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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: Target-Only 2016 Rookies & Stars Football

November 30, 2016


Here’s one way you know that Panini America’s venerable Rookies & Stars Football franchise has an intensely loyal following: Just minutes after the product checklist got posted to the company website earlier this week, collectors started asking for more information on a 2016 edition that has yet to be previewed. So in the must-see Quality Control Gallery that follows, we’re pulling the curtain back in a big way on the upcoming and Target-exclusive 2016 Rookies & Stars Football.

The first thing longtime Rookies & Stars aficionados will appreciate about this year’s release is the traditional insert lineup that includes the likes of Century Stars, Great American Heroes, Dress For Success, Cross Training, the Optichrome-infused Crusade chase and the triumphant return of Action Packed (minus the embossing but still impactful).

The product boasts a 300-card checklist featuring 150 veterans and 150 rookies broken into One Star (most common), Two Star and Three Star (rarest) tiers. The Rookie Card checklist features the first pack-inserted RCs of Robert Kelley, Jalen Richard and more. 2016 Rookies & Stars Football will arrive in Target stores in one of five distinct SKUs:

  • Longevity (10 cards per pack, six packs per box) will deliver two autographs, two memorabilia cards, six One Star Rookies, three Two Star Rookies, one Three Star Rookie, 24 inserts (including one Crusade or Great American Heroes) and three parallels. Longevity-exclusive parallels include Longevity (numbered to 75), True Blue (numbered to 49), Gold (numbered to 10), Platinum (numbered to one) and Printing Plate 1/1s.
  • Blaster Boxes (10 cards per pack, seven packs per box) will deliver one autograph or memorabilia card, 14 inserts (including one Crusade or Great American Heroeis), four One Star Rookies, two Two Star Rookies and one parallel. Red parallels are exclusive to Blasters.
  • Additional SKUs include 40-card Fat Packs featuring Green parallels, 60-card Hanger Boxes featuring exclusive Purple parallels and 10-card Packs featuring Green parallels.

We offer sneak peeks at most everything 2016 Rookies & Stars Football has to offer in the gallery that follows. Not shown below? The Dual Ink autograph insert that features dual signatures from compelling combos such as Bo Jackson/Brian Bosworth, Jerry Rice/Steve Young, Shannon Sharpe/Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner/Marshall Faulk, Peyton Manning/Archie Manning, Ray Lewis/ Brian Urlacher, Marshawn Lynch/Richard Sherman and more.

We’ll have plenty more on 2016 Rookies & Stars Football in the coming days right here on The Knight’s Lance. But until then, enjoy the imagery . . .




5 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    November 30, 2016 7:01 pm

    Hey look, an affordable product! We all know what that means, stickers!

  2. Sean permalink
    December 1, 2016 10:58 am

    Action Packed without embossing is a crime against humanity! Love the crusades this year!

  3. Zeke permalink
    December 2, 2016 2:26 am

    Stop teasing when’s the release?

  4. December 3, 2016 6:31 pm

    Very nice look for this year’s edition of R&S, it’s a great ambassador product to have as a retail exclusive as it showcases the depth and variety of the modern hobby. Thanks Tracy!

  5. Sean permalink
    December 9, 2016 2:47 pm

    Just busted a blaster and this stuff is awesome! My complaint though, my “hit” was a Von Miller tshirt card? WTH?

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