2011 Panini Super Bowl XLV Memorabilia Mock-Ups
Last month Panini showed off some Super Bowl XLV memorabilia they obtained for use in their 2011 football card products. While I am apathetic to the plethora of “event-worn" garbage that manufacturers constantly throw at us, I love game-used swatches and really feel they bring me closer to the game.
It's not often, though, that we know which game a memorabilia swatch comes from. This is why Pro-Bowl patches and Super-Bowl swatches are so special to me. I know that they were not only worn, but used in a game that millions of people witnessed across the globe.
Seeing Panini's stash of Super Bowl memorabilia got me thinking about how the materials could be used in future Panini products. I initially threw together a basic design that mimics the 2010 National Treasures “Colossal" set.
This quick little design immediately resulted in a barrage of emails from collectors asking for more designs. Below are a few mock-ups (exclusive to Cardboard Connection) that illustrate what the different pylon-patches could look like in 2011 National Treasures Football.
While the large patches would look spectacular in a high-end product like National Treasures, Panini would be smart to use little bits and pieces of their Super Bowl stash in mid-range products throughout the year.
I am a huge fan of the Certified series and think a Super Bowl subset would look great if it were done in a style similar to previous “Immortals" sets. It's probably too late for Panini to do anything with Donruss Elite, but how cool would it be if they surprised us with little swatches of pylon or little pieces of pigskin?
Wishful thinking, I know.