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Panini America Recaps a Busy First Day at the 2012 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

May 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The 2012 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere kicked off in earnest Wednesday afternoon as the brightest young stars in the NFL began descending upon Los Angeles for one of the most important days on the trading card calendar.

The Panini America studio was buzzing well into Wednesday night as one superstar after another — including Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson,ย Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Ryan Broyles and Brock Osweiler — made their way through the room to begin signing what promise to be the most coveted autographs of the season.

A highlight-filled first day included Panini America unveiling the welcome return of acetate Rookie Inscriptions cards (a development met by rave reviews from both the players who signed them and the football-loving ย Twitterverse) and a special Rated Rookie T-shirt that seemed to generate just as much buzz.

What follows is a comprehensive gallery of Panini America’s fun-filled first day at the 2012 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere. Enjoy. And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lanceย and the Panini America Twitter feed all week long for additional updates and for details on how to win some sweet autographed cards from the top rookies of 2012.

120 Comments leave one →
  1. Lee Patton permalink
    May 17, 2012 10:41 am

    Amazing, wish I could be in the room just to watch.

  2. May 17, 2012 10:47 am

    Love those Rookie Inscriptions. Any chance you could convince someone to do something similar for an NBA release? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. David Aguero permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:00 am

    Love the Inscriptions clear auto’s. Brings back memories. But I have to ask is there something on them so that the ink won’t fade like the original ones?

  4. Jets Freak! permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:05 am

    Come on Panini!! Where is Stephen Hill from the JETS!?! You would think that Redskins guy is important or something! LOL! Lets see some JETS stuff!!!

  5. Lukas Mitchell permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:11 am

    OMG the clear plastic Inscription cards are awesome. I want one really bad. Maybe a Trent Richardson or a RG3 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Miguel permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:19 am

    WOW!! I love field autos, I know what set I’m going to go for!!! What product are they going to be in, Epix is coming back? I’m pumped!!!

  7. Michael Usilton permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:37 am

    Throwback to the ole’ Inscription clear cards yesteryear and I LOVED those cards (even though they were a tough pull). Keep up the good work and keep clearing out those old redemptions, still waiting on 3!

  8. Tim Y permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:40 am

    Love the acetate version of the Elite Rookie Inscription cards. And with the varying ink colors, player and set collectors will fighting for them.

    PS, love the photoshop!

    • Tim Y permalink
      May 17, 2012 11:51 am

      Will they be making their way into packs? I read the tweets in the past 24 hrs, and I think the acetate versions is a personal edition Panini made for the players to take home?

      • May 17, 2012 11:54 am

        We made the players a Personal Edition to keep and trade with their rookie classmates; but there’s also a version that will be inserted into 2012 Elite Football.

  9. Matt Gilman permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:42 am

    Field autos, letter autos, plastic autos that reminds me of Pinnacle Inscriptions, drool, drool, baby drool and so much drool that maybe I am teething like my 8 month old is.

    Great looking Rated Rookie shirts as well. Are there going to be even worn pieces of those in cards???

    Overall, looks like a blast. Can’t wait to see how to win some of these. Tell the New Giants players I said hi please!

  10. May 17, 2012 11:48 am

    oh man. Some real sweet stuff here.

    I can’t be the only one who would love to have a pullout or field auto without the rest of the card.

  11. May 17, 2012 12:56 pm

    That stuff looks cool. Did you get the Rookies & Stars Patch RC’s signed at this event too? If so will R&S be out before the National in August? This is one of my favorite products of the year.

  12. josh permalink
    May 17, 2012 1:20 pm

    Wht are the fields going into

  13. May 17, 2012 1:29 pm

    Holy cow, Tracy!!! Those acetate cards are the most beautiful things I’ve seen in this hobby in years!!! I am blown away by the new designs in these preview images…can NOT WAIT to see these live! PS – It is so cool to see RGIII in a “Rated Rookies” shirt. Hope you are having a blast, thanks for sharing!

