Last year I did a post on the 2011 Panini Americana set. I had only bought a few packs, really just to see what they looked like. I sort of liked them but wondered why anyone would buy a box of the stuff. Well, that was last year. This year, I actually bought a box. The set has been renamed Panini Americana Heroes & Legends. The set seems to be a bit re-purposed as well. Last year the cards mainly featured celebrities, some of whom I didn't even know. This year the set is a combination of American Presidents, American women soccer players, American Olympic athletes, astronauts, and Tuskegee airmen. Here's a sample.
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends #35 John F. Kennedy
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends #69 Cari Lloyd
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends #79 Mark Spitz
All of the women soccer players and Olympians are action shots.
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends #97 Robert Crippen
All of the astronauts that I got are retired but sill alive. And almost all of them are astronauts from relatively early in the program, which means they are pretty old today. Crippen, for example, is 75 years old. The youngest astronaut I got was born in 1952.
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends Roscoe Brown
I only pulled three of these. All feature the airman in flight gear.
There are a number of insert cards, including relic and autographs.
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends USA Women's Soccer #4 Amy Rodriguez/Jill Loyden
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends Olympics #25 Rowdy Gaines
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends Relics #45 Alan Bean
The card doesn't have anything to say about where this piece of cloth came from, just that it "is guaranteed by Panini". There are also relic and autograph versions of the other insert cards.
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends Military Elite #8 Roscoe Draper
per is a Tuskegee airman. Don't know anything else about him. I was able to find Wikipedia articles on everyone in the box except Draper and one of the women soccer players.
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends Astronaut #12 Hoot Gibson