First look: 2013 Spectra Football cards

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

A new football product is coming from Panini America.

The card company will debut 2013 Spectra in early March featuring what Panini calls “Optichrome” printing technology.

Spectra football boxes will come loaded with hits. There will be six autographs and six memorabilia cards (numbered to 299 or less) in every six-pack box. Each pack will have five cards, including two base cards.

Spectra Signatures will feature current NFL stars with five parallels: Blue (numbered to 25 or less), Red (numbered to 10 or less), Gold (numbered to five or less), Green (numbered to five or less) and Atomic Black (one-of-one).

Spectra Signature Materials will highlight ten players with on-card autographs and jersey swatches with six parallels, including Prizm.

When it comes to rookies, Panini will highlight the class through a number of autographs and memorabilia subsets.

Spectra Rookie Signature Materials will be numbered to 99 or less with Blue, Red, Gold, Green and Atomic Black parallels. In addition, there will also be Green Laundry Tag Nike Swoosh and Green Laundry Tag NFL Players parallels.

The Rookie Combo Materials will have a pair of 2013 rookie swatches numbered to 99 or less with seven parallels, including NFL Shield and NFL Players tags.

The Rookie Materials memorabilia cards will feature 60 players, including several game-worn pieces from players that were not at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

Inserts include Rookie Premiere Date featuring the NFL debut dates of 2013 rookies. The insert will include Blue, Red, Gold, Green, Atomic Black and Prizm parallels.

Panini is utilizing its Pro Football Hall of Fame license with 50th Anniversary Class Autographs, numbered to 50 or less. These cards will be featured in several products throughout the years.

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. joe
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    looks like more of a totally certified with more color or an older finest look

  2. kris buonocore
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    i like it, hall of fames look great

  3. Mike Pereira
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Getting sick of companies putting out the same ideas. How many middle of the run products that are colorful and reflective do we need. If the manufactures could stay with a handful of products that don’t look alike I would pay more. Instead i got to buy my teams and players cards from 7 products from just one manufacture alone. This is becoming the 90’s all over again. Just over supplying the market with products that leave even the autos nearly worthless let alone the base cards that I throw in the recycling because who wants a shoe box full of old base cards that are worth a couple of bucks for a thousand of them.

  4. Gregory Fricker
    Posted February 2, 2014 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I like the look of the cards. The design elements are attractive and the players stand out nicely.

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