  14. BigJon permalink
    May 17, 2012 1:54 pm

    Why is it that players have “00” this year when we know what they’re numbers will be for the upcoming season? I’ve seen some Nick Toon pics and he’s already been guaranteed 88, but the Saints Jsy has 00.

    • May 17, 2012 4:02 pm

      At the time we had to print these early cards to have them in time for the shoot, he had not been assigned a jersey number. So we were only able to include the “00.”

  15. Dan Gladstone permalink
    May 17, 2012 3:57 pm

    Love the design! The acetate cards are a fantastic idea!

  16. Jake permalink
    May 17, 2012 3:57 pm

    What do I have to do to win that card? ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. May 17, 2012 3:58 pm

    Amazing stuff! Can’t wait to meet some of these guys on Friday at the Celebrity Football Game!

  18. bret permalink
    May 17, 2012 3:59 pm

    as Bart Scott said “can’t wait”.

  19. Steven permalink
    May 17, 2012 3:59 pm

    beautiful !!!!

  20. May 17, 2012 4:00 pm

    Awesome stuff! Can’t wait for the future products and i’m excited for the Celebrity game tomorrow night in LA.

  21. Marcus permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:00 pm

    Can’t wait for 2012 Panini Football Products to be released!

  22. Jeremy permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:00 pm

    Sweet can’t wait to bust open some packs

  23. Regan permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:04 pm

    The signed piece of football looks great! The signed clear cards also look amazing! Great looking product!

  24. May 17, 2012 4:05 pm

    Love the Inscriptions cards!

  25. May 17, 2012 4:07 pm

    I have been Always been really curious and now I am going to ask, How long does it take the average player to sign a stack of cards? Do some take their time with their signatures and the others who have easier sigs scribble through?

    Also, great contest! Would love to own that card. Would probably be my only RG3 hit of the year lol. But that card would be well worth it!!!!! Love the Acetate signatures. Thanks for the behind the scenes pics as well! Can’t wait for day 2 pics!

    • May 17, 2012 4:19 pm

      Good question. It really varies by player. Some players are more efficient and some players take as much time as possible to give a great graph.

      • May 17, 2012 4:48 pm

        Thanks for the answer.
        I know If I was a pro athlete I would find this part very exciting. My first own Panini Trading card! i would keep signing away.

        Do players set apart a time to trade with one another? Sorry for the questions. Just find this whole process very exciting.

  26. Andy Buchbinder permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:07 pm

    Looks like Panini once again has a great lineup of products for the season! Better start saving some $$ for packs and boxes ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. gregmalloy permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:08 pm

    That rated rookie shirt is awesome!

  28. jay permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:12 pm

    SO awesome! Going to be some SWEET sets to put together! Can’t wait to get started. Thanks for sharing these pics with us!

  29. Tom Mok permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:14 pm

    Nice !

  30. Micah Jenkins permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:16 pm

    Can’t wait to see all the Rams rookies autos. With 6 rookies in the first four rounds should have plenty of cards. Thanks for the sneak peek @paniniamerica

  31. Anthony C permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:17 pm

    Love the acetate card! Good job!

  32. A.J. Kaiser permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:18 pm

    Wow! This really looks amazing. Good job Tracy!

  33. May 17, 2012 4:18 pm

    I love the Inscription clear cards in acetate. These are going to be top sellers for Panini. I’ve been collecting cards since the early 1970s, and these new batches…AMAZING! Love RGIII in Rated Rookies shirt (lol), and the Rookie Premiere cards look fantastic with the gridiron behind the signature. I mostly collected Topps until Panini started putting out some really high-quality stuff that makes collecting more than just a hobby now! Thanks for sharing this! Great gallery.

  34. Diamond Dills permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:18 pm

    Can’t wait to my hands on these… Come on football season!

  35. May 17, 2012 4:21 pm

    So Cool! would Love to have one of those Autocards for my collection.

