Here’s one way you know that Panini America’s venerable Rookies & Stars Football franchise has an intensely loyal following: Just minutes after the product checklist got posted to the company website, collectors started asking for more information on a 2016 edition that has yet to be previewed. So in the must-see Quality Control Gallery that follows, we’re pulling the curtain back in a big way on the upcoming and Target-exclusive 2016 Rookies & Stars Football.
The first thing longtime Rookies & Stars aficionados will appreciate about this year’s release is the traditional insert lineup that includes the likes of Century Stars, Great American Heroes, Dress For Success, Cross Training, the Optichrome-infused Crusade chase and the return of Action Packed (minus the embossing).
The product boasts a 300-card checklist featuring 150 veterans and 150 rookies broken into One Star (most common), Two Star and Three Star (rarest) tiers. The Rookie Card checklist features the first pack-inserted RCs of Robert Kelley, Jalen Richard and more. 2016 Rookies & Stars Football will arrive in Target stores in one of five distinct SKUs:
Longevity (10 cards per pack, six packs per box) will deliver two autographs, two memorabilia cards, six One Star Rookies, three Two Star Rookies, one Three Star Rookie, 24 inserts (including one Crusade or Great American Heroes) and three parallels. Longevity-exclusive parallels include Longevity (numbered to 75), True Blue (numbered to 49), Gold (numbered to 10), Platinum (numbered to one) and Printing Plate 1/1s.
Blaster Boxes (10 cards per pack, seven packs per box) will deliver one autograph or memorabilia card, 14 inserts (including one Crusade or Great American Heroes), four One Star Rookies, two Two Star Rookies and one parallel. Red parallels are exclusive to Blasters.
Additional SKUs include 40-card Fat Packs featuring Green parallels, 60-card Hanger Boxes featuring exclusive Purple parallels and 10-card Packs featuring Green parallels.
The Dual Ink autograph insert will feature dual signatures from compelling combos such as Bo Jackson/Brian Bosworth, Jerry Rice/Steve Young, Shannon Sharpe/Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner/Marshall Faulk, Peyton Manning/Archie Manning, Ray Lewis/ Brian Urlacher, Marshawn Lynch/Richard Sherman and more.