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Richard Sherman’s Dirty Laundry Arrives at Panini America Headquarters (Gallery)

January 28, 2014

Panini America Richard Sherman Jersey

The last time ebullient Seattle Seahawks defender Richard Sherman faced a quarterback named “Manning” in MetLife Stadium, the self-appointed “best corner in the game!” certainly played the part, picking off Eli twice in a 23-0 Seattle shutout of the New York Giants just 10 days before Christmas. This Sunday, Sherman and the Seahawks return to MetLife no doubt looking for a similar performance against Eli’s older brother in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The jersey that Sherman wore in that Week 15 performance against the Giants, however, will not be making the trip — and Panini America’s 2013 National Treasures Football will be a whole lot cooler as a result. Last week, that very jersey that Sherman wore while recording his fifth and sixth interceptions of the 2013 season arrived at Panini America HQ, a truly special delivery that received instant rock-star status.

In fact, based on the reaction the jersey received internally, you would’ve thought Sherman himself had entered the building. Short of that, though, this battle-nicked white road top sure seemed like the next best thing. This particular jersey will be used in 2013 National Treasures Football to create Sherman’s first game-worn memorabilia cards. Earlier this season, Panini America became the first and only trading card manufacturer to sign Sherman to an autograph agreement.

Panini America securing this jersey is more than just a cool development for everyone here; it’s also a huge coup for Seattle’s rabid 12th Man faithful across the country. 2013 National Treasures Football will feature a 12th Man memorabilia insert that includes the No. 12 patches stitched into the inside back collars of all Seahawks jerseys. Sherman’s jersey arrival also helps complete the Team Quads insert featuring game-worn memorabilia from Legion of Boom members Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

We’ve previewed those gems near the end of the gallery below. But first, enjoy an intimate exploration of Sherman’s spectacular game-worn jersey.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Gary permalink
    January 28, 2014 2:46 pm

    Hi Tracy great stuff. I know it is 4 months till 2014 football comes out. When do you think we will see 2014 score football?

  2. Sean C. permalink
    January 28, 2014 2:49 pm

    Nice! Gonna be some happy collectors and sweet looking cards! How much did that jersey run to get ahold of?

  3. January 28, 2014 2:49 pm

    Burn it… Lol.

  4. Kyle permalink
    January 28, 2014 2:52 pm

    Hi Tracy, have always been curious – does Panini wash jerseys before putting them in memorabilia cards? It is just that I have never seen an actual “dirty” (i.e. grass stains, mud, etc.) on swatches, and on this specific jersey I do see some wear like that. Thanks!

    • January 28, 2014 2:53 pm

      Never! And you should check out some of the Down & Dirty cards from 2013 Playbook Football as well as some of the booklets coming up in 2013 National Treasures Football.

  5. January 28, 2014 3:35 pm

    Tracy. Realy fast question from Instagram. Will panini have a booth in Vancouver Heritage Classics? And who will be there? Thank you and keep up the great work. Greatings to Jason for doing a great job with the #PaniniSuperBowlKidReporter

  6. January 28, 2014 4:09 pm

    Awesome as usual Panini!! You really do set the bar!

  7. Hawksmack permalink
    January 28, 2014 4:27 pm

    Absolutely amazing stuff. That 12th man card and quad are unreal. Great work.

  8. renton1960 permalink
    January 28, 2014 4:43 pm

    Browner?…. didn’t he just get suspended from the NFL indefinitely for failing a drug test?
    oh yes he did….

    On December 18, 2013, the NFL erroneously reported Browner was facing another suspension for again violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug rules. The suspension was later changed to reflect a substance abuse issue related to missing drug tests during the time Browner was undrafted by an NFL team, while playing football in the CFL, and prior to the Seahawks contract. Currently, Browner and his agent are appealing the suspension.

  9. Chad Z permalink
    January 28, 2014 5:38 pm

    When is National Treasures coming out?

  10. January 28, 2014 6:05 pm

    Not a fan of Sherman, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want those 2 cards!

  11. January 28, 2014 7:48 pm

    Tracy, level with me: if the Broncos win will you make Scott run around the office with it on and pelt him with soft foam balls? That would be epic!

  12. January 28, 2014 10:43 pm

    The 12th Man Relic is freaking awesome. Will there be Lynch and Tate versions?

  13. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 29, 2014 12:04 pm

    Pretty cool…but really don’t care for the player. He’s part of the reason I hope the Broncos win!

  14. January 29, 2014 10:39 pm

    That is the sickest mailday ever.

  15. January 30, 2014 12:38 am

    Will there be a Sherman, Crabtree dual in NT this year? Should be 🙂

  16. February 9, 2014 10:04 am

    I would like to buy 2 cases to make sure I get the LOB Quad Card!!!


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