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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2013 Elite Football (Must-See Preview)

July 8, 2013

Panini America 2013 Elite Football QC (1)

When a product packs as many exciting new developments as 2013 Elite Football does, it’s hard to figure out where to start gushing. Do you begin with the laser-cut captivation found in the Portraits insert? Or perhaps you start with the vibrant new colors shining brightly in the landmark Status and Aspirations parallels. Or, just maybe, you talk about the uniqueness of the “Revolution” memorabilia-card concept at play in the First and Goal insert.

It’s a tough decision to be sure, but one we’re confident you can help us figure out by perusing the massive Quality Control Gallery that follows. Last week, in preparation for 2013 Elite Football’s release this Friday, Panini America’s Aik Tongtharadol and Joseph Mackey put the product through the paces during the packout process.

What they discovered was nothing short of fantastic, and much of what they discovered is also detailed below. After you’ve had the opportunity to adequately appreciate the more than 120 images that follow, tell us what part of 2013 Elite Football you like the most. And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage of the product later this week.

37 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2013 1:17 pm

    Love the look of this year’s Elite. Drops Friday now, correct?

  2. Alex permalink
    July 8, 2013 1:23 pm

    I love these cards, I really like the Marcus Lattimore serial numbered cards! I am gonna start saving up!! Beautiful job guys!

  3. ThePinoyMamba Eric/Joshua permalink
    July 8, 2013 1:23 pm

    Always love die cuts!
    PC yes excellent idea on it!!!
    Nice mixtures with shiny parallels on it!

  4. Ben permalink
    July 8, 2013 1:27 pm

    is Elite coming out for retail?

  5. Ryan S. permalink
    July 8, 2013 1:44 pm

    I think I’ve found my product for the National.

  6. Ryan Blake permalink
    July 8, 2013 1:56 pm

    Wow! Those babies are gorgeous!

  7. July 8, 2013 1:58 pm

    Gorgeous product this year. Love the “Down and Distance” cards. Is the Gridiron Gear insert set also game used?

  8. panthersfan89 permalink
    July 8, 2013 2:02 pm

    I like every last bit of it!

  9. George permalink
    July 8, 2013 2:04 pm


  10. July 8, 2013 2:16 pm

    don’t like the base set or the PTTs at all, but the rest are awesome– especially the spinning down markers!

  11. pete2199 permalink
    July 8, 2013 2:37 pm

    wow wow wow Best elite ever. Can I win a box ? lol

  12. Ryan W permalink
    July 8, 2013 2:53 pm

    Other than the base, I really like the look of this. The brown background and foil borders don’t go together at all.

  13. ekalb permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:10 pm

    Finally DJ Hayden has arrived!! Awesome looking cards. Loving the hardhats again this year (even more so that they are not all wearing ’00’) but as mentioned above not a huge fan of the base set. I actually like the look of the top 40 rookies shown last week with the white border.

  14. Toshi permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:33 pm

    Great design and a very provocative approach. My only regret is that this years draft class of 2013 is not as strong as the draft class of 2012!

  15. New York Fan permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:59 pm


  16. Mitch S permalink
    July 8, 2013 5:04 pm

    The acetate dicuts are FREAKIN SWEET (channeling my inner Peter Griffin) Also, those 1st (2nd, 3rd, and 4th) and goal cards are AWESOME. Love the new ideas you guys are putting out, but slow down! Don’t wanna run out of amazing ideas. lol

  17. July 8, 2013 5:50 pm

    Was about to ask if you had a checklist, but it’s already up!

  18. deloreanfan81 permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:32 am

    look forward to Elite every year..aweswome job

  19. hudsonfan15 permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:35 am

    Stellar gallery Tracy, I really like the First, Second, etc. and Goal series with the spinning mem swatch. Thanks as always!

  20. July 9, 2013 7:18 am

    That Denard Robinson Inscriptions is awesome, I like the design this year. Will Dion Jordan have an Inscriptions Auto too?

  21. Smithy the Card Smither permalink
    July 9, 2013 7:56 am

    Wow! Super job Panini! I absolutely love the look of those aspirations. Honestly I would almost prefer pulling those than jersey cards or autos-Quick question though, are the goal line swatches from actual 2nd and 1st and goal holders and are they from any specific games? Thanks again-

  22. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    July 9, 2013 9:09 am

    Really like what I am seeing from this product. Always excited when Elite releases.

  23. Jonathan permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:37 pm

    Man this set looks great!!! I really mean it, every insert series looks great and very clean!! Love the Hard Hat series and the Emerald numbered rookies look SWEET!! Can’t wait to watch some Pre Season and the first week and bust some of these boxes. Great job, send my best to Carlos and the football team!!

  24. July 9, 2013 6:58 pm

    I love the look of the Primary Colors insert set. Looks like something that would have been released in the late 90s/early 00s

  25. July 13, 2013 12:37 am

    Hey Tracy, quick question.

    Is it just like last year with the “Rookie Inscriptions on-acetate autographs” cards that the “Personal Edition” only goes to the players? Or are you doing something different this year? Only reason I ask is because I see above both versions, some with and some without the “Personal Edition” text.

    • July 13, 2013 12:39 am

      There were limited runs of some guys’ Personal Edition cards inserted into Elite. Will try to get the complete SP list next week.

      • Bill permalink
        July 15, 2013 10:50 pm

        Hey, Tracy. Really enjoying this year’s Elite. Any luck scaring up that list of the “Personal Edition” Iscriptions? How short-printed are these (or, more to the point, how many of each guy’s personal print run were inserted into the product)? Does it vary by player? I’m particularly interested in my boy Tyler Wilson.

        Also, are there specific print runs associated with each different color ink on the Inscriptions?

        Also also, need more Conner Vernon in Panini products. I fully expect him to have an RPA in 2013 NT (and I fully intend to acquire every last one of them).

        Keep up the great work!

      • July 16, 2013 12:16 am

        Glad you’re liking it, Bill. Appreciate the kind words. I’m planning to publish the complete Inscriptions breakdown in the next day or two, so stay tuned.

        Thanks again,

  26. Keith permalink
    July 16, 2013 11:51 pm

    Is the Inscriptions breakdown listed yet? Where do I look for it to be posted?

    • July 17, 2013 7:45 am

      It’ll be posted here on The Knight’s Lance, on our webiste, on Facebook and we’ll send a link out via Twitter.

      • Keith permalink
        July 17, 2013 9:42 am

        That happens today right?

  27. Keith permalink
    July 19, 2013 12:55 am

    I’m not trying to be disrespectful here, just offering my opinon/suggestion. I would like to see these numbered on card in the futre. As difficult as it is to figure out sp run now, imagine the chore for collectors to verify it say 15-20 years from now.


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