Panini prepares Tim Tebow’s first Patriots card

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Tim Tebow signed with a new team just a couple of days ago. That gave Panini America enough time to ready his first card as a member of the New England Patriots.

Tebow’s first New England card will appear in 2013 Panini Rookie & Stars, which is scheduled for an August 21 release.

“Whenever you have a player with the level of popularity Tim has, and that player moves to a new team, it reinvigorates the collectibility of that player,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America’s Vice President of Marketing on the company’s blog. “Fans of that player — and football fans in general — want to acquire the first trading cards of that player in his new uniform. Panini is excited to continue to deliver to Tim Tebow fans the very best football trading cards out there.”

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. deez
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    sorry susan
    can you tell becketts buddies at panini the
    tebow-mania is over

  2. Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    The brand is called “Rookies & Stars,” but the player depicted is neither a rookie nor a star. Ironic, huh?

  3. Anthony C
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    so is that a real photo or a completely fabricated shot (aka photoshopped)..

  4. James
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Not sure what I’ll be more annoyed with…ripping open a pack and getting a Leon Sandcastle card or roping a pack and getting a Tebow card

  5. Randy
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Anthony c if you have to ask if its photoshopped then obviously you are not a football fan.. When would tebow have a chance to be in full patriots gear!?! And it is clearly photoshopped but sine you had to ask that prob made panni feel good!

  6. Anthony C
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    randy, you’re right.. i’m not a football fan and despite that, i obviously know it was highly unlikely they would have had a chance to get him in a photoshoot with full gear on.. clearly it’s a bit of a rhetorical question smart guy..
    my point is, it’s stupid to produce fake images just for the sake of being ‘first’ to produce a card that nobody cares about.. lame lame lame.. i know everyone does it, but this is for the wrong reasons.. as consumers, should we encourage card companies to phone it in when producing cards? i want real action images.. just go out and get one properly.. thanks for your opinion though randy.. you’re the best!

  7. Richard Gobis
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Anthony C. If your not a football fan why do you want action images?Your not a fan and probably not even a collector…Im a Patriots fan so I am a nobody that does care about it smart guy!!!!

  8. Anthony C
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    It’s not just football. I don’t get why you guys are attacking me as a fan of the hobby. It doesn’t have to do with a specific sport or how big a football fan you are. Why do you guys condone a virtually photoshopped image? Soon it’ll be an entire set made up of mostly fake action scenes/settings. Card companies are already phoning it in with sticker autos. Soon they won’t have to send out anybody to take any photos. Just take a pic of some generic guy and photo shop the face and image of the player. You guys clearly don’t get it. Just keep on lappin this crap up. BTW, I am a smart guy! Thanks!!

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