First Look: Panini America’s 2012 Black Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Get your credit cards ready, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III collectors.

Panini America is adding a new high-end football product to its line – 2012 Black. Much as the name states, the cards show players set against dark backgrounds.

One of the selling points of Black are the Rookie Signatures Materials Prime, which will have on-card autographs and prime pieces of memorabilia embedded in the card. These cards – featuring players such as Luck and RGIII – are numbered to 349 or less.

Each box will contain 12 cards and collectors can expect three autographs and two additional hits in each box. There will also be two base cards, two Rookie Cards, two inserts and one parallel.

One of the more interesting concepts of Black derives off the parallels. Panini is only putting Black Printing Plates in for the 100-card base set. But if a collector pulls one of the black 1/1 plates, they can redeem it for the rest of the printing plate set, which includes cyan, magenta and yellow.

Some of the other highlights from Black include:

Stat Line Materials Prime: Between two to four pieces of memorabilia behind a die-cut stat window specific to each player (numbered to 49 or less). These sound similar to the Silhouettes Panini has recently done, which collectors have enjoyed.
Onyx Materials Jumbo Prime Jersey: An oversized piece of event-worn jersey from the top 2012 rookies (numbered to 10 or less).
Marks of Distinction: autographs from current and former players (numbered to 99 or less).

Black is scheduled for a November release.

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Football magazine. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Posted August 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Now this is GREAT STUFF. Can’t wait.

  2. @thecardcouplene
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Wow…I love this stuff… What is the SRP?

  3. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    That info hasn’t been put out yet.

  4. clinton johnson
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    these cards are beautiful. but i can almost guarantee that were looking at a srp of $350 or more.

  5. David
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Panini showing UD how to do Black the right way. Based on previous releases, Panini will avoid the chipping issues as well.

  6. afff
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    very nice but I will have to wait until the singles hit the market to afford it.

  7. Josiah Cecil
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    WOW they are magnificent but for a poor ol chap like myself I highly anticipate not one getting in my PC. Very good looking though.

  8. Posted August 29, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Looks nice i really want that quad patch with farve, elway ,moon, and marino

  9. barry
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    ….just wonder how many redmptions will be in ths product?

  10. barry
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    …..just agreed to “trade” with Panini 7 redemptions cards from 7 different Panini boxes and got a $15 card in return. I wil NEVER buy another high end Panini product again!

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