great but one was scratched up and the other which was numbered to 22 out of 25 had white spots all over the surface of the card its pretty disappointing when you get great hits and they are all messed up =[

    • January 15, 2013 11:12 am

      Sorry to hear that, Chris. This is the first we’ve heard of any scratches in 2012-13 Prizm Basketball.

      • chris pitcher permalink
        January 15, 2013 2:13 pm

        Some cards are bound to slip through quality control soIts alright. It stinks but im still a very big fan of panini products, and im a huge kobe fan so ill never get rid of them. Everyone at Panini still has my undying loyalty and i will continue to buy multiples of everyone of your products.

      • January 15, 2013 2:15 pm

        Really appreciate that, Chris. Please reach out to our CSM at (or on Twitter @PaniniCSM), he *MIGHT* be able to replace them.

  34. Peter permalink
    January 15, 2013 6:28 pm

    Tracy, any time table on a checklist?
    Have a couple spots in a team draft case break and I don’t know who some of the older guys will be etc.
    Any help would be awesome

  35. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 16, 2013 5:23 am

    cards like this is a great flash back to a by-gone era when inserts were the thing to pull…thanks Panini !!!!

  36. permalink
    January 16, 2013 4:15 pm

    Really nice looking cards… Would love to see some of the hotter rookie 1/1’s to get me even more excited…. I take it we can expect to see the 2012 rookie class in full force in this product release?

    • January 16, 2013 4:19 pm

      Yes, sir.

      • bruce sims permalink
        January 16, 2013 10:52 pm

        Tracy, This is by far my favorite looking new product in recent years. I do have a question though, are there going to be legends like jerry rice, brett favre, dan marino in it or is it just current vets and rookies?

        Also, when will we be able to view the checklist to see who all has auto’s. This make things more exciting for people who do case breaks on card forums such as myself to know who could be in our boxes. Thanks for everything you guys are doing and any help with a checklist would be great!

      • January 16, 2013 11:01 pm

        There will be retired greats in the set, Bruce. Glad you like it. As I soon as I can get my hands on a checklist, I’ll post it.


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