Panini’s 2021 Impeccable Football Heavy On Autograph Cards

Impeccable has been one of Panini America’s higher-end products since it debuted in 2016, and this year’s model is set to make its return in the latter part of the NFL regular season.

The 2021 edition will have eight cards to a hobby box. Of those cards, five will contain autographs.

There will be three base cards per hobby box, along with parallels. Metal cards, with either silver or gold pieces, will be a case hit. Collectors will find the precious metals in Silver Hall of Famers, Silver NFL Shields, Silver Super Bowls, Silver USA Flags (making its debut( and Gold NFL Shields.

However, the biggest lure for Impeccable collectors is the autographs. There are plenty of them.

Elegance Rookie Autographs, featuring on-card signatures, have been a staple of the brand since its debut five years ago. Base versions are numbered to 75 or fewer and contain a patch and a piece of a player’s helmet.

There are five different parallels, including Helmet and Nameplate, numbered to 35 or fewer; Helmet and Glove (15 or fewer), Helmet and Team Logo (10 or fewer), Helmet and Football (5 or fewer) and a 1/1 Helmet Dual NFL Logo card.

Rookie Patch Autographs feature signatures and a single memorabilia swatch. These cards feature Silver, numbered to 25 or fewer; Gold (10 or fewer) and 1/1 versions of Platinum and Printing Plate cards.

Canvas Creations return again this year, featuring a main color photo and secondary black-and-white shots along with an on-card signature. Collectors can expect parallels in Silver, numbered to 25 or fewer; Gold (10 or fewer), Platinum (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).

Extravagance Silver Autos feature an on-card signature and a silver bar that is embedded into the card. Patch cards are numbered to 75 or fewer. Patch parallels in Silver are numbered to 35 or fewer, Gold Autos are numbered to 15 or fewer, while Silver Autos are numbered to 10 or fewer. Emerald parallels are numbered to 10 or fewer, while there are 1/1 Platinum versions.

Indelible Ink, numbered to 25 or fewer, highlight autographs from current NFL stars and retired greats. Parallels can be found in Gold (10 or fewer) or in 1/1 Platinum and Printing Plate cards.

Meanwhile, Masterstrokes autographs, numbered to 25 or fewer, also feature signatures from NFL stars and retired standouts.

Impeccable Logo Autographs offer a shiny twist for collectors. These cards feature on-card signatures next to a foil logo from that player’s NFL team.

Making its debut this year will be Firestarter Signatures, which will feature some of the NFL’s top rookies from the 2021 draft class.

2021 Panini Elements Football is currently set for release on December 8. 

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].

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