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Breaking News: Panini America Cracks First Box of 2012 Prizm Football (Gallery)

January 28, 2013

Panini America 2012 Prizm Football First Box Teaser (3)

Finally, the week football fans and collectors have been anxiously awaiting for months has arrived — and we’re not necessarily talking about Super Bowl week, either. We’re talking about something perhaps even bigger (at least in collecting circles): Prizm release week.

In three short days, Panini America’s 2012 Prizm Football, one of the most anticipated sports card products of this or any other year, will finally be live in hobby shops across North America. The extraordinary secondary-market performance of Prizm’s trailblazing basketball counterpart, in concert with the product’s much-improved utilization of the popular chromium printing technology, has sent expectations for Prizm Football to seldom-seen heights.

Beginning Wednesday, collectors finally will get to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. Actually, you can start to get a pretty good sense by perusing the gallery that follows. Late Sunday night, we got our hands on the first hobby box of 2012 Prizm Football for the express purpose of this exclusive sneak peek.

Buckle up and settle in as The Knight’s Lance takes you pack-by-pack through a one-box joyride that delivered a healthy dose of thrills and chills (not to mention two numbered autographs, one Red Prizm Die-Cut, two base Prizms, one Rookie Impact Prizm, three additional inserts and 22 Rookie Cards).

Enjoy the gallery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance all week long for continued coverage of 2012 Prizm Football — and Super Bowl XLVII — on location from New Orleans.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin permalink
    January 28, 2013 9:50 am

    Thanks for the break, which RC SP variation did you pull?

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      January 28, 2013 11:28 am

      Pack 18 Lavonte David is the (1 per box – HOBBY ONLY)variation.

      • Tommy permalink
        January 29, 2013 12:47 am

        Is there a way to tell which one is the SP variation?

      • January 29, 2013 6:37 am

        Will try to put together a visual checklist in the coming days.

  2. January 28, 2013 9:52 am

    Awesome. I hope to get my hands on a Ware Auto. Nice job guys.

  3. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 28, 2013 9:54 am

    Very impressive first box, I’m hopeful that the box vendor at my local show has some of this on Sunday. I may try to split one with a friend or just take the plunge myself! Thanks Tracy!

  4. January 28, 2013 9:54 am

    Wow i saw how much some of these cards are selling for and im shocked.I have to buy a box asap.

    • January 28, 2013 10:37 am

      Won’t be as much as you think. They aren’t basketball cards, but none the less pretty sweet looking.

  5. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 28, 2013 10:19 am

    Wow!! You guys have the best job. Being able to be the first to bust this amazing product. Base cards, rookie logo are spectacular. The Prizms are drool worthy elegance. I really cant wait. The Panini football team really did a great job

  6. Dave Trombley permalink
    January 28, 2013 10:32 am

    Going to be a fun product to bust open. Too bad football does not have near the international following basketball does, because these cards would selling for ton more than what they will already go for. Thanks for the first look.

  7. Eric Cabreros permalink
    January 28, 2013 10:42 am

    Wow. Congratulations to Team Panini!
    Well done. I’m sure this will be sought after for years and years to come. It will also bring more collectors. Like me,who collects Basketball exclusively. May look and take up football because of this beauty. Very envious about Football Prizm compared to basketball. At Least Basketball gets Kobe Anthology!
    Maybe next Year Panini should do A football Anthology too.
    Tracy Enjoy The Super Bowl with an ease that you all did great with Prizm.
    Again Congratulations!

  8. jonathon permalink
    January 28, 2013 10:46 am

    what would it take for me to get that ware? i PC him big time

  9. January 28, 2013 10:50 am

    I would be more than happy with that box. The Rookie Impact prizms should really look great in person. The picture of the Morris probably doesn’t do it justice. I really like the look of the autographed cards. The auto just pops off the card like it should.

  10. January 28, 2013 11:11 am

    Prizm Basketball was a phenomenon, this is going to be better, I hope my LCS would sell packs, I’ll definitely grab some.
    Tracy when is the video coming up?

  11. January 28, 2013 12:16 pm

    These are some fantastic looking cards and hope to make this my first ever box purchase. So excited for this release!

  12. fatcatt permalink
    January 28, 2013 1:00 pm

    I have to ask why not do more numbered cards? It would be awesome if the red Prizm cards were numbered. Or some of the other inserts. Because while this box was nice, if I bought it I would say ” ehhh its ok but certainly not worth $100″

  13. Greg F permalink
    January 28, 2013 1:24 pm

    Those are some nice looking cards. Will there be a way to tell which card is the RC SP variation?

  14. Irving Minera permalink
    January 28, 2013 1:26 pm

    Is there a checklist available?

    • January 28, 2013 3:26 pm

      It has been available since the middle of last week.

  15. Matt Almond permalink
    January 28, 2013 1:41 pm

    These look fantastic, great job marketing team for continuing to show us these amazing singles! Keep up the good work fellas!

  16. Donnie D3 permalink
    January 28, 2013 2:12 pm

    Really nice Ware. Send it to me at North Texas Tracy! lol

  17. Greg Clark permalink
    January 28, 2013 2:15 pm

    Sweet looking stuff!!!!!!!! The most anticipated new product of the season!!! Thanks for the Sneak Peek!

  18. david duey permalink
    January 28, 2013 4:08 pm

    good job look great

  19. Nano permalink
    January 28, 2013 4:44 pm

    Hi Mr. Tracy When will the scavenger hunt winners be announced.

    Sent from my iPad

  20. January 28, 2013 6:44 pm

    The red Diecut looks brilliant!

  21. January 28, 2013 8:23 pm

    Will the top rookies such as RG3 and Trent Richardson have on-card autos? Or is it all sticker autos. Thanks

  22. Andy P. permalink
    January 28, 2013 9:41 pm

    Love having veteran autos in a set! Rookies are great, but it’s nice to get autos from some guys that haven’t had too many!

  23. John Andrwas permalink
    January 29, 2013 7:00 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait till tomorrow to watch the video breaks!

  24. January 30, 2013 6:14 pm

    Do the hobby only photo variation sp cards have parallels (gold, red, black) as well??

    • Scott permalink
      February 1, 2013 7:52 am

      They should have gold and black, but not red. I am pretty sure of this

  25. Lorenz B. permalink
    January 30, 2013 7:45 pm

    Time to find Gold!
    Those die cuts reds is sweet, one per box!
    Prizm Football begins.
    This will forever be remembered as the day Panini took over Chrome Cards!
    It should be when Basketball was released but i would say its this release day because we could actually compare them to Topps Chrome.
    Let The Hobby Collectors Decide. In forums it seems that collectors have already decided.
    Panini Wins. Now Go 49’ers

  26. Scott permalink
    February 1, 2013 7:51 am

    On the side of the Prizm boxes it says to look for autographs of Peyton Manning inside, but he is not on the sell sheet checklist. Can you confirm that he is in here and do you have print runs? Also, is there a chance that Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Doug Martin, RG3 etc…redemptions…will be on card autographs? thanks!


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