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Rookie Premiere to go on, despite lockout

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Every year, a group of the incoming draft picks heads to Los Angeles for what’s known as the Rookie Premiere, an event at which players don their uniforms and pose for a variety of photos that will be used on trading cards.

This year, despite the lockout, the event will nevertheless occur.  But a source with knowledge of the plans says that, for the first time ever, the rookies will be wearing their college uniforms.

Whether that makes the trading cards more or less valuable remains to be seen.  For now, our guess is less.

UPDATE:  The NFLPA contends that the players will be wearing pro jerseys with their college numbers.  Which means that Cam Newton will wear a Panthers jersey with the number 2 even though that number currently belongs to Jimmy Clausen.  Per our source, the plan as of yesterday was for the players to wear college jerseys.

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25 Responses to “Rookie Premiere to go on, despite lockout”
  1. commoncents says: May 17, 2011 1:21 PM

    Maybe the players should all get their photo taken in a De-mo hat so years from now we can all look back and remember who tried to ruin the NFL as we know it.

  2. jmphinsfan says: May 17, 2011 1:23 PM

    who collects football cards anyway?

  3. jedicookie says: May 17, 2011 1:23 PM

    Trading Cards are going the way of the payphone, CD’s (or music stores for that matter) and disposable film.

    Shame really, I enjoyed many hours familiarizing myself with the players and teams for hockey,football & baseball as a boy. I have two young sons now and it’d be neat to share something like that.

  4. wetgremlin14 says: May 17, 2011 1:25 PM

    Half the Rookie don’t have numbers yet. I think there is going to be a fight for the Panther’s #2.

  5. suhnami says: May 17, 2011 1:36 PM

    makes them worth less?? how do you figure??

    this is the first year its ever happened, meaning these cards will be a RARITY = HIGHER VALUE

  6. Playmaker's Dealer says: May 17, 2011 1:37 PM

    Too bad the NFLPA* is charging media outlets something like $45,000 for credentialed access. That’s probably gonna help their cause.

  7. snowpea84 says: May 17, 2011 1:39 PM

    Like a Debutante Ball. This is their special day, where they are introduced to society. JK. Theres less jewelry at a debutante balll.

  8. dsaville says: May 17, 2011 1:44 PM

    If it’s a one time thing it would make them more $$. The fact that they are different would make demand higher. If you are an Alabama alum would you want a card of a former player wearing your colors or an NFL team?

  9. feartheelf19 says: May 17, 2011 1:47 PM

    Question: who is the Browns player featured in this picture?

  10. chatham10 says: May 17, 2011 1:47 PM

    How about them only wearing their college uniforms if they really graduated from there, that should limit the cards and those would remain valuable.

  11. hrmlss says: May 17, 2011 1:56 PM

    Wonder what the NCAA thinks of this? Are they getting a cut? The Schools? Any potential violations?

  12. jasonfinfan says: May 17, 2011 1:58 PM

    no shortage of pro owner douche bags here.

    Poor Billionares, how can you survive only making 500 million a year profit.

  13. dbellina says: May 17, 2011 1:58 PM

    This is the only year they’be done this in their college uniforms? Yeah, those cards will be worth a lot more money, because they will be unique. People go crazy over rare and special cards.

  14. phinfan says: May 17, 2011 1:59 PM

    wrong! BUY!!!

  15. 2011to2020lions says: May 17, 2011 2:00 PM

    I have an idea!!! Fire De Smith, sign the deal, and let the kids where their team colors Geeez this is getting to be a joke

  16. readimgram1 says: May 17, 2011 2:05 PM

    Cancel it

    No one should be making money off of anything until this is worked out.

    Players, prospects or owners.

  17. mondzy805 says: May 17, 2011 2:40 PM

    It’s hard to pick a side in this dispute, knowing how much money both sides are making. It’s our money their fighting about, and all we want is football. The game is perfect the way it is. Let’s get a deal done and let’s play some football.

