One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s 2017 Gold Standard Football is the inclusion of veteran base-set Team and Photo Variations that have all of the necessary ingredients to create a feeding frenzy for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. This Gold Standard ritual actually began with the inaugural Gold Standard Basketball in 2010-11. It finally arrived in football with last week’s 2017 Gold Standard Football release.
The featured Team Variation players include Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Kevin Greene, Jerry Rice, Eric Dickerson, Mike Ditka and more. The Photo Variations include Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith and more. More than just providing compelling — and sometimes downright devilish — chases for player and set collectors, the Gold Standard Team Variations are something of a delightful nomad’s land; a one-stop photographic summation of the featured players’ NFL (or collegiate) careers.
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