  36. Josh Popp permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:21 pm

    Awesome stuff, can’t wait to see the we products live

  37. Schuyler permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:21 pm

    Those clear autograph cards are looking awesome!

  38. Nate permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:26 pm

    I’d really like that RG3 card!

  39. Mike permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:27 pm

    I’ll take one of the Weedens and one of the Richardsons, please. Very nice!

  40. Helmutt permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:35 pm

    Did you guys get a new design staff??? Seriously nice.

  41. Gene permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:37 pm

    The letterman and the field cards are cool .. the auto cards are even MORE cool!

  42. Kelly permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:37 pm

    Rated rookie shirt is awesome! Where can I get one?

    • May 17, 2012 5:01 pm

      Appreciate the great feedback, everyone. Stay tuned for more details soon on how you’ll be able to acquire your own Rated Rookie T-shirt.

  43. gangstippie permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:38 pm

    Those Elite cards look sweet and I want a Rated Rookie T-shirt!

  44. May 17, 2012 4:39 pm

    to me next to the actual NFL season, this is HEAVEN.

  45. May 17, 2012 4:41 pm

    I’ll take the Jeffrey set, thanks!

  46. Scott Neuroth permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:43 pm

    This must have been quite an experience to have all of these athletes in one place at one time!

  47. May 17, 2012 4:44 pm

    Beautifully designed acetate card…would love to pull one! Hey Tracy…where can one get that Rated Rookie t-shirt?!? Would love one of those as well! It’s almost as awesome as the card!!! ***Idea*** Create a signed card of RGIII posing in the Rated Rookie shirt with swatches of that “event worn” t-shirt!!!

  48. May 17, 2012 4:44 pm

    Where is the 49ers stuff at?

  49. william winn permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:44 pm

    I would love to win this card so i could give it to my nephew, who is a big RG3 fan. I hope I pull some these sweet cards this year!!!

    • william winn permalink
      May 17, 2012 4:52 pm

      Wouldn’t mind winning a card from any of the former Razorbacks too!!!

  50. Jason Price permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:47 pm

    Looks like another great year for football cards. Cant wait to bust some boxes.RG3 is the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  51. Shawn Bosse permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:49 pm

    Wow sick pictures looks like this years products are looking good definitely getting some boxes for Christmas

  52. Sean permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:49 pm

    You guys should randomly insert some cards to collectors to attend the premiere next year!

  53. nick permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:49 pm

    LOVE the RR tee shirts would love to haave one!!!! And the acetate cards scare me ive seen some in shops exposed to light and the blue sharpie was faded very bad but if i win it i wont keep it in the light. Looks like everyone had fun.

  54. Jerome permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:50 pm

    RG3 shirt brings back old fond memories…

  55. Ben permalink
    May 17, 2012 4:53 pm

    crisp set, love it!

  56. Michael Druga permalink
    May 17, 2012 5:04 pm

    Awesome card i love the fact you can see through the bottom where the auto is!!! Great Job Panini!!!

  57. Josh permalink
    May 17, 2012 5:05 pm

    Those are some sweet pics. RG3 looks great in the redskins uniform. But I say Who Dey for Dre Kirkpatrick. Can’t wait for his first NFL auto. Go Bengals.

  58. May 17, 2012 5:14 pm

    Where can I get a rated rookie t-shirt?

  59. Jeffrey permalink
    May 17, 2012 5:14 pm

    Great stuff Tracy! I love the look of the Elite Inscriptions! The RGIII Inscriptions looked pretty sweet too with the Heisman and POY that he wrote. I bet this premiere was a lot of fun. Glad to see another Appalachian State Alumni in Brian Quick there!

  60. Rob B permalink
    May 17, 2012 5:21 pm

    Awesome pics!! Thanks for giving us the inside look!!!

  61. Jake permalink
    May 17, 2012 5:28 pm

    That RG3 card is a B.AM.F.C. , awesome job panini!!

