One of the football trading card market’s longest running brands returns August 28 with 2019 Panini Absolute.
Absolute will pack three five-card packs per hobby box with five hits: three autographs and two memorabilia cards on average including one Rookie Premiere Materials card. This year, cases will include 12 boxes. 2019 Absolute football hobby boxes are available on eBay for around $170 per box.
Alternatively, there are $19.99 blaster boxes (one auto or relic) and $39.99 retail boxes (one auto and one relic) available through stores including Target, Walmart and Meijer (or eBay).
Historically known for its relic cards, this year’s edition of Absolute draws on virtually an entire wardrobe. Pieces of jerseys, gloves, pants, socks, shoes, helmets, hats and jackets will join slices of NFL footballs. Look for them in the Tools of the Trade subset. Some will have as many as five pieces of memorabilia. Autographed versions will be numbered from 99 to 1/1.
The Head to Toe subset will also include a variety of relic pieces and swatches, numbered to 99 with 1/1 Platinum versions also possible. Cleat Combos will pair two players with pieces of football shoes embedded in the card. They’ll be numbered to 49 with 1/1 Platinum versions.
Jumbo Football memorabilia cards will carry a big piece of a football with all numbered to 5 or less.
Leather & Lace returns as well with its double relic pieces and cards numbered no higher than 49.
Rookie Premiere Materials will have standard and autograph versions with multiple pieces of memorabilia possible. All are numbered no higher than 399.
Absolute Burners is a relic set featuring the NFL’s fastest players.
The breakdown includes several other low serial-numbered possibilities:
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Quad – #’d/25
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Five – #’d/5
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Spectrum – #’d/99
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Quad Spectrum – #’d/10
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Five Spectrum – one-of-one
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Jumbo – max #’d/99
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Jumbo Spectrum – #’d/5
Rookie Premiere Materials Autos Shield – one-of-one
New for 2019, are Signature Rookies Spectrum autographs will be numbered no higher than 199 with the checklist to include these parallels:
Signature Rookies Spectrum Red – max #’d/100
Signature Rookies Spectrum Orange – max #’d/75
Signature Rookies Spectrum Blue – max #’d/50
Signature Rookies Spectrum Green – #’d/25
Signature Rookies Spectrum Gold – #’d/10
Signature Rookies Spectrum Purple – #’d/5
Signature Rookies Spectrum Black – one-of-one
Other autograph subsets include Iconic Ink, Boss Hogg Autos, Marks of Fame and Signature Standouts.
Panini’s Kaboom inserts make their way to Absolute with the colorful cartoonish cards considered case hits.