  18. cardmagnet says: May 17, 2011 2:45 PM

    The list of attendees of the Rookie Premiere were announced, and Cam Newton will NOT be attending. Not sure of the details as to why.

    Only one of the three major card companies may use college logos on their cards due to an exclusive license with the NCAA (Upper Deck). The players will don college uniforms for Upper Deck, and pro uniforms for Topps and Panini.

    Card prices are usually lower for college uniform cards compared to pro uniform for rookies, although high end products with college uniforms are usually on the same level as high end with pro uniforms.

    Full list of rookies attending:
    Baldwin, Brown, Carter, Cobb, Dalton, Dareus, Gabbert, Gates, AJ Green, Alex Green, Hankerson, Harper, Hunter, Ingram, Jernigan, Julio Jones, Taiwan Jones, Kaepernick, Leshoure, Little, Locker, Mallet, Miller, Murray, Pettis, Ponder, Powell, Ridley, Rudolph, Torrey Smith, Thomas, Todman, Vereen, Ryan Williams, Titus Young

    I just wanted to chime in as a card collector. A lot of people are uninformed about the hobby and think it’s just for kids. It’s actually a pretty big industry that generates a lot of revenue, especially on the secondary market. Do a general search for some of the big name players in the cards section of ebay sometime and you’ll see what I mean.

  19. Playmaker's Dealer says: May 17, 2011 3:18 PM

    yeah as cardmagnet points out (in a great post) this is hardly the first time players will be featured in college uni’s: the ’89 Pro Set rookies come to mind as a set that did so– ie. Aikman in UCLA and Barry Sanders in Oka St., Deion in FSU…etc

  20. whatswiththehate says: May 17, 2011 3:49 PM

    “Full list of rookies attending:
    Baldwin, Brown, Carter, Cobb, Dalton, Dareus, Gabbert, Gates, AJ Green, Alex Green, Hankerson, Harper, Hunter, Ingram, Jernigan, Julio Jones, Taiwan Jones, Kaepernick, Leshoure, Little, Locker, Mallet, Miller, Murray, Pettis, Ponder, Powell, Ridley, Rudolph, Torrey Smith, Thomas, Todman, Vereen, Ryan Williams, Titus Young”
    ————————-
    Judging from this list the much media hated and maligned Cam Newton isn’t the inly one missing so is Patrick Peterson, Farley, Watts and a few top rookies.

  21. gunzburglaw says: May 17, 2011 4:26 PM

    Does anyone know where this is in LA and if its open to the public to attend?

  22. granadafan says: May 17, 2011 4:40 PM

    It’ll be an interesting fight at the Panthers as to who gets #2. It’s no coincidence that #2 is also known as a turd.

  23. hobartbaker says: May 17, 2011 5:08 PM

    Eventually a deal was worked out allowing the participants to wear full pyjamas in the team colors. They will sort through the bins to try to find a top with a name close to their own, but the numbers only go as high as 12. There will likely be several “BOBBY
    9″ on the field at any given time.

  24. disapointeddallasfan says: May 18, 2011 6:09 AM

    Suhnami says:
    “makes them worth less?? how do you figure??

    this is the first year its ever happened, meaning these cards will be a RARITY = HIGHER VALUE”

    Was just going to post the same thing. This is one of the no brainers that people who took players cards “seriously” as young boys figured out quickly. Same as if the manufacturer made a mistake on a card that was later recalled/cancelled and corrected.

    So sad that I know all this I know. Just reliving boyhood memories….

  25. ctownink says: May 19, 2011 12:17 AM

    Actually, the pics in the college uniforms will be much less in value than if the players were in their pro uni’s. Every season the early products are unlicensed and have the players in their college uni’s. They sell because they are the only early releases but the majority of collectors are waiting for the first cards with the pro uniforms. As for the Browns player in the photo, that would be former Brown Travis Wilson from the 2006 Photoshoot.

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