  62. May 17, 2012 5:31 pm

    Wow super sick ! Wish I had a job there ! The stuff looks awesome too, can’t wait to bust a box !

  63. May 17, 2012 5:38 pm

    Amazing pictures and amazing cards coming out soon. The best thing is seeing RG3 in a throwback Rated Rookie Shirt. I can’t wait to see all the Trent RIchardson cards from Panini, the one in the gallery looks amazing.

  64. Paul Tesseneer permalink
    May 17, 2012 5:42 pm

    So many exciting things about this year’s draft class! I love the field autos. Nothing like a nice, BIG auto!

  65. Jason permalink
    May 17, 2012 5:53 pm

    nice cards

  66. May 17, 2012 5:54 pm

    I want the RG3 card

  67. Mitchell Westall permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:00 pm

    I love RG3, His NFL future is VERY promising

  68. Jake Mainzer permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:04 pm

    Awesome! I love me some rookies! Should be an exciting year!

  69. Brian permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:06 pm

    Nice looking cards! The RG3 card is awesome looking and it would be really cool to win it! I also like the rated rookie t-shirt!

  70. Lenny permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:16 pm

    Love the acetate cards!

  71. May 17, 2012 6:29 pm

    Awesome, wish I was there

  72. Michael Phillips permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:30 pm

    Incredibly nice set…I’m a big fan of the card layouts…plus, those acetate cards have always been a favorite of mine and I’m glad to see them back in the hobby! Let’s see some Marvin McNutt!!!

  73. Travis Settle permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:38 pm

    Awesome!! Can’t wait to get my hands on some

  74. jay permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:44 pm

    These cards look really crisp and clean! I really like how panani has knocled it out of the park with the design and the graphics of their cards. I will be buying a few boxes of this product.

  75. bobby richards permalink
    May 17, 2012 6:58 pm


  76. Brady permalink
    May 17, 2012 7:00 pm

    Nice, so excited for new stuff to come out.

  77. Michael Gruhl permalink
    May 17, 2012 7:08 pm

    Just awesome, cannot wait to bust boxes! But where can I get that Rated Rookie Shirt?

  78. joe permalink
    May 17, 2012 7:14 pm

    cant wait for some great new cards

  79. May 17, 2012 7:39 pm

    Acetate cards? You have my heart.

  80. May 17, 2012 7:45 pm

    from what i saw there is some awsome cards coming out,love it…hope to pick a couple out when they come

  81. Nick Gauder permalink
    May 17, 2012 7:47 pm

    AMAZING gallery Tracy!!!!!!!! I would do ANYTHING for one of those RG3 autos!!!! You guys at Panini have the BEST job EVER!!!! Keep up the great work Panini!!!

  82. jahjah12 permalink
    May 17, 2012 7:59 pm

    just crazy sick look this year out standing

  83. Patrick B permalink
    May 17, 2012 8:03 pm

    …wow just wow, love the inscriptions autos, and love the rated rookie shirt, and im always lovin it

  84. Galen permalink
    May 17, 2012 8:11 pm

    Can’t wait to see the final product when these get made into cards!

  85. May 17, 2012 8:46 pm

    The acetate cards are sweeeeet! Something I think has been used far too little in the hobby, especially in recent years. Looking forward to these!

  86. Shane.K permalink
    May 17, 2012 9:24 pm

    Where does one buy that “Rated Rookie” T-Shirt? Thats amazing…

  87. Weirdmaniac permalink
    May 17, 2012 9:45 pm

    Liked on Facebook and now commented here. OMG that RG3 card is a beauty. One of the best looking cards I’d seen lately… That was, until looked at the rest of the pictures. All I have to say is WOW!

  88. Ernest Hebert permalink
    May 17, 2012 10:09 pm

    Really cool stuff!I Paraded around in my Panini America T-shirt today as it was nice and cool here in Montreal sleeves are still a little tight but I am stretching them in…liking the Rated Rookie one but I am not to sure if it is as nice as The Knights Lance Panini America one that one is just so cool and getting lots of looks ….Thanks !Great job also on all the pics and updates!

