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2012 Crown Royale Football Stars in Belated Edition of Panini Unwrapped (Checklist)

January 9, 2013


Full disclosure: The holiday break got the best of us here at Panini America, so this edition of Panini Unwrapped starring 2012 Crown Royale Football is coming to you later than it should have. Although we certainly apologize for that, we’re confident that the undeniable charisma and charm of your co-hosts in the video (or, failing that, the cool cards they pull) will make up for the tardiness of it.

2012 Crown Royale Football released to the hobby last Friday, and in the few days since has delivered some absolutely sick Silhouettes and a rainbow array of must-have Crown parallels in hobby shops across the country. Luckily, this break includes some of each of those. It also includes your first look at our simply sensational new Team Panini America football helmets.

The trusty Carlos Torrez also delivers some valuable insight on those rare “Non-Die-Cut Die-Cuts” that have created so much buzz recently. After the video, we’ve also included a link to the complete product checklist. After you’ve had your fill, we’d love to get your candid feedback on 2012 Crown Royale Football — and also, what future die-cuts you’d like to see in the product. Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll award a few boxes of 2012 Crown Royale to a few of you.

Thanks in advance for your participation. Now as always, we look forward to hearing from you.

Here’s the checklist: 2012 Crown Royale FB checklist

117 Comments leave one →
  1. K Chan permalink
    January 9, 2013 6:34 pm

    Big fan of the silhouettes, also like the Veteran Jersey Silhouettes. Haven’t seen a Veteran Prime silhouette die cuts, that would be awesome. Thanks for the break!

  2. Jared Fisher permalink
    January 9, 2013 6:40 pm

    Everything about this product i wish i could get my hands on this

  3. Ron permalink
    January 9, 2013 6:41 pm

    Love the throwback concept design this year. Takes me back to when I first saw crown royale and was blown away by all the foil and die-cuts. The vibrant color parallels just pop! Normally parallels drive me nuts, but these are just beauts to look at. The silhouettes are the best RCs out there in my opinion and at 1 per box its nice value with good odds at a big pull. Love the “easter egg” non die-cut die-cuts too, those little extras make a difference.

  4. Alex permalink
    January 9, 2013 7:15 pm

    I like the checklist for this year’s product. As a Jets fan, it gives me some reason (Namath, Martin, etc) to purchase this, something most products don’t. As for future diecuts, why not try parchment-shaped? Like royal decrees. I’d suggest scepter, but that might not exactly look good as a diecut, if you catch my drift.

  5. January 9, 2013 7:22 pm

    I have seen a few of these boxes opened and I think you stepped it up with these. So much better than previous years

    Super Bowl MVP Silhouette patch autos would be awesome!!

  6. January 9, 2013 7:32 pm

    The cards look great and I have my first box here at home. Just waiting on my boys to show me some good grades at school before they get to open the packs. I am sure you have done this before but I always liked the SuperBowl winners or a bit of the history of the NFL. Has there ever been a give away for tickets to games? Any chance that some contest could be developed to win a season pass or Playoff game, better yet a game with a field pass or tour! That would be COOL. Looking ahead to 2013 the rookie class may not be that great and you need to keep the buzz going.

  7. Patrick Fortin permalink
    January 9, 2013 7:44 pm

    Nice shirt Tracy, how about cutting it up and making some relic cards of you. Seriously, would love to see some Crown Royale die cut booklets one day… A triple crown die cut booklet featuring three crowns, three players from same team?

    • January 9, 2013 8:15 pm

      Hmmm . . .

      • Kenny Scott permalink
        January 10, 2013 8:59 am

        I would buy a Hackler mem card or auto for that matter. A couple years ago I saw a Rich Eisen auto that I thought was pretty neat. I’m all for a “Commentator” subset. ;)

  8. Greg P permalink
    January 9, 2013 7:58 pm

    This is a GREAT product. It is loaded with low numbered hits and the silhouette patches are sick. Keep it up team Panini.

