Panini America is getting ready to offer a high-end, deluxe product for pro football collectors. The 2015 Luxe football set will be released on March 9, and this product will offer big hits and heavy metal, so to speak.
2015 Panini Luxe Configuration
With a big nod to the 2014-15 Luxe basketball set, the 2015 Luxe football product will contain four cards per box — but every card will be a hit of some sort. Panini is promising, on average, three autograph cards and one jumbo memorabilia card per box. The autographs will be signed on-card — no stickers, which is a relief, since you are basically paying nearly $60 per card (on average).
Every card in Luxe football will be numbered to 99 or less.
Metal Framed Borders, Relic Cards, Autographs
The lure for this set will be the first cards in Panini’s history to feature a metal-framed border of NFL players. The autographs will include stars, rookies and legends. Die-Cut autograph cards also will be hard-signed, with some unique patterns and featuring NFL legends like Joe Montana, for example.
Luxe memorabilia cards will be numbered to 25 or less and will feature the NFL’s top stars. Rookie memorabilia will consist of die-cuts and a jumbo prime swatch, numbered to 49 or less. You can be certain that Todd Gurley, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will be among the key rookies that collectors will be seeking.
Luxe memorabilia autographs are hard signed, contain a large swatch and are enclosed in a metal frame. Prime parallels of this subset will be numbered to 25 or less.
Boxes have had pre-order prices hovering around $235. If you have lots of money to spend — like, say around $1,200 — a case consists of five boxes.
The Luxe basketball set that debuted last year was an interesting for Panini, which used the metal-framed cards for the first time and presented a high-end product that targeted autograph and memorabilia lovers.
Panini is hoping for the same reaction in its NFL product; the Luxe football set is more expensive than the NBA product, which was in the $165-$185 range. But even with the same types of design as basketball, the pro football product is destined to have more appeal. The timing is good, too. With the NFL combine just concluding and the draft just around the corner, interest could be high for some big-name autographs and relics.
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