Base-Set Variations Bring Chase, Intrigue to 2017 Gold Standard Football (Checklist)

One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s 2017 Gold Standard Football is the inclusion of veteran base-set Team and Photo Variations that have all of the necessary ingredients to create a feeding frenzy for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. This Gold Standard ritual actually began with the inaugural Gold Standard Basketball in 2010-11. It finally arrived in football with last week's 2017 Gold Standard Football release.

Gold Standard Football Variations

One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s 2017 Gold Standard Football is the inclusion of veteran base-set Team and Photo Variations that have all of the necessary ingredients to create a feeding frenzy for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. This Gold Standard ritual actually began with the inaugural Gold Standard Basketball in 2010-11. It finally arrived in football with last week’s 2017 Gold Standard Football release.

The featured Team Variation players include Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Kevin Greene, Jerry Rice, Eric Dickerson, Mike Ditka and more. The Photo Variations include Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith and more. More than just providing compelling — and sometimes downright devilish — chases for player and set collectors, the Gold Standard Team Variations are something of a delightful nomad’s land; a one-stop photographic summation of the featured players’ NFL (or collegiate) careers.

We’ve provided a complete checklist of both variations below. A few things to note about these variations:

  • All Photo Variations feature players in a dark jersey (as compared to their regular base card featuring a light-colored jersey) and each is limited to just 10 copies.
  • The quantity of each Team Variation is tied to the featured player’s tenure with a particular team. The shorter his career in one place, the rarer that team’s variation.

The following Team Variations are limited to 10 copies or less (with some 1/1s): 

103

Jameis Winston

Florida State Seminoles

116

DeMarco Murray

Oklahoma Sooners

116

DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

117

Brandon Marshall

UCF Knights

117

Brandon Marshall

Miami Dolphins

117

Brandon Marshall

New York Jets

117

Brandon Marshall

New York Giants

130

Brett Favre

Southern Miss

130

Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings

130

Brett Favre

New York Jets

130

Brett Favre

Atlanta Falcons

132

Warren Moon

Washington Huskies

132

Warren Moon

Seattle Seahawks

132

Warren Moon

Kansas City Chiefs

133

Kevin Greene

San Francisco 49ers

134

Jerry Rice

Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils

134

Jerry Rice

Seattle Seahawks

136

Eric Dickerson

SMU Mustangs

136

Eric Dickerson

Los Angeles Raiders

136

Eric Dickerson

Atlanta Falcons

139

Deion Sanders

Florida State Seminoles

139

Deion Sanders

Washington Redskins

139

Deion Sanders

Baltimore Ravens

139

Deion Sanders

San Francisco 49ers

140

Mike Ditka

Pittsburgh Panthers

140

Mike Ditka

Philadelphia Eagles

The following Photo Variations are limited to 10 copies each:

118 Tom Brady New England Patriots
119 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
120 Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
121 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
123 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
124 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
125 David Johnson Arizona Cardinals
126 Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
127 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
128 Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants
129 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers
131 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys
135 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
137 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins
138 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions
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