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Panini America Brings Footballs from NFL’s 9-11 Tribute Games to Father’s Day Promo

June 12, 2012

The opening weekend of the 2011 NFL season was more special and emotional than normal. It was a weekend full of patriotism and reflection, a weekend when the league and its players observed the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

It was a remarkable tribute to the honor, sacrifice and fighting spirit of an entire country in the face of that tragedy, and a resounding way to start the 2011 season. Now, Panini America has a resounding way for collectors and fans to remember that weekend.

Company officials acquired several footballs used during the NFL’s 9-11 Tribute games last season to create a unique insert for this weekend’s Panini America 2012 Father’s Day Promotion set, including a powerful, patriotic design, player photography from those games and photos of the footballs intact on the backs of the cards.

The set also includes rare autographed versions of some players.

You can get your first extended look at the NFL 9-11 Tribute insert in the gallery below. And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional Father’s Day updates in the coming days.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Gilman permalink
    June 12, 2012 1:51 pm

    Wow!! Great cards! Are they all prime used pieces?

    Any Giants included in this checklist?

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      June 12, 2012 1:54 pm

      They are all pieces from a game-used ball used in that game. Sorry no Giants :(

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        June 12, 2012 2:34 pm

        Well…still awesome. Wished some Gmen were apart of it. By Prime, I meant do all pieces have writing?

  2. Steven S permalink
    June 12, 2012 1:58 pm

    I am going to buy some of these for sure , being in the Army and joining because 911 they would fit perfect in my collection

  3. Lee Patton permalink
    June 12, 2012 2:40 pm

    Wow, Totally Wicked! But need the Packers!

  4. Tim Frame permalink
    June 12, 2012 2:40 pm

    How do u get packs for the Father’s Day Promotion?

  5. June 12, 2012 3:44 pm

    Great looking subset, are there going to be some sort of dummy cards in the packs that don’t have the hits this time around so they aren’t as obvious as the Black Friday packs? If memory serves I saw some up on ebay advertised as “thick” and “thin” packs in the days after the promotion. Thanks Tracy!

    • June 12, 2012 4:07 pm

      Yes, sir. There are decoy cards in Father’s Day.

      • Scott's Collectibles, Kannapolis NC permalink
        June 12, 2012 5:15 pm

        Excellent news on decoys! We had to resort last year to having customers pick a number (Example 34) and we gave them the 34th pack we came to in teh stack then would reshuffle the stack.

        These 9/11 cards are awesome, remember the fact that there are people out there willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so we can collect sports cards and do anything else (within reason) we want to do.

        Scott

      • June 12, 2012 5:28 pm

        Appreciate the feedback, Scott. Good luck with the program this weekend. Be sure to send us pics!

  6. David Langelier permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:34 pm

    Is Rivers the only one that signed for the 911 Tribute insert set?

  7. June 12, 2012 5:15 pm

    even though he didn’t play, is Ponder in there? I’m in trouble if he is.

  8. Nathan permalink
    June 12, 2012 7:14 pm

    This is off subject, but does Limited basketball come out tomorrow?

  9. Alex permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:46 pm

    Sucks for people that dont have a LCS near them. Would love to get a few of these since I was stationed over in Germany when 9/11 happened….looks like ill be looking out for them on ebay or trade for some…nice promo!!

  10. Dustin Abernathy permalink
    June 13, 2012 10:28 pm

    Hey Tracy my local dealer said the promotion packs are only given away with certain Panini Products. I was told they would be given away only on purchases of Totally Certified, Timeless Treasures, Limited, & Prime Signatures. Is this just a local thing?

    • June 13, 2012 11:48 pm

      Each dealer might handle the redemption differently depending upon their unique inventory situations.

  11. deloreanfan81 permalink
    June 19, 2012 11:43 pm

    would luv to have any of them…great looking cards

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