  9. Ryan E permalink
    January 9, 2013 8:07 pm

    Die cut ideas. How about some:
    – teammate cards (QB/WR, QB/RB, QB/Center, DE/DE, LB/LB, etc.)
    – star combos from the same team (kind of along the line of the defensive pairs)
    – Super Bowl commemorative cards
    – playoff game cards: big plays
    – ESPN top plays cards
    – not top ten play cards (butt fumble)
    – humorous photos cards (those funny shots that are sometimes caught in photos, or create some)
    – celebration dance photos (ala Ray Lewis, Gronk TD dances, BJ Raji, etc)
    – classic reception cards
    – classic touch down collection
    – other ideas that celebrate a memorable moment in time (description of moment on back of card)
    – rookie record holders
    – record holders (passing, TDs, rushing yards, interceptions, sacks, kick off return TDs)
    – previous season leaders in categories listed above
    – special rookie subset of die cuts (ex. take ~8 rookies for a product like R&S and create 4-5 different die cuts for a special chase set; rotate rookies by product)
    – nickname cards
    – top five players by position and previous year stats (QB- QBR/TDs/yards, RBs yards, WR yards/TDs/Receptions, DE tackles/sacks, etc.)

    • Ryan E permalink
      January 9, 2013 8:09 pm

      Sorry, thought the question was die cuts in general at Panini!

  10. January 9, 2013 8:09 pm

    Gee, all those colors, red, green, purple, gold etc, they look fantastic and I am like a bower bird and love shinny things lol, keep up the great work and designs, thanks for all the great contests as well guys and congrats to who ever wins these prizes.

  11. Tim Y permalink
    January 9, 2013 8:43 pm

    Crown Royale is a great product, I remember when those Pyramid die-cuts were called Cramer’s Choice Awards!

  12. Sebastien Day permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:32 pm

    Let’s go for non-die-cuts-die-cuts-that-are-really-die-cuts-after-all! ;-)

  13. Erling Crousse permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:38 pm

    Beauty product. The cuts are nice, but it’s the COLOR that makes them pop! The Purple, green, gold, blue!!! Great photography as usual! Only thing I would want to see more of is some legends of the game. Retired players, HOFers, etc. Great product! And thank you for not bogging it down completly with mem. cards. Having the colour variations is a great chase!

  14. Jessie Stevens permalink
    January 9, 2013 10:30 pm

    The purple Reggie Bush looks awesome, and the rest of the cards are pretty sweet. I especially like the various die-cut colors. I wish I could’ve seen the Russell Wilson card, but I’m sure it will look great when it’s signed.

  15. Patrick N permalink
    January 9, 2013 10:52 pm

    The Silhouettes are awesome! Man it’s going to be tough to get all of the different colored parallels of players I want especially those Non-Die-Cut Die-Cuts. Another great release from Panini!

  16. Zac smith permalink
    January 10, 2013 3:06 am

    Best looking cards I have seen in a long time!!! Please please please tell me your doing a NBA version this year??

  17. Vincenzo Lucarelli, Milan permalink
    January 10, 2013 5:06 am

    Crown Royale is Great ! It’s like a set where every card is an Insert card, no common junk here. The Silhouettes stands out, but the Rookies Signature are excellent as well. For the future, I agree that the Pro Bowl Palm die-cut were cool and I see excellent a HOF themed die-cut. Happy New Year from Italy.

  18. Jimbo Slice permalink
    January 10, 2013 6:50 am

    Crown Royale is awesome! I am debating whether Black Football or Crown Royale is better at this moment. The silhoutes are amazing! I really like the design of most of these cards. The base cards are okay-blue background with a crown, the die cuts are great, especially the green parallels. Those non die cut die cuts are great. I think in the future for die cuts the sides of the cards could be trimmed a bit or a cut out shape like a football. Then a refractor-silver foil finish would definatly be neccesary. To top it off, you could even put the die cuts #d to 50 and autographed versions #d to 5. One final suggestion-I would really love to see more die cuts in retail football. The only die cuts I have seen out of Panini retail are the pennants in rookies and stars football and the team jerseys in Threads Basketball. Thanks again for this generous giveaway for a great brand Panini:)

  19. LY C permalink
    January 10, 2013 8:06 am

    Crown Royale is great for their silhouette prime signature rookies, almost half the card contains prime. Can’t go wrong with their die-cuts and rainbow of colors.

