It’s part throwback, part update. 2018 Panini Honors football will have quite a mix of content when it arrives in the spring as one of the last products associated with the current season. Honors will include everything from updated and autographed cards from previous 2018 Panini football releases to signed cards from past designs to buyback cards.
Each box will have four cards: two autographs and two base cards. Every card in Honors is numbered to 99 or less.
2018 Honors Football Base Set
The base set is a short one: just 32 cards, with one player from each team represented, which seems to indicate a fairly limited production run, even with parallel versions. Standard base cards will be numbered to 99 except for:
Honors Base Gold – #’d/75
Honors Base Blue – #’d/25
Honors Base Orange – #’d/10
Honors Base Red – #’d/5
Honors Base Black – #’d/1
Score, Classics Rookie Updates
Panini is using Honors to issue “updated” rookie cards from two products: Score and Classics. Thirty top rookies from 2018 will get new photos with the cards printed on opti-chrome stock. Each will be numbered to 99 except for:
Classics Update Rookies Gold – #’d/25
Classics Update Rookies Red – #’d/15
Classics Update Rookies Orange – #’d/10
Classics Update Rookies Blue – #’d/5
Classics Update Rookies Black – #1/1
Score Update Rookies Gold Zone – #’d/50
Score Update Rookies Artists Proof – #’d/35
Score Update Rookies Red Zone – #’d/20
Score Update Rookies First Down – #’d/10
Score Update Rookies End Zone – #’d/6
Score Update Rookies Gem Masters – #1/1
Highlighting the autograph content are cards created in the design of some memorable rookie cards of the past under the Score umbrella carrying autographs including: 1989 Score Barry Sanders, 1990 Score Emmitt Smith, 2000 Score Preview Tom Brady, 2001 Score Select Drew Brees, 2005 Score Aaron Rodgers, 2016 Score Jared Goff & Carson Wentz, and 2017 Score Patrick Mahomes II.
Base cards will get autographs, numbered to 99 or less including:
Honors Base Signatures Gold – max #’d/75
Honors Base Signatures Orange – max #’d/10
Honors Base Signatures Red – #’d/5
Honors Base Signatures Black – #’d/1
Those Score and Classics Update cards will also have autographed versions, again all numbered to 99 except for these parallels:
Classics Update Rookies Significant Signatures Green – max #’d/75
Classics Update Rookies Significant Signatures Red – #’d/15
Classics Update Rookies Significant Signatures Orange – #’d/10
Classics Update Rookies Significant Signatures Blue – #’d/5
Classics Update Rookies Significant Signatures Black – #1/1
Score Update Rookies Signatures Gold Zone – max #’d/50
Score Update Rookies Signatures Artists Proof – #’d/35
Score Update Rookies Signatures Red Zone – #’d/20
Score Update Rookies Signatures End Zone – #’d/6
Score Update Rookies Signatures Gem Masters – #1/1
Randomly inserted into 2019 Panini Honors will be over 100 graded buybacks of players like Walter Payton, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Reggie White, Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Dan Marino, John Elway, Drew Brees, and Bill Belichick.
2018 Panini Honors football is due out April 12.