Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2014 Elite Football (Preview Gallery)
The long-awaited 2014 NFL collecting season is officially upon us, what with last week’s release of 2014 Score Football and today’s release of 2014 Hot Rookies Football — and that means hardcore football collectors are hot on the trail of this season’s most promising new Rookie Cards. In the coming weeks, that chase promises to intensify considerably with the addition of two of Panini America’s perennial early season favorites: 2014 Prestige Football arrives on July 9; 2014 Elite Football arrives two weeks later.
To put it simply, Elite Football is one of the most venerable and vaunted trading card brands in the entire category, equipped with a healthy host of calling-card inserts (Aspirations, Status, Passing the Torch, Legends of the Fall, Face 2 Face) and acetate autographs. We previewed much of the latter during our live coverage of the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Today, we’re going to reveal a whole lot more.
Set to release to the hobby on July 23, 2014 Elite Football will deliver four autograph or memorabilia cards per 20-pack box (with at least two autographs guaranteed and at least one of those being a rookie autograph). Each box of 2014 Elite Football also will yield three Rookie Cards numbered to 999 or less, one Turn of the Century insert, one Passing the Torch Silver insert and six additional inserts.
Oh, also falling one per box will be one of the sweet new Clarity Plexiglas cards that must be seen to truly be appreciated. Speaking of cards that you can see through, the hobby’s favorite acetate autographs return in a couple of different forms, including in the landmark Inscriptions insert.
We’ve got an expansive preview gallery for you to peruse below, including your standard batch of pre-release images as well as a comprehensive review of four uncut 2014 Elite Football sheets — the Silver, Gold, Red and Black versions of some of the set’s base inserts.
Also, here’s a look at the product’s preliminary checklist: 2014 Elite Football Preliminary Checklist
Enjoy the pics and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of 2014 Elite Football.