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On Location: Panini America Starts Packout for 2012 National Treasures Football

March 29, 2013

Panini America 2012 National Treasures Timelines (34)

Earlier this week, during another riveting and revealing trip to the Panini America production facility, I saw sides of the upcoming 2012 National Treasures Football that I hadn’t been exposed to before — and I’m a better man for it. Indeed, most of what we see and preview from the cozy confines of Panini America HQ revolves around the on-card autograph content that arrives here before being delivered to the production facility for packout.

But there’s so much more to most of our products than just on-card autographs — and most of that magic is created in the relative privacy of the production facility, only coming to light during packout, Quality Control or when a product finally goes live to the public. But a special product like National Treasures deserves special treatment. And in the coming days, that’s exactly what it’s going to get here on The Knight’s Lance.

In the coming days leading up to National Treasures’ April 10 release date, we’ll share the product’s many fascinating facets with you through a series of must-see preview galleries, beginning with today’s examination of the Timeline Materials, Timeline Materials Prime and Timeline Materials Autograph inserts, annually among my favorite aspects of National Treasures.

This year’s Timeline checklists are once again steeped in Hall of Fame legends and veteran superstars — and the 35 images in the gallery below represent just a portion of the stacked checklists for these inserts. So enjoy today’s sneak peek and stay tuned for more previously unseen previews of 2012 National Treasures Football in the coming days.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. "the hitman" permalink
    March 29, 2013 9:25 am

    sweet looking cards!!!!!

  2. "the hitman" permalink
    March 29, 2013 9:26 am

    love the Rice and Marino cards!!!

  3. March 29, 2013 9:30 am

    Awesome legends cards. Very colorful! The predominantly white card makes the colorful patcches and autos really stand out!

  4. Andrew McKay permalink
    March 29, 2013 9:33 am

    Wow those are awesome, huge patches and great layout.

  5. March 29, 2013 9:37 am

    Very cool, Loving the Namath and Manning cards! Only thing i’m torn about on these cards and similar ones in the past is the sweet sweet prime goodness being covered up by the letter stenciling.

  6. March 29, 2013 9:42 am

    I am a BIG fan of the Joe Greene card.

    • Laban Marsh permalink
      April 10, 2013 2:57 pm

      I just opened #6/15 of the Joe Greene with “steelers” on the front with an all black jersey. Thoughts?

  7. wally permalink
    March 29, 2013 9:43 am

    Glad I saw these before buying my case! Gonna go with singles if I could end up spending $500 for a sticker Eli auto, Ryan Fitzpatrick patch and a Keith Jackson. The cards look awesome, just can’t believe a $500/pack product would have all stickers on it’s “big hype promo page”

    • March 29, 2013 9:52 am

      It’s not all stickers. There are more on-card autographs in this National Treasures than we’ve ever done. In fact, I think just about every autograph we’ve shown prior to today’s preview has been on-card. As for our “big hype promo page,” you ain’t seen nothing yet.

      • ugameck permalink
        March 29, 2013 9:57 am

        Awesome reply, Tracy. I think these look great – and can’t wait to see more!

      • wally permalink
        March 29, 2013 11:43 am

        Tracy – it’s the best product you sell all year long, also my favorite Panini product – it needs no hype… I just think that it’s a product where 95% should be on card, considering the price point and the amount of effort/planning/execution that goes in on Panini’s end.

        It will sell out, I will buy it, others will buy it – just hate seeing stickers on your best product

  8. March 29, 2013 9:44 am

    Can you say AMAZING!

  9. March 29, 2013 9:48 am

    Pretty nice gallery, I’ve had some of these and 2D flat scans don’t do them justice. Thanks Tracy!

  10. March 29, 2013 9:52 am

    Oh MAN! I need some “MARINO’S” Out of this! GREAT STUFF PANINI! Thanks for the look Tracy! I need to get me some! :)

  11. March 29, 2013 10:03 am

    Wow, can’t wait to someday see turf cards, something to commemorate stadiums/events… Nice work as always!

  12. Ed Favorite permalink
    March 29, 2013 10:26 am

    What a great looking set of cards. They all look fantastic. The Payton, mean Joe, & Too Tall are the BEST!

  13. KZed permalink
    March 29, 2013 10:57 am

    Beautiful cards! I just don’t know what possessed Panini to make a high-end FitzTragic card….and to think THAT could be the “big hit” patch/auto in a box?? scary.

  14. Mark Loftus permalink
    March 29, 2013 12:29 pm

    wow.. just wow.. Such beautiful cards.. Great signatures.. Can I trade you my soul fir one if those Eli Manning cards? lol.. What a piece to my Giants collection that would make..

  15. Evan permalink
    March 29, 2013 2:17 pm

    I have two cases coming soon. Hope I get some Marino and Tannehill to add to my insane Marino NT collection … http://s1121.photobucket.com/albums/l510/7thEvan/

  16. tlvincent permalink
    March 29, 2013 2:39 pm

    I can’t wait to get some of these in my hands!!! Still waiting to find a true “set” checklist any news on that???

    • March 29, 2013 3:33 pm

      Will try to get my hands on a checklist soon.

      • tlvincent permalink
        March 30, 2013 9:04 am

        thanks Tracy :)

      • tlvincent permalink
        March 30, 2013 11:28 am

        curious what was in this set for GB Packers, any Rodgers auto’s Tracy???

  17. deloreanfan81 permalink
    March 29, 2013 3:37 pm

    awesome looking cards…would so luv to have the Paytons

  18. March 29, 2013 6:19 pm

    Can’t wait for the eventual USFL versions of some of these patch cards for the legends like Jim Kelly, Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie, Reggie White, Steve Young, etc . That would be sweet. Wishful thinking for now, though.

  19. Zane F permalink
    March 29, 2013 10:14 pm

    Those Dan Marino Jerseys are the best, by far!

  20. Dave Wampole permalink
    March 30, 2013 10:12 am

    Looks AWESOME! Hope I pull the Rice or Sanders for my PC though because when you say “steeped in Hall of Fame legends and veteran superstars” and then lead with Ryan Fitzpatrick…my teeth cringed a little bit…or…a lot. 11 Days and counting!!!!

  21. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    April 2, 2013 10:26 am

    Great stuff!

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