Panini America, Irving, Texas, the exclusive trading-card manufacturer of the National Football League (NFL), and NFL Players Association (NFLPA), in conjunction with NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFLPA, recently unveiled the second edition of the NFLPA Trading Card Index, a quarterly report ranking the top-performing football players in the licensed trading-card industry.
Once per quarter, the NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index ranks the top 15 rookies and top 15 veterans based on several key factors, including secondary-market transactions, overall trading volume, and collectability based on on-field performance and expectations (e.g., rookie hype and collector speculation).
The second index includes updated rankings for rookies and veterans based on post-draft reaction and early buzz based on rookie mini camps and OTAs in advance of training camps. The newest index rankings are based on secondary-market transactions and trading volume that took place during the second quarter of 2016.
The top five rookie cards in the index belong to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch and Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, respectively. The top five veteran cards are New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, respectively.
For more information, visit paniniamerica.net. — M.Q.