2011 Panini Totally Certified Football Preview

2011 Panini Totally Certified Football will feature the football card debut of the much talked about, and highly controversial, HRX video trading cards.  But while HRX gets the top-billing, Totally Certified is a product that’s much more than the latest cardboard novelty.

Dan Fouts Totally Certified HeritageOwning to the brand’s lineage (which dates back to the days of Pinnacle Brands’ 1997 Totally CerTotally Certified Cam Newton autotified), the base set is an all etched-foil rendition of the just-released Panini Certified Football set.  100 cards plus 50 Immortals, 50 Freshman Phenoms and 36 Freshman Fabrics make up the 236-card base set.  Each six-pack Hobby box should be expected to yield one Freshman Fabric card, which will be signed (on-card) by the player and feature a swatch of a jersey that may-or-may-not be from a game used jersey, and serial-numbered to 499 copies.

Collectors will also be able to find, randomly inserted into packs, HRX Video Trading Cards.  Having made their debut earlier this year in basketball, Panini HRX will be the first fully-licensed football trading card with a video screen embedded into the card.  The screen on each “card” will come loaded with a few minutes of video highlights of the designated player, and some will come autographed.

2011 Panini Barry Sanders autoThe other five packs in each box should yield another autograph numbered to 299 copies or less and four other “hits.” Amongst those collector can be expected to pull include quad-player/quad-memorabilia cards (Stitches in Time), a collection of retired-player game-jerseys (Heritage Collection), and the standard “player-worn” jersey cards of the current rookie crop.  All 50 of the “Immortals” subset will also be available autographed.

2011 Panini Totally Certified Football will be released sometime in late January, 2012.  And yes, there will be video cards.