It’s definitely a first. Panini America’s first attempt at bringing ultra-high end cards to soccer arrives in June with 2016 Flawless Soccer.
Soccer cards and soccer memorabilia have been gaining some traction as a popular sport for collectors, and Flawless aims to scratch the itch for those who enjoy on-card autographs and relics. The product had originally been slated for a May release but was pushed back a few weeks.
A hobby box of 2016 Panini Flawless soccer will contain 10 cards. Six will be autographs, two will be memorabilia cards, while the other two will be jewel base cards. The base cards will feature diamonds, with ruby, sapphire, emerald and larger diamond parallels.
Inside 2016 Panini Flawless Soccer
Card designs will feature the world’s top soccer players — past and present — in action shots for their club or national team. The club teams include big names like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain; national teams feature Brazil, Argentina, Germany and England.
Every card will be sequentially numbered to 25 or less, with each featuring either match-worn memorabilia swatches, on-card autographs or authentic gems. Memorabilia will be match-worn, including swatches from jerseys, shorts, socks, boots, gloves and even shin guards.
Panini will get creative with the insert sets. Flawless Studs will be numbered to 10 or less and will feature the studs from match-worn soccer cleats of stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Miroslav Klose. There also will be 1/1 black parallels.
Speaking of footwear, Sole of the Game signatures combines colorful match-worn shoe material with on-card autographs. Players like Tim Howard, Lionel Messi, and Steven Gerrard will be some of the players featured.
Flawless Soccer Autographs
Flawless Dual Patch Autograph cards are self-explanatory, with two large patch pieces with an on-card signature. Ronaldo, Joe Hart and Luis Suárez will be some of the big names. Parallels will be issued in ruby, gold, emerald and black.
International Icons Signatures and Legendary Signatures will feature top current and former players. Momentous Autograph Memorabilia will contain two swatches and a signature.
While the sport runs deep in the company’s Euro roots, 2016 Panini Flawless Soccer will be an interesting test run in North America. Soccer cards have gained a foothold, especially with younger collectors but whether a super high-end product can be successful here is something that bears watching. The search for card holders big enough to house a “Stud” will be too.
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