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Out of the shadows: Panini previews Crown Royale football
Posted Nov 13, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Without a shadow of a doubt, Silhouettes are going to be a big attraction for Panini America’s 2013 Crown Royale football product, which will be released on Feb. 12, 2014.
The design is vibrant, the uniform swatches are generous, and on-card autographs are always a big plus. Panini’s higher-end Black football, which comes out several weeks before Crown Royale, is nice — but I like the more colorful design (and affordability) that Crown Royale offers. That carries over to the die-cut cards, too.
Here are the particulars. A hobby box will contain four packs, with five cards to a pack. Panini is promising four autograph/memorabilia cards, with at least one card boasting an on-card signature. Die-cuts are a Crown Royale staple, and this new set will follow the same pattern with four die-cut rookie cards and three die-cut parallels per hobby box. Plus one insert.
The rookie Silhouette signature cards will highlight the 40 players from this spring’s Rookie Premiere. There will be on-card signature parallels of each: gold, numbered to 49, green (25); purple (10) and blue (1/1).
On-card signatures also will be prevalent on Silhouette cards of current NFL stars. Parallels will include gold, numbered to 25; green (10), purple (5) and blue (1/1).
A new feature in this set will be Crown die-cuts of veterans and rookies, with parallels for each. The crown die-cuts will feature 100 of the top NFL veterans and 100 top rookies, with parallels in silver (numbered to 199); gold (99) holo gold (25); green (10); purple (5) and blue (1/1).
The only type of insert I am leery about is the Choice Signatures subset. These cards look like obelisks, and I am not sure the concept works. Perhaps if I see one in person, it might change my mind.
My mind is made up about this set, though, unless something looks drastically different come February. This looks like a fun, colorful set to collect.