UPDATE: Game-Used or Event-Worn? Panini Acknowledges Mislabeled Memorabilia in 2014 Flawless Football

UPDATE: Game-Used or Event-Worn? Panini Acknowledges Mislabeled Memorabilia in 2014 Flawless Football

What's in a patch? Some collectors were putting their detective skills to work and pointed out that some "game-used" cards in 2014 Panini Flawless Football, a product that tops well over $1,000 per single-pack box, might not match the label.

Panini has acknowledged the problem. They've confirmed that some of the patch cards are from event-worn (photo shoot) jerseys and not game-used pieces as they were labelled.

First confirmed were patch cards for Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Alshon Jeffery. This includes all versions of the Patches cards, including parallels. According to the card maker, autographed patch cards were affected by the error.

2014 Panini Flawless Football Patch Russell Wilson Event Worn2014 Panini Flawless Football Patch Kaepernick Event Worn2014 Panini Flawless Football Patch Alshon Jeffery Event Worn

A couple of days later, they confirmed more event-worn patches that were labeled as game-used:

  • Joe Flacco - Patches Platinum 1/1
  • Calvin Johnson Jr. - Patches (13 of the 25 base versions), Patches Platinum 1/1
  • Andrew Luck - Patches Emerald #/3, Patches Platinum 1/1
  • Cam Newton - Patches (2 of the 25 base versions), Patches Gold #/10, Patches Emerald #/5
  • Ryan Tannehill - Patches Gold (1 of the 10 cards)

Panini also said they are currently investigating Terrel Davis and Tajh Boyd cards that appear to have swatches from the wrong team.

Exchanges are addressed as part of a company statement from a November 20 blog post:

Collectors possessing any of the mislabeled 2014 Flawless Football cards mentioned above are encouraged to contact Panini America Customer Service via email at hobby411@paniniamerica.net. Panini America officials have thoroughly evaluated the situation to identify three possible solutions to address the issue with consumers holding these cards: Buying the impacted cards back from consumers, offering consumers a replacement of equal or greater value or, if possible, rebuilding the cards with game-worn memorabilia. Company officials also will pay to have impacted cards returned to Panini America via USPS or FedEx.

A full statement from Panini's CEO, Mark Warsop, has also been posted on their blog.

In light of this and increasingly vague language about where the memorabilia on a lot of cards (from all companies) come from, do you fully trust relic cards? What do you think could be done to make them better? Feel free to discuss in the comments below.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

User Comments

  1. There’s no way these are the only cards that were “mislabeled”. How about this Tajh Boyd patch card. Are we really supposed to believe this is from a Jets jersey? Looks like an Eagles patch to me. http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTYwMFgxMjUy/z/O1wAAOSw1-RUZYTo/$_57.JPG

  2. The whole jersey/relic experience has become passe. Many of use remember when getting a piece of 1 color relic was a big deal. Big (relative) money was paid for them. Now we find issues, 2014 Totally Certified and Limited football, having relic and auto/relic cards #d to 25 with single color relics. Bogus practise. Then, there are the ones where a patch from a previous team is put on a player’s new team card. Happened to me last hockey issue of Tot. Cert. I don’t know what the answer is to the patch/relic game. They are clearly superfluous now unless you have a card from a product like Flawless and, oh yeah, you can’t trust where the patch came from. One easy answer to these problems; stop with glut of products. It’s insane and a ripoff.

  3. Ryan,
    Their blog states this:GREATER value.
    Collectors possessing any of the affected cards can exchange them for cards of equal or greater value.But anyways.A product like this with a very high price point they should be going over these cards with a fine tooth comb.

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