Panini’s NFL rookie-drawn sketches at NSCC

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

For some of the current NFL rookies, it’s probably a good thing they were athletes. Art doesn’t seem to be one of their strong suits.

However, it never hurts to have a little fun and that’s just what Panini America did with the NFL rookies at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. The card company gave the footballers a blank slate on a typical card size and told them to draw something for the fans.

Many of the players opted for images of their new teams, drawing logos of the Indianapolis Colts or the Buffalo Bills. Some players went for sayings or inspirational words.

Others were a little more creative.

For collectors, the real art probably comes on the back of these where the NFL rookies signed their autographs in big looping letters without much restriction on space.

Collectors hoping to snag these one-of-a-kind cards will have to get lucky at the National Sports Collectors Convention this week, or pick them afterward on the secondary market. These player-drawn sketch cards are only available as instant-win prizes in Panini’s wrapper redemption program at the National.

Some are obviously better than the others, but which are your favorite?

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. Josiah Cecil
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Now that is funny, pretty cool idea it brings a little bit of creativity and fun. Now lets see how much jokers will sell them for on EBAY!

  2. Posted July 31, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Leave the sketch cards to the real artist. Please Panini! I’ve seen better from my 5th graders. Really, athlete sketch cards? Silly!

  3. Austin J. Petolillo
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    i literary LOL’d at the lamar miller drawing

  4. Cameron V
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Pretty sure that ought to be “Robert” Turbin. USU alum here. GO AGGIES AND GO SEAHAWKS!

  5. b. murda
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Alshon Jeffery got it right. 2012 SuperBowl Champs Chi – Bears

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