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Panini America Returning Rookie Stallions to 2012 Contenders Football (Gallery)

December 23, 2012

Panini America 2012 Contenders Football Rookie Stallions 2

The last time a Rookie Stallions insert had a presence on the football card landscape, the year was 2002, the set was Playoff Honors and the lead horse in that massive 50-card chase was either Ed Reed or Brian Westbrook.

Clearly, a lot has changed since then — and Panini America officials have picked the perfect rookie crop to help usher in a completely new stable of Rookie Stallions for a 25-card insert to be featured in the upcoming 2012 Contenders Football.

These new-generation Rookie Stallions — on the heels (or hooves) of predecessors that first appeared in 1996 Playoff Trophy Contenders, then 1998 Playoff Contenders and, most recently, in 2002 Playoff Honors — feature bold player photography and subtle foil highlights that include a base Silver version, Gold versions numbered to 100 and Black versions numbered to 50. There’s also an autographed Signatures version numbered to 99 or less.

To help honor Week 16 of the 2012 NFL season, we’ve provided a comprehensive gallery of the new Rookie Stallions insert below. Enjoy this first glance and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details on 2012 Contenders Football.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2012 11:42 am

    I like the design a lot. The photos are crisp!

  2. hudsonfan15 permalink
    December 23, 2012 11:45 am

    While I wish there were more Colts in this subset, the return of the insert looks to be a well-designed and successful one. Thanks for the prevview Tracy!

  3. kelvin chow permalink
    December 23, 2012 12:03 pm

    Nice preview

    Contenders is one of my favorite products, can’t wait to see some of the mail day auto previews

  4. Eric Cabreros permalink
    December 23, 2012 12:36 pm

    The rookie stallion is a great name. The way they work the field and amongst the top and finest in the world.
    I love it.

  5. Brad f @mjb_cards104 permalink
    December 23, 2012 12:59 pm

    Favorite set every year! Love contenders through and through! Looking forward to seeing more drool galleries to come. Keep up the good work guys!

  6. Lucky Jim permalink
    December 23, 2012 2:04 pm

    I like it- Knight’s of the Round Table in the future? :) King Arthur Being RG3 with his knights of Trent Richardson, Justin Blackman, & Andrew Luck

  7. gregmalloy permalink
    December 23, 2012 2:51 pm

    What a hit Hightower just put on a Jacksonville go pats nice cards too!!!

    • gregmalloy permalink
      December 23, 2012 3:01 pm

      Tracy any sick patches / auto cards of donta Hightower coming out?

  8. December 23, 2012 8:26 pm

    Tracy,
    That Tannehill is awesome looking. Do you kow if the auto versions will be hard signed, those are going to look great. Can you preview the auto variations?
    Thanks and Happy Holidays,
    T

  9. Ed Favorite permalink
    December 23, 2012 8:29 pm

    That RGIII card is great looking.

  10. deloreanfan81 permalink
    December 23, 2012 11:18 pm

    cool looking set and a great group of rookies…wish there was a GU version not just autos but still cool

  11. December 24, 2012 3:35 am

    These photography on these is astounding the level of fine detail continues to blow me away!.
    Merry Christmas / Happy holidays everyone!

  12. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    December 24, 2012 4:57 am

    Nice crisp design

  13. December 25, 2012 1:30 am

    Can’t wait for the Panini Unwrapped episode!! Contenders is my favorite Panini set and the photos look great.

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