First Look: 2014 Panini Black Gold football
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Black Gold now has a new meaning in Texas.
Panini America revealed the first looks and basic details for a new football card brand on Thursday as 2014 Panini Black Gold is set to arrive on Feb. 18 with a high-end look and feel.
With just four cards per pack, two packs per box and eight boxes per case, this one will rely on hits and deluxe printing technology. Every pack will include one Shadowbox base card or parallel, one autograph (standard, dual or auto memorabilia) and one additional hit (memorabilia, autograph, dual auto or gold disc) along with a metal logo card.
Gold Standard insert cards will include a piece of real gold within the card. Parallels will have a team logo in the gold and be numbered to no more than 20 copies. Sizable Signatures will feature oversized swatches with on-card autographs and premium patch pieces within at times. They will be numbered to no more than 199 copies.
Also to be found are Team Symbols metal cards with team or NFL logos. These will be limited to only 149 copies, while Black Gold parallels will be limited to five.
On the autograph front, there will be Black Gold Autographs with gold-ink sigs for veterans and rookies. Meanwhile, Golden Opportunity cards will include present and future stars paired with a memorabilia piece. Also to be found on these will be 1/1 tag variations. The Rookie Autograph Jerseys will have jumbo swatches and gold-ink autos with 1/1 patch, tag, and logo variations to chase.
Gold Strike autos will showcase signatures of top players on shadowbox cards, while Rookie Tetrads will put four pieces of memorabilia into a card with premium pieces in cards limited to only five copies.
The Black Gold base rookie cards will be on acetate for 35 players. Joining them will be 50 veterans and 15 legends of the game. There will be printing plates for these cards as well.
A preliminary checklist was not released.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.