Topps is no longer making football cards but you’ll be excused if you see a brand new product on the market this week that looks a lot like one of their old brands. 2016 Origins football from Panini arrives Wednesday, bearing a strong resemblance to Topps Inception sets from years past.
For some collectors, that may not be a bad thing.
2016 Panini Origins Football Basics
Origins will be a semi-high end product consisting of a one-pack box of seven cards. Each will have two base cards, two parallels, one on-card rookie autograph, a Jumbo Rookie Patch autograph (stickers) and a Jumbo Patch or memorabilia card.
Forty rookies are featured on the checklist (see below), but if your favorite team’s top pick was a defensive player, chances are he won’t have a signed card in the product. The autographs were gathered at the Rookie Premiere last spring and all but one of the invited players were offensive players. The other? Joey Bosa, drafted by San Diego but currently unsigned.
Origins does offer the first on-card autographs of this year’s NFL draftees wearing their team’s colors.
Origins will have multi-signed cards and booklets in Quad Rookie Autographs, Six-Star Signatures Booklet, Passing Star Signatures Booklet and Rushing Stars Signatures Booklets (numbered to 25 or less). Rookie Auto Booklet Patch cards feature a supersized prime swatch and an on-card autograph and are numbered to 25 or less.
On-card silver and gold ink autographs will be in the mix, all numbered to 99 or less.
Base Set, Boxes
The base set consists of 100 rookies and veterans with parallels that range from unnumbered (Red) to 1/1 Black and Printing Plates (4 different colors).
Currently, unopened boxes are selling in the $90-$100 range.
You can see 2016 Panini Origins football on eBay here.
2016 Panini Origins Football Checklist