First look: 2013 Rookies & Stars Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is starting up the crusades again.

The company previewed 2013 Rookies & Stars Football today, showing off its inserts and hits including Crusade cards, which is set to come out in late August.

“For starters, there’s the return to glory of the landmark Crusade insert, which will bring back the authentic hypnotic designs and printing technology that made those original 1998 gems instant classics,” Panini’s Tracy Hackler wrote on the company blog.

Rookies & Stars debuted 15 years ago and Panini is bringing back some of what collectors enjoyed about the set.

Each hobby box will contain 24 packs with eight cards in each pack, including at least one Rookie Card.

Two Crusades cards will be in every hobby box, on average. Crusades will be featured with different colored parallels numbered to either 99, 49, five or one.

In addition to Crusade, Panini is returning:

– Rookie Premiere Slideshow Signatures (numbered to 125 or less)
– Team Chemistry dual-signed cards (numbered to 99 or less)
– Rookie Materials Signatures (Longevity and Team Logo foil background parallels available)
– Game Plan insert
– Touchdown Club insert

Panini will add some new elements as well, including Cross Training Materials with standard and prime material inserts featuring top performers from the NFL Combine.

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. chris woods
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    will this go retail please say yes?

  2. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Last year, I remember there being a retail component. Don’t see why it would be different.

  3. chris woods
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    thank you, could you also tell me when is the date of release?

  4. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    late August … I added that into to the post. Thanks.

  5. Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    That one card of Rodgers looks a like a Leaf card. and another year of IOU’s because they will try and over produce different sets, kind of remindes me of Fleer/Donruss, Upperdeck, I always said when you try and do 30 or more single sports product, you can’t see the crap or the customers side

  6. Joe Cecil
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Im sure there will be retail there was last year.

  7. chrisolds
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Charles: just so you know, donruss/playoff — now panini America — created that design when it used the Leaf trademark. It abandoned it and what is now Leaf Trading Cards took over.

  8. James
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Cards look great! I really like the “Team Chemistry” double autos. Should make for some awesome card chasing. I’m a fan of the R&S brand anyway,but the addition of these inserts make it all the better.

  9. Brian
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy the Rookies & Stars. Looks great. Only wish they would retail and hobby different thicknesses. They could keep cards the same but give you less cards for retail. That would make it easier for the collectors with no LCS in their area. Keep some hobby only inserts. Oh, and get rid of the seperate Longevity set, not the parallel set but the full one you always see at target.

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