First look: 2013 Panini Playbook football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is getting dirty this Fall.

One of the big highlights from 2013 Panini Playbook will feature jumbo game-worn unwashed, dirty swatches for the insert Down & Dirty Booklets.

That’s just a small peek of what Panini is offering in this year’s Playbook, scheduled to release in early October.

Playbook will have veteran autographed memorabilia booklets for the first time.

It will also include Playbook Coaches Signature Booklets, highlight some of football’s legendary coaches. Rookies will still get their booklet cards. Many of the top 2013 rookies will have booklets where they sketched their favorite play and signed the card.

There are four hits in every pack – two booklet cards (at least one autographed) with an additional autograph and extra hit.

Playbook will use a number of different subsets in the all-hit product, including many 1-of-1 booklets. Some of the highlights include:

Playbook Booklet Signatures: Autographed booklets from current NFL stars with 1-of-1 autographed printing plate, NFL Shield and Nike Swoosh versions.
Flywire Booklets: 1-of-1 booklets featuring NFL Shield and Nike’s Flywire collar taken from the game-worn jerseys.
Base Signatures: With Gold, Green and Black versions sequentially numbered to 10 or less.

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. Bryan Holbrook
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I’ve always thought the jersey cards should come out of packs the way the left the playing field. There’s something about seeing stains on a jersey that seem to provide more a “game-used” feel about them. I’ve thought that the card companies would create some more compelling and unique “one-of-a-kind” type jersey swatches, and another level of collectability. Personally I’d be happier pulling a plain white jersey swatch of a player with a nice mud and grass stain, or even some field paint, just no blood please. I’m actually surprised that it’s been nearly 20 years of producing game-used cards and this is the first set devoted to something like this (unless I am mistaken).

  2. Bachus
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    So now when I get a photo-shoot aka “player worn” jersey, I can get one with a coffee stain or finger smudge on it, and now it’s a unique new parallel / subset…”Here, stick your fingers in this bottle of dirt and wipe it off on the jersey. OK, now put on this jersey and do that again..”

  3. David
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Way too easy to fake dirt on a jersey to charge any premium for those cards.

  4. kris
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    look nice to me

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