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Rookies from the NFL, NBA Illustrate School Spirit for Panini America Sketch Cards

June 15, 2015

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The old college try. That’s exactly what some of the top young stars in the NFL and NBA delivered when Panini America officials asked them at various times throughout the last year or so to pay tribute to their university days with a series of truly unique Sketch Cards that will be unveiled later this week through the company’s 2015 Father’s Day promotion.

According to the wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster, “college try” is the term used to describe “a zealous all-out effort.” One look at many of the one-of-a-kind masterpieces that follow and you’ll understand just how zealous and all-out the game’s top young stars can be when equipped with little more than a blank cardboard canvas and a few colored Sharpies.

Emboldened by the virtues of school spirit and flat-out rookie competition, many of the game’s highest-profile youngsters — including Odell Beckham, Jr., Marcus Mariota, Jabari Parker and Marcus Smart — temporarily tapped into their creative sides to impressive results during the last two NFLPA Rookie Premieres and the 2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

The finished works of art — hand-signed on the back — will no doubt become some of the most unique and in-demand trading cards of these players’ careers. The cards have been randomly inserted into packs of Panini America’s 2015 Father’s Day set, which began shipping to participating hobby shops earlier today.

You can check out many of the cards in the following gallery, a must-see art exhibit of sorts that must be seen in order to be truly appreciated. Enjoy.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick Gauder permalink
    June 15, 2015 1:23 pm

    I’ve always loved your guys Player Drawn sketch cards! I love how there’s a great mix of NBA & NFL players this time and love that they will be randomly inserted in Panini Fathers Day Packs! Great job Panini as always. I hope my LCS can get some of them this year because he couldn’t the last few. Fingers Crossed!!

  2. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    June 15, 2015 1:26 pm

    Dude! Glad to see these in Fathers Day packs!!! Usually a National thing. Glad to see them in here so I have a shot at pulling one 🙂

  3. June 15, 2015 5:28 pm

    Agreed on the possibility of getting one in the Fathers Day packs!! Love that Penn State Nittany Lion!!

    This is a way to see a side of the athlete that you wouldn’t ordinarily get to see.

    Great stuff!!

    6 days until Panini Father’s Day 2015!!

  4. June 15, 2015 5:37 pm

    Some nice artwork from these players, great school pride! Thanks Tracy!

  5. June 15, 2015 6:27 pm

    I want that Avery Williamson!

  6. Nick permalink
    June 18, 2015 12:08 pm

    are only positive comments allowed on the blog?

    • June 18, 2015 1:23 pm

      No, sir. We appreciate any and all constructive commentary as long as it’s respectfully delivered. And although we don’t approve every comment, we read every one and make sure the right folks internally see it.


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