Product delays continue to be the norm as we head toward the second month of 2022. The sports card release calendar has been a little lean in recent weeks and it’ll stay that way for a bit.
Nevertheless, there are some new products scheduled to make their way through the pipeline. Here’s a look:
2020-21 Panini Flawless Basketball
Arriving a few months later than normal (yes, it’s one of last season’s releases), the ultra-high end brand returns with one hit-filled pack inside the metal briefcase. Each five-figure box has ten cards, including 8-9 autographs along with one guaranteed base card with a tiny diamond gem embedded in the card, the latter numbered to no more than 20.
All memorabilia swatches used in ‘20-21 Flawless will be game-used.
One big pull happened on the first day of release Wednesday…
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You can check eBay’s current box pricing here.
2021 Panini Immaculate Football
Another high end release arrives in the form of 2021 Immaculate NFL, which offers a single pack of six cards, five of which will be autograph or memorabilia cards.
Rookie Patch Autographs numbered to 99 are among the big draws. Other content will include the newly reworked Hall of Fame Signatures set, featuring some all-time greats and Cleat Impressions which highlights some of the unique shoes players wear on the field.
Considering the typical quality, the $1900 or so price tag on boxes right now isn’t bad compared to some other products.
2021 Panini Playoff Football
Playoff returns with a bit of a configuration change. Each box will still have two autographs, though. Overall, the breakdown looks like this:
- 1 Relic Card
- 4 Parallels
- 1 Base Playoff+ Optichrome Parallel
- 12 Inserts
- 12 Rookies
Autograph content includes Rookie Autographs and variations, Behind the Numbers Signatures, Hall of Fame Signatures and Game Day Signatures.
2021 Panini Rookies & Stars Football
Six packs of ten cards are what you’ll find in an R&S box as the long running brand returns just ahead of the Super Bowl.
The breakdown includes two autographs, two memorabilia cards, five numbered parallels, 12 rookies, 12 inserts and six opti-chrome inserts.
The Crusade inserts are back and among the more popular of the year.
Dress For Success is an autographed memorabilia subset featuring the top players from the 2021 NFL Draft Class.
Boxes are running $300-$320 at the moment.
2/11 (Update: now scheduled for 2/16)
2021 Topps Formula One
F1 gets a flagship product with the late arriving Topps F1 release. Each box will have 18 packs with eight cards per pack.
If you’re hunting big hits, this one probably isn’t for you but there will be serial-numbered relic cards. Look for a total of 18 parallels and 13 inserts among the 144 cards.
A few years ago F1 cards might have been a tough sell in North America, but they’ve been hot and pricing reflects that.
Other products set for release include: Panini Mosaic No Huddle Football (1/28); Wild Card Alumination Football (1/28); Leaf Art of Sport (2/4); Onyx Vintage Collection College Football (2/4); Onyx Gems Baseball (2/9); Pro Set Metal Baseball (2/11); Pro Set Power Football (2/11).