Building Sandcastle: Legendary Leon’s First Autos Coming to 2013 Prestige Football

June 17, 2013

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Mysterious. Magnificent. Mythical. Majestic. Mustachioed. Marvelous. Must-see. The fact of the matter is that any one of those words — and so many more — could be used to describe the athletically spectacular, comically charged creation known as Leon Sandcastle. The fictitiously fabulous No. 1 draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs (played by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders) first burst onto the scene while starring in an NFL Network commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVII.

Almost immediately, fans and collectors lit up the Internet with voracious support of Sandcastle and wishful, Photoshopped renditions of his trading cards. In May, Panini America made history by producing Sandcastle’s first Rookie Cards inside the landmark 2013 Score Football release. Next week, they’ll raise the bar by delivering Sandcastle’s first certified autograph trading cards inside 2013 Prestige Football.

Limited to just 21 copies, Sandcastle’s short-printed 2013 Prestige Football autographs are sure to command big attention and even bigger bucks on the secondary market, especially considering that Sandcastle himself (or the football legend who plays Sandcastle) signed the autographs. Making the prime-time penmanship even sweeter? The fact that these 21 autographs, signed late last week, mean 2013 Prestige Football will include 100 percent live autographs.

“There was some concern last week that we would have to include Sandcastle’s history-making first autographs as redemptions in Prestige,” said Joe White, Panini America’s NFL Acquisitions Manager. “But true to form, Sandcastle came through for us in a big way. Working with a superstar of Sandcastle’s magnitude was a real thrill for all of us here at Panini America and we think the results speak for themselves.”

In addition to his autographs, Sandcastle also appears on a short-printed base Rookie Card in the set, too. You can get your first look at Sandcastle’s signatures below. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage of the Sandcastle phenomenon and the 2013 Prestige Football release.