A closer look at 2013 Prominence Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini Prominence Football hit the hobby shelves this week.

The 2013 version features autographs on different materials with a focus on this year’s rookies.

Each hobby box comes with three packs with five cards, including an autograph, in each. To see a complete preview, click here.

Prominence is live today, so let’s look at some of the top cards coming out of the product.

One of the first cards I noticed was the 2013 Prominence Rookie USA Flag Patch of Andre Ellington. I didn’t see many of these on eBay, and rightfully so because they are 1-of-1s. With a good signature, these can be beautiful cards from any player.

Click here to see more 2013 Prominence flag patches on eBay.

Then there are the Rated Rookie patches. These came out looking good except for the few players that signed near the corner and cutting off part of the signature.

Click here to view more Rated Rookie patches.

Players signed more material with the Rookie Class Letter cards. These are Letterman cards just by another name. Are there any players whose names you are going to be chasing?

Click here to view more Rookie Class Letter cards.

The Field Plate Autographs are different. They were in last year’s product. They feature a different type of autograph on top of a miniature football field.

Click here to view more Field Plate Autographs.

The interesting thing about many of these autographs is that none of them are stickers. By putting autographs on non-descript materials like a flag or Rated Rookie patch, Panini could put them around any type of border. There doesn’t need to be a team associated with the player yet to make these work.

But not all the cards are like that. There are Team Logo Patches. And the Rookie Helmet cards are affixed with sticker autographs.

Click here to view more Rookie Helmet Autographs.

For good measure, here’s a look at one of the base cards from 2013 Prominence.

What do you think of the product so far?

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


  1. Posted September 11, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait until they arrive at our store. Love the three pack concept. Autos look great. Great improvement from last year.

  2. Tyler
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I love the look of these cards from a visual stand point but as a collector of “on card autographs” they put me into collecting limbo. Obviously they have a higher appeal than a glaring anti-counterfeit sticker but I worry that as they become more popular (and more profitable on the secondary market) manufacturers will move away from the true on card autograph. I imagine that it is significantly cheaper to get all these signed at the rookie photo shoot and dole them out through your various product lines than trying to set up autograph sessions through out the entire season. We see through the influx of redemption’s that getting players to sign on card is allot easier said than done. So my conundrum (and the conundrum of other on card collectors) is this: do we hold these in the same regard as stickers and continue to pay a significant premium for true on card or do we say, “Close enough”, and slot these in to our collections?

  3. deez
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink


  4. steve archer
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I remember years back when an AUTO was just that…….AN AUTO. Now it gives the card companies leeway to ‘upsell’ an on the card auto. What gives on the 2012 vs 2013 auto’s ?? I have purchased a few on the 2nd dary market and until I compare them side by side………WHATS THE MAJOR FLAW in last years ? And are we just talking about the last 35 auto’s or the whole bunch of them (100 total) ??

    hey Susan…..kinda “light” on details about this product (like serial numbering of base cards? and the rookie auto’s)….is it cuz the bosses say “nu-uh”, we have to sell more magazines and OPG’s…..cant give it all away (the info)


  5. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Steve, all the information I have is posted at the time I write it. The ‘first look’ previews comes from Panini. Sometimes the info they put out is light. As far as numbering for cards, Panini does not give odds (so I cannot put that in) and the numbering on the cards is pretty clear in the pictures.

  6. joe
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Bought 2 boxes, not impressed with the players included, product quality is ok though

  7. Darren
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Another watered-down, over-priced disappointment from The Big P… *sigh*.

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