Panini’s 2016 Flawless Football will bring some new ink as the high-end brand puts a wrap on a season’s worth of NFL trading card products.
2016 Panini Flawless Football Basics
Flawless will serve up ten cards in each one pack box. Each will have six autographs, two memorabilia cards and two base or insert cards that will have small gem stones. Standard autographs will be on-card.
Among the new signers for Flawless are Jim Brown, Aaron Rodgers, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Calvin Johnson, Jack Lambert and Jimmy Johnson.
Among the bigger hits will be the Flawless Cuts cards that will have cut signatures on trading cards with a checklist that includes names from the past such as Jim Thorpe, Knute Rockne, Bobby Layne, Johnny Unitas, Vince Lombardi, Walter Payton and Derrick Thomas.
The autograph content will include a couple of newly-branded subsets. Symbolic Signatures and Shield Signatures will feature either a league or brand logo with the autograph.
Benchmarks Platinum is an autograph subset centered on some of the landmark statistics achieved by the player on the front of the card.
The Greats Patches insert features an on card autographs from past legends like Brown, Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen and Brett Favre with two patch pieces.
Flawless Finishes will focus on some of what Panini calls “the most clutch plays in NFL history.” Harris, Elway, Ben Roethlisberger and others have already signed for the product.
Memorable Marks is another set centered around players fans and collectors remember best including autographs from Dick Butkus, Bo Jackson, Warren Sapp and other notables.
2016 Flawless Football appears to have a lot of autographs from Hall of Famers but the season’s strong rookie class will also be part of the mix with the Rookie Inscriptions set to feature signed cards from Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Carson Wentz, among others. Rookie Patches will include memorabilia swatches from those first-year players along with their signatures.
Gems Worked Into Design
New to Flawless this year are Team Gems and NFL Shield Gems which will utilize them inside the design of logos featuring the Cowboys, Packers, Patriots and Colts. NFL Shield Gems will focus on well-known quarterbacks like Joe Montana and John Elway. All will be 1/1.
2016 Panini Flawless football is due to arrive April 12.