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Ho, Ho, Hot: Andrew Luck, RG III Go Santa for Special Panini America Holiday Cards

November 21, 2012

It must have seemed like an odd request at the time for NFL rookies Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson. It was May. It was California. It was hot. And yet, Panini America officials were kindly asking that superstar trio to don Santa hats festooned with their respective NFL team logos for a quick photo op during the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

Fast forward six months and it all makes perfect yuletide sense.

Panini America has taken those memorable photos and melded them with crazy-prime oversized pieces of those memorable hats to create some of the coolest, most-collectible holiday cards of this or any other season; holiday cards guaranteed to stand the test of time unlike just about any other greeting card you’ve ever received.

And you can only get them as part of the company’s 2012 Black Friday promotion. You can, however, get an extended look at these merry memorabilia mementos in the entertaining and quite jolly card gallery that follows.

Happy holidays!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. geoffgoebel permalink
    November 21, 2012 1:45 pm

    Now what could be better than one of these RATED ROOKIES lol as a Christmas present! Great cards. Who else would have the foresight for top rookies in Christmas garb except Panini.

  2. November 21, 2012 1:45 pm

    HO-HO-HO!! Great idea.

  3. Sport card collectors permalink
    November 21, 2012 1:48 pm

    Those are awesome!! Wished i was able to participate. Panini continues to impress and be number one in the industry when it comes to innovation and creativity

  4. Panini Collector 4ever! permalink
    November 21, 2012 1:50 pm

    This right here is why Topps & Upper Deck cannot even compare to Panini! Still a little early there- It’s Thanksgiving:) But… I am thankful that you guys inserted these great holiday cards:) Are any Christmas sets in the near future? Or is this question to revealing;) Keep up the great work Panini!

  5. Andrew McKay permalink
    November 21, 2012 1:57 pm

    At first I thought it was a bit cheesy but looking at the cards they came out great and once again you have put materials in the cards that I would never have though of being possible. Great concept and idea guys.

  6. hudsonfan15 permalink
    November 21, 2012 2:08 pm

    I will look to add one of these to the Luck towel I pulled earlier this year, great idea! Thanks Tracy!

  7. panthersfan89 permalink
    November 21, 2012 2:17 pm

    Hope I pull one of those!

  8. November 21, 2012 2:24 pm

    I do like and appreciate the forethought and planning that went into both this insert as well as the pink fabric for the breast cancer awareness cards. Well done!

  9. Eric Cabreros permalink
    November 21, 2012 2:42 pm

    Great idea!
    Panini always have surprises on their sleeves!
    Its indeed going to Merry merry Christmas!
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    Enjoy and always be safe!

  10. November 21, 2012 2:47 pm

    Ok those are VERY COOL! Would love to see one of our customers pull one of these from our Black Friday Packs!!

    Scott’s Collectibles
    934 Cloverleaf Plaza
    Kannapolis NC 28083

  11. November 21, 2012 2:50 pm

    Reblogged this on 99goals and commented:
    This is awesome. I love the fact that these guys are up to the task of some oddball collectibles. Great idea… now get the hockey players to do it!!!!

  12. Lorenz B. permalink
    November 21, 2012 2:56 pm

    Love the Ideas of this Holiday Cards!
    Great Job Panini!
    Always wishing us the collectors a great holiday.
    These would definitely give a smile to any collectors that would have these beautifully made Holiday Cards.
    Love the effort of the Panini staff.
    Thanks Tracy for always keeping us updated on the great ideas Panini has and soon to offer.
    From all the Collectors We could say that We do appreciate every word and every picture and every teasing pictures of the cards that We are about to expect and wish that it could grace our Hands.
    Thank you Tracy and Panini!
    Have a Great and Beautiful Thanksgiving!!!

  13. November 21, 2012 2:57 pm

    These look really cool! Keep it up!

  14. Johnny yang permalink
    November 21, 2012 3:43 pm

    thats so awesome 🙂

  15. jason permalink
    November 21, 2012 4:43 pm

    Panini is the greatest card company out there,topps nor upperdeck are not even in the same league great idea for Christmas, thanks Tracy your doing a great job at letting us no whats going on with panini cards

  16. Student of the Game permalink
    November 21, 2012 4:55 pm

    I thought Andrew Luck was exclusive to Panini…am I making that up? That other company is promoting him…Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!

  17. Steve V permalink
    November 21, 2012 5:57 pm

    not my cup of tea, but they look cool

  18. November 22, 2012 4:38 am

    I found out our store up in BC Canada is participating in the Black Friday Promo but won’t get the packs till Monday. I’m very excited and will definitely be taking part. Thanks for including us up in Canada for this awesome event!

  19. Kyle permalink
    November 22, 2012 2:29 pm

    That…is…sickening! Amazing cards!!!

  20. cardzcollector permalink
    November 22, 2012 11:11 pm

    I did a post on my sports card blog with some of my Panini RGIII cards check it out at

  21. Steve McCartney permalink
    November 23, 2012 11:35 am

    Reminds me of the old UDA Jordan and Tiger Christmas cards that were too cool. Leave it to Panini to push the envelope even higher this year! Great addition to the holiday season Mr. Hackler!

  22. November 24, 2012 12:05 am

    These are hysterical, well done!


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