First Look: 2015 Prestige football cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Round 1 of the NFL Draft is complete and Panini America already has another football brand ready to roll.

this time around, it’s 2015 Prestige, which will arrive on July 8 packing three autographs and one jumbo patch card in every 24-pack hobby box with all the latest draft picks’ professional teams noted and their college ties visible, too.

The rookies will get a full-bleed photo treatment in this one with four types of parallels — all limited to no more than 100 serial-numbered copies. Meanwhile the rookies also will have a heavy autograph presence with some of the ink coming on-card. There will be Rookie Signatures autos as well as First Impressions autos that will be limited to no more than 99 copies.

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Jumbo draft pick box-toppers will return one per box, while other inserts will include Super Bowl Heroes, Franchise Favorites (a diecut acetate set, Road to the NFL and veteran autographs, too. Other inserts include NFL Shields, Draft Big Board, Blue-chip Recruits, Draft Picks and Prestigious Picks. Acetate inserts will include All-Americans and Campus Legends.

Each box will typically include 24 Rookie Cards, four rookie photo variation cards, and a mix of 13 other inserts, while some autographs will be called Next Day Signatures, which are signed during the Rookie Premiere.

A basic set size and preliminary checklist were not announced.

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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4 comments

  1. Larry 1 May, 2015 at 10:33

    So I guess Panini plans on flooding the market on college cards as well? What a shame.

  2. chrisolds 1 May, 2015 at 10:38

    Larry: They have produced Prestige for years — back before there was a CLC exclusive, the set had a mix of NFL players and college images for new players with pro notations. Same approach here.

  3. Mike Pereira 2 May, 2015 at 21:46

    So far the best Prestige design I’ve seen in a long time. Usually I just skip Prestige as a boring product, but they did good. Just wish the stickers could be just a little bigger to give the players more room to sign instead of getting the cut off autos or the lazy scribbles or initials.

    The Draft Pick insert set looked alot better in that gold foil. One of the few insert sets I like to complete every year.

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