2013 Panini Rookies and Stars Crusade Is an Insert Set Worth Chasing

2013 Panini Rookies and Stars Crusade Is an Insert Set Worth Chasing

The word 'crusade' is rich in history. It has also been around the hobby for quite some time. Crusade is back as an insert in 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Football. And even without any autographs or memorabilia swatches, it's a set many are chasing.

2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Crusades are actually two sets, though they're different only by numbering. Ten superstar veterans are showcased in their own set while another 40 rookies star in their own making for a total of 50 different Crusade cards. Basic versions, which have a blue lion, are not serial numbered. Those come with parallel versions:

  • Red #/99
  • Purple #/49
  • Gold #/25
  • Green #/5
  • Black 1/1

All Crusade inserts are done on Panini's chromium Prizm stock and have a Refractor-like background. And while there's an etched look to the lines in the background, it's done with a layers so they cannot be felt.

Crusade inserts date back to 1998 where they were inserts in Donruss baseball and football products. Over the years, these early cards have become extremely popular with set builders and player collectors. The sharp design and multi-tiered structure have made many of them very desirable on the secondary market. More recently, Panini brought the name back as a standalone basketball brand with 2012-13 Panini Crusade Basketball. The distinct design was used as an insert while base cards use a more traditional design. The Crusade name is part of the Panini family as it purchased Donruss/Playoff when it entered the North American trading card market.

For those who are not familiar with the 1990s Donruss inserts, the design may look familiar thanks to Leaf and their Valiant line. It is inspired by the popular cards.

2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Crusade inserts combine to fall three per box. While the large checklist makes them something of a challenge, it's not an extreme one. As a result, it's an ideal insert set to chase that several are undertaking. Even so, most of the common blue Crusade cards remain very affordable.

Below is a full gallery of all 50 of the blue 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Crusade inserts. The ten veterans are followed by 40 rookies. Following the gallery is a complete checklist that includes team info as well.

2013 Panini Rookies and Stars Crusade Gallery

2013 Panini Rookies and Stars Crusade Checklist

1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
3 Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
4 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
5 Arian Foster, Houston Texans
6 Calvin Johnson Jr., Detroit Lions
7 Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
8 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
9 Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
10 Tom Brady, New England Patriots

2013 Panini Rookies and Stars Rookie Crusade Checklist

1 Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots
2 Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
3 Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
4 Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
5 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
6 Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
7 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
8 EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills
9 Gavin Escobar, Dallas Cowboys
10 Geno Smith, New York Jets
11 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
12 Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers
13 Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
14 Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys
15 Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans
16 Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
17 Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
18 Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs
19 Landry Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers
20 Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
21 Manti Te'o, San Diego Chargers
22 Marcus Lattimore, San Francisco 49ers
23 Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers
24 Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills
25 Matt Barkley, Philadelphia Eagles
26 Mike Gillislee, Miami Dolphins
27 Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28 Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
29 Quinton Patton, San Francisco 49ers
30 Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
31 Ryan Nassib, New York Giants
32 Stedman Bailey, St. Louis Rams
33 Stepfan Taylor, Arizona Cardinals
34 Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
35 Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys
36 Dion Jordan, Miami Dolphins
37 Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
38 Tyler Wilson, Oakland Raiders
39 Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers
40 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

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2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Matt Barkley RC Crusade #25 PSA 10 GEM MINT Pop 1
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2013 Panini Rookies and Stars Crusade Calvin Johnson #34 49 SP Lions
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EDDIE LACY RC CRUSADE PANINI 2013
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DeANDRE HOPKINS 2013 PANINI ROOKIES & STARS RC CRUSADE BLUE & GOLD PARALLEL
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2013 Rookies & Stars Crusade RC Montee Ball Denver Broncos
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2013 ROOKIE & STARS # 10 GENO SMITH ROOKIE CRUSADE INSERT CARD JETS
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2013 PANINI CRUSADE BLUE LE'VEON BELL ROOKIE RC PSA 10 LOOK
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2013 Panini Rookie Crusade Giovani Bernard #11
$8.00
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MIKE GLENNON 2013 Panini Crusade #27 Gold Prizms BGS 9.5 Rookie RC #08 25 Jsy #
$59.99
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2013 PANINI ANDREW LUCK "ROOKIE & STARS CRUSADE" CARD
$8.99
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Andrew Luck 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Crusade Indianapolis Colts
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2013 R&S CRUSADE ROOKIE CARD OF DENARD ROBINSON NO.6 (michagin,jaguars)
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RYAN NASSIB GIANTS 2013 ROOKIES & STARS CRUSADE ROOKIE RC # 31 GRADED 10
$32.00
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VANCE MCDONALD 49ERS 2013 ROOKIES & STARS CRUSADE ROOKIE RC # 39 GRADED 10
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KEENAN ALLEN 2013 ROOKIES and STARS CRUSADE RC Purple Refractor #47 49 Chargers
$5.99
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2013 Rookies and Stars Rookie Crusade #11 Giovani Bernard - NM-MT
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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