Perennial favorite, Panini Rookies & Stars Football, returns for 2012. The base cards have been revamped, but it still remains one of the better values for you collecting dollar. While the hits are more about the rookies, the stars are well represented too.
We classify R&S as trading cards. You can find the cards at retail outlets and your local card shop. Hobby Boxes come with 24 – 8 card packs with 4 Autograph and/or memorabilia cards per box.
Now here are some of the cards we pulled.
Arian Foster, front and back
Calvin Johnson Jr., Julio Jones, Cam Newton
Drew Brees, A.J. Green, Peyton Manning
Antonio Gates, Fred Davis, Brian Urlacher
Jason Pierre-Paul, LeSean McCoy, Wes Welker
Dontari Poe, Melvin Ingram. Dont'a Hightower
True Blue Base Parallels
Brandon Jacobs, Jermichael Finley
Torrey Smith, Jason Witten
Terrance Ganaway, Rishard Matthews, Fletcher Cox
Longevity Base Patallels
Hakeem Nicks #/249, Stephon Gilmore #/249
Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson Jr.
Eric Weddle, Matthew Stafford, Ray Rice
Jon Beason, Patrick Peterson
DeMarcus Ware, Asante Samuel
NFL Team Pennant (Die-Cuts)
Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos
Player Pennant (Die Cuts)
Joe Adams Rookie Materials True Blue #/399
A.J. Jenkins Rookie Crusade Material Red #/199
George Iloka Rookie Card Autograph #/499
Andrew Luck Rookie Materials Autograph #/499
Last Year Rookies & Stars saw a slight upgrade in design, with an almost zen palate of pure white cards that included a splash of the player with names and team logos used just as accents. While this was a somewhat upscale, sophisticated style, this year’s base cards return some solid layout and design elements. Now team colors are used for bordering and player names are pronounced and clear. Team logos are now reserved for the backs of the cards. Speaking of the backs, all the pertinent information needed can be found. Standout inserts are the die-cut pennants. Hit cards are well laid out to effectively display materials and autos.
Quality and Variety of Players.
150 veteran players, 65 rookies. Certainly a tight checklist for set building. This is a really nice size that ensures quality players.
Do the hits hold up?
You have to like when you have as equal a chance of pulling one of the hot rookies of this year’s draft class as you do puling one of the rookies you have to hope will make it big over time. For the hits, this set leans towards the Rookies more so than the Stars, but there are still some amazing cards to be pulled. The box I broke was exceptional, but because of even distribution, not out of the ordinary.
Will you want to collect them all?
Set builders will be all over this. If you like the styling of the cards, it is easy to see wanting to collect them all.
4 1/2 out of 5
2012 Panini Rookies & Stars Football is a solid base set with some nice hits to boot.