The main photo is vertical on the card front, which I prefer to a horizontal layout. The action photo is colorful and really stands out against a whitish-gray background. The hazy image behind the main photo could represent fans, or perhaps the sidelines.
The typeface is displayed in a tasteful script, and the elements on the card front are not cluttered.
Prestige Football returns this year with a 400-card set. Veterans and greats of the game make up the first 300 cards, while there are 90 rookies and 10 short-printed rookies.
As usual I bought a blaster box. Prestige has a higher price at $27.48 than other products — for example, I bought Allen & Ginter blaster for $24.98 — but Prestige does offer more cards. A blaster contains six packs, with 11 cards to a pack.
I found eight rookie cards but no short prints.
The rookie cards have a slightly different design on the card front, with an action shot and a shadow-like version of the same photo behind him.
The card backs for all 400 cards are formatted to a vertical layout.
The photo on the front is cropped for the back, and there is a short biography containing highlights and fun facts about the player.
Statistics for the current players show 2022 and career totals, while the retired stars feature one line with their NFL career totals.
It is a very clean look.
There are 23 different parallels in Prestige Football. My blaster had two of them. One was an Xtra Points Premium blue parallel of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson that was numbered to 299.
ohnson made no effort to go after the fumble or to tackle Bengals cornerback D.J. Turner, who picked up the loose football.
The Steelers won, but could have been singing the blues. To his credit, Johnson owned up to his mistake.
In addition to the Johnson parallel, the box I bought yielded four blaster-exclusive Diamond parallel cards of four receiver, D.K. Metcalf of the Seahawks, Bills great Andre Reed, Jonathan Mingo of the Panthers and Zay Jones of the Jaguars.
Prestige certainly does not shy away from inserts. There are 18 different subsets to chase.
Heroes is a colorful insert set that features 20 subjects; the player in my blaster was Metcalf.
For the Record is another 20-card insert set. It features significant performances by players; this card featured Jamaal Williams’ league-high 17 touchdowns with the Detroit Lions in 2022.
It was a franchise record and I was surprised, wondering what Barry Sanders’ top touchdown total was for a single season. Sanders scored 16 in 1991, so Williams now owns the record.
Alma Maters showcases players from the same school. There are 25 cards in this subset, and the card I pulled features Alabama stars Jerry Jeudy, (Broncos), Jaylen Waddle (Dolphins) and Amari Cooper (Browns).
he card I pulled featured Bills quarterback Josh Allen and chronicled his four-touchdown effort in the first half of Buffalo’s 38-3 victory against Pittsburgh during the 2022 season.
There are plenty of Prestige blasters to be found at retail stores like Walmart and Target, along with Mega-boxes. It is an eye-pleasing set with a fine lineup. The number of parallels and inserts might be a bit maddening, but they certainly present a good challenge for set collectors.