  89. Mark Purcell permalink
    May 17, 2012 10:34 pm

    Very beautiful cards. I better start saving some money. I what them all.

  90. May 17, 2012 11:03 pm

    Everything looks awesome! Love the Epix football field auto’s, but I’m definitely highly anticipating buying a lot more Elite than normal to try to hit those acetate auto’s!!!

  91. May 17, 2012 11:39 pm

    Very nice stuff. Love the Acetate cards. What kind of pen/ink did you use for those?

    You guys could always send me a t-shirt here (AFG) and I’d send you a picture back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Ryan Miyashiro permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:48 pm


  93. Daniel Roof permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:48 pm


  94. May 18, 2012 12:43 am

    The Donruss Elite Inscriptions look awesome. I am never been lucky enough to pull something like a RG3. I always get duds. I want that RUSH when you open a pack and bam there it is the card you have been waiting for. In your hands. Awesome. Wish i had the money to get some of the top picks auto’s.. Again the cards look great. I hope you will pick me for the RG3 auto give away

  95. Thomas Y. permalink
    May 18, 2012 5:42 am

    Cards look amazing as always and autograph materials are clever. Love the Rated Rookie T-shirt… brings back memories of collecting in the early ’90’s. Good job.

  96. May 18, 2012 6:04 am

    “It’s the most…wonderful time…of the year!”

    Gotta love when the rookie autos start pouring in, super jealous of the shirt RG3 is wearing in that picture! Any funny stories about any of the players? Pranks going on, etc.?

  97. May 18, 2012 8:08 am

    Hey Tracy,
    I love the Inscription clear cards , they look Amazing ! and i have to say just from what ive seen so far the quality of signatures from this years RC class looks much better then last years. they seem to take a little more pride in how there signature looks and it is much apprciated ! Keep up the good Work and like everyone else i need to snag one of thoses Rated Rookie Tee’s !

  98. Josh Schwengler permalink
    May 18, 2012 9:17 am

    Looks so awesome – cant wait to bust some Panini football!

  99. Taylor permalink
    May 18, 2012 10:09 am

    Great first day! Can’t wait to #Collect

  100. eightiessweater permalink
    May 18, 2012 10:39 am

    I hope TJ Graham finds a place to grow and contribute in Buffalo–must-have RC!

  101. eightiessweater permalink
    May 18, 2012 10:56 am

    Need me a TJ Graham auto! Hope he finds a role this season in Buffalo!

  102. Brandon permalink
    May 18, 2012 10:58 am

    @Redskins RG3 you can do it!!!

  103. Tom L permalink
    May 18, 2012 11:20 am

    LOVE that the clear inscriptions were brought back!!! Makes for a very versatile card and looks beautiful! Thanks for the contests, too!

  104. Eric permalink
    May 18, 2012 12:29 pm

    Sweet RG3 auto, im sure it will find a god home with someone here. thanks for the giveaway

  105. May 18, 2012 12:38 pm

    Hey Tracy,

    One thing i didnt see this year was the Auto RC Helmet Cards for Prestige. Are they going to be a part of this years release? I love thoses cards , I am for those every year.

  106. May 18, 2012 12:49 pm

    the inscriptions for elite are awesome. LOVE the acetate cards cant wait to get the dolphins ones this year.

  107. May 19, 2012 10:55 pm

    Wow, those look great! I’ll take some inscriptions! My hands are tired looking at all those cards stacked up for auto’s. But good to know they are hand signed!! Thanks for the pictures and the great work again!

  108. Tim permalink
    May 20, 2012 11:43 am

    Another great rookies crop

  109. Dan permalink
    May 21, 2012 9:11 pm

    I have been critical at times of some of the products but I have to say the inscription cards are really sharp looking. Those are nice!!!!

  110. permalink
    June 10, 2012 12:33 pm

    bet they went though tons of sharpies.


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