Epic Comeback: Panini America Reimagines Elway Collection for 2012 Certified Football

October 19, 2012

The greatest comeback quarterback in NFL history is at it again. The legendary John Elway, who engineered a record 47 come-from-behind victories during his Hall of Fame career with the Denver Broncos, is now spearheading an epic collectibles comeback.

This week’s release of 2012 Certified Football includes the stunning return of the John Elway Collection, a five-card tribute to the two-time Super Bowl champion that deftly remakes an insert that first appeared in 1999 Rookies & Stars Football.

That season, you may recall, was Elway’s first in retirement following a sensational 16-year career capped by back-to-back championships, and that original five-card set provided a fitting, end-of-the-millennium tip of the cap to the magnificent No. 7.

Today, those original Elway Collection cards (two game-worn jersey cards, two game-worn helmet cards and one game-worn shoe card) still resonate with collectors. The set is currently valued by Beckett Media at more than $500.

But 2012 Certified Football’s next-generation Elway Collection elevates the bar considerably with some of the most massive memorabilia cards ever made of the Mile High miracle worker, including rare autograph versions and some of the sickest pieces of Elway prime ever sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard. Of course, the pristine design of the new insert doesn’t hurt, either.

Ultimately, the new five-card Elway Collection provides a bold remastering of that 1999 original, a 21st-century upgrade that poignantly pays tribute to one of the greatest, most-collected quarterbacks in NFL history.

You can check it out for yourself now in the following gallery, which includes many prime examples from the 2012 Elway Collection as well as every card from the original insert. Enjoy.