This should sound familiar: according to Panini America, its 2021 Panini Black Football set “is loaded with new and improved content, more rookies and more inserts than ever before.”
That was Panini’s exact claim for its 2020 product, which returned to regular distribution after being an online product in 2019. This year’s version is expected to be released in late August.
And just like last year, there will be a 200-card base set of veterans that includes 100 rookies.
A hobby box will consist of one pack, with five cards to a pack. According to Panini, the breakdown for each pack will include one rookie patch autograph card, another autograph, one memorabilia card, one parallel and a base card.
Rookies will include Silver parallels numbered to 75, along with Sapphire (35), Copper (25), Emerald (10), Gold (5) and Platinum (1/1).
Inserts will include Regulators, White Night and ForceField cards. Regulators features an action shot of the player against a colorful backdrop.
Futuristic memorabilia cards feature top NFL stars and has five different parallels for collectors to chase: Silver (99), Copper (50), Emerald (25), Gold (10) and Platinum (1/1).
While most of Panini Black’s card designs are vertical, Spotlight Signatures adopts both a horizontal and vertical look. Parallels will include Silver numbered to 25, Gold (10) and Platinum (1/1).
Capstone Signatures return for 2021, featuring four pieces of memorabilia and an on-card autograph. Like Spotlight Signatures, Capstone will have Silver parallels numbered to 25, with Gold (10) and Platinum (1/1).
Smoke Show Signatures is a new subset, featuring hard-signed cards of the league’s top stars. This subset also will have parallels in Silver (25), Gold (10) and Platinum (1/1).
Rookie Patch autographs will feature prime pieces of memorabilia and an autograph signed in white ink. Parallels will be found in Silver (numbered to 99), Copper (50), Emerald (25), Gold (10) and Platinum (1/1).
2021 rookie images aren’t available yet.
Sizeable Signatures Rookie Jerseys will combine oversized jersey and patch autographs of the top rookies from the 2021 NFL draft. This subset will also have parallels in Silver (50), Emerald (25), Gold (10) and Platinum (1/1).
Sizeable Signatures will also have a version that features silhouette autograph jerseys of current stars and NFL greats.
Midnight Signatures, Spotlight Signatures, and Shadow Ink cards will also feature autographs.
About Bob D’Angelo
Bob has been a sportswriter and copy editor for more than 35 years and a blogger for a decade. He is celebrating his 50th year of card collecting, and still counts his 1965 Topps Mickey Mantle as his favorite. You can reach him at [email protected].