Returning for a second season, 2018 Panini XR football will arrive a week or so into the NFL regular season, packing a pair of autographs into each two-pack box.
Panini is promising that one of those signed cards will be a Rookie Jersey Autograph while the other will be either a rookie, veteran or retired player. Each 14-card box will also include one Jumbo or Triple Swatch jersey card, one insert, four parallels, four base cards and two rookie cards. Each 15-box case will include a 1/1 autograph card, with a focus on rookies.
Panini is touting XR as being “loaded with 1/1s”.
Base Set and Inserts
Insert sets include Mirrored, which shows a top 2018 rookie and an NFL veteran they say they try to emulate. Mirrored inserts are limited to 49 copies and parallel to Red (#’d /25), Blue (#’d /15), Orange (#’d /10), Gold (#’d /5), Green (#’d /3), and Black (#’d 1/1).
Promotional literature seems to lean toward sticker autographs being the norm in XR.
Subsets come in several forms including standard Rookie Autographs, which Panini says “features a deeper checklist to cover more of the best rookies the NFL has to offer.” Rookie Autographs are numbered no higher than 199 and include Gold (max #’d to 49) and Black (#’d 1/1) parallels.
Rookie Swatch autographs are signed with a piece of memorabilia. There are Triple Swatch versions along with low-numbered Laundry Tag, Team Logo, Super Prime, and Nameplate parallels.
Rookie Jumbo Swatch Autographs include both oversized patches and things like Super Prime 1/1 versions, which feature an NFL Logo instead of the standard jersey piece.
2018 Panini XR football is due out September 19, likely opening at around $100 per box.