First Look: 2011 Threads Football


By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Panini America unveiled today a few details about its forthcoming cloth-laden line 2011 Threads.

The late-summer brand, slated for an Aug. 17 shelving date, should arrive with the usual fan favorites and some new twists.

Each box promises four autograph or memorabilia cards (one autograph guaranteed), 24 Rookie Cards and an additional 13 inserts or parallels. New Rookie Class Gold autographed letters should fall favorably among the brand’s familiar offerings Rookie Class autographed letters and Pro Gridiron Kings cards.

“The Rookie Class Gold autos are a unique twist on an established concept and will be among the most sought after singles in 2011 Threads; the Pro Gridiron Kings, with their proud lineage dating back to the early 2000s, tend to speak for themselves,” said Panini America NFL Brand Manager Carlos Torrez.

More details and eye candy after the jump.
Also headlining in 2011 Threads are:

  • Autographed Rookie Class Nameplates (numbered to 499 or less)
  • Rookie Signature Combos (Triples and Quads, numbered to 50 or less)
  • Gridiron Kings Signature Materials (numbered to 25 or less)
  • Franchise Fabrics Signature Materials (numbered to 10 or less)

Torrez adds, “[2011 Threads] comes out right before the season and, like its name suggests, is loaded with NFL threads in the form of captivating game-worn memorabilia from veteran NFL stars and a healthy dose of event-worn memorabilia from the top 2011 rookies who attended the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere.”


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  1. Brendan 7 June, 2011 at 14:50

    Not sure how I feel about the horizontal design again…but that Peyton looks nice!

  2. Ryan Launder 7 June, 2011 at 16:32

    Coming soon a new addition to the checklist, “Piece of the Strike Poster’s” and “Pieces of Chain used to lock the players out!” These rare subsets are seeded in every pack.

  3. Adam Shoemaker 7 June, 2011 at 21:08

    Yea, more childish-looking designs from Panini. Can’t they stop making the designs so busy? I like a more simple design and I know I’m not alone. I just want pictures of the players w/ a nice simple design w/ the player’s name AND POSITION, and a team logo on the front. Also, their horizontal design is always backwards to placement in an album. The top-to-bottom of a horizontal card should go left-to-right and the back should match the page being turned (right-to-left). If they are going to make horizontal cards so much, they should at least flip the vertical lettering on the front over to make it look right in a page of cards or flip the back of the cards to match the lettering on the front.

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