First look: 2013 Absolute Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Getting closer to a player’s gloves, helmets and equipment seems to be getting easier.

Panini America will include shoes, facemasks and more into its Tools of the Trade subset in 2013 Absolute Football, which is scheduled for a late-October release.

Absolute will come with four packs in each box with a hit in every pack. There will be two autographs, two memorabilia, two Rookies Cards and two parallels in each box.

One of the highlights of Absolute is the Rookie Premiere Materials hits. These will be numbered to 299 or less and feature the 40 players at this year’s NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere, including Geno Smith, E.J. Manuel and Tavon Austin. Parallels include Prime, Jumbo Prime, AFC/NFC Prime, Jersey Numbers Prime, NFL Shield, Nike Swoosh and Laundry Tag.

Other hits include Leather & Lace that includes a player-worn shoe swatch or football laces, and a piece of a football numbered to 49 or less. Plates & Patches will have a nameplate piece and prime swatch taken from game-worn jerseys of NFL stars and retired players, numbered to 49 or less and includes autographed versions.

Panini has included a new insert this year, which will be included in every pack. Hogg Heaven will feature current players and will come in Boss Hogg and Hogg Wild parallels.

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. JonathanI
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    This is creativity. I like this so much more than pointless variations on an uncreative theme. Heck, my teenage daughter pays no attention to this hobby but was looking through some of my cards the other day and noted how one company does not even change the photo between variations but these guys have great ideas all over the place. Thanks Absolute! Customers cannot be fooled when you present the real deal.

  2. Randy
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Not a fan of the base cards this year and that’s how I decide on what products to buy.

  3. Razorback9
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I really hope they will put some retired stars in the Tools of the Trade subset this year. I’ve been dying to get unique memorabilia ever since they stopped putting cool stuff in Tools of the Trade.

  4. Ken
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I agree, Randy! This has been my favorite release since its’ inaugural release, but judging from what I just saw in this preview, coupled with the fact that this year’s draft class is nothing short of miserable, I’ll be saving quite of bit of money by foregoing Absolute, circa 2013! (Absolutely!!)

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