I am a fan of John Elway, and to be honest, I dont know why. I watched him play in Super Bowls and you just have to admire his ability to make amazing things happen. Elway is widely considered to be one of the greatest QBs of all time, and has a lot of collectors that value his autograph, above even guys like Favre or Manning. Elway also signs a lot, which has watered down the rarity of his signature, but he remains very desirable and collectable above the other autographs one can pull.
With 2012 Certified, Panini has dedicated an entire tribute to Elway, that has garnered some major buzz among collectors of the widely chased set. Elway’s jumbo relics have rarely been offered, if ever, and these enormous swatches are getting some nice prices on the market.
Here are some of the recent ones:
Something that I have to comment on, the design of these cards is well above what we are normally seeing from Panini. Not only are these relics rare in themselves, but they did it in a way that does not take focus away from the subject. Elway’s picture is still the centerpiece of the card, and it works perfectly in harmony with the jersey swatch. I love that the swatch window is die cut around the picture, as it adds dynamic movement to a normally static look.
Although I am shocked at the kind of money these cards are generating, I have to believe a set like this should be done more often for the titans of the game. How cool would it be for a guy like Walter Payton, or even guys like Montana, Marino or Rice to have sets like this. Hopefully Panini keeps the formula the same.
Either way, kudos.