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Panini Set to Release First 2009 Football Set

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Presses are rolling at the company formerly known as Donruss. Prestige Football will break from the gate in the aftermath of the NFL Draft--with no redemption cards.

2009 Prestige football Beanie Wells Prestige Football arrives next week as the first fully licensed NFL product of the year. Releasing just two weeks after the NFL Draft, each rookie card features updated team and draft information.

Officials at Panini America say the product will not have any redemption cards. They're planning to put all of the premium cards directly in boxes.

Hobby boxes will contain four game-used or autograph cards per box (with one autograph guaranteed), while eight of the 12 hobby boxes in a case will contain two autographs (on average).

The launch will again feature Prestigious Picks, cards featuring a swatch of 2009 Prestige Darius Heywood-Bay game-used material from actual collegiate jerseys worn by players such as Josh Freeman, LeSean McCoy, Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez. NFL Draft Class returns featuring signed embroidered NFL Draft, NFL Shield, NFL Equipment and NCAA patches. Players signing for the set include Chris Wells, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jeremy Maclin, Josh Freeman, Knowshon Moreno, LeSean McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Matthew Stafford, Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin.

The Rookie Cards fall one per pack, with 10 RCs being short-printed.

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