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Panini America Unveils Inaugural Edition of the NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index

April 13, 2016

NFLPA Panini Index Blog

Panini America, the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA), in conjunction with NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFLPA, today unveiled the inaugural edition of the NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index, a new quarterly report which will rank the top-performing football players in the licensed trading card industry.

Once a quarter, the NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index will rank the top 15 rookies and top 15 veterans based on several key factors, including secondary-market transactions, overall trading volume and collectability based on on-field performance and expectations (e.g., Rookie hype and collector speculation). The premiere NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index, listed in its entirety below, includes the first official rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft class based largely on early trading activity surrounding Panini America’s 2016 collegiate product Contenders Draft Picks Football, which was  released on March 23.

Top quarterback prospects Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) and Jared Goff (California), along with key running backs Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) and Derrick Henry (Alabama) claim the top four spots on the rookie index. Meanwhile, the veteran index (which includes 2015 rookies) sees seven of its top 10 slots occupied by quarterbacks as Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans), Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Peyton Manning hold the top three spots.

“It’s an honor any time I can be number one on a list that includes Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson,” Marcus Mariota said. “The work I put in with Panini signing cards in my rookie year seems to be appreciated by collectors as I head into season two, which is extremely rewarding. It will be great if I can keep showing up on this Index for a long time.”

“Wow, it is pretty incredible to see my name at the top of Panini’s new trading card index before I have even joined an NFL team,” Carson Wentz said. “I really appreciate the fans and collectors who are showing support and faith in my abilities to perform as an NFL player. I look forward to working with Panini to create more trading cards and to earn my place on this list.”

“The premiere NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index comes at the perfect time,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America’s Vice President of Marketing. “The rookie list reflects the level of excitement and speculation fans and collectors have for the key players in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. Conversely, the veteran list offers something of a recap of the 2015 NFL season based on trading-card performance and is driven by last season’s most impressive rookies and veteran superstars.”

Some key sales driving the final rankings include a one-of-a-kind 2015 National Treasures Football Marcus Mariota NFL Shield autograph card that sold for $9,999, a 2000 Contenders Football Tom Brady autographed Rookie Card that sold for $7,900 and a 1998 Contenders Football Peyton Manning autographed Rookie Card that sold for $6,819.

“The new NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index is an excellent example of the creativity that Panini brings to the trading card market,” said Steve Scebelo, NFLPA Vice President of Licensing & Business Development. “It presents a singularly unique snapshot of players in all stages of their careers who have the ability to drive results on the field and at retail.”

The NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index will also be published in early July (capturing second quarter results following the 2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Presented by Panini, and heading into training camp) and early September (capturing third quarter results in a season-kickoff edition).  Fourth quarter results will consist of two special editions in early November and early January to capture mid-season and end-of-season performances, respectively.

The 2016 NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index: Rookies (1Q)

  1. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  3. Jared Goff, California
  4. Derrick Henry, Alabama
  5. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  6. Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  7. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
  8. Connor Cook, Michigan State
  9. Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
  10. Cardale Jones, Ohio State
  11. Kenyan Drake, Alabama
  12. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
  13. Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
  14. Corey Coleman, Baylor
  15. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

The 2016 NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index: Veterans (1Q)

  1. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee
  2. Tom Brady, New England
  3. Peyton Manning, Denver
  4. Todd Gurley, St. Louis/Los Angeles
  5. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay
  6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
  7. Cam Newton, Carolina
  8. Amari Cooper, Oakland
  9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
  10. Russell Wilson, Seattle
  11. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York (NFC)
  12. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta
  13. David Johnson, Arizona
  14. Tyler Lockett, Seattle
  15. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
7 Comments leave one →
  1. John Bateman permalink
    April 13, 2016 7:24 pm

    J J Watt, Von Miller, Antonio Brown belong ahead of Tyler Lockett.

    It would be cool if you could do some Miller and Brown Dancing with the Stars mem cards in some sets for the upcoming year

  2. Matt G permalink
    April 13, 2016 8:04 pm

    Little shocked how far down Odell is….

  3. April 14, 2016 5:54 am

    These indexes will become useful market reports for collectors as they break Panini football products this year, especially the rookie list early in the season before the draft occurs. Thanks for all the info Tracy!

  4. Scott permalink
    April 14, 2016 8:19 am

    How do you measure “Rookie hype and collector speculation”?

    • April 14, 2016 10:04 am

      By keeping our ear to the ground and exploring what collectors — and personnel folks — are saying and spending.


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