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Material Bliss: A Peek at Key Patches Primed for 2010 National Treasures Football

December 18, 2010

Panini America production team member Jeremy Johnson strolled over to my little piece of cubicle heaven Friday afternoon a man on a material mission. In front of him was a push cart that runneth over with only the choicest cuts of prime player-worn memorabilia, all bagged and ready for their closeup — which will come in the highly anticipated March release of 2010 National Treasures Football.

After Johnson handed me my jaw from off the floor, I reattached it, dabbed the drool from my chin and we went about doing what anyone in our positions would do: We opened the bags of brilliantly colored cool and soaked up the sartorial splendor.

Oh, we also took some pictures so as to remember the moment for posterity’s sake. You’ll find a captivating gallery of our gawk fest below.

As National Treasures loyalists know, most of this memorabilia will be embedded into some of the rarest, most coveted cards in the product, including Rookie Signature Materials Black 1/1s and Rookie Signature Materials Gold inserts.

You’ll notice in some of the images the adhesive backing applied to every piece of Panini America memorabilia. That’s much more than just a number and naming convention. It’s part of a proprietary cataloging system that enables us to verify the integrity of every swatch we produce.

Oh, and since we were on the topic of National Treasures, I darted back to the Routing Table before I departed the office on Friday evening. As luck would have it, there were a few Treasures-related routings there that seemed to fit; so those are in the gallery, too.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2010 1:09 pm

    Its cool that one of the photos even shows an edit mark. Great to see the veterans included in the Quad Sigs set.

    The quality of NFL jerseys is amazing – to get sliced up like that and look perfect is pretty neat. I guess the NFL is going back to Nike in 2012 – can’t wait for the swoosh logo to appear on cards again!

  2. December 18, 2010 2:02 pm

    WOW!!!!! These are AMAZING! Great to see Meredith represented.

    I figured it had to be difficult keeping track of who belonged to which NFL shield because cut from their jersey’s, they all look the same. Awesome labeling to keep them identified. The team logo patches and the Tebow materials are super sick.

    Thanks for another great behind the scenes peek.

  3. juan oliavres permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:41 pm

    hope i great one of those cowboys cards .

  4. Ricky Paul permalink
    December 18, 2010 6:42 pm

    Can’t wait to bust some open. Lovin’ the insight panini!

  5. Peter Lee permalink
    December 18, 2010 10:07 pm

    WOW!!!! Y’all have out down yourselves again! Maybe this will be the year I will be able to afford some of this awesomeness! Thank you for such great quality of product unlike those other guys.

    • December 19, 2010 12:23 am

      Really appreciate the kind words. National Treasures should be splendid this year.

  6. WhenIsaySEA! permalink
    December 19, 2010 1:49 am

    WOW, just awesome, I’m saving up my lunch money until these come out and make my first super high end buy, having too many problems elsewhere and you have definitely sold me. My one question, you gonna have any sweet patches like that for Earl Thomas of the Seahawks? I have been having a hard time, I think there is only one card (with a couple parallels) that are jersey autos. He is quietly putting together a VERY solid year and looks to be (in my opinion, but I’m a fan, so maybe I’m biased, you tell me..) pulling away from the other safeties drafted this year… Make a girl’s Christmas gift come true! All I want for Christmas is some sweet Panini Football cards! ~~Sarah~~

    • December 19, 2010 2:05 am

      He’s playing well, for sure. Since Thomas wasn’t at the NFL Players Rookie Premiere last May, his cards in 2010 National Treasures will be different than the cards depicting those 35 players who were at the photo shoot. Still, I hope Santa Claus grants your wish and delivers you some sweet Panini football cards this Christmas. If he does, please let us know.

  7. Barrie G permalink
    December 19, 2010 7:58 am

    I am curious, is the labeling on the backside of the patches just an identifier for the swatches themselves or is it part of your anti-counterfeit process?

    Very impressive looks Tracy, thank you so much for all your hard work.


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