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Panini Playbook Football returns in March

Posted Nov 7, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

If you enjoyed the debut version of Playbook Football in 2011, Panini America is promising even more whistles and bells for its 2012 high-end product.

Playbook is expected to be released in March and the main draw for the product will be the Rookie Booklet rookie cards. These cards have a shadow box design and will feature one jumbo prime jersey piece, one jumbo jersey piece and an on-card autograph numbered to 149 or less.

There are not going to be many cards in a box of Playbook Football, but the return could be quite enjoyable. Panini promises that each box will contain one on-card signed Rookie Booklet, another autograph card and two additional memorabilia booklets. If you like to splurge and gamble on buying cases, Panini notes that on average, three boxes in every 10-box case will contain at least three autographs (including a Rookie Booklet) and one memorabilia card.

The set itself will include 75 base cards, 100 Rookie Signatures and 35 Rookie Booklets, and each of these will have gold, platinum, green and black parallels.
Here are some of the different playbook booklets a collector could find in a box:

Playbook Materials will feature between four and eight swatches of game-worn material and will be numbered to 99 or less.  Rookie Playbook Materials will follow the same pattern but will be numbered to 199 or less. Both booklets will spell out what Panini calls “unique words.”  For example, a Robert Griffin III booklet has the letters “Heisman” with game-worn swatches making up the letters.  And Darren McFadden’s booklet contains the lettering “Run DMC.” There also will be prime jersey versions of the Playbook Materials booklet, numbered to 49 or less. The Rookie Playbook Materials card also will have an on-card autograph version with two different die-cut phrases.

There is the possibility of pulling a 1/1 Rookie Booklet that will feature a printing plate.

Another hot card to look for come in the Rookie Signatures subset. This card will feature autographs from 2012’s top NFL rookies and will be numbered to 149 or less. This card also will have a black version numbered 1/1.

Accolades Signatures will pay tribute to NFL legends and will be numbered to 49 or less.  Fabled Fabrics is a similar concept, except this card will contain game-worn jerseys from NFL legends and will be numbered to 99 or less. Prime versions will be numbered to 49 or less.

High-end products can be a roll of the dice sometimes, but this year’s NFL rookie class certainly has produced some stars, like Griffin, Bucs running back Doug Martin and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Other 2012 are making an impact, too. So if you have the cash to spend and are looking for nice high-end cards, Playbook could be up your alley.

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