  20. Ryan Q permalink
    January 10, 2013 8:20 am

    This is by far my favorite football product!!! I love everything about this product!!! I think a cool future die cut would be a Superbowl themed card die cut in the shap of the Lombardi Trophy.

  21. Brady permalink
    January 10, 2013 8:50 am

    Crown Royale is my favorite product every year. That being said, it’d be cool to have Die cuts in the shape of the team logo. I know it wouldn’t be cost effective but they’d look amazing.

  22. Kenny Scott permalink
    January 10, 2013 8:54 am

    Really love the Silhouettes they are straight nasty! Especially if you are lucky enough to land a prime veteran. I saw an Elway the other day that was pretty darn remarkable to say the least.

  23. kelvin chow permalink
    January 10, 2013 11:11 am

    Glad to see some big prime pieces on those silhouettes. I bet that Russell Wilson silhouette will be highly sought after they beat the falcons.

  24. January 10, 2013 3:09 pm

    you guys hit a home run with the silhouettes, every one is a prime or 2 color right? i dont think ive seen one plain looking 1clr one yet.

  25. Scott N. permalink
    January 10, 2013 3:48 pm

    I can remeber when Crown Royale first came out and I thought that it was quite a unique product. I can see now that is still it a unique product from all the other “regular” cards. I have always been a huge fan of the Cramer’s Choice inserts. I would like to see more retired players in the products that are put out today.

  26. January 10, 2013 4:23 pm

    I pulled on the not dye cut Drew Brees silver card but it was damaged. I have sent it in to your customer service and spoke with Rocil. Could Carlos or Tracy get with her and your customer service manager and tell them about this type of card because when I spoke with her, the customer service department was not aware of how rare the card is. They thought is was a common.

    • January 10, 2013 4:43 pm

      Our trusty David Sharp is on the case.

      • January 10, 2013 5:22 pm

        FYI: I tried to submit the request thru the website and it did not have a choice for uncut or non-die cut yet. Gotta run now, but will try again tomorrow-can’t mail it out until Saturday anyway.

      • January 11, 2013 6:18 pm

        On Friday, there is still no way to choose uncut cards on the website to request replacement. I wrote lots of notes and submitted a picture as well. It is replacement request #417315. Mailing it out tomorrow (SAT 1/12). Hopefully, all will go well for us folks who have to send these uncut cards back for replacement. Thanks.

    • January 10, 2013 5:11 pm

      I might send my dinged Harrison Smith Emerald uncut back as well.

  27. January 10, 2013 6:22 pm

    Hey Tracy, GO STEELERS! :P haha. Anyways, I’ll be routing for the Broncos this weekend since I hate the Ravens even more.

    Anyways, I want to echo with what somebody said above about a possible 1/1 color for the diecuts as well in the future. Maybe a platinum colored 1/1?

  28. January 10, 2013 7:08 pm

    Tracy, thanks for the help. Crown Royale is an awesome product!!!

  29. Chris Miller permalink
    January 10, 2013 7:54 pm

    They look great!!

  30. Stephanie L permalink
    January 10, 2013 11:29 pm

    That was enjoyable. Love the look this year. Thanks for showing off the amazing product. Crown has done it again. I really like …. well just about everything about it!! Wish I could get a good hit though, haven’t been too lucky yet. ; )

  31. Kevin Pongratz permalink
    January 11, 2013 8:34 am

    Another great product this year! The colors and designs are amazing! I love how the colors just sparkle and dazzle when you move them, they are all so unique looking and have different looks at all different angles. I remember getting some great looking Crown Royale cards years ago and was impressed even then. Its a great line and really good to see yall are continuing the product. Question though: Pacific used to make these cards, correct? Did yall buy them out or get the rights to use the name?
    As far as the die-cut suggestion, maybe you can go more along the lines of the Royalty (Royale) and do like a Prince/King combo with a young star “prince,” either rookie or first year player, with a “king,” a veteran or retired star? Or they could be individual cards and have a different crown die-cut in the background depending on their royalty level? Like the prince cards will have a certain crown and then kings will have a different crown. And then you could have the different color/numbered levels as well.
    Thanks again for a great product and cool contest opportunity!
    Keep up the great work!

  32. Patric Bucci permalink
    January 11, 2013 1:48 pm

    Crown Royale is an amazing product! Love the style this year! The inserts are all sweet and the die-cuts make the product stand out. Congratz

  33. Lucky Jim permalink
    January 11, 2013 4:59 pm

    Crown Royale…two words that when put together are breathtaking:) I am super excited about Crown Royale coming out. The normal base cards aas die cuts, how cool is that? I really love the silhoutte autos with the patch in the middle. My favorite would have to be the green die cuts. I would like to see #d die cuts in the shape of that teams symbol. Like if it’s of Brock Osweiler, then you shape his die cut card as a Bronco (Broncos especially;) Also autographed versions would be awesome. Really hoping to break some awesomeness. Thanks again for the generous giveaway-I hope my ideas can be of some help:)

  34. January 11, 2013 5:53 pm

    The base design looks simply outstanding this year. The silhouettes is always one of my favorite sets of the year. Just looks so sick with that huge Patch window in the back.
    Another great product again! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Linda Williamson permalink
    January 11, 2013 7:02 pm

    Crown Royale is a good product. I love the mini die cut cards. I would like to see more hall of fame die cuts with on card autos. Thanks for another great contest.

  36. Mark permalink
    January 12, 2013 9:24 am

    Busted a box of this yesterday! First ever crown box and I am impressed. Last year I was obsessed with Gold Standard, I think I found my new obsession!! As for future die cut cards its simple. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!! (with some ink) :-)

    • Mark permalink
      January 12, 2013 9:30 am

      An idea just popped into my head. For the base die cuts, a rare SP maybe /10 or /5 would be the players team color. For example if you pull a Shonn Greene and its foil is Green and White, then you have the SP. Or a Matt Ryan and you have a Red and Black foil it would be an SP. I think collectors would love this, I personally would! I just love all the options this product brings!

  37. RaptorsFan permalink
    January 14, 2013 12:42 am

    I love the silhouettes, my favorite PC card is a silhouette from preferred. the different colors of parallels are nice, reminds me of the days of the emerald, saphire, ice blue etc.

    keep up the great work guys, bring on #200

  38. Bryan permalink
    January 14, 2013 7:37 pm

    WOW! Just saw a Panini’s Choice Signatures, and those look great. They would be awesome as a jumbo card like they were in the past, but with a large swatch and large signature…maybe next year?

  39. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 16, 2013 5:37 am

    Crown has the sweetest looking base and does the die-cut like no other…keep it coming back for a long time guys

  40. Stephanie permalink
    January 16, 2013 1:44 pm

    Have the winners been announced yet and I missed them?

  41. Tyler Lambert permalink
    January 16, 2013 5:06 pm

    I love the die cut cards, It makes me think back to when I started collecting when the new/exciting technology at the time such as 3D cards and other examples of die cut. I would really like to see something in terms of die cuts such as team logos. I know for some it would be hard (Colts, Browns, Bengals) but I think the would look amazing for most teams. Vibrant team colors in the background and the players in the foreground.

  42. January 16, 2013 7:31 pm

    Same question as stephanie, have I missed the winners announcement?

  43. January 17, 2013 11:00 am

    We have winners! Thanks to everyone for participating and congratulations to: Travis Stevens, Scott Frost, Bruce Sims, Joe and wjcain23. Be on the lookout for an email from us to get your address. Thanks again.

    • brad f @mjb_cards104 permalink
      January 17, 2013 2:19 pm

      CONGRATS TO ALL WINNERS!! show us some hits!! thanks tracy/panini!!

    • Travis Stevens permalink
      January 17, 2013 2:36 pm

      Woohoo! Best blog ever! Thanks for the contest! I’ll post pics on Twitter when the goods arrive.

      • wjcain23 permalink
        January 22, 2013 10:35 am

        THANK YOU!!!!!!


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