It’s fitting, really, that Panini America’s 2012 Prizm Football releases next Wednesday, on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII. After all, the biggest game of the 2012 NFL season needs a trading-card equivalent, one that delivers all the hype, the pomp and circumstance, the chills, thrills and captivating performances as the big game itself. Clearly, 2012 Prizm Football is that product.

Graced with an incredible amount of hype and packed with a seemingly endless array of “Oohs” and “Aaahs,” the technologically superior 2012 Prizm Football marks the grand evolution of the chromium-inspired football card. Upon release, it will become the brand that other such products on the market aspire to. One look at the gallery that follows and you’ll realize that’s not just hyperbole